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May 18, 2015

Vegetable Donne Biryani Recipe-Sunday Lunch Recipes-16

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Donne biryani recipe
Donne biryani - I don’t need to introduce this biryani for Bangaloreans. For people who are new to this biryani, let me tell you what it is. Donne biryani is the most popular biryani recipe in and around Bangalore. You can find many hotels serving this biryani in areas like Banashankari, Chickpet, Rt nagar, Rajaji nagar etc. As far as I know, the most popular one is “Shivaji Military hotel”-Jayanagar. This biryani is usually served in a big, hand pressed bowls made of plantain leaf ( as shown in the pic).It is called as “Donne” in Kannada. So this biryani is fondly called as donne biryani. Being a Bangalore resident for ten years, it would be unfair if I don’t post this recipe in my Sunday biryani series. I was introduced to this biryani by my friend Megha. 

Once when I went to her house, she showed me a parcel of donne chicken biryani and told about its popularity. Even though I couldn’t taste it,the smell and its green color was attractive and unique to me. At that time, I told Megha I will try this biryani in my vegetarian way. Finally, it happened yesterday. I referred the recipe from  herehere and made it. I used potato instead of chicken. I did not marinate as per the original recipe and I did not use the vegetable stock and donne biryani masala powder for cooking. So this recipe has some deviations from the authentic one but still the taste was great. 

The flavor of jeera rice( jeeraga samba arisi) along with ground mint+coriander leaves masala paste while cooking was simply awesome. It would make anyone feel hungry. Sendhil, Myself and Raksha loved this biryani a lot. You can also use soya chunks instead of potato. Friends, do try this recipe in a weekend and let me know your feedback :)

Donne biryani recipe

Donne biryani recipe

Donne biryani recipe Donne biryani recipe - Vegetarian version - Sunday lunch menu - 16
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 250 ml
  • Jeera rice - 1 cup ( A big NOOOO to basmati rice)
  • Potato – 2 nos ( optional) OR soya chunks - handful
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - 1.75 cups
  • Curd -2 tbsp
  • Lemon juice - few drops
  • Biryani masala powder - 1/2 tsp ( optional. I dint use)
  • Kasoori methi - 2 pinches
To saute and grind
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Green chilli - 4 nos( add more for extra spiciness)
  • Pepper corns - 3 nos
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves -2 nos
  • Cardamom - 1 no
  • Ginger - 2 inch piece
  • Garlic cloves - 8 nos
  • Mint + coriander leaves - 3/4 cup
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
To saute
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Cardamom - 1 no
  • Black stone flower – 1 no
  • Big onion – 1 no (finely chopped)
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1/2 tsp

  • Heat a kadai with oil and saute all the ingredients given under”to grind”. Grind them to a smooth paste. Set aside.
Donne biryani recipe
  • Heat a pressure cooker base adding oil+ghee. Saute the whole spices and big onions till transparent. Add g&g paste and saute till raw smell goes off. Now add the ground masala paste and saute for 2-3 minutes till oil starts to leave. Add  donne biryani masala powder (if using) and saute well for few seconds.
Donne biryani recipe
  • Now add the required water, salt, curd and cubed potato.When the water comes to a roll boil, add the rice, few drops of lemon juice and kasoori methi. Mix well and pressure cook for 1 whistle in low flame. Remove the lid after steam is released. Fluff the rice with fork and serve hot with raita.
Donne biryani recipe
Donne biryani recipe

Enjoy !


  • As I mentioned in the ingredients list, a big nooooo to basmati rice. You should use only jeera rice for the best taste.
  • To increase the spiciness of biryani, you can add more green chillies while sauting masala. Do not use red chilli powder.
  • If you are using soya chunks, soak it in hot water for 15 minutes till it doubles in size. Then squeeze the excess water completely and add to rice. 

Try this easy, yummy, flavourful biryani recipe and enjoy the weekend.
Donne biryani recipe

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Divs said...

Awesome chitra. Nothing beats Donne biryani. I've tasted a vegetarian version long time back.This looks ahhmazingg. So tempting. Will try!!

Priya said...

Never heard about this biryani ..For sure this is a fantastic recipe in your biryani series

Sona said...

Never heard of this biriyani.. The biriyani looks absolutely delicious and flavorful..

Mahi said...

Thought if making it with basmati rice, but your "noooo"'s are stopping me! ☺ I don't have a choice of making it with jeeraka samba rice!
New n interesting recipe to me!

Chitra said...

Haha yes mahi.Jeera rice is a must here.But if u want to try this recipe,go ahead with basmati rice with some compromise in flavor :)

Unknown said...

Hi Chitra, I have been chkg out ur blog for sometime now. Really love the recipes u post. Have tried some. They're lovely. Tk u

Chitra said...

Thank you Meghana :)

Subashini NY said...

Hi Chitra Ji, Instead of potato what are the vegetables can we add for this recipe?

Chitra said...

Hi Subashini,u can use cauliflower,soya chunks or mixed vegetables too.

Unknown said...

hi chitra, i love your recipes and the way you present them. amazing effort. i would like to share a variation of the above recipe. we call it pachcha biryani. we add little coconut milk before cooking the entire stuff. we don't add kasoori methi and for grinding we dont use the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. however we use them for saute. in fact we make this without vegies the side dish is the famous tiruchy thalcha

Chitra said...

Thanks for writing about the variation :) I will surely try this way.Trichy thalcha is also new to me.I will search for the recipe.Thanks again :)


What is jeera rice

Chitra said...

Its a variety of rice known as Samba. It looks smaller than basmati. You can ask for jeera rice or samba rice in stores.

Unknown said...

What about green shorba they give in SHivaji Military hotel? How to cook that.

Chitra said...

Sorry.i have not tasted or heard about it.I will try to get the recipe from my friends