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September 7, 2015

Pot Biryani Recipe/Matka Veg Biryani/ Manpaanai biryani -Vegetarian Version

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I think most of you would have heard about or tasted pot veg biryani @ Matka veg biryani / manpaanai biryani in Restaurants. I came to know about this biryani from a friend recently. I browsed few recipes & watched you tube video to get some idea. Most of them were non-veg versions using marinated chicken. But as usual, I replaced chicken with paneer pieces, made few changes in the actual recipes and came up with this post. I guess most of the people in India must be having a clay pot at home. Some people might be making gravies/Vatha kuzhambu/Sunda kulambu with it. 

Do try this layer biryani using earthen pot/Matka for a change.You will love its flavor. The layered rice & the gravy cooked in slow fire lends an awesome taste. This is my 29th biryani recipe in my Sunday Lunch Recipes series. I am planning to finish this series with 2 more posts & thinking to start some other useful series for beginners. Do leave your suggestions in the comment box if you expect/need anything to be shared in this blog. I will surely try to implement them. Thanks for showing your continuous support & love across this series ! Lets check out how to make Vegetarian Matka biryani/Pot biryani recipe with stepwise pictures.

Click HERE to see my other biryani recipes of this series !

Matka Veg biryani/Pot biryani recipe

Matka biryani/Pot biryani recipe How to make flavorful biryani in mud pot/Matka
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch ideas
Serves: 2-3
Prep time: 30 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 50 Minutes


  • Basmati rice - 1 cup
  • Water - 5 cups
  • Whole spices- 1 cinnamon,1 clove,i cardamom,1 black stone flower,1 bayleaf
  • Salt - as needed
For gravy
  • Cooking oil - 3-4 tbsp
  • Bayleaf - 1 no
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • G&G paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Tomato - 2 nos
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Dhania powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Curd - 1/4 cup
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Paneer pieces or mixed vegetables - as needed
To garnish
  • Fried onion - a handful
  • Saffron milk - 2 tbsp
  • Mint + coriander leaves - few
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Wash & soak basmati rice for minimum 30 minutes. Boil 5 cups of water adding whole spices & the required salt. When the water comes to boil,add the rice.Cook the rice till its 75% done. Cooked Rice should break into two but not mashed. Drain the excess water & remove the rice in a plate. Let it cool.
  • Boil some water in a bowl. Add the chopped paneer pieces. Let it be in water till use. Chop the onions & tomatoes.Fry one sliced onion till its golden brown and remove in a plate.
  • Heat oil in a mud pot and saute bayleaf, onions. Saute well. Add G&G paste. Add chopped tomatoes & saute till mushy. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, dhania powder & garam masala powder. Saute well adding some salt. When it becomes thick,add 1/4 cup of curd & mix well.When it becomes a semi gravy, add the paneer pieces. Mix well.Remove half of the gravy in a bowl. Make sure there is some water in the gravy.

  • Take the mud pot with some gravy and spread a layer of rice. Now layer the gravy with the remaining rice.Spread the mint+coriander leaves & fried onions on top.Sprinkle the saffron milk. Drizzle the ghee. Close it with a thermal foil and close it with a plate. Keep a bowl full of water over the plate. Put the mud pot in DUM under very low flame for 5-8 minutes. If you keep it for long time, there are chances for the bottom layer to be burnt.
  • Suppose if you want to put this mixture in DUM for long time, heat a dosa tawa in high flame for 10 minutes & place the mud pot with thermal foil arrangements on top of the tawa. Let it heat in low flame for 10-15 minutes.
Enjoy !
  • Adjust the quantity of spices as per your taste..
  • You can replace paneer with mixed vegetables. But pressure cook the veggies before you add them in gravy.
  • Make sure there is some water content in the gravy else biryani would burn.

Try this easy,flavorful pot biryani.Enjoy your Sunday Lunch !

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great-secret-of-life said...

this looks amazing! nice clicks

Unknown said...

one pot biryani looks yummy.great effort sis

Chitra said...

Thanks Veena,Ramya :)

Unknown said...

I like your post.
Thank you for sharing such a useful information.