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January 24, 2018

Jeera Rice Veg Biryani - Seeraga Samba Rice Veg Biriyani Recipe - Jeerakasala Biryani

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Jeera rice veg biryani

Jeera rice vegetable biryani (Seeraga samba arisi biriyani in Tamil , Jeerakasala biryani in Malayalam) is an awesome, flavorful biryani that everyone must try at least once in your kitchen. Most of the South Indian special, traditional biriyani recipes uses jeera rice.This tiny-grained seeraga samba rice gets its name from its resemblance to cumin, which is known as seeragam in Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Kaima rice. Most of us use Basmati rice for making veg biryani. I was also using the same till I tried Ambur veg biryani using jeera rice. I just love its flavor and texture more than basmati rice. From then, I started to use this rice very often for preparing veg biryani at home.  So far I have prepared Dindigul thalappakkati biryani, Bangalore special Donne biryani (Veg version using mushroom and soya chunks), Coimbatore Angannan biryani using seeraga samba rice. 

This is yet another version of Tamil nadu style jeera rice veg biryani using a pressure cooker. Its so easy to make. It tastes and smells awesome. I have used carrot, potato and soya chunks. You can use beans, green peas, cauliflower to make it colorful and healthy. Do try this easy, yummy vegetable biryani using jeera rice in a pressure  cooker. I am sure you will love its taste. Ok, lets see how to make this seeraga samba biriyani with step by step pictures and video.

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seeraga samba rice veg biryani

Jeera Rice Veg Biryani Recipe

Jeera Rice Veg Biryani Recipe How to make Vegetable biryani using jeera rice in a pressure cooker
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Biryani Recipes
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Jeera rice / seeraga samba arisi - 1 cup
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Mixed vegetables – 1 cup ( 1 carrot, 1 potato, handful of soya chunks)
  • Cooking oil + ghee - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Bay leaf - 1 no
  • Black stone flower / Kalpasi - 1 no
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Ripe tomato - 1 no
  • Mint leaves - 1/2 tbsp (optional)
To Grind
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 2 nos
  • Cardamom - 1 no
  • Green chilli - 3 nos
  • Big onion - 1 no ( medium size)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Mint leaves - 1 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves - 1/2 tbsp
  • Water - as needed ( to grind paste)


  1. Wash and chop carrot and potato into thin, long strips.
  2. Grind ingredients for masala. Keep aside.
  3. Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker. Saute bay leaf and black stone flower.
  4. Add onion. Saute well. Add tomato, saute till mushy. Add masala paste, salt.
  5. Saute till raw smell goes off. Now add vegetables, soaked soya chunks, washed rice and mix well.
  6. Pressure cook in low flame for one whistle. Remove and fluff the rice. Serve with raita !


  • Wash the jeera rice / seeraga samba rice and keep aside. No need to soak the rice in water. Wash and chop all the vegetables and keep aside.
    Jeera rice veg biryani
  • Grind all the ingredients given under “to grind” to a smooth paste.Set aside.
    Jeera rice veg biryani
  • Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker base. Saute bay leaf, kalpasi. Saute onion till transparent.
Jeera rice biryani

  • Add tomato, required salt and saute till mushy. Add the ground masala paste, turmeric powder. Saute till its raw smell goes off. Lastly add the chopped vegetables and saute for a minute to coat the masala.
    Jeera rice veg biryani
  • Add water. When the water roll boils, add washed rice. Add some mint leaves if you like. Mix well. Pressure cook in very low flame for one whistle. Remove the lid after steam is released. Mix gently and serve hot with onion raita or brinjal gravy for biryani if you like.
    Jeera rice veg biryani
  • Enjoy !


  • Adjust the number of chillies as per your taste.
  • You can add 1 tbsp of grated coconut while grinding.
  • You can also use coconut milk & water in equal quantity.
Enjoy this yummy, flavorful Jeera rice veg biryani at home !Jeera rice biryani

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Unknown said...

It looks very tasty . . . . I must try it ... Thank you :)

Unknown said...

It looks very tasty . . . I must try it . . . Thank you:)

mythil said...

I tried it, really very tasty. Tastes better than basmati rice. Thanks for the recipe :)

Chitra said...

Happy to hear that. Thanks for the feedback 😃

Kausik said...

you are great akka

Chitra said...

Thank you

Unknown said...

It looks very tasty 😋. Sure I will try the recipe.