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Easy Tamilnadu Vegetable Biryani Using Pressure Cooker

by | Jul 15, 2015 | 84 comments

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Recipe for making Vegetable Biryani in Pressure Cooker / Rice Cooker. South Indian Tamilnadu style biryani using seeraga samba rice. Step by step method.

This is a very easy to do vegetable biryani recipe that is made using the pressure cooker. I have used Seeraga Samba Rice to make this biryani. If you do not have Seeraga Samba Rice, you can substitute Basmati Rice. The whole recipe can be put together in less than an hour. Here is how to do an easy and quick vegetable biryani.

Soak the Seeraga samba / Basmati rice in water and set aside.
Heat oil and ghee in a pan and add in 2-3 cloves. Add in the sliced onions and fry till the onions are soft. No need to brown the onions. When the onions are soft, add in the chopped tomatoes.

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Fry till the tomatoes are cooked and oil floats on top. Make a paste out of the ingredients listed under biryani masala. Add it to the pan and cook for a minute. Add in the turmeric powder and salt and saute for a minute more.

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Add in the chopped veggies. For every cup of rice, use two cup of vegetables ( I used carrots, beans, potatoes and peas) and fry for 2-3 minutes. . Add in the chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves. Fry for a minute more. Now we need to add water. Add 1.5 cups of water for one cup of rice. Add in the water and let it come to a roaring boil.

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Once the water is boiling, add in the rice and let the mixture come to a boil again. Once the mixture boils, cover the pressure pan with a lid and leave it exactly for 2 whistles on medium flame. Switch off the flame and let the pressure from the cooker release naturally.

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Vegetable Biryani is ready. Serve hot with kurma or raita.

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Vegetable Biryani in Pressure Cooker

Recipe for making Vegetable Biryani in Pressure Cooker / Rice Cooker. South Indian Tamilnadu style biryani using seeraga samba rice. Step by step method.

  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 3 1x

Ingredients

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For Rice

  • 1 cup (250 ml) Seeraga Samba / Basmati Rice
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) water

For Biryani Masala Paste

  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 3 green chillies (Add more if you want it really spicy)
  • 2” piece cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cardamom
  • 1/3 cup water to grind

Other Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 medium sized onion, sliced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 15 mint leaves
  • 34 stalks coriander leaves

Vegetables for the biryani

  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 potato
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 78 Beans

Instructions

  1. Soak the Seeraga samba / Basmati rice in water and set aside.
  2. Heat oil and ghee in a pan and add in 2-3 cloves. Add in the sliced onions and fry till the onions are soft. No need to brown the onions.
  3. When the onions are soft, add in the chopped tomatoes. Fry till the tomatoes are cooked and oil floats on top.
  4. Make a paste out of the ingredients listed under biryani masala. Add it to the pan and cook for a minute. Add in the turmeric powder and salt and saute for a minute more.
  5. Add in the chopped veggies and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add in the chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves. Fry for a minute more.
  6. Add 1.5 cups of water for one cup of rice. Add in the water and let it come to a roaring boil.
  7. Once the water is boiling, add in the rice and let the mixture come to a boil again. Once the mixture boils, cover the pressure pan with a lid and leave it exactly for 2 whistles on medium flame. Switch off the flame and let the pressure from the cooker release naturally.
  8. Vegetable Biryani is ready. Serve hot with kurma or raita.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Rice, Main Dish
  • Cuisine: South Indian, Tamilnadu

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84 Comments

  1. subashini

    Hi can make this in a rice cooker instead of a pressure cooker ?

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Yes. you can make it in a rice cooker.

      Reply
  2. Uma ashok

    Always your recipes rocks ma’am 🥰 simple and tasty biriyani 😋😋 thank you ma’am






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  3. Sujatha

    Hi, I soaked the rice when I started cooking. I cooked the rice for 2 whistles. My briyani wasn’t cooked and was soggy. I did dum for 10 mins on a tawa and it came out pola pola nu. Do you have any other solution for this issue? Briyani measurements are awesome and came out so tasty. Simple and quick recipe. I loved it.😍

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you!
      The size of the cooker also matters. What size did you use.
      Also, you can adjust and may be keep for 3 whistles next time.

      Reply
  4. karthi

    thank you…easy n tasty






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      • Gayathri

        Hi suguna, biryani came out very well except for a part that I always mess up with. My biryani always gets burnt at the bottom and I when I open the cooker, there is water is on the top but no water in mid or end part of the cooker. Taste was awesome though. Pls help me with this ! 🥰

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          • Gayathri

            I used 5L cooker

          • Suguna Vinodh

            This is strange. The burner may be a little different. I am not sure. Maybe try reducing the flame and do for just one whistle. Open after the pressure settles completely.

  5. Arlie Mathew

    Ur recipes are super easy and yummy… Keep posting…






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  6. Radhika Madhav

    Absolutely finger licking.. Your recipes never go wrong..U are simply superb






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you so much. Glad you liked the recipe.

      Reply
  7. Nivashini

    Tried and it was finger licking good. Thank you for this recipe.






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  8. Nithya

    Such an easy and delicious recipe. I loved it.






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you so much. Glad you liked the vegetable biryani.

      Reply
  9. Sharanya

    Wow Semmaya irundhuchu.. Thank you so much 🥰

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you. Happy you liked the vegetable biryani.

      Reply
  10. Ash

    Hi, Suguna,

    I made this Biryani today. The whole house smelled like a veg restaurant on a busy afternoon! Came out super good and delicious.






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  11. Thava

    I tried and it came out so well..thank you so much

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  12. Darshini

    Hi Kannamma, how can I make this without using a pressure cooker? Thank you

    Reply
  13. Sasi

    Hi mam,1st time my veg biryani came out very well..my Daughter enjoyed.Recently I started to tried ur recipes.All recipe r very tasty.thank u so much…keep going mam.






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  14. Krishnan

    Hi Suguna,
    I follow your recepies regularly and I can’t thank you enough. They are all very simple and easy to follow. They are tasty too and that is testament of your receipies.

    Thank You for doing this!!

    Truly,
    Krish.

    Reply
  15. Sruthi Radhakrishnan

    Hi, I came across your site (it’s awesome) and found this recipe just as I was planning to use seeraga samba for the first time. I have a doubt, though. Do you dry roast the ingredients for biryani masala?

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      For this recipe, no need to dry roast spices.

      Reply
  16. Sahiba

    I’m so intrigued by this recipe. Sounds really really yummm. I’m planning to make it for my mom soon. Plz guide me, should I be frying the biriyani paste or just grind it raw and use it? Thanks in advance 🙂

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Hi Sahiba, You can saute the masala for a few minutes so it gets cooked.

      Reply
  17. Ashok

    Can we add meal maker with the vegetables?

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      • Ashok

        Thank you mam.. I tried last week and first time in history veg biriyani came out well for me 😊 my friends appreciated.. but I personally felt like garlic taste went high..so to avoid that in future can i use ginger garlic paste and if yes what should be the quantity 1.5 tsp ?






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        • Suguna Vinodh

          Thank you so much! Sure you can use the paste. 1.5 – 2 tsp will work.

          Reply
  18. Vijaya

    Veg biryani came out superb. Also tried veg kuruma. Was really delicious. My son loved having his lunch. Thank you so much for this recipe. Please post more such recipes






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  19. anand

    Mam shall i add coconut along with a ginger garlic paste






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  20. Senthurselvi

    Hi Suguna..I made this Briyani and it was so tasty and also very easy to cook..Thanks for the recipe..

    Reply
  21. EssKay

    To make for 2 or 3 times the quantity. Can we just increase the ingredients?. Any other changes needs to adapted. Please let me know

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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Sure. you can increase the ingredients . If bigger batch, do in a bigger cooker and reduce the water quantity a little.

      Reply
  22. Pushpalatha

    Hi kannama mam…blog name s juz amazing.. Glad found ur website.. Im a beginner at cooking..ur website helps me a lot.. Plzz tel me d water quantity fr briyani rice?

    Reply
  23. Sowmiya

    Hi Suguna
    I tried your veg biryani and it was so yummy. I do do this for all party’s and every time people say it is so yummy. Thanks a lot for this receipe. It comes so perfect.






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  24. Dhivya

    Tried this recipe with Seeraga samba rice and it tasted great 🙂 Thank you 🙂

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  25. Reni

    Hi I’m Reni.. today was the happiest day because I tried your veg biryani recipe and it came out really well.. Being a beginner in cooking I am so happy that it was a success.. If it was a Chicken biryani , could u pls tell me in which step I should include ?

    Thanks






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  26. Gayathri

    It came very well mam.. everybody appreciated mam..thanks mam






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  27. Bhavani

    Just tried ur biriyani…. came out superb






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  28. Jaya

    Can I use normal rice instead of basmati rice.

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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Sure, but increase water qty. for sona masuri, 1 cup rice : 2 to 2.5 cups water.

      Reply
  29. Sakthi

    I tried this – taste was good but lot of rice were burnt – i followed the steps exactly – and used 1 and half cup of water for 1 cup rice…wat could be the issue? dont we add additonal 1/4 to 1/2 water for veggies to cook?

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      This recipe has been tested by many of our readers to good results.
      The problem might be in the following areas
      # did you soak the rice
      # cook for 2 whistles in medium flame and not high
      # hope you did not use a cooker that was more than 3 or 4 litres for this quantity. That is one cup rice. Big cookers tend to burn if small quantity is cooked.

      Reply
  30. Kavitha

    Hai Kannamma Ma’m,Sema super recepie.I was thinking that without curd how it’ll be.but it’seems yummy. ….. thank u so. ..much.all my hubby’so friends loved it.thanks.

    Reply
  31. Sangeetha

    Such a awesomatic mouth watering recipe. Thanks a ton kannama.. came out very well… i loved it to the core… the ingredients measurement are pakka…. i felt as if i was a great chef today…






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you so much Sangeetha. Glad you liked the recipe. You are a great chef everyday!

      Reply
  32. Vaishnavi Mani

    Hey,
    thank you for this awesome recipe. Whichever way i used to prepare, the masala either went way too overboard or too mellow. this time i followed your recipe and my husband couldnt help taking those extra serves and was all praises. Finally got in niche with the dish. Thank you once again! ??

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thats so nice to know Vaishnavi. Really glad that you liked the recipe.

      Reply
  33. Noreen

    Hi Kannamma. Thanks once again for an awesome recipe. Made it for my wedding anniversary and my whole family loved it. My hubby kept taking extra serves that he had to skip dinner 😉






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      wow! that’s so nice Noreen. Belated anniversary wishes. Hope you guys had fun. Really glad you made this recipe for a special occasion. Happy Cooking.

      Reply
  34. Poorni

    How long should we soak the rice?

    Reply
  35. Ambikai

    I got lot of appreciation from my husband when I tried this briyani. My 2yr old girl loved this food. Thank you so much.






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  36. Lucky

    Hi kannamma,
    This has become our regular Saturday lunch ! On a mission to try every single recipie from your blog ?.
    Lots of love ???,
    Lucky.






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  37. Dawn Budacz

    What is kurma and raita? If I can not get fresh spices, can I use dry? Also, what is ghee?
    Thank you for your time

    Reply
  38. Manjula

    Hi Suguna,
    This recipe turned out so flavorful and yummy. I always had hard time making rice recipes in a cooker. Your recipe helped me get perfectly cooked rice. Thanks a lot for the recipe. My mother liked it too 🙂 I am going to pass her the recipe too.






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  39. archana

    Very useful thank you ka

    Reply
  40. Madhumathi

    Awesome..first time ever I got to cook really delicious vegetable biryani. I am a vegetarian. I always used to envy the flavour of chicken biryani. I have tried different ways to bring about at least half of that in veg biryani but in vain. This recipe almost nailed it. My husband and myself loved this recipe. Thank you so much kannama. Count me in as your ardent fanot.






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    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thats really really nice Madhumathi. Your message made my day! Hi5 from here for the vegetable biryani!

      Reply
  41. kavita

    U haven’t mentioned the veggies used n qty…request u to plz add

    Reply
    • Suguna Vinodh

      Thank you so much Kavita for letting me know. Have updated the recipe. Thanks again dear!

      Reply
      • Poorna

        Hi, tried this veg biriyani this afternoon. It’s very easy and tastes good. Thank you for posting this recipe. Keep writing.

        Reply

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