Veg Cooker Biryani Recipe

Veg Cooker Biryani Recipe

50 Mins
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Let me share with you a little story about my journey with Veg Cooker Biryani. It all started one lazy Sunday afternoon when I was craving something flavorful and comforting but didn't feel like spending hours in the kitchen. As I rummaged through my pantry, I stumbled upon the idea of making biryani in a cooker. It sounded simple enough, and I decided to give it a try. To my surprise, the result was absolutely delicious! The aroma of spices filled my kitchen, and the taste transported me to the streets of India. Since then, Veg Cooker Biryani has become my go-to recipe for busy days when I want a hearty and satisfying meal without the fuss.





Recipe of Veg Cooker Biryani




  • Oil: 3 tbsp
  • Ghee: 1 tbsp
  • Cloves: 4-5 pcs
  • Bayleaf: 2 pcs
  • Black pepper: 8-10 pcs
  • Mace: 1 pc
  • Cinnamon: 1 inch
  • Black cardamom: 1 pc
  • Green cardamom: 5-6 pcs
  • Shahi jeera: 1 tsp
  • Onion, sliced: 1 cup
  • Ginger & garlic paste: 1 tbsp
  • Green chilli paste: ½ tbsp
  • Cauliflower: 1 cup
  • Carrot: ½ cup
  • French beans: ½ cup
  • Potato, diced: 1 cup
  • Green peas: ½ cup
  • Salt: ½ tbsp
  • Turmeric powder: ¾ tbsp
  • Kashmiri chilli powder: 1 tbsp
  • Coriander powder: 1 tbsp
  • Curd: 1 cup
  • Biryani masala: 1 tbsp
  • Basmati rice, washed: 2 cups
  • Water: 3 ½ cups
  • Coriander, chopped: 1 tbsp
  • Mint, chopped: 1 tbsp
  • Ginger juliennes
  • Barista: 1 tbsp
  • Ghee: 1 tbsp
  • Salt: 1 tsp





  1. Preparing the Spices and Aromatics:

    • Heat a pressure cooker and add oil and ghee.
    • Add cloves, bay leaves, black pepper, mace, cinnamon, black cardamom, green cardamom, and shahi jeera. Allow them to splutter and release their aroma.
  2. Sautéing the Onions:

    • Add sliced onions to the pressure cooker and cook until golden brown.
  3. Incorporating the Aromatics:

    • Add ginger and garlic paste, along with green chilli paste, to the onions. Sauté until fragrant.
  4. Adding the Vegetables:

    • Add cauliflower, carrots, French beans, potatoes, and green peas. Mix well.
  5. Seasoning the Vegetables:

    • Season with salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, and coriander powder. Sauté until the spices coat the vegetables evenly.
  6. Introducing Curd:

    • Pour in curd and cook for a while to allow the flavors to meld.
  7. The Biryani Masala Magic:

    • Add biryani masala and blend well.
  8. Adding Water:

    • Pour in water and let it simmer for a minute.
  9. Layering the Biryani:

    • Divide the mixture in the pressure cooker in half.
  10. Layering the Ingredients:

    • Add a layer of soaked basmati rice over the vegetables. Sprinkle chopped coriander, mint leaves, barista, and ginger juliennes.
  11. Repeating the Layers:

    • Repeat the layering process with the reserved vegetable mixture, more rice, and aromatic toppings. Drizzle some ghee over the top.
  12. Pressure Cooking:

    • Cover the pressure cooker and cook for 2-3 whistles.
  13. Resting and Garnishing:

    • Once cooled, garnish with additional chopped coriander, mint leaves, and a drizzle of ghee. Keep covered for a minute to let the flavors meld.
  14. Serve hot and enjoy your Veg Cooker Biryani!


This flavorful and aromatic Veg Cooker Biryani is sure to delight your taste buds and impress your guests. Enjoy it with your favorite side dishes for a complete and satisfying meal.




About the Recipe:


Veg Cooker Biryani is a quick and easy version of the traditional biryani dish, made using a pressure cooker or an electric rice cooker. This flavorful dish features fragrant basmati rice cooked with an assortment of vegetables, aromatic spices, and herbs. The beauty of Veg Cooker Biryani lies in its simplicity and convenience, as it requires minimal preparation and cooking time compared to traditional biryani recipes. Despite its simplified cooking method, Veg Cooker Biryani doesn't compromise on taste or flavor, making it a favorite among both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.



Cooking Tips:


  1. Rinse the basmati rice thoroughly before cooking to remove excess starch and prevent it from becoming sticky.
  2. Use fresh and seasonal vegetables for the best flavor and texture in Veg Cooker Biryani.
  3. Toast the whole spices such as cumin seeds, cloves, and cinnamon sticks in ghee or oil before adding the rice and vegetables for enhanced flavor.
  4. Layer the vegetables evenly over the rice to ensure even cooking and distribution of flavors.
  5. Add a handful of chopped mint and cilantro leaves to the biryani for a fresh and vibrant flavor.



Pairing Guide:


Veg Cooker Biryani pairs well with a variety of accompaniments such as raita, pickle, and papad. It also goes well with side dishes like vegetable kurma, cucumber salad, or roasted paprika potatoes. For a complete meal, serve Veg Cooker Biryani with a refreshing beverage like buttermilk or lemonade.




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Veg Cooker Biryani:


  1. What is Veg Cooker Biryani? Veg Cooker Biryani is a quick and easy version of the traditional biryani dish, made using a pressure cooker or an electric rice cooker. It features fragrant basmati rice cooked with an assortment of vegetables, aromatic spices, and herbs.

  2. Can I use any type of rice for Veg Cooker Biryani? While basmati rice is traditionally used for making Veg Cooker Biryani, you can also use other long-grain rice varieties such as jasmine rice or seeraga samba rice.

  3. How long does it take to cook Veg Cooker Biryani? Veg Cooker Biryani typically takes about 20-25 minutes to cook in a pressure cooker and 30-35 minutes in an electric rice cooker.

  4. Can I add meat or tofu to Veg Cooker Biryani? Yes, you can customize Veg Cooker Biryani by adding meat, tofu, or paneer cubes along with the vegetables for added protein.

  5. What spices are used in Veg Cooker Biryani? The spices commonly used in Veg Cooker Biryani include cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaves, and garam masala.

  6. How do I prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the cooker? To prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the cooker, add a thin layer of ghee or oil to the bottom before adding the rice and vegetables.

  7. Can I make Veg Cooker Biryani ahead of time? Yes, you can make Veg Cooker Biryani ahead of time and reheat it before serving. Just make sure to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

  8. Is Veg Cooker Biryani spicy? The level of spiciness in Veg Cooker Biryani can be adjusted according to personal preference by controlling the amount of green chilies or red chili powder added to the dish.

  9. Can I freeze Veg Cooker Biryani? Yes, you can freeze Veg Cooker Biryani in an airtight container for up to 2-3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

  10. Can I garnish Veg Cooker Biryani with fried onions? Yes, you can garnish Veg Cooker Biryani with crispy fried onions for added flavor and texture.