Cook's Hideout: Veg Dum Biryani (Hyderabadi Vegetable Dum Biryani)

September 26, 2013

Veg Dum Biryani (Hyderabadi Vegetable Dum Biryani)

Blogging Marathon# 32: Letter V
Theme: A-Z Vegetarian Dishes of Andhra Pradesh
Dish: Veg Dum Biryani (Hyderabadi Vegetable Dum Biryani)
Letter V stands for my all time favorite vegetable Vankaya (brinjal/ eggplant), but I stopped myself from making yet another vankaya recipe (I already posted 4 recipes with eggplant in this month). So I made yet another favorite of mine, Vegetable Dum ka Biryani.
Veg Dum Biryani (Hyderabadi Vegetable Dum Biryani)
The first time I ever had veg dum biryani was some 8 years ago when my MIL made it when she visited us. It was quite a lengthy and time taking process -- marinating the veggies, par boiling the rice, layering and then cooking on dum. I tried to make the process a little bit simpler and slightly faster than my MIL's dish. 
Instead of marinating the veggies, I cook them with spices so they don't taste bland in the final dish. I either microwave basmati rice or pressure cook for only 1 whistle, so rice still holds its shape and does not turn mushy.
Veg Dum Biryani (Hyderabadi Vegetable Dum Biryani)
Biryani tastes great as is, but served with a side of gravy curry and tangy raita, it tastes absolutely amazingly delicious. We made tomato-onion raita and it went really well with the spicy biryani.

Ingredients: Serves 3~4
For Rice Layer:
Basmati rice - 2cups, washed, rinsed and soaked for 30 minutes
Bay leaf - 1
Cloves - 3
Cardamom pods - 3
Cinnamon stick - 1" piece
Salt - 1tsp

For Curry Layer:
Onion - 1 large, chopped
Vegetables - 4 cups, chopped (Potatoes, carrots, green beans, cauliflower, green pepper, green peas, broccoli etc. are great to use here. Avoid veggies that have lot of water and the ones that lose their shape when cooked)
Tomato puree - 1cup
Ginger-garlic paste - 1tsp
Yogurt - ½cup, whisked well
Red chili powder - 2tsp (or more to taste)
Ground coriander - 1tsp
Ground Cumin - ½tsp
Mint - ¼cup, finely chopped
Cilantro - ¼cup, finely chopped
Salt - to taste

Other Ingredients:
Onion - 1 large, thinly sliced
Mint - ¼cup, chopped
Cilantro - ¼cup, chopped

  • For the Rice Layer: Cook the soaked basmati rice along with the other ingredients listed under 'for rice layer' either in the microwave (with 2½ cups of water for 8~10minutes) or in the pressure cooker (with 3cups of water for 1 whistle). Rice should hold its shape and should not be mushy.
  • For the fried onions: Heat 2tbsp oil in a large nonstick pan; add the thinly sliced onions and cook on medium flame, until the onions are caramelized, takes about 15~20 minutes. Set aside.
  • For the Curry: Heat 2tbsp oil in the same pan and add the chopped onion and cook until it starts to turn lightly browned around the edges.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and cook for 1 minute.
  • Next add the vegetables, cover and cook until they turn tender. To speed up the cooking process, I microwave the veggies until fork tender and then add them to the onion mixture.
  • Then add tomato puree, ground coriander, ground cumin, red chili powder. Cook for 4~5 minutes.
  • Finally add whisked yogurt, mint, cilantro and salt. Cook for 2~3 minutes, turn off the stove and set aside.
  • Assemble/ Layer the Biryani: Now that all the layers are ready, it's time to assemble the dish. In a heavy bottomed deep pan (I use a pressure cooker), add 2tsp oil. For the first layer, add 1/3rd of the rice followed by ½ of the curry mixture and ½of the fried onions. For the second layer, add 1/3rd of the rice followed by remaining ½ of the curry. For the final layer, add the remaining 1/3rd of the rice, sprinkle the remaining ½ of the fried onions and the chopped mint and cilantro. Cover the pan tightly and cook for 10~12 minutes.
  • Serve hot with raita or any gravy dish.
Veg Dum Biryani (Hyderabadi Vegetable Dum Biryani)

Logo courtesy : Preeti
Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 32.


  1. I agree though the dish is lengthy, it's worth the efforts in the end..very lovely bowl of rice Pavani..

  2. Such a beautiful and comforting dish!! Live the pot in which u have served it

  3. omg such an Delicious looking dum biryani i love it with mirchi ka salan :) makes me hungry dear !! awesome presentation !!

  4. Very delicious and inviting biryani, highly tempting..

  5. The Hyderabadi Veg Dum Biryani is tempting me.... wel explained :)

  6. Who can say no to a pot of Hyderabadi Briyani. Aromatic and flavourful. I love your stoneware. :)

  7. perfect one pot dish - and thanks for excluding another eggplant dish :)

  8. its my favorite biryani, prefer it vegetarian always, lovely click

  9. Biryani are always my fav , love this exotic veg biryani !

  10. OMG! that sounds like lot of work, Pavani. But the result is just as divine!!

  11. biryani look so fabulous and lip smacking.

  12. One dish meal with awesome flavours.

  13. Looks perfect Pavani. I have been wanting to make this but it is stuck to my mind that it is a cumbersome process, so never venture out!

  14. Dum biryani is time consuming but so worth the effort. I always order it whenever we eat outside.

  15. Bookmarked. This needs me to do make this soon. Thanks

  16. It is def time consuming but worth all the effort. Looks awesome


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