Baisakhi, Pulao

Mixed Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

2 cups of mixed veggis ( potatoes, carrots, greenpeas, beans, califlower )
2 cups basmathi rice
1 onion ( sliced)
1/2 cup tomato puree ( use canned puree to get the good colour to biryani)
2 tsp ginger and garlic paste
6 to 7 green chillis ( slit)
cilantro ( handfull)
mint (optional)
4 cloves
4 cardamom
2 inch cinnamon stick
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
6 tbs oil
2 tbs ghee
1/4 cup cashews (grind to a smooth paste )
pinch of safforn ( soaked in 1/4 cup warm milk)1 tsp Garam masala for sprinkling in layers


Wash and Soak rice for 20 min, Cook 2 cups of rice with 3-1/2 cups of water and 1 tsp of salt
Chop all the veggies in to big pieces
Heat oil in a pan, add cloves, cardamom, cinnamon then add sliced onions, sprinkle salt
and cook on low flame until onions are brown
Now add green chillis and cilantro fry for a min, and add tomato puree, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder mix everything and cook on low flame for 5 min
Then Add chopped veggies, cover and cook on low flame for 10 min or until veggies are soft
Now add cashew paste and garam masala powder mix everything and cook for another 5 min, and turn off the stove
Take a baking dish, add a layer of veggi mixture, top it with rice,  ghee and garam masala, again add remaining veggi mixture, top it with remaining rice, ghee, garam masala and saffron milk
Cover with tight lid or foil,bake on a preheated 350 oven for 30 min
Done, serve hot