How to Cook Veg Dum Biryani

How to Cook Veg Dum Biryani

Serves – 6
Prep time – 20 mins
Cooking time – 30mins

For marination
Cauliflower florets – 2 cups
Beans 1” long – 1½ cup
Carrot diced – 1½ cup
Green Peas – 1cup
Salt – to taste
Turmeric – ¾ tsp
Chilli powder – 2 tsp
Cinnamon stick – 2nos
Cardamom – 5 no
Shahi jeera – 2 tsp
Garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Ginger paste – 1 tbsp
Mace (javitri) powder – ½ tsp
Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
Green chilli – 2 nos
Mint leaves – 1 cup
Curd – 1½ cup
Oil – 1cup
Onion sliced – 2cups

For rice
Basmati rice – 3 cups

Water – 3 lts
Cardamom – 4-5 nos
Cinnamon stick – 2 nos
Green chilli – 1 no
Salt – 2 tbsp
Oil – 1 tbsp
Rose water – 1 tbsp
Kewra water – ½ tbsp (approx)
Saffron (dissolved in 2tbsp milk) – a pinch
Water from Blanched Rice – 1 cup
Leftover oil – 3 tbsp
Mint leaves – handful
Fried onion – handful
Dough – for sealing

In a bowl mix all the ingredients under marination except for green peas, oil and onions. Keep it aside.
In a deep pan heat oil and add onions. Brown the onions and then strain them removing the oil. Add the fried onions back to the pan along with 3tbsp of the strained oil. Keep the remaining oil on the side. Add the marinated veggies on to the onions and give a quick boil and cook for 4 mins. Turn off the heat and add the green peas.
Separately boil water add 1 tbsp of oil(leftover strained oil), cardamom, cinnamon, green chili, and salt. Boil for 5 mins and then strain the spices and chili. Add kewra and rose water. Now add the soaked and drained rice. Cook till rice is ¾ th cooked. Strain the rice and retain the water.
Spread the strained rice over the veggies and drizzle dissolved saffron, 1 cup of strained water(from rice), 3tbsp of oil(from fried onions), mint leaves and fried onions. Using the dough and a lid seal the top of the vessel.
Seal the vessel with dough and a tight-fitting lid. Cook on high heat for a minute, now lower the heat and cook on dum for 12-15min. Remove from heat and let it sit for 10 mins before opening the lid. Serve hot with raita.