Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Brown Basmati Rice Vegetable Dum Biriyani

Iam sure that most of you are aware of the fact that "Brown Rice" is more healthier than "White Rice" .The bran and germ layer in the brown rice is rich in several vitamins, minerals and fiber
I tried cooking "Dum Biriyani" with Brown Basmati Rice and it turned out well.Hence its my pleasure to post this recipe in my blog
You can find the same recipe using "White Basmati Rice" in this link Vegetable Dum Biriyani

Part 1 - Brown Basmati Rice
  • Brown Basmati Rice - 3 cups
  • Water - 6 cups
  • Salt - as needed
  • Coriander and Mint leaves - few 
Part 2 - Seasoning and Saute
  • Refined sunflower oil + Ghee - 2 tablespoons
  • Cinnamon stick - small piece
  • Cardamom/elachi - 2 nos (slit opened)
  • Cloves - 3 nos
  • Garlic - 6 nos (chop into small pieces)
  • Ginger - small piece
  • Onions - 2 (cut it lengthwise)
  • Tomato -2 (chop into cubes)
  • Green Chilly - 6 nos 
  • Turmeric - little
Part 3 - Vegetables
  • Carrot - 2 (medium sized diced into cubes)
  • Beans - 10 (cut it lengthwise)
  • Potato -  2 (medium sized chop into small cubes)
  • Cauliflower - 20 florets
  • Peas- - 1/2 cup
Part 4 - Others
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder - 3/4 teaspoon
  • Chilly powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Curd - 1/4 cup
  • Tomato Ketchup - 2 tablespoon s+ 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander and mint leaves - 2 tablespoons each
  • Lemon - 1
  • Salt - for cooking vegetables
Step 1 - Cooking Brown Basmati Rice
  • Wash and soak rice for 30 minutes
  • Boil water in an open vessel with salt, coriander, mint leaves and elachi
  • When it starts boiling add the soaked rice and cover it with lid
  • Cook for 30 minutes in a slow flame.You may open the lid in between and stir it using fork (so that the rice doesn't break)
  • Note the rice should be 3/4th cooked only now

Step 2 - Masala 
  • Heat oil  / ghee in a vessel.Add cinnamon stick, cardamom and cloves in a simmer flame
  • Put green chillies, ginger and garlic and fry for sometime till the raw smell of garlic goes

  • Add thinly sliced onions and saute till it becomes golden brown in a medium flame.Put a pinch of salt while doing this
  • Throw in chopped tomatoes and saute well with a pinch of salt and turmeric
  • Now add the chopped vegetables one by one.Stir it once
  • Add garam masala, coriander and chilly powders, salt and mix well
  • Add curd and mix with these vegetables.Let it cook for 5 minutes in a medium flame
  • Add 2 tablespoons of ketchup and mix well
  • Close the lid and cook till the vegetables are half done
Step 3 - Dum Biriyani
  • Grease a thick bottomed vessel with oil
  • Spread half of the vegetables / masala on it
  • Add a layer of 3/4th cooked Brown Basmati Rice on top of it
  • Again spread remaining half of the masala over the previous rice layer.Now add 1 tablespoon of tomato ketchup on it and put few chopped coriander/ mint leaves
  • Layer it with rice again
  • In total "2 vegetable / masala layer+ 2 rice layers"
  • Heat a tawa (optional)and place the biriyani pot / vessel over it .This will prevent from charring / burning.Since I used thick bottomed vessel I skipped this step
  • Close the vessel with a lid and put a weight on top of the lid.See the pic below for better understanding
  • Cook for 15 minutes in a medium flame.Switch off the stove
Step 4 - Serving
  • Open the lid just before serving
  • Squeeze lemon if needed and mix well with a small plate as seen in the picture