A flavorful and aromatic Shahi Veg Biryani cooked with assorted veggies and aromatic Indian spices. A gluten-free dish that is perfect as a leisurely Sunday brunch!
Are you a biryani or pulao lover then you are surely going to enjoy this recipe. Shahi Veg Biryani is a gluten-free dish that is loaded with tons of flavor and will take your brunch or weeknight meal to a whole new level.
Biryani needs no introduction. Originally from Persia, this rice dish has found it’s way into India cuisine. Every region of India has its own traditional way of making biryani. This finger-licking dish is prepared by slow cooking layers of parboiled rice and vegetable gravy in a sealed pot (dum*). This way the flavors permeate and spread throughout the dish making it all the more flavorful and d-licious.
*Dum cooking also referred to as dum pukht means cooking a dish in a sealed pot. This method of cooking dates back to hundreds of years. In this method, veggies or meats secret their juices into the rice resulting in a rich and fragrant dish.
Is Biryani and Pulao/Pilaf/Pulav the same?
No they are not. Shahi Veg Biryani
Pulao technically speaking, is a one-pot meal where veggies or meat are cooked along with rice in set quantity of water. But when it comes to biryani, it uses couple to steps to finish the whole dish – veggies/meat and rice are cooked separately.
Pulao is cooked using “absorption” method wherein biryani uses the “layering” method – where rice and veggies are arranged in layers in a pot or handi and cooked (dum) on slow heat until done.
Pulaos are mildly flavored with just the right amount of spices that enhance the overall taste of the dish. But in biryani, spices are the most important ingredients. Depending on the region, preparation and flavors of biryani varies.
Now on to the recipe!
For better understanding I have divided the recipe into four stages.
First stage involves preparing Shahi masala. This is a versatile masala. Toss in a teaspoon of this masala to any gravy and take that dish to a whole new level.
Second step involves preparation of veggies and gravy. Cook the veggies until they are tender and al dente ( firm enough to bite). Do not overcook them as they may turn mushy and look unpleasing. Feel free to add veggies of your choice.
Third step involves preparation of rice. Add whole spices + onions+ mint + coriander and par boil rice (half way cooked).
Final step involves the assembly – “layering” part. Layer the biryani as shown below. Finish off this delicious biryani with some chopped cilantro leaves and finally top with some fried nuts. Seal with dough. Before sealing the pot, add milk or water to the layered biryani. Dum cook for 10 minutes until rice is cooked thorough.
Overall this yummy biryani is magnificent on its own. Loaded with tons of flavor and texture, Shahi veg biryani will definitely be a hit in your family. I hope that you give this recipe a try and make some amazing memories!
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