|September 26, 2022


Vegetable Biryani, also known as beriani, biriani is a mixed rice dish of south Asian origin. Biryani has its roots in India and is often an amalgamated stir-fry with different meats, such as lamb or chicken, and vegetables, such as carrots and beans.

Many people get confused about the difference between Vegetable Biryani and Pulao. In traditional biryani recipes, rice and meat or vegetables are separately cooked before they are put together in layers and slowly cooked with spices over time, which creates a flavorful dish thanks to ghee, fried onions, and other savory ingredients. 

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Pulao is different from this as it is mainly just rice mixed with some combination of veggies or meats, along with spices for flavor - meaning that its flavor profile tends to be lighter than what you will find in vegetable biryani. In pulao, veggies and spices are cooked with each other.

While it is believed that the Mughal Empire introduced the vegetable biryani to India, there are accounts of a similar rice dish from centuries before. Veg biryani in Tamil literature mentions an ancient rice dish called Oon Soru, which translates roughly to cooked rice. It consists of rice, ghee, meat, turmeric, coriander powder, black pepper, and bay leaves; this recipe dates back to 2 A.D. when it was for the warrior-class Hindus who needed food for sustenance on long journeys.

Making a perfect Vegetable Biryani takes time and patience because it involves several steps, such as pre-cooking rice, cooking the liquid for the biryani sauce, seasoning, and preparing veggies before finally layering all ingredients together. But afterward, you will be rewarded with an authentic-tasting veg dum biryani.

How To Make Vegetable Biryani

This Vegetable Biryani Recipe takes very little time and effort when preparing a vegetable biryani instant pot, making it perfect for a quick weekday meal. Basmati rice is layered with various spiced vegetables, fried onions, and fresh herbs, such as mint and coriander, paired together in this hearty dish.


A simple, easy, and flavorful vegetable biryani recipe made in the Instant pot pressure cooker - layers of spiced vegetables, warm spices, herbs like mint and cilantro, fried onions, and basmati rice.

Print Recipe
  • Serves-4
  • Preparation Time- 20 Minutes
  • Cooking time- 20 Minutes


For The Marination-

  • ½ Cup - Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp - Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 - Diced Carrot
  • 1 Cup - Beans
  • 1 Cup - Cauliflower
  • 1 Cup - Cubed Paneer
  • ½ Tsp - Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tsp - Alcoeats Red Hot Chili Powder
  • 2 Tbsp - Biryani Masala
  • 2 Tbsp - Lemon Juice
  • To Taste - Salt

For Cooking-

  • 1 - Star Anise
  • 2 - Bay Leaves
  • 1 - Cinnamon Stick
  • 3 - Cloves
  • 3 - Cardamom
  • 1 - Single Strand Mace
  • 1 Tsp - Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Cup - of Basmati Rice (Rinsed&Soaked)
  • 2 Tbsp - Ghee
  • 1 - Large Onion(Chopped)
  • ¼ Cup - Mint Leaves
  • ¼ Cup - Coriander Leaves
  • ¼ Cup - Fried Onions
  • 3 Tbsp - Milk
  • Saffron
  • Salt


Pre Preparations-

  • Rinse and soak basmati rice for 20 Minutes (Drain and keep aside).
  • Add milk (warm) to the glass bowl and put saffron strands into it.

Marinating the Vegetables-

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, alcoeats turmeric, alcoeats red chili powder, alcoeats veg biryani masala powder, lemon juice, and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Add the chopped vegetables and mix them thoroughly before adding salt to taste. Marinate the mixture for at least 15-20 minutes.

For Cooking-

  • Put a pressure cooker over the stove, add butter or oil to the cooker and sauté for 30 seconds before adding spices.
  • Secondly, add some thinly sliced onions and cook for about four to five minutes until they start to caramelize.
  • Furthermore, add the marinated vegetables to the cooker. Mix everything well and cook for 1 minute before adding additional ingredients.
  • Top with half of the fresh coriander leaves, fresh mint leaves, and fried onion bits.
  • Spread the soaked basmati rice evenly over the vegetables.
  • Top with leftover coriander and mint leaves, along with some fried onions. Add some saffron milk over the top of the rice but don't mix it in.
  • Add a few cups of water gently all around the edges of the cooker. Do not add water in the center. Ensure that rice is only just submerged under water.
  • Keep the pressure cooker over heat for 20 minutes (LOW Pressure).
  • Open the cooker, fluff up the rice and garnish with some more fried onions and coriander leaves.
  • And lastly, serve this veg biryani in cooker with your favorite raita, salad, or kurma.

Summing Up On Vegetable Biryani

Biryani is an Indian dish that has become popular throughout the world for being a celebratory dish of celebration. Vegetarians have also adopted this delicacy and have made it their own, adapting it to be vegetarian-friendly. There are variations of vegetable biryani, such as carrot biryani, cauliflower biryani, Hyderabadi veg biryani, etc.

Alcoeats specializes in preparing delicious and healthy Indian cuisine. You won't find anything more flavorful or aromatic than an Alcoeats biryani masala, perfect for an authentic vegetable dum biryani dish.

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