Vegetable Biryani


Vegetable Biryani is a fragrant rice dish made with basmati or long-grain rice, mixed vegetables, and biryani spices. This Instant Pot version of vegetable biryani is a celebration of exotic flavors, vibrant colors, and pleasing aromas, all infused into a pot of deliciousness.

Preparation time: 15 min
Cooking time: 15 min
Resting time: N/A
Total time: 30 min
Serves: 4


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • ½ cup Green Peas
  • 1 cup Green Capsicum (diced)
  • ½ cup Onions (thinly sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt (for cooking rice)
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 cup Carrots (cubed)
  • 3 teaspoons Clarified Butter or Ghee
  • ½ cup French Beans (cut into ½-inch pieces)
  • ½ Lemon (juice)
  • ½ cup Potatoes (cut into halves)


  • ½ teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt to Taste
  • ½ teaspoon Kasoori Methi
  • 2 teaspoons Ginger-Green Chilli Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Paste
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder


  1. If cooking your rice in a pot, use a deep-bottomed pan and add 4 cups of water. Let the water boil over medium heat.
  2. When the water is hot, add 1 teaspoon of salt and continue boiling over high heat.
  3. Add the rice to the boiling, salty water in the pot and add lemon juice to keep the rice white and prevent it from turning yellow.
  4. Cook the rice until it is slightly undercooked, about 75% or ¾ of the way cooked.

For the Biryani:

  1. Heat a pan over medium heat, add ghee, and allow it to melt. Then, add sliced onions and sauté for a while.
  2. Add the boiled vegetables (carrots, French beans, and peas) followed by small diced capsicum.
  3. Sauté the vegetables until they are properly coated with ghee. Add garlic paste, ginger, and green chili paste, and then add all the dry spices one by one.
  4. Gently mix everything without smashing the boiled vegetables. Add the fried halved potatoes and cooked basmati rice. Mix everything well. Add fried brown onions to enhance the biryani flavor.
  5. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot with chilled cucumber and onion raita.

For added flavor, you can also add a pinch of saffron soaked in warm milk to the rice before cooking. This will give your biryani a rich aroma and a beautiful yellow color.

Nutritional Info:
Calories: 300
Carbs: 52g
Protein 12g
Fat 12g

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