hyderabadi vegetable dum biryani recipe, how to make hyderabadi biryani

hyderabadi vegetable dum biryani recipevegetable dum biryani is one of the favorite among the vegetarians and a hyderabadi vegetable dum biryani is a royal dish that is aromatic and delicious.
Making a vegetable biryani can be as simple as a biryani in a pressure cooker or veg biryani prepared with a fresh ground masala or can be a dum biryani.
vegetable dum biryani is quite popular across the world. This recipe is roughly adapted from vahchef’s video and is one of the best veg dum biryani that I can ever make.
To make vegetable dum biryani flavorful and delicious, we need a good masala powder. You can use a store bought powder or can make some from my biryani masala powder recipe (link in the recipe card below). Most folks have the fear of burning the biriyani at the bottom that can be prevented by using enough yogurt.
veg biryani can also be prepared in an oven, instructions included below.
similar biryani recipes on the blog,
flavorful hyderabadi fish biryani
easy hyderabadi chicken biriyani
restaurant style chicken biryani
muslim style pakki chicken biryani


vegetable dum biryani recipe with step by step pictures

1. Thinly slice onions and fry them in oil to make the fried onions, set aside. For a detailed instructions check how to make fried onions for dum biryani. These are also sold in super markets as fried onions (not onion flakes).
barista, make barista
2.Heat oil in a pan; add the dry spices except shahi jeera . Sauté till you get an aroma. takes around a min, do not burn.
3. Add shahi jeera and sauté until they crackle.
sauteing shahi jeera for veg biryani
4. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes off.
5. Add potatoes and fry for 3 to 5 mins.
frying cubed potatoes to make veg biryani
6. Add the rest of the vegetables and fry for 2 to 3 mins.
7. Add turmeric, salt, red chili powder and biryani masala powder. fry till it turns aromatic for about 2 to 3 minutes.
8. Pour 100 ml yogurt. Set aside rest of the yogurt for further use. Mix Well.
addition of yogurt for making veg biryani recipe
9. Cook covered till the veggies are cooked al dente, just cooked. Cook covered if needed. Do not over cook the veggies.
cooking mixed vegetables for making veg biryani recipe
10. Evaporate the moisture by cooking uncovered for a while. Add mint and green chilies. Mix well and fry for a min. Set aside.
11. In a large pot, bring 5 cups of water to boil, add oil, salt, shahi jeera and rice. Adjust the salt.
12. Cook this rice till it is ¾ done. drain off the excess water and set aside
cooking rice in a pot for making hyderabadi veg biryani
13. Transfer half of the cooked veggies to a dum biryani pot or pressure pan or your dum biryani utensil. Set aside half of the veggies.
14. Add nuts and raisins.
15. Add fried onions.
16. Pour the left over half of yogurt to the pot, (not to the one that is set side). Mix well and check the salt. Begin to heat on a low flame.
addition of remaining yogurt for making hyderabadi veg biryani recipe
17. Layer half of the rice. Layer the veggies that was set aside from step 13.
Layering rice over the gravy for hyderabadi veg dum biryani recipe
18. Add fried onions.
19. Layer rice again.
20. Add nuts, chopped mint and coriander leaves.
Layering nuts, raisins mint to make hyderabadi veg dum biryani recipe
21. Begin to heat an old heavy bottom tawa and proceed with the next step.
22. Pour saffron milk. Cover the pan with 2 thick moist kitchen towels. Place the lid and a heavy object on the lid. I do not place any heavy object, as my lid itself is very heavy. Or you can make dough made of wheat flour. Moisten the rim of the pan, place this dough around the rim and place the lid over it. Press the lid tight so that it sticks to the dough tightly and no steam vents out. I do not prefer to do this as this mess up the pan and cleaning is a great pain. you can even use a foil to cover tightly.
23. Move this pan to the hot tawa, cook on medium flame for 5 mins & set the flame to low. cook this way for 5 mins
IMG_3184-tileveg biryani is ready to serve
garnished hyderabadi veg biryani with mint and nuts by swasthi
veg biryani can be served with a simple onion raita or shorba or potato kurma.

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hyderabadi vegetable biryani recipe, veg biryani
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Vegetable biryani cooked in a hyderabadi dum style
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Yield / Serves: 3
Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
  • 1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp of biryani masala powder or garam masala(any ready made powder is ok, adjust to suit the spice levels)
  • ⅓ tsp red chili powder
  • ⅛ tsp turmeric
  • 250 ml yogurt (not very thick and not very thin)
  • 4 tbsp. ghee or oil
  • Few saffron strands
  • 30 ml hot milk to soak the saffron strands
  • Nuts
  • Raisins as needed
  • Cashews as needed
Fried onions
  • 1 onion thinly sliced or store bought fried onions
  • 8 medium sized cauliflower florets
  • 1 large boiled potato cubed (peel the skin and boil till ¾ done)
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • Fistful of green peas
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Mint leaves / pudina minced
  • 2 tbsp. Coriander leaves chopped very finely
  • 2 green chilies slit
dry spices
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2 big strands of mace
  • 1 star anise
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp shahi jeera
cooking rice
  • 1 ½ cups aged basmathi rice
  • ¼ tsp shahi jeera
  • Salt to taste
  1. Soak saffron strands in hot milk
  2. Thinly slice onions and fry them in oil till golden and crisp. Set these aside. If you are using store bought fried onions, you can skip this
  3. In the same pan, add spices and saute till they begin to sizzle
  4. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes off
  5. Add parboiled potatoes and fry for about 3 to 5 minutes, till they are almost cooked
  6. Add the rest of the vegetables and fry for 2 to 3 minutes
  7. Add turmeric, biryani masala powder and red chili powder. Mix and fry well for 2 minutes till you begin to get an aroma
  8. Pour 100 ml yogurt and mix. Cook till the vegetables are done to tender. You can cover and cook. Cook uncovered if there is lot of moisture after the veggies are cooked.
  9. Add mint and coriander leaves. Set this aside
  10. Cook rice till al dente in lot of water along with ingredients mentioned for cooking. The rice has to be cooked grainy and not mushy. Drain it off in a colander
  11. Set aside ⅓ of the cooked vegetable mix. Now mix together the rest of the cooked veggies, rest of the yogurt and nuts and raisins, fried onions and add it to a dum utensil, you can do it in a pressure cooker or any heavy bottom utensil.
  12. Layer the rice over the mix and layer the ⅓ cooked vegetable mix that was set aside. Sprinkle some fried onions
  13. Layer rice over it again, then the fried onions, nuts, mint and coriander leaves and pour off the saffron milk and place a moist clean cloth to seal the rim. You can even use a foil or atta to seal the utensil.
  14. Place the dum utensil on a hot tawa and cook for 5 minutes on a medium flame and then on low for 5 to 7 minutes based on the thickness of your utensil.
For the oven method: preheat the oven to 180 C and bake for 20 mins. if you feel it is still very moist beneath, bake for another 5 to 10 mins. This depends on what kind of baking dish you use. Usually ceramic ones get done faster.
I have used a small pressure cooker that has a heavy bottom. use the right size of utensil, do not use a large pan to cook little biriyani. The cooking time during dum can vary slightly depending on the thickness of your utensil. so judge accordingly and cook on dum. A perfect biriyani must not burn at the beneath and not very moist at the bottom

for more veg biryani recipes, check
mumbai vegetable biriyani
paneer biriyani
mushroom biriyani

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  1. naoko says

    Hi, Swasthi

    this vegetable dum biriyani looks delicious and I want to try.
    But I don’t know what tawa is.
    Can I make without it?
    Does it make big difference?


    • swasthi says

      Hi Naoko,
      Thanks. Tawa is a flat pan. We need to use some heavy bottom pot or a pan to prevent the biryani from getting burnt. We can still make biryani without tawa. Just choose a wide heavy bottom pot, heat up and then place the dum biryani pot inside the wide one. The bottom of the inner one must touch the bottom of the outer wide pan. To be clear, You can take a look at this fish biryani post, the second last picture shows clearly. Hope this helps. Do share with us how it turned out.

      • Naoko says

        Thank you so much for your detailed explanation! I will try your idea in fish biryani photo.
        Definately will tell you ti see how it goes.
        By the way, typical indian family has tawa? I feel like buying it next time I go there.

        • swasthi says

          Welcome Naoko,
          yes most indian families have this. it can also be used to make pan cakes, fried eggs, toasting bread etc

  2. Ritik says

    Amazing recipie simply loced it.. My husband is after to make again n again.. Thanks alot swasthi.. N keep on sharing these kind of delicious dhishes recipie.. Love Ritika

  3. deepthi says

    Omg… Such a wonderful recipe thankyou so much for sharing this recipe. I give more than 5 stars to this 2happy to follow this

  4. shalini says

    MIND………….. BLOWING ………………………… what a wonderful & tasty biryani. I made this today, & we all went crazy for this biryani. I never thought that the biryani by using veg can also be so tasty. wonderful job keep it up. I think the 5***** star is very less to comment for this biryani.

    I prepared this recipe by using ur blogs homemade biryani masala powder. The masala has got a good aroma. Awesome………………… Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  5. S says

    Tried this recipe today and followed the instructions fully – except for the raisins…and it turned out super yummy. Thank you so so much :)
    Thanks for the pics as well – they were useful.

  6. Nidhi says

    Hi, I made this for the diwali party, everyone praised me for this delicious biryani. Thanks for the description and pictures

  7. says

    hi swasthi i had also complted challenge and well linked it <br />u have commented so no worries <br />mayb u keep it manually on ur computer for now for those who linked up that way u hv sm back up data

  8. says

    Oh My God!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for posting this challenge. I can&#39;t tell you how happy you have made me 😀 What an AWESOME challenge. <br /><br />I will back with the link. <br /><br />One quick question – if I were to add chicken or mutton, would the recipe be same?

  9. says

    I&#39;m loving it Swasthi…The platter is looking so sumptuous… :) Delectable clicks too :) Am sure Northern team are gonna love this challenge… Superb challenge dear!!!