Green Vegetable Dum Biryani | Veg Palak Biryani

Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 3
Green Vegetable Dum Biryani or Veg Palak Biryani with step by step photos - Vegetable Dum Biryani is a simple and all time favourite rice dish. This recipe is slightly different than Hydrabadi Biryani in terms of cooking time and texture. The green color of this biryani is mainly because of Spinach (Palak) puree.
Whole Spices:
  • 8 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 star anise (chakriphool)
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • 2 bay leaves
Green Paste:
  • 1 bowl spinach (rinsed and cut)
  • ⅓ cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 green chilies (spicy one)
  • 1 small piece of ginger
Other Ingredients:
  • 1 and ½ cup basmati rice soaked for 1 hour
  • ½ cup cauliflower floaters
  • 1 carrot cut into large Julianne
  • 10-12 pieces french beans cut into half
  • 2 medium onion sliced
  • 1 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 cup curd
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • ½ tbsp coriander powder
  • ½ tbsp fennel seeds powder(saunf powder or variyali powder)
  • Salt to taste.
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp ghee.
  • 1 cup birista (sliced onions fried till very dark brown)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • Some cashew nuts
  1. Take basmati rice soaked for 1 hour. In large sauce pan boil the water, add rice into it, add half tbsp ghee, salt, 2 cloves and small piece of cinnamon. Let the cook rice for 15 minutes. It should be half cooked not perfectly cooked.
  2. Once the rice is boiling, cut the all vegetables. And prepare the green paste.
  3. To make green paste, in a mixture jar, take all ingredients (spinach, cilantro, chili, ginger ) and grind them till smooth paste.
  4. In a large deep pan, start to make biryani. Add 2 tbsp oil and immediately add all whole spices (cinnamon, clove, bay leaves, star anise) stir just while and add sliced onions. And cook till it gets light oink color. Cook till 5 minutes.
  5. Now add chopped tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. Then add all the vegetables and green paste. Adjust the salt and add turmeric, chili powder, fennel seeds powder, coriander powder.
  7. Cover with lid, and cook for 10 minutes.
  8. Now add half cup of curd again cover with lid and cook for another 10 minutes.
  9. Then flatten the veggies at bottom, then add remaining curd and half of the birista (fried onions), and cover upper layer with cooked rice. at top, add some cashews, raisins and birista. At last add 2 tbsp ghee at top.
  10. Now cover with lid. You can seal the all edges of lid and pot with some dough. This will help it to preserve the aroma of spices into rice. Cook it for 20 minutes.
1) Serve this biryani with dahi rayta or masala curd.

2) Some pickles and papad also goes best with biryani.
Recipe by Veggie Food Recipes at