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Preparation time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 45 mins
Serves: 8-10


For the Rice
3 cups of basmati rice
7 cups of water
2 bay leaf
2 cinnamon stick
4 cloves
1 anistar
2 tsp salt ( salt to taste )
2 tbsp ghee/clarified butter

For the Gravy
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp ghee
2 bay leaf
2 cinnamon stick
4 cloves
1 anistar
4 pepper corns
1 finely chopped medium size onion
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 finely chopped tomato
3 cups of chopped mix vegetables
( carrots, beans, potato, paneer/cottage cheese, mushroom, corn : 1/4- 1/2 cup each )
3/4 cup yogurt/curd
1 tsp red chilly powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
4 tsp biryani masala powder ( shan bombay biryani masala )
1/2 cup finely chopped coriander leaves
1/2 cup water
salt to taste

For layering
a tsp of ghee for each layer
1 cup sliced fried onions
1/2 cup finely chopped coriander leaves
1/2 cup roasted cashew


Heat 1 tbsp of oil and 1 tbsp of ghee in dutch oven.
Add whole spices.
Then add chopped onions.
When the onions are golden, add ginger garlic paste and saute until raw smell disappears.
Then add chopped tomatoes. Saute till it's cooked.
Then add chopped vegetables in batches.
Potato, corn, carrots and beans 1st as it takes longer time to cook. Mix well.
After 6-7 mins add mushrooms and then paneer. Allow to cook for a min or 2. Add salt as needed.
Then add yogurt, chilly powder, turmeric powder and biryani masala.
Close lid and cook for 10 mins with mixing once in a while.

Meanwhile; for the rice:
Wash and soak 3 cups basmati rice in water for about 20 mins.
Boil 7 cups of water in a saucepan with all the ingredients mentioned above except rice. When the water boils, add rice and cook till its 3/4th done. It takes about 8-10 mins.
Drain the excess water and keep the rice aside.

For fried onions, heat 2-3 tbsp of oil in a pan, when oil is hot add sliced onions and fry till its golden brown.

Roast cashews in a pan adding 2 tsp of ghee.

Now finally the layering.
Take a oven safe vessel in which you want to layer the biryani. Grease it with ghee on all sides.
Spread a layer of rice evenly, then add the gravy, fried onions, coriander leaves and roasted cashews and little ghee. Repeat the same till all the ingredients are done.
Seal the vessel.

Preheat the oven to 350 degree F and bake for 15 mins.

This post first appeared on Sindhoora's Kitchen, please read the originial post: here

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