Vegetable Biriyani

  • Basmati rice - 2 cups
  • Chopped vegetables - 2 1/2 cups (carrots, beans, peas, Cauliflower, potato, turnip, green peppers)
  • Onion - 1
  • Curd - 2/3 cup
  • Milk - 2 ounces
  • Mint leaves - 1/2 cup chopped
  • Corriander leaves - 1/2 cup chopped
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Green chillies - 3
  • Kashmiri chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Bay leaves - 2
  • Cloves - 4
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Black pepper powder - 1 tsp (Coarsely crushed)
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Saffron - a pinch
  • Bread - 2 slices
  • Ginger- garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Butter - 2 tbsp
  • Cashews - few
  • Salt - as required
How to make it:

Soak the chopped corriander leaves, mint leaves, curry leaves and green chillies in curd for sometime. Soak saffron in warm milk and set aside. Cook basmati rice with 2 cups water and let it cool uncovered on a plate. Pour the saffron milk over the rice and mix it well. Heat oil and butter in a pan, add bay leaves, cinnamon, crushed cardamom, cloves, fennel seeds and ginger-garlic paste and saute for few seconds. Now add chopped onions and black pepper powder and saute until onion turns golden brown. Now add the vegetables, Chilli powder, salt and turmeric powder and cook covered until vegetables are half done. Add water if required for cooking vegetables. Now add the cup of curd with soaked leaves and cook until vegetables are done. Now on a low flame, add rice little by little and mix it well. Garnish with cashews fried in ghee and few corriander leaves. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread butter on the bread slices and cut them into small square pieces. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until bread turns brown and crisp. Add it to the prepared biriyani and mix it well. Bread pieces in biriyani tastes so good that everyone gonna ask for more... Serve hot with your favourite chips and curd raita. Enjoy!

I was tagged for the first time by Kalai of samaithupaarkalaam for a MeMe..
Here are the rules for the Meme..

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them)
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

Five facts about me? I was thinking for almost a week of what to put up...and do i really need to? Since, it was asked by a friend of mine I would really love to tell more about me... Here it goes..
1. I love paintings and Handicrafts. If i get a chance to visit some new places, the first thing i do is look for some art gallery or exhibitions. I admire all artists who put their utmost creativity and effort in bringing up such wonderful, adorable paintings. I was in Chicago in February for almost a week and did not miss those "Paintings below zero". It was in the Millennium park, this 95 feet long and 12 feet tall ice wall, created by Canadian artist Gordon Halloran. So creative, attractive and brightly coloured ice art was well maintained and some artists were working on it all the time to make new shapes. Visited that place twice to see the art both in sunlight and during night lights.

2. Being Thousands of miles away from my country, I miss my parents, Brother, Relatives and Friends so much... Poor Kid! My child doesn't get to meet them frequently and is missing all these relationships.

3. Like to spend my day tuned to Music. I can hear any type of music that is pleasing to my ears. I also like sports such as Cricket, Tennis, Athletics, Baseball, Football etc., Name any game.... i would like to watch it... My TV might break someday getting bored of telecasting just sports all the time.

4. I am always friendly and jovial. I have a wonderful group of friends to enjoy. I go good with everybody unless they try to irritate me and raise my temper. At the same time, i forgive and forget them easily. I always wanted my surrounding to be clean and neat. My kid very well knows he has to clean up things soon after playing. Less items at home needs less care, i believe.

5. I am not a spend thrift... I always think thrice before buying each item. First thing i consider is, Can i be without that for some more time? If i feel i could, then i come without buying it. I regularly look on weekly circulars and make a list of items i am going to purchase. When i go shopping i try to buy only those listed. My husband is always happy about that!

Enough i guess!. Will stop my story here....Now its time to tag some of my other blogger friends too... I am tagging
Happycook of mykitchentreasures
Archy of archysrecipes
Easycrafts of simpleindianfood
vanamala of nalapaka
Meera of enjoyindianfood
Come on... write a wonderful MeMe ... waiting to know more about you all.

Vegetable of the week - Brinjal

I am sending my Ennai kathirikkai Kuzhambhu or Floating Brinjals to Pooja of "My Creative ideas" for her "Vegetable of the week - Brinjal". Click here for the recipe. Thanks pooja for hosting such a wonderful event.

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23 Responses
  1. Asha Says:

    Biryani and Eggplant dish both are mouthwatering.
    Great MeMe too.I buy first and then think! Hahaha!
    We (born and raised in India) think our kids here miss out so many "Indian" things but if you ask them, they say "I don't care!!" They are too happy doing their own country's things rather than missing our Indian stuff! Yeah, contact with extended family is the one they miss out though.

  2. Kalai Says:

    I loved your meme, Anu! You are so cute! Both recipes sound wonderful! :)

  3. Cham Says:

    Ur ennai kattirikai looks great :) I love that kuzhambu , great meme 2

  4. Vanamala Says:

    Hi Anu

    Biryani & brinjal gravy looks tasty, delicious. Nice to read your meme:). Thanks for the nice words in my blog.

    BTW !!! I have posted MEME longtime back.

  5. Pooja Says:

    Lovely entry Anu! thanks for sharing and participating.
    Nice to read your meme too :) , so you are an art lover girl , huh :).

  6. Uma Says:

    that was great meme and wonderful biryani and of course mouth-watering eggplant. Lovely entries.

  7. Divya Vikram Says:

    nice to know about u from ur meme..and the dishes look super delicious

  8. Divya Vikram Says:

    Hi are u interested in participating in the arusuvai food chain?if so pls inform me..i can send u the ingredient..

  9. Dhivya Says:

    wow!love veg biriyani anu...ennai kathirikai kulambu kalakal ....and nice to know abt u

  10. Meera Says:

    Biryani with brinjal looks good. Loved ur meme.I will participate too. Thanks for thinking of me.

  11. sowmya Says:

    nice biryani recipe..very tempting

  12. easycrafts Says:

    Got to know so much about u...we both have three things in common...wait for me meme to know about it..

    and ya, the biryani looks superb

  13. Laavanya Says:

    Anu it was great to read about you. The ennai kathrikai kuzhambu sounds delicious and the vegetable biryani is always a favorite. Nice post! :)

  14. Happy cook Says:

    Love the biriyani.
    I am not though a bif fan of eggplant.
    Well like you i too miss the family back at home.
    Thankyou for tagging me. I did this tag few months back

  15. Archy Says:

    Lovely MeMe Anu.. With Briyani and Eggplant dish !!
    Thank you for Tagging me for the Meme.. Started to think from now onwards what to pen down :) !!

  16. DEEPA Says:

    Awesome dishes !!!i really enjoyed reading the me me!!!

  17. Sagari Says:

    its was nice knowing about u with meme anu,both dishes look very yummy

  18. sripriya Says:

    super dish

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  20. AnuSriram Says:

    Thanks asha, yes you are right, they don't care all that.
    Kalai, Thank you so much. Its because of you i wrote a MeMe.
    Cham, vanamala, pooja, uma, dhivya vikram, sowmya, dhivya, meera, easycrafts, Laavanya, Happy cook, Archy, deepa, sagari and sripriya for all your valuable comments. You all are so encouraging!

  21. SHUBHA Says:

    this looks amazing recipe will surely try it out sometime.... you have a lovely check outmy blog...:)

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