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Serves :

Preparation Time :
30 minutes

Cooking Time :
45 minutes

Preparation Method :

  • Add all the vegetables in a pan with 1 cup water and lightly steam the vegetables for about 2 minutes.
  • Take a large heavy bottomed pan and heat the ghee-oil mix. Add in the sliced onions and fry till golden brown.
  • Add the ginger and garlic paste and fry for a few seconds. Then add the green chillies, coriander, and mint and fry for a few seconds.
  • Next add the whipped yogurt and bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Then add salt, turmeric, crushed red chillies and the steamed vegetables. Mix and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Boil 1½ liters of water with cardamom, cloves, cinnamon stick, mace flakes and little salt.
  • When the water starts boiling, add rice and cook for about 5 minutes or until it is half done. Drain the water and transfer the rice to a flat pan. Set aside.
  • Spread the rice over the vegetables and sprinkle saffron milk and screwpine water over the rice with melted ghee.
  • Cover and cook on high flame for about a minute and then on dum for about 15 minutes or until the rice is steaming hot and done. Serve hot.


  • 500 grams long grain rice, Rinsed, Soaked and drained 
  • 75 grams cauliflower, cut into medium sized florets 
  • 75 grams shelled peas 
  • 4 medium sized onions, finely sliced
  • 200 grams carrots, cut into 1½ inch finger sized batons 
  • 200 grams French beans, cut into 1½ inch sized batons 
  • 4 cardamoms 
  • 6 cloves 
  • 1 inch cinnamon sticks 
  • 2 mace flakes 
  • 2 teaspoon ginger paste 
  • 2 teaspoon garlic paste 
  • 100 ml yogurt, whisked 
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder 
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dry red chillies
  • Few strands of saffron, crushed and soaked in 2 tablespoon of warm milk
  • 2 tablespoon screwpine (kewra) water
  • 1 tablespoon melted ghee 
  • 150 ml ghee-oil, mixed
  • 6 green chillies, each sliced into 2 
  • A few sprigs of fresh green coriander, chopped 
  • A few mint leaves 
  • Salt, to taste

1 comment for “Lucknow Vegetable Biryani”

  • Arvind Tayenjam
    Posted 06 August 2016 at 00:33:05

    Hi.This recipe seems fantastic an i would love to try it. Also, i have used the picture in one of my articles as well and i am very obliged.

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