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Vegetable Biryani with Seeraga Samba | Kid Friendly Recipes | Kid Lunch Box

>>  Saturday, January 1, 2011

I wanted to start my Blogging Marathon with a favorite Rice dish that we often make and which the kids like a lot. Still this was different as it is made with a different rice variety. Normally we make Biryanis or Pulaos with Basmati but this time wanted to try with Seeraga Samba Rice, which is very famous in Tamil Nadu for Biryanis. 

In a typical non vegetarian restaurant, the Mutton or chicken biryanis are normally prepared with this rice. Though I don't remember eating it myself, I know it is very aromatic and heard it is tasty. We wanted to enjoy it by making a Vegetable Biryani using Seeraga Samba Rice. Since this is an One pot meal, makes it easy to pack for the Kid's Lunch Box.

Hope everybody had a gala time ushering in the New year. We went for a party along with Konda, she really enjoyed the nigh away by dancing and playing with her friends. Didn't take the boys as they don't stay up late, still they had their fun at home.



Vegetable Biryani with Seeraga Samba Rice

Ingredients Needed:

Seeraga Samba Rice - 2 cups
Water - 4 cups
Onions - 2 medium
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Carrot, Beans, Peas - 1 cup
Green Chilies - 2 long
Red Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Mint leaves - 1/4 cup finely chopped
Salt to Taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Ghee - 2 tsp

Whole Spices

Cloves - 2-3 nos
Cinnamon - 2"
Bay Leaf - 1
Cardamon- 2 no


Method to prepare:

Wash and Soak rice for 15 - 20 mins.

In a pressure cooker, heat oil along with ghee, add the whole spices. Stir for couple of minutes,
then add onion julienne, mint leaves, green chilies. Saute till the onions turn light brown.

Add the ginger garlic paste saute well.

Chop vegetables into small cubes, add these to the pan. Simmer for 5 minutes while you keep sauteing. Add the chopped tomatoes.

Allow the tomatoes to turn soft, then add drained rice, Stir well add the chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder. Saute for 5 more minutes.

Then add 4 cups of water, salt. Combine everything well.

Close with the lid and pressure cook for 3 whistles.


The rice was not very spicy. Boys loved it very much and wanted it again and again to be prepared. Best part of the feedback was getting from my colleagues who were so taken in by this. One even commented how can a vegetable biryani be so tasty!

If you haven't tasted a biryani made with Seeraga Samba, then you should try it!


6 comments :

Pavithra January 1, 2011 at 11:50 PM  

I love seeraga samba rice unfortunately i am not getting here.. looks tempting. HAppy New Year valli.

Priya Sreeram January 2, 2011 at 4:05 PM  

this is a good one ! Have a Great 2011 !!

Archana January 2, 2011 at 8:20 PM  

Great one! Wish you all a very Happy New Year!!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal January 3, 2011 at 6:33 AM  

very different and new, sounds a wonderful lunch recipe :)

Srivalli January 4, 2011 at 6:45 AM  

Thank you everybody!

safana sarjun September 28, 2014 at 11:02 PM  

Instead of adding coriander powder,add karam masala powder,it gives nice flavour to the biriyani
and colour too...try it.

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