Vegetable Biryani in Rice Cooker

>>  Thursday, January 24, 2013

Given the fact that we have so many different ways to cook a dish, we mostly resort to the most easiest and fastest method that can get us the dish done. We have been using Rice Cooker for over two decades. I remember Amma having about 3 different sizes for different occasions. Each one makes its appearance during a party or when we have more relatives visiting us.

The same happened with me as well. During the initial period of setting up my kitchen, parents took me for shopping and got me various appliances without which you can't run a kitchen. I got my mixer, grinder, stove top, Rice Cooker, Blender and some more. Trust me I have them all even now. The Rice cooker that Amma got for me was for 5 litres and over the years I have got 1 litre and 2 litre as well.
With the smallest kitchen possible, I have stocked up enough that I actually can't share the space with another person. Anyway the point is, for cooking we have ended up being dependent on so many Electrical Appliances. I remember Amma having those stone grinders, Mortar and Pestle made of stone. We used these stones for all sort of grinding and somehow dishes turned out great.

In the modern times that we unfortunately find ourselves, we do not have enough space to keep these nor have enough time to spend grinding on the stones. So we resort to Electronic Appliances that are helpful in grinding, mixing and what not.

For the final Week of BM # 24, I took up Cooking with Electrical Appliances, where we have to showcase a dish that's prepared using any of the Electrical Appliances. For the first day, I took up making Vegetable Biryani from the Nippo Rice Cooker. The recipe book that accompanied the cooker, has some very pretty and tempting pictures.

If you must know the entire Cooking took only about 30 mins. We have a power shut down for 2 hrs and I remembered I had to make use of this just about 30 mins before the cut off time. I ran like an obsessed person, cutting everything and grinding the paste etc in record time. Athamma was surprised that I hadn't made the Vegetable Biryani from this book till date, I clarified that I may have cooked and even shared, but the fact is for this theme I got to show pictures with the cooking. She didn't understand of course, knowing it's another one of my mad thoughts taking flight!

Vegetable Biryani 
Cooking Time : 30 Mins
Electrical Appliances used : Rice Cooker

Ingredients Needed:

Rice - 1 & 1/2 cup
Water 3 cups
Mixed Vegetables - (Cauliflower, Beans, Carrot, Potatoes, Peas)
Onion, Juliennes -2 medium
Bay Leaf - 1 long
Shahjeera - 1/2 tsp
Mint and Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp chopped
Ghee - 2 tsp
Salt to taste

To be ground to a paste
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Green Chilies - 3 long
Poppy Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Cloves - 2
Cardamoms - 2
Cinnamon - 2"

How to make the Biryani

Wash and soak rice for 10 mins. 

Grind the masalas to be ground to a fine paste

In the Rice cooker pan, make sure to place the plate, Transfer the rice to the cooker. Pour water and switch to the cooking mode.

Then add salt and diced vegetables. Add shahjeera, bay leaf. Replace the lid.  Heat ghee in a kadai, brown the onions till brown. Pour this over the rice and cover again.

Add the ground masala, mint, coriander leaves to the rice. Stir and close the lid again. 

When the rice is cooked, the switch automatically goes to keep warm position.

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divya January 25, 2013 at 12:12 AM  

wow..they look so good & delicious!!

Manju January 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM  


Priya January 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM  

I cooked twice vegetable briyani in rice cooker and love it, but somehow felt like saying this rice cooker method is bit time consuming that the stove top.

Saras January 25, 2013 at 8:07 AM  

Briyani looks yummy and delicious.

Arthy Suman January 25, 2013 at 8:13 AM  

I cook most of the rice dishes using rice cooker...this looks awesome with the potato roast...

The Pumpkin Farm January 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM  

wow this is great recipe, having to eact biryani in minutes is like a blessing

Nivedhanams Sowmya January 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM  

wow such a delicious combo with the spicy potatoes... the plate is looking so picture perfect!!
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Kalyani January 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM  

looks perfect.. I too have a rice cooker, that I now remember not using ... LoL !
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Nalini's Kitchen January 26, 2013 at 2:35 AM  

Flavorful biriyani,perfectly made and your platter makes me hungry...

sushma January 26, 2013 at 3:00 AM  

Good one valli. Biryani looks great.

Suma Gandlur January 26, 2013 at 10:55 AM  

Rice cooker is really a useful appliance to prepare rice dishes.

Archana Potdar January 26, 2013 at 4:18 PM  

Looks great Valli. Will love some myself.

Padmajha PJ January 26, 2013 at 7:03 PM  

Chutney ground in the stone grinder tastes the best!My grandmom uses it sometimes.
And that briyani sounds so flavorful and with the potato curry must have tasted awesome...

Chef Mireille January 27, 2013 at 12:20 AM  

what a flavorful biryani

Pavani January 31, 2013 at 2:57 AM  

Rice cooker is probably one of the few appliances that I don't own. I have 4 pressure cookers and never had a reason to buy a rice cooker.
Your biryani sounds yumm, will try in my pressure cooker :-)

Preeti Garg February 2, 2013 at 6:06 PM  

Awesome and tempting rice recipe

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