Thursday, September 2, 2010

Great Indian Cuisines - How To Make Vegetable Biryani

By Rekha Menon

India is known for her diverse culture which has many hidden delicious recipies.There are several dishes that are quite simple to prepare and are very tasty. Vegetable biryani is one such dish. It . during festive seasons and has originated from North India. The vegetables are firstly marinated in yogurt based mixture.

1st step: Your first action in making this dish will be to bake the potato cubes, carrots, and okra in a pan of boiling salted water. You will have to boil these contents for about 7 to 8 minutes. What you will have to do next is drain well and place all contents into a big bowl. The following step requires you to mix the contents with the celery, mushrooms, and eggplant.

2nd step: You should grab your unsweetened yogurt, ginger, grated onions, garlic, turmeric, and curry powder and mix them together. Just remember to mix them together to ensure the ingredients are well spread around. Grab a spoon and spoon your mixture over the vegetable mixture. Allow everything to marinate in a cool place for about 2 hours. Hopefully you can tell that this dish will take quite a while to prepare, but is definitely well worth the wait.

3rd Step: Take your butter and heat it in a heavy skillet. You need to add the sliced onions to the skillet and cook them over a medium heat. Keep cooking the onions for about six minutes, or until they are soft and golden brown looking. Remove a few of the onions from the pan and reserve them for your garnish. Cook the rice in a large pan of boiling water as you are doing this. Let the rice to cook for about 8 minutes. Just remember to drain them thoroughly and set them aside for future use.

Step Four: Now take the marinated vegetable and add it to the cooked brown onions. Cook the vegetables for about 10 minutes.Take a large casserole dish and put in atleast half of the cooked rice into it. Over the rice, place a spoonful of cooked vegetables. Again on top of it put the remaining rice and cover the dish. In a preheated oven cook the biryani at 375 degree for about 25 mins .Once cooked remove from the oven.

Spoon the biryani on to a warm serving plate. Your last step would be to garnish the food with the onions you held to the side. Also garnish the dish with cilantro. You have now created yourself a Vegetable Biryani dish! Enjoy your taste of India!!

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