Vegetable Biryani Recipe

About: A Northern Indian staple, the Vegetable Biryani is basmati rice paired with fresh vegetables, an authentic dish that everyone can enjoy. Serve this classic Indian dish alongside a table full of flavorful curries or alone for a hearty vegetarian meal. Simple and easy to make, the Vegetable Biryani is an Indian dish that anyone can make from their kitchen with simple ingredients at your local grocery store.

Cook Tip: Royal India suggests using as many fresh vegetables as possible, as well as Royal Garam Masala for the best flavor. In fact, they are so insistent on their spice mixture that they are willing to give out a free sample: email info [at] to get a one-time free sample for home cooking.

Recipe Info

Restaurant: Royal India | San Diego

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cuisine: Indian
Meal Type: Recipemealtype object (5)
Main Ingredient: Recipemainingredient object (135)
Dish Type: Recipedishtype object (4)
Cooking Method: Recipemethod object (9)
Season/Occasion: Recipeoccasion object (12)
Dificulty: Recipedifficulty object (1)
Vegetarian: Yes



Add water, 3 teaspoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt to large pot. Bring to a boil and once it starts boiling, add rice. Boil for 10 minutes, then take a few piece sof rice out to test. Press grains of rice--if they are soft then the rice is cooked. If not, continue cooking for 1-2 minutes and retest. Once cooked, drain water and keep rice on the side.

Meanwhile, heat remaining vegetable oil in large pan. Add cumin seeds, mix well, then add onions. Stir until mixture gets light brown. Add tumeric, Royal Garam Masala, remaining salt, and vegetables. Cook until vegetables become soft.

Add cooked rice to vegetable mixture and mix well. Serve in a large plate garnished with fresh cilantro.


1 gal. water 3 tsp. plus 5 Tablespoons vegetable oil 1 1/4 tsp. salt 1 C. Basmati rice 1/2 Tbsp. cumin seeds 1 large onion, chopped 1 Tbsp. turmeric 1 tsp. Royal Garam Masala spices 1 lb. assorted fresh vegetables (or substitute frozen) to taste fresh cilantro, chopped


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