Hyderabadi Vegetable Dum Biriyani

Hyderabadi Biriyani


Divya Pramil from Youtoocancookindianfood.blogspot.com posted a very interesting challenge. She divided the Indian subcontinent into two geographical  teams – North Indian, and South Indian – in a cook off where members of each team will recreate a dish that is hosted by one member of the opposition team each month. Bloggers have been placed in the team based on the region they belong to. So people from South India will learn to cook North Indian cuisine, while members from North will try their skills at South Indian preparations.


The challenge started in October, and that month my team, The Northern Team, won the challenge.


I was presented with the ‘Most Well Presented Recipe Award’ for my take on ‘Mysore Pak‘, October Month challenge.


After that first month, I went on a hiatus. This month, Swasthi of Indian Healthy Recipes from the Sountern team posted the challenge of making Hyderabadi Dum Biriyani. And I knew it was high time I came back for my team mates. To my North vs South team members, I apologize for my long absence. I would have come back for the February challenge, but the recipe for that challenge turned out way too challenging for me, and what turned out was so bad that I could not post it, and then did not get enough time to have another go at it.



Hyderabadi Dum Biriyani


But Biriyani is so my kind of cooking. I make Biriyanis all the time, and love eating them, feeding them, and in some cases, even blogging about them. I have been thinking of of dum biriyani for some time now, and this came up as the perfect opportunity.

Cutting straight to the challenge, this Biriyani recipe comes from Swasthi, and I have followed her instructions as is. So this is a complete as is recipe of Hyderabdi Dum Biriyani from Indian Healthy Recipes



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A very important part of the ingredient is Biriyani Masala. You can use readymade Biriyani masala, but for this biriyani I used Swasthi’s Homemade Biriyani Masala.



Biriyani Masala

Homemade Biriyani Masala

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/8 tsp turmeric
1/3  tsp red chili powder
250 ml yogurt
4 tbsp ghee or oil
Few saffron strands
30 ml hot milk to soak the saffron strands
2 tbsp raisins
2 tbsp cashews (more if you like)
2 tbsp slivered almonds (optional)
Fried onions and vegetables
1 onion sliced fine and fried to a crispy brown
1 large carrot chopped sliced or chopped (I used pre-sliced)
8 medium sized cauliflower florets
1 large boiled potato cubed
1/2 cup green peas
1 ½ tbsps mint leaves minced
2 tbsps. Coriander leaves chopped very fine
2 green chilies slit
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Dry spices
2 inch cinnamon stick
4 green cardamoms
1 black cardamom
2 big strands of mace
1 star anise
6 cloves
1 bay leaf

½  tsp shahi jeera

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For cooking rice
1 ½ cups aged basmathi rice (soaked for atleast 30 mins)
1 tsp oil
¼  tsp shahi jeera
salt to taste
1.   Season all the dry spices in a skillet with 2 tbsp oil with the exception of Shahi Jeera.
2.   Once they crackle, add shahi jeera and sauté.
3.   Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for a minute.


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4.   Add potatoes and fry for 2 to 3 mins.
5.   Add the rest of the vegetables and fry for 2 – 3 minutes.
6.   Add turmeric, salt, red chili powder and biriyani masala powder, fry for a min.


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7.   Pour half of the yogurt. mix and cook covered for 2 to 3 mins

8.   Cook uncovered till the moisture in the yogurt evaporates

9.   Add mint and green chilies. mix well and fry for a min. The vegetables should be cooked, and dry. Cover and set aside.
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10.  Meanwhile, in a large pot, bring 5 cups of water to boil, add oil, shahi jeera, salt according to taste.
11.  Add rice and cook it till it is ¾ done. Drain in a colander. Make sure not to overcook. Set aside.


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12.Start the crock pot on high.


Now transfer half of the cooked vegetables in the crock pot.

14.  Add nuts and raisins and fried onions.
15. Pour the left over yogurt to the vegetables in the pot. Mix well and check the salt. Keep the crock pot on high.


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16. Over the vegetables, layer half of the rice.  Layer rest of the vegetables on the rice.
17. Add fried onions.
18. Layer rest of the rice.

19. Add nuts, chopped mint and coriander leaves.

20. Pour saffron milk.


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21. Cover the crock pot, lower the flame to low.
22. If your crock pot does not have an airtight cover, then To keep a heavy weight to keep the steam from escaping.
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23. Cook on low for 45 minutes.





24. Check for rice doneness.

25. Mix it well before serving. Serve it with yogurt or raita.


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48 comments for “Hyderabadi Vegetable Dum Biriyani

  1. March 30, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Looks delicious with step by step pics.Nice.

    • March 31, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Thank you Asia 🙂

  2. March 30, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Very perfect
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    • March 31, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      Thank you 🙂

  3. March 30, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    wonderful and lovely clicks minnie

    glad u cud make it this time
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    • March 31, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      Thanks Meena 🙂

  4. March 30, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    yummy looking biryani and awesome clicks dear .. tempting me :):)
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    • March 31, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Thank you Manjula 🙂

  5. March 30, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    Perfectly done briyani.looks so yummy

    • March 31, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Thank you so much 🙂

  6. March 30, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    Yummy and fingerlicking good biryani Minnie. Loved your step by step presentation.
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    • March 31, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      Thanks Sanoli!!

  7. March 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Hi Minnie! iam happy to see this biryani being done so perfectly. Good step by step clicks and well presented. Thanks a tons for trying not only the biryani but also the biryani masala powder. I understand you have put in a great effort for this post. Thanks once again
    Swasthi recently posted..Gongura chickenMy Profile

    • March 31, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      Thank you Swasthi, your post was very easy to follow. I had a lovely time recreating this Biriyani 🙂

  8. March 30, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Looks great and nice step by step photos!
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    • March 31, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Thank you 🙂

  9. March 31, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Delicious & beautiful.
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    • March 31, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Thanks Humi!

  10. March 31, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    Congratulations Minnie! And your biryani looks superb. It’s one of my favourite Indian dishes 😀
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    • March 31, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Thanks Lorraine 😀 Mine too!

  11. March 31, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    It looks so appetizing and I’m glad you gave all the steps because at first it looked daunting. I love a good biryani but I’ve never tried it at home.
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    • March 31, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      It’s quite easy actually. Biriyani is quick and one dish meal, which is why I love it so much lol!

  12. March 31, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    What a fun challenge. I love your flavorful dish. Definitely a winner. 😉
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    • March 31, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Thanks Amy!!!!

  13. March 31, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    You’ve prepared such a tantalizing dish, Minnie, and went to great lengths to break the method into easy-to-follow steps with accompanying photos. This still may be too daunting for me — but it won’t always be. When I’m a bit more accustomed to cooking Indian cuisine, I’ll be back to give this one a try. It really is too good to pass up. Thanks for sharing.
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    • March 31, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      Thanks so much John! It is a long process, but not that difficult honestly. Do try it, it’s delicious.

  14. April 1, 2013 at 1:13 AM
    • April 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Thanks Chandrani 🙂

  15. April 1, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Tempting Biriyani

    • April 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Thanks 🙂

  16. April 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    amazing entry
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    • April 2, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Thanks so much!

  17. April 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    It sounds like fun, plus healthy competition helps in life. Congratulations for your team for winning and for you in particular!
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    • April 2, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Thank you Marta, so sweet of you to say such kind things.

  18. April 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    it sounds so much fun! and that certificate looks supercool! skipped the preparation bit because biryani is something which i can never cook :(. all the best for the contest! win one more certificate now!
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    • April 2, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      I need to give you a certificate for being a funny bone 🙂 Thanks so much!

  19. April 1, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Congrats on how well you are doing! I love biryani – so many flavours and something everyone in the family enjoys (although I do need to brush up on my Indian cooking skills!) xx
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    • April 2, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      You are doing fab as it is already, so it would be a matter of time before you pick it up back again.

  20. April 2, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    gr8 recipe.tempting

    • April 2, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Thank you 😀

  21. April 2, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Minnie, u have a lovely space …For SNC challenge April , you can use normal jaggery too…hopefully available in all indian grodery stores

    • April 2, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Thanks Shama! I am going to check for normal jaggery this time when I go to Indian store. But boiled rice we don’t get here at all. SO that’s tricky.

  22. July 11, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    If I put all those beautiful, flavorful, close-to-heart ingredients that you described here, my Biriyani would be a surefire way to satisfy my soul 🙂

    Thanks a bunch for the recipe which I’m gonna try tonight 🙂
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    • July 12, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      Let me know Nusrat how it turned out 🙂 ANd thanks so much!!!

  23. August 20, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    You are well what you are doing. I love biryani specially hyderabadi biryani. Thanks for sharing with us.
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  24. December 6, 2016 at 6:52 AM

    These look delicious and perfect! Thanks for sharing….

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