Vegetable Layer Rice

Vegetable Layer Rice

Oh I am so proud of what I churned out today for lunch :) We are having a pot luck and I offered to make the main.

This "layer rice" is also notoriously called Vegetable Biryani. However I would like to keep it the way it is ;) Layer Rice.

Vegetable Layer RiceOh I am so proud of what I churned out today for lunch :) We are having a pot luck and I offered to make the main. This "layer rice" is also notoriously called Vegetable Biryani. However I would like to keep it the way it is ;) Layer Rice.

Summary

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  • Coursemain course
  • Yield4 servings 4 serving
  • Cooking Time30 minutesPT0H30M
  • Preparation Time30 minutesPT0H30M
  • Total Time1 hourPT1H0M

Ingredients

For the rice-
Basmati Rice (Soak for 30min)
600 gms
Bay leaves.
3
Shahi jeera.
2 tsps
Green cardamoms.
4
Peppercorns.
5
. Boiling water
Ghee.
2 tbsps
For the vegetables-
Cauliflower florets.
1 cup
Oil.
3 tbsps
Cubed potatoes.
3-4
Peas.
1/2 cup
Cubed carrots (I didn't add, as I didn't have any)
1/2 cup
Kasuri Methi.
1 tbsp
Green chillies.
3-4
Dried mint or fresh mint leaves. or 2 sprigs
1 tbsp
Shahi jeera.
2 tsps
Green cardamoms.
3-4
Black cardamoms.
2-3
Bay leaves.
2
For the
Marinade-
Curd (a little sour is good)
1.5 cups
Almond-Khus Khus seeds paste (Make it with a few tbsp of curd)
2 tbsps
Kasuri methi.
2 tbsps
Garam masala.
2 tsps
. Salt
. Red chilly powder
Turmeric powder.
1 tsp
For Assembling-
Browned Onion slices (fried)
Ghee.
2 tbsps
Saffron soaked in warm water.
10-12 strands

Steps

  1. To the boiling water, add the bay leaves, pepper corns, shahi jeera, ghee and cardamoms.
  2. Add the rice and salt. Let it cook for 15-17 min or until they are a little short of being fully cooked.
  3. Drain it in a colander and keep aside.
  4. In a wok, heat the oil. Add jeera, cardamoms and bay leaves.
  5. Add the vegetables and methi with little water.
  6. Cover and cook the veggies until they still have a bite. We dont want them to be over done.
  7. In the curd, mix the spices, some fried onion and the almond khus khus paste.
  8. Mix the curd with the veggies that are still warm.
  9. Let it sit for about 10-12 min.
  10. In a microwave safe bowl, add a layer of half the rice and put a sprinkle of garam masala, saffron, ghee and some brown onions.
  11. Layer the veggies on top of this.
  12. Now cover them with the remaining rice and add the ghee, saffron, garam masala and onions.
  13. Before serving, put it in the lowest temperature setting of the microwave to heat everything through.
  14. Serve with raita and salan.
    Vegetable Layer Rice