Veg Biryani In Pressure Cooker | Quick Veg Biryani Recipe

Veg Biryani in pressure cooker is a one pot dish, but surprisingly every way as tasty and flavorful as the one cooked in traditional way.

One-pot meals have a special place and are a favorite among families and singles alike as they cook up quite fast and need less effort. Further like many other Indian one pot meals this dish is tasty and healthy too.

Veg Biryani is a mixed rice dish popular in entire Indian subcontinent and among the Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi people around the globe. Vegetable Biryani is made with rice, a variety of spices, lentils and vegetables. Compared to other mixed rice dishes like pulaos, Biryani has a stronger taste of curried rice due to a higher amount of spices.

The traditional style of making biryani calls for slow cooking of rice with vegetables and spices for many hours, thus infusing their flavors in the rice. However, it is not feasible to cook this dish at home very frequently due to the large amount of time it takes.

Though the Non-veg versions of Biryani are more famous, Vegetable Biryani also has its own place and represents the ultimate of Indian Cuisine. It’s a unique cooking style of rice which deliciously blends the flavors of vegetables and spices and is accompanied by a unique aroma.

Biryani is a dish which is loved by most Indian people. You can make this delicious dish very easily with this recipe, since cooking the vegetables and rice together significantly reduces the amount of time it takes for cooking.

Veg Biryani tastes best when enjoyed along with Mint Raita or Onion Tomato Raita.

To make Quick Veg Biryani in Pressure Cooker at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.

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Recipe Info

Servings: 4

CategoryMain Course

Cuisine: Indian

Total Time:

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Nutrition (per serving)



Carbohydrates: 52g

Protein: 8g

Ingredients For Veg Biryani Recipe

  • 1 Cup Basmati Rice
  • 1 Medium Sized Onion
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Potato
  • 1/2 Cup Cauliflower Florets
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Carrots
  • 1/4 Cup Green Beans
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Capsicum (Green Bell Pepper / Shimla Mirch)
  • 1/4 Cup Green Peas
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 3-4 Cloves of Garlic
  • ~1 Inch Piece of Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Shah Jeera (Kala Jeera / Caraway Seeds)
  • 1 Tej Patta (Bay Leaf)
  • ~1 Inch stick of Dalchini (Cinnamon)
  • 1-2 Badi Elaichi (Black Cardamom)
  • 2-3 Hari Elaichi (Choti Elaichi / Green Cardamom)
  • 2-3 Laung (Cloves)
  • 2 Tablespoons Curd (Yogurt)
  • 8-10 Cashews (Kaju)
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 Teaspoon Biryani Masala
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
  • 7-8 Saffron Strands (Kesar)
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Coriander Leaves
  • 1/4th Cup Chopped Mint Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil or Ghee

Step By Step Instructions With Photos for Veg Biryani Recipe

  • Heat Ghee or oil in a pan and add Shah Jeera (Caraway Seeds), Tej Patta (Bay Leaf), Dalchini (Cinnamon Stick), Badi Elaichi (Black Cardamom), Hari Elaichi (Green Cardamom), Laung (Cloves).

    Quick Veg Biryani Recipe Step By Step Instructions 1
  • Add thinly sliced onions to the cooker along with ginger, garlic and green chilli paste. Fry till the onions turn golden brown.

    Quick Veg Biryani Recipe Step By Step Instructions 2
  • Add chopped potatoes, carrots, green beans, cauliflower, capsicum and green peas.

    Quick Veg Biryani Recipe Step By Step Instructions 3
  • Then add 2 tablespoons of Curd (Yogurt) to the vegetables.

    Quick Veg Biryani Recipe Step By Step Instructions 4
  • Then add Salt, Biryani Masala, Red Chilli Powder and Turmeric Powder (Haldi).

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  • Also add some Cashews along with 3 cups of water.

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  • Add rice on top in a single layer above the vegetables.

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  • Sprinkle some Biryani Powder on top of the rice.

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  • Put a few Saffron Strands in warm water or milk and let it sit for a couple of minutes.

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  • Pour the Saffron water on top of the rice. Also add some chopped mint & coriander leaves. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook for around 20-25 minutes on a low flame till the rice is cooked.

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  • Open the cooker when the steam has come out. Veg Biryani is ready. Serve it hot along with some Mint Raita.

    Quick Veg Biryani Recipe Step By Step Instructions

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Quick Veg Biryani Recipe in Pressure Cooker

7 thoughts on “Veg Biryani In Pressure Cooker | Quick Veg Biryani Recipe”

  1. Biryani in cooker? Ahh! Thank you for sharing this recipe. Baking biryani in Kadai can take lot of time but this will definitely save my time.

    • Hey Anitha, the main reason for curd breaking down while cooking is high heat, and so it is generally added at the end of dishes. However, for making the biryani we need to cook it at a low heat for a long time, and so the curd does not break down or curdle. To ensure best results use fresh full fat yogurt.

  2. Hello, I have a question. You mention to cook the Biryani for 2 whistles in a pressure cooker. I wonder how many minutes that is. My pressure cooker does not make any whistles…..


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