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Vegetable biryani in pressure cooker | biryani recipes

by Jeyashri suresh
If you are looking for an easy biryani recipe which can  be made in a jiffy and can be made for lunch box too, then i can say this is the best tasty biryani which can be quickly done in pressure cooker . Generally biryani means Dum biryani , which is an elaborate procedure but i know it is worth trying out Dum biryani too. But this pressure cooker biryani do taste equally well. I make this once a week as it is an easy one pot meal . Some times even for a weeknight dinner also i make this vegetable biryani . So try out this easy Vegetable Biryani – made in pressure cooker.
vegetable-biryani-pressure -cooker-recipe

Vegetable Biryani with video

  Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 Mins |Serves: 2-3

    Basmati Rice  1 cup
    Mixed veggies*  1 and 1/2 cup
    Water  1 and 1/4 cup
    Red chili powder  3/4 tsp
    Ginger  a small piece
    Garlic  3-4 pods
    Mint leaves   a handful 
    Sombu | fennel  1/4 tsp
    Bay leaf | cardamom 1
    Onion  1
    Tomato  1/2
     Oil   2 tblsp
     Ghee  1/2 tsp
     Salt  as needed
*I used carrot, beans, green  peas and potato. You can add cauliflower, frozen corn, broccoli,butter beans and capsicum too.

Vegetable- biryani

  • Wash the rice and soak it for 20 minutes in 1 and 1/4 cup of water.
  • Mean time chop the veggies and slice the onions and tomatoes.
  • Grind the mint leaves, fennel , ginger, and garlic into a very fine paste.( use little water from the soaked water in the rice for grinding. Do not add extra water.)
biryani biryani
  • In a pressure cooker add oil and ghee and add in the cardamom pods and add the sliced onions.
  • When it turns translucent add in the tomatoes. Saute for a few minutes .
biryani onion tomato
  • Add the ground mint paste and saute for few minutes in a low flame . Let the raw smell of the garlic disappear.
  • Add the chopped veggies and mix well so that the masala will get coated to the veggies nicely.
biryani spice mix
  • Add in the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, and salt. You can use sambar powder too instead of red chilli powder.
  • Mix well. Keep the soaked water aside and add the rice only and saute for 2 minutes.
veggies biryani
  • Now add in the water and keep the cooker closed. Let this cook till one whistle and after that keep it in a very low flame for 5 to 7  minutes. Biryani will be ready.
low flame biryani


  • You can replace red chilli powder with sambar powder.
  • My mom grinds 2-3 green chillies along with the mint leaves and don’t add red chilli powder or sambar powder.
  • You can skip adding turmeric powder too.
  • My mom grind few coriander leaves too.
  • Bay leaves can be added while adding cardamom.

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AparnaRajeshkumar October 18, 2013 - 6:47 am

Its good to see not more masala 🙂 i generally do this for our week end menu ! lovely one

Veena Theagarajan October 18, 2013 - 6:50 am

looks yum! nice recipe

Nivedhanams Sowmya October 18, 2013 - 7:01 am

Oh I love this one!!! very nicely done Jeyashri!!

subadhradevi vaidyanathan October 18, 2013 - 7:52 am

Super simple.am ur fan jeyashri.....

subadhradevi vaidyanathan October 18, 2013 - 7:53 am

Super simple.am ur fan jeyashri.....

subadhradevi vaidyanathan October 18, 2013 - 7:53 am

Super simple.am ur fan jeyashri.....

Happys Cook October 18, 2013 - 8:20 am

superb and simple one...

Sona S October 18, 2013 - 8:46 am

Biriyani looks delicious and flavorful.

CHITRA October 18, 2013 - 9:57 am

Lovely. pass me here 😉

Anu October 18, 2013 - 10:57 am

Looks sooo........... tempting.

Priti S October 18, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Looks so yum ....making me hungry

prathibha Garre October 18, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Nice n delicious biryani...I follow pressure cooker method when pressed for time

Arthy Suman October 18, 2013 - 3:39 pm

i jz love the rice grains...wow im mesmerized

R October 18, 2013 - 10:52 pm

looks really delicous!

Shobana Vijay October 19, 2013 - 11:57 am

Lovely recipe.I can pack for lunch box next week.Thank you dear

DOWN TO EARTH October 19, 2013 - 7:04 pm


Nisha October 22, 2013 - 5:08 am

Rice looks delicious

Sindhu December 17, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Hi jeyashree , I'm ur big fan ... I'm just started to cook only with the help of ur blog, I tried lots of ur recipes, it came out very well... But only thing I hav to ask u is , when I'm doing veg briyani in pressure cooker, the rice is becoming like pongal....so pls tell me the tips to make briyani as yours.

Thank u....

yuva2890 June 9, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Simple one . Gonna try this tom 🙂

moon July 11, 2014 - 4:02 am

Hey Jayeshri! Thanks for this so well-written recipe! For the first time I got the rice in the biryani cooked perfectly and got to eat delicious vegetable biryani..thanks again! 🙂 BTW I added 1.5 teaspoons of garam masala too.

Asan Sheeba August 15, 2014 - 11:47 am

This was soo gud. .I tried this recipe it came out very well

srividhya parthasarathi October 15, 2014 - 11:58 am

Very nice one..Without more masala...I like all your recipes

Ackansha Deoli January 12, 2015 - 9:56 am

That's a great recipe jayeshri! Loving the way you explain these dishes with absolute simplicity.... gomna try them all, one by one...god bless. 🙂

lino mohan March 18, 2015 - 5:00 pm

I tried this recipe, it came out well, thanks for sharing it 🙂

chit rajan July 3, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Hi mdm i tried your recipe with seeraga samba rice with 2 whistles which was over cooked and burnt at the botton in cooker. Kindly give me solution to rectify . Awaiting for your reply

jeyashri suresh July 13, 2015 - 10:27 am

Seeraga samba tends to cook so fast. 2 whistles for sure it will get burnt. give 1 whistle, and put in a small flame for 10 minutes.

Bhuvaneswari Nallathambi January 9, 2016 - 8:54 am

Can u tell me the ratio of water to be added to the basmati rice

jeyashri suresh January 18, 2016 - 5:18 am

I have given that. For 1 cup rice 1 and 1/4 cup water

Manjula Sankaran January 13, 2016 - 8:08 am

Hello Jayashree,
Could you please tell me difference between Veg.Pulao & Biryani.
From both of your recepies I could only differentiate tomatoes & mint in ingredients.

Happy new year 🙂 Waiting for your reply


jeyashri suresh January 18, 2016 - 5:17 am

Generally pulao is made by adding only the whole spices and the veggies. For biryani we grind few masalas. No grinding is involved for pulaos but for biryanis we grind. But i have many recipes named as pulao here

maddhu May 30, 2016 - 7:36 am

I tried this bieiyani for the first time but it was a hit. My grand daughter loved it and gave me an unexpected hug saying "thanks thatha". I was moved. Everybody in my family lived it and the credit goes to you only. Thanks again.

Ramlan Hadisutrisno August 22, 2016 - 5:07 pm


Rama sethu Tamil June 8, 2017 - 7:43 am

Hi Jayashree, I tried this briyani today. It came out very well....All my collegues told its awesome...all credits goes to you....Expecting more healthy south indian recipes for kids snacks.

Rama Sethu June 8, 2017 - 7:51 am

Hi jayashri, i tried this briyani, it came out very well. All my family members & colleagues told it is awesome.... All the credits goes to you...Expecting more healthy south indian recipes for kid snacks....

Unknown September 11, 2018 - 9:46 am

Hi jeyashri,I tried this and it came out very well.thanks a ton 🙂


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