Cauliflower Biriyani

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                    Ready to serve Cauliflower biriyani

Serves:3-4

Time taken:1 hour

Cauliflower the favorite veggie of one and all needs no introduction at all. You’ll want to include cauliflower as one of the cruciferous vegetables you eat on a regular basis if you want to receive the fantastic health benefits provided by the cruciferous vegetable family. Read more about the health benefits here.

I have already put up cauliflower paratha, cauliflower stir fry, fried pakoras etc.  Today I would like to put up Cauliflower biriyani which tastes yummy and easy to prepare as well. Here goes the recipe.

What you need to have:

1. Basumati rice – 1 cup

2. Water – 2 cups (to cook rice)

3. Cashew pieces – a few

4. Ghee – 1/2 teaspoon (to fry cashews)

5. Florets  – 2 cups

6. Green peas – 1/2 cup

Basumati rice  

Ingredients of seasoning & garnishing:

3. Cooking oil – 1 tablespoon

4. Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

5. Chopped onions – 1 cup(for seasoning)

6. Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

7. Red chili powder – 1/2 teaspoon

8. Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

9. Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon(home made)

10. Tomato -1 (to be pureed)

11. Chopped cilantro- a handful(for garnishing)

12. Salt – to taste

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAIngredients of seasoning and masala

Ingredients of masala and seasoning:

1. Cloves – 2-3

2. Cinnamon – 1 piece

3. Cardamom – 1

4. Green chili – 1

5. Ginger – 1 small  piece

6. Garlic pods -2-3

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAIngredients of seasoning & wet masala

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and chop cauliflower into medium size florets and soak it in salt water for about 10  minutes.  Drain it and keep it aside along with frozen green peas/fresh peas. KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                     Chopped florets and green peas

2. Wash and drain water  from rice and keep it aside.   Place cooker with 1/2 teaspoon ghee in it. When heated, add cashew pieces to it and fry till light brown and crispy.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                        Cashews being fried till crispy

3. Add rice from step-2 to it and add required quantity of water to it and cook till done.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                       Basumati rice being added 

4. Once the pressure is released, empty cooked rice in a wide plate adding 1/2 teaspoon cooking oil. KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                      Cooked rice being spread over in a wide plate

5 .Make a paste of  green chili,ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves and keep it aside.   Pure the tomato as well and keep it side.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                      Tomato being pureed in the mixer

6. Place a wide skillet with 2 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame.  Once heated add cumin seeds to it and allow it to splutter.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                      Cumin seeds being added to oil

7. Add chopped onions to it once cumin seeds splutter adding required quantity of salt and stir it till the onions turn transparent.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                         Chopped onions being added to the seasoning

8. Once done, add all powders in a row and give a stir.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                         All powders being added in a row 

9. Add grind paste from step-5 to it and give stir in such a way that a pleasant aroma oozes out.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                       Grind masala paste being fried in the seasoning

10. Add pureed tomato from step-5 to it  and fry till it gets mixed up well.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                                 Pureed tomato being added

11. Add florets and green peas from step-1 to it an cook it till the masala coats the veggies and later on check for salt. KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                 Florets and green peas being addedKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                   The veggies being coated with masala

12. Add cooked rice from step-4 to it and stir with a wooden spatula so that rice coats with masala but veggies in tact(not crushed) KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                              Cooked rice being added

13. On mixing it is ready to serve.  Transfer the biriyani to a plate and relish it with a salad..(but with out curds) YummmmmmKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                      Ready to serve cauliflower biriyani with salad

Serves :3-4

Time taken: 1 hour

Good to remember:  1. Use fresh Cauliflower for the dish for best results.

. 2. Cook rice so that  grains are separate.  Please do not over cook.

3. The unique grinding of whole garam masala ingredients along with green chili, ginger garlic enhances the flavour of biriyani 4. Adding curds to salad is one’s choice.

8 thoughts on “Cauliflower Biriyani

    Viji Subramaniam said:
    October 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Lovely! explained so beautifully 1 I have made this but without tomato puree . Let me try n see if the tangy taste tastes better .Thank you pratibha!

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 10, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Hi Viji,
      In this dish , the whole garam masala ingredients, green chili, ginger, garlic is grind together and this gives a unique flavour to the dish.

    Priya said:
    October 10, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Very flavourful and fingerlicking one pot meal..Inviting biriyani..

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Hi Priya,
      Thanx a lot for your comments and now time to put up diwali sweets!!!!!!!

    Jayanthisindhiya said:
    October 11, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Such a lovely biryani,so nice clicks

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 11, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      HI Jayanthisindhiya,

      Nice to hear from you. Please give me our feed back on preparing the same. Also pass on the link of this blog among your friends community.

    ganesh tilve said:
    October 29, 2014 at 10:56 am

    step 2 wash and drain rice not water:)

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Hi Ganesh

      I have corrected and thanks a lot for your alertness.

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