Banarasi Biryani - biryani with roasted veggies

Banarasi Tandoori Biryani is a smoky biryani made with flavourful tandoori vegetables and long grain Basmati rice .

Biryanis are a favourite one pot meal on our Sunday Lunch and I am always in a quest to look for a new biryani . While searching for a good biryani I came across a video where a village cook made biryani in a bulk . He did not give any measurements or recipe but I liked his idea of roasting the veggies and adding to the biryani . With those ideas I developed my own recipe and the biryani turned out super delicious with a smoky flavour . I really do not know why it is called Banarasi , perhaps the chef was from Banaras !

The Biryani is whole some with loads of vegetables . The first layer has a mix vegetables like beans, carrots and peas and these are tossed in a flavourful spice mix .

The second layer uses vegetables like cauliflower and potatoes. Paneer makes the Biryani nice and rich . These all need a good marinate time , so that the flavours infuse very well . Best is to grill the vegetables on a charcoal , but of course I roasted them in an oven .

Basmati rice are a fragrant variety of rice , and these are further flavored with whole spices . You could check How to cook Basmati Rice for Biryani to know in detail .

Finally when the layers are arranged do not forget to poke holes and pour ghee also place a hot burning coal over a foil and pour ghee . The rice is quickly covered to capture the smoke . It is this smoke that gives the rice a absolutely fantastic and delicious smoky flavour .

Serve it with a raita or some curd on the side.

Banarasi Tandoori Biryani - biryani with roasted veggies

Banarasi Tandoori Biryani

Ingredients

2 cups basmati rice
2 cardamoms
2 black cardamom
2 cloves
1 small stick cinnamon
2-3 bay leaves
1 tbsp ghee
Salt to taste

First Layer

2 tbsp oil + 1 tbsp ghee
1 onion , large, chopped
2 tomatoes , chopped
1 cup green peas , boiled
1/2 cup carrots , cubed and boiled
1/2 cup beans , boiled
2 green chillies
1 tbsp ginger garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala

Second Layer

1 cup potatoes , cubed boiled
2 cups cauliflower , boiled
2 onions , sliced
1 cup cottage cheese , cubed
1 cup thick yogurt
4 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp red chilly powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala
Salt to taste

Other Ingredients

Mint leaves
Shahi Jeera
Ghee
Coal

Method

First we shall marinade the vegetables and take the second layer .
Boil potato chunks and cauliflower .
Slice onion into thick slices .
Immerse cottage cheese into hot water for 5 minutes and drain.
Mix yogurt , ginger garlic paste and all spices .
Mix the marinade with veggies and keep aside for 1 hour .
After an hour arrange the marinated veggies and paneer in a tray .
Bake for 30 minutes or till they are slightly charred at 200 degrees .

Rice

Boil 6 cups water and add black cardamom , green cardamom , cloves and cinnamon .
Let the water boil for a few minutes .
Add salt and ghee .
Add the pre washed and soaked rice to the water .
Let boil till 80% cooked.
Drain the water and keep rice aside .

First Layer

Heat oil and ghee.
Add jeera , cloves , garlic , bay leaf , ginger garlic and onions .
Sauté the onions for a minute and add tomatoes .
Let cook for two minutes and add green chillies .
Add the boiled carrots , beans and peas.
Add red chilly powder , turmeric powder and garam masala and salt .
Cook for about five minutes .

Assembling the Biryani

On a stove top
When we have finished cooking our first Layer and our veggies are out of the oven we can proceed .
Place all the tandoori veggies on top of the first Layer .
Spread roughly torn mint leaves .
Spread the rice layer .
Poke holes into the biryani and add ghee .
Place a piece of foil and keep a red hot coal over it .
Pour ghee on the coal and capture the smoke by covering the pot with a lid .
Cook covered for 20 minutes on very slow fire .
Remove the coal piece .
Serve hot with any raita .

In an Oven

Take a oven proof dish .
Apply a layer of ghee .
Spread the first layer .
Spread the second layer.
Sprinkle and spread torn mint leaves .
Spread all the rice .
Arrange your garnishes .
Sprinkle shahi jeera .
Place a piece of red hot coal on a foil .
Pour ghee over it and cover the dish with a foil .
Bake in an oven for 30 minutes at 200 degrees C.
Remove the coal before serving .

Banarasi Tandoori Biryani 

Here are some Biryani’s from other states –

Awadhi Biryani

Punjabi Chickpea Biryani

Hyderabadi Quabooli Biryani

Chettinad Biryani

Here is what I have been posting for Biryani, Pulao and Khichadi Festival –

Day 1 How to cook Rice with Absorption Method
Day 2 How to cook Perfect Rice for Biryani
Day 3 How to cook Rice in a Pressure Cooker
Day 4 How to cook Rice in a Microwave
Day 5 How to cook Rice in a Rice Cooker
dAY 6 How to cook Basic Khichadi
Day 7 Undhiyu Biryani

 

 

Print Recipe
Banarasi Tandoori Biryani
Banarasi Tandoori Biryani is a smoky biryani made with flavourful tandoori vegetables and long grain Basmati rice .
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 60 Minutes
Passive Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
First Layer
Second Layer
Other Ingredients
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 60 Minutes
Passive Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
First Layer
Second Layer
Other Ingredients
Instructions
Marinade & Baking
  1. First we shall marinade the vegetables and take the second layer .
  2. Boil potato chunks and cauliflower .
  3. Slice onion into thick slices .
  4. Immerse cottage cheese into hot water for 5 minutes and drain.
  5. Mix yogurt , ginger garlic paste and all spices .
  6. Mix the marinade with veggies and keep aside for 1 hour .
  7. After an hour arrange the marinated veggies and paneer in a tray .
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or till they are slightly charred at 200 degrees .
Rice
  1. Boil 6 cups water and add black cardamom , green cardamom , cloves and cinnamon .
  2. Let the water boil for a few minutes .
  3. Add salt and ghee .
  4. Add the pre washed and soaked rice to the water .
  5. Let boil till 80% cooked.
  6. Drain the water and keep rice aside .
First Layer
  1. Heat oil and ghee.
  2. Add jeera , cloves , garlic , bay leaf , ginger garlic and onions .
  3. Sauté the onions for a minute and add tomatoes .
  4. Let cook for two minutes and add green chillies .
  5. Add the boiled carrots , beans and peas.
  6. Add red chilly powder , turmeric powder and garam masala and salt .
  7. Cook for about five minutes .
Assembling the Biryani
  1. On a stove top
  2. When we have finished cooking our first Layer and our veggies are out of the oven we can proceed .
  3. Place all the tandoori veggies on top of the first Layer .
  4. Spread roughly torn mint leaves .
  5. Spread the rice layer .
  6. Poke holes into the biryani and add ghee .
  7. Place a piece of foil and keep a red hot coal over it .
  8. Pour ghee on the coal and capture the smoke by covering the pot with a lid .
  9. Cook covered for 20 minutes on very slow fire .
  10. Remove the coal piece .
  11. Serve hot with any raita .
In an Oven
  1. Take a oven proof dish .
  2. Apply a layer of ghee .
  3. Spread the first layer .
  4. Spread the second layer.
  5. Sprinkle and spread torn mint leaves .
  6. Spread all the rice .
  7. Arrange your garnishes .
  8. Sprinkle shahi jeera .
  9. Place a piece of red hot coal on a foil .
  10. Pour ghee over it and cover the dish with a foil .
  11. Bake in an oven for 30 minutes at 200 degrees .
  12. Remove the coal before serving .
Recipe Notes

12 thoughts on “Banarasi Tandoori Biryani – biryani with roasted veggies”

  1. Another unique biryani. It is special in a way that two layers of vegetables, cooked differently go into that biryani besides the smoky flavors. We are not used to smoky flavors and it is also an acquired taste, I guess.

  2. my husband loves baingan bharta for that smoky flavour and I hate it for the same reason 🙂 but I woudnt mind this veg packed biryani made with that aromatic rice..

  3. So innovative . I can image how flavourful the biryani must be ..Superb combination of well cooked rice with roasted veggies with the smkoy aroma.wonderful share.

  4. This is intersting biryani loaded with the goodness of vegetables. I love the concept of layering it with different vegetables in both the layers. Another awesome share

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