September Mega Marathon has begun and after posting for two days we got Sunday as a break . Our theme this time is Protein Rich , I am sure you must have read Day 1 and Day 2 posts on Kebabs, where I have posted Masoor ke Kebab and Soya Kebab with Ulte Tawe ke Parathe.We begin with a new week and a new theme . This week I shall be featuring Protein Rich Biryanis.

Biryani , is a complete meal with rice and vegetables or rice and meat . Normally long grained rice is used to make a Biryani , where the rice is boiled separately and each grain should be separate . It is layered with a meat based or a vegetable based curry and then cooked on slow fire or dum as we call it .My family is very fond of these Biryanis and even I love them since it is a one pot meal. One just needs a bowl of curd or raita .

For today I have made a Biryani Cake . Do you guys remember me telling about the rice cake that my Mil used to make ? I had promised to share her recipe . Well since this is a protein rich theme , I have changed the recipe a little but followed the same concept .The Biryani cake is dedicated to my dad , yes it’s his Birthday today and I make it a point to post a cake every year . This time it’s a savoury cake !
Happy Birthday Dad ! We love you and pray for peace and happiness always ! We miss you , and cherish your memories . The memories which make me smile , and give me a tear … but be happy wherever you are . Bless you !

Every time I write about dad , my vision gets blurred , but let us remember him and pray and smile . Life has to move on . Right ?

Some cakes that I have posted for Dad’s Birthday

Coffee Orange Cake
Danish Apple Cake
Cassata Cake with Chocolate Ice cream
Smörgåstårta , The Swedish Sandwich Cake

Moving on let me tell you about this cake . It has dad’s favorite paalak paneer, mixed veggies and most of all long grained rice . He never never liked any other rice .It was always Basmati rice.The rice is cooked in milk , the spinach layer has cottage cheese and fresh green peas . The other layer has tomatoes and mixed veggies like broccoli , beans and carrots . The Biryani is garnished with nuts and seeds . Now doesn’t it have a protein punch ,where we have milk, cottage cheese, spinach, beans, peas , nuts and seed to give us that protein punch and of course it is served with curd , yet  another protein.
So let’s see how this cake is made.

Vegetable Biryani Cake

Rice

Ingredients

2 cups long grain Basmati rice
2 tbsp oil
3-4 cloves
1 stick cinnamon
2 star anise
1 big cardamom
4 small cardamom
3-4 bay leaves
3 cups water
1 cup milk
Salt to taste

Spinach layer

Ingredients

500 gms spinach, washed and blanched
2 tsp ginger garlic chilly paste
1 onion , finely chopped
1 tsp kitchen king masala
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cottage cheese, cut into bite sized cubes
1/2 cup green peas, boiled

Tomato layer

 

Ingredients

1 onion
1/2 capsicum, finely chopped
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
2 large tomatoes , finely chopped
1 cup tomato purée
1/2 carrot , cut into bite sized cubes
1/2 cup French beans , chopped finely
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
1/2 tsp Biryani masala
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste

Other ingredients

Fried onions
Cherry tomatoes
Boiled broccoli
Roasted almonds
Roasted cashews
Roasted mix seeds

 

Rice

Wash and soak the rice for 15 minutes .
Drain all the water.
Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan.
Add all Whole spices , sauté for a few seconds .
Add the drained rice and roast till there’s no moisture . Be careful not to break the rice .
Add milk, water and salt .
Let the rice cook on full flame till 80% rice is cooked.
At this point there should be some water too.
Simmer the gas , cover the rice and keep some heavy object on the lid . I normally keep my brass mortar and pestle.
Once the rice is done keep covered.

Spinach Layer

Heat 1 tbsp oil and sauté the onions till pink.
Add ginger garlic paste. Sauté again.
Add blanched, puréed spinach.
Add all spices and sauté for 2 minutes.
Add milk to get it to pasty consistency.
Add boiled peas and cubed paneer.
Add more milk and cook for another 2 minutes.

Tomato Layer

Heat oil.
Add onion and capsicum and sauté for a minute.
Add ginger garlic paste.
Toss for a minute and add chopped tomatoes , cook till mushy.
Add red chilly powder , turmeric powder , biryani masala and salt.
Mix well and add the tomato purée .
Add the chopped boiled carrot and boiled French beans.
Mix well and keep aside.

 

Assembling the cake

Take a round steel container .
Grease it well on sides and bottom.
Arrange cherry tomatoes and boiled broccoli flowers in a decorative pattern .
Spread a layer of rice.
Press this layer with the help of either a greased steel bowl or a lid .
Sprinkle some fried onions.
Spread the prepared spinach layer.
Now spread another layer of rice , pressing with a bowl in a similar manner.
Next layer the rice with tomato layer.
Again sprinkle fried onions.
The last layer is of rice .
Press the rice again .Since the rice is hot pressing will compress them and they will stick .
After this close the lid of the container .
After a while invert the container upside down on your serving plate.
Garnish with roasted seeds, nuts , beans and cherry tomatoes.
Enjoy the Biryani with curd.
( unfortunately my cake did not come out as clean as I wanted)


Print Recipe
Vegetable Biryani Cake
A Protein Rich layered Biryani, which is compressed to make a cake.
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 15+15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Spinach layer
Tomato layer
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 15+15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Spinach layer
Tomato layer
Instructions
Rice
  1. Wash and soak the rice for 15 minutes .
  2. Drain all the water.
  3. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan.
  4. Add all Whole spices , sauté for a few seconds .
  5. Add the drained rice and roast till there's no moisture . Be careful not to break the rice .
  6. Add milk, water and salt .
  7. Let the rice cook on full flame till 80% rice is cooked.
  8. At this point there should be some water too.
  9. Simmer the gas , cover the rice and keep some heavy object on the lid . I normally keep by brass mortar and pestle.
  10. Once the rice is done keep covered.
Spinach Layer
  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil and sauté the onions till pink.
  2. Add ginger garlic paste. Sauté again.
  3. Add blanched, puréed spinach.
  4. Add all spices and sauté for 2 minutes.
  5. Add milk to get it to pasty consistency.
  6. Add boiled peas and cubed paneer.
  7. Add more milk and cook for another 2 minutes.
Tomato Layer
  1. Heat oil.
  2. Add onion and capsicum and sauté for a minute.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste.
  4. Toss for a minute and add chopped tomatoes , cook till mushy.
  5. Add red chilly powder , turmeric powder , Biryani masala and salt.
  6. Mix well and add the tomato purée .
  7. Add the chopped boiled carrot and boiled French beans.
  8. Mix well and keep aside.
Assembling the cake
  1. Take a round steel container .
  2. Grease it well on sides and bottom.
  3. Arrange cherry tomatoes and boiled broccoli flowers in a decorative pattern .
  4. Spread a layer of rice.
  5. Press this layer with the help of either a greased steel bowl or a lid .
  6. Sprinkle some fried onions.
  7. Spread the prepared spinach layer.
  8. Now spread another layer of rice , pressing with a bowl in a similar manner.
  9. Next layer the rice with tomato layer.
  10. Again sprinkle fried onions.
  11. The last layer is of rice .
  12. Press the rice again .Since the rice is hot pressing will compress them and they will stick .
  13. After this close the lid of the container .
  14. After a while invert the container upside down on your serving plate.
  15. Garnish with roasted seeds, nuts , beans and cherry tomatoes.
  16. Enjoy the Biryani with curd.
Recipe Notes

16 thoughts on “Biryani Cake and Birthday Wishes”

  1. Such a beautiful cake Vaishali! A very heartfelt gesture…
    The cake looks incredible! The first and last click are my favorite. Though the process seems lengthy, I guess it’s worth the effort.

  2. Vaishali, it’s really sweet of you to have this tradition. I am sure your dad appreciates your thoughts and efforts. You have gone a long way to ensure that each component is his favorite.. Bless you! And Hugs..

  3. What a wonderful way of remembering Dad! You are the reason I could cross my toughest days and I still remember all your words. This is such an awesome biryani. Loving all those different layers and flavour combinations..

  4. That’s such a lovely way to remember your dad!
    Love your Biryani cake. I am drooling looking at those colourful pictures. And to imagine a whole week of biryanis is making my mouth water. Kudos to you!

  5. Vaishali, I have come back again to drool over the pictures and read the recipe agian…so much efforts, I tell you, nobody can beat you in presentation or doing innovative dishes..this is simply rocking and too too good!

    1. Thanks Valli . It is a beautiful feeling to be appreciated by friends . I surely am on cloud 9 . Thanks once again .

  6. Aww, it is so nice reading about your memories of your dad. The biryani cake looks amazing. I love the way you presented it. As Valli mentioned, no one can beat you in innovation and presentation.

  7. Seriously what a fabulous post and loved reading those beautiful memories of your dad, happy birthday to him. Biriyani cake looks extremely prefect for the celebration. Lovely presentation .

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