brown rice biryani recipe

I usually make brown rice idli,dosa.But I have not used brown rice for our lunch.Yesterday I bought a pack of India Gate brown rice( Not brown basmati) for the first time and tried this biryani.I did not have any idea of how to cook brown rice.So I tried to cook the rice like our usual white rice biryani & it became a super flop after cooking for 20 minutes in pressure cooker.The outer bran of brown rice was not cooked at all.Then I browsed through some websites and came to know brown rice has to be soaked for a minimum of one hour.I added more water,kept for another 20 minutes and finally my rice was cooked soft and great.Biryani was very nice and flavorful.But it really tested my patienceAt wits end and I was not able spend time to click good pictures as our tummies were rumbling out of hungerRolling Eyes.Cooking brown rice is very easy only if you soak it for more than an hour.You can also opt for frying the rice adding ghee to make it more flavorful.I will try to make a separate post on cooking brown rice using various methods.Here I have used mixed vegetables like carrot,beans and potato.U can also try with marinated chicken for non-veg options.So friends I have altered the recipe based on my experience.I hope u can make it perfect by following this recipe.I am happy to share this healthy brown rice biryani as my 30th post in Sunday lunch recipes series.Ok,lets see how to make this Indian style brown rice biryaniHappy.

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Brown rice biryani recipe

Brown rice biryani recipe Healthy brown rice recipe adding mixed vegetables

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 120 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 140 Minutes


1 cup = 200 ml

  • Brown rice – 1 cup
  • Mixed vegetables -1/2 cup
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Salt – as needed

To grind

  • Grated coconut – 1 tbsp
  • Green chillies – 2 -3 nos
  • Mint leaves,coriander leaves –  2 tbsp
  • Big onion – 1/2 no
  • Fennel seeds/Soambu – 1/2 tsp

To saute

  • Cooking oil + ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon,cloves,cardamom,bayleaf,black stone flower – 1 each
  • Big onion – 1 no( sliced)
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • G&G paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon juice – few drops
  • Wash & soak the brown rice for minimum 1 hour.You can soak it over night too.Soaking helps the outer bran of brown rice softer and enhances quick cooking.Chop the vegetables and keep aside.
  • Grind the ingredients given under “ To grind” to a smooth paste.Set aside.
  • In a pressure cooker base,heat oil+ghee and saute the whole spices,g&g paste,sliced onions.Mix well till raw smell goes off.Now add the tomato and saute till mushy.Add turmeric powder,red chilli powder & garam masala powder along with ground paste.Mix well and saute for a minute.
brown rice biryani recipe
brown rice biryani recipe

  • Lastly add 3 cups of water and soaked rice. Drizzle few drops of lemon juice and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle.It takes 10-15 minutes.
brown rice biryani recipe
  • Open the cooker after the steam is released.Fluff the rice and enjoy with raita ! Rice looks mushy when it is hot but it will separate as it turns warm.
brown rice biryani recipe
  • If you don’t soak the rice,add more water say 4 cups and cook for nearly 40 minutes in low flame in pressure cooker.I did this way.
  • Adjust the quantity of spices as per your taste buds.
Healthy brown rice vegetable biryani is ready to serve !
brown rice biryani recipe

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