Basmati rice-1 and 1/3 cup of rice or 1 cup,
Potato- 2 small or 1 medium size-peeled and cubed into small pieces,
Cauliflower-1 medium size-small florets,
Carrot-1-peeled and chopped into small pieces,
Long beans or green beans-100 gms or 1 cup-ends trimmed and then chopped,
Onion- 1-finely chopped,
Ginger -1 tsp,
Garlic- 1 tsp,
Red chilli pwd-1/4 tsp,
Turmeric pwd-1/2 tsp,
Coriander pwd-1 tsp,
Garam masala pwd-3/4 tsp,
Amchoor dry mango pwd-a pinch,
Oil -4 to 5 tbsp,
Salt to taste,
Cumin seeds-1 tsp,
Mace or javitri-1 piece
Whole spices -white cardamom pwd-1/4 tsp,cloves-2,cinnamon-2 sticks.
Water-double the quantity of rice.
Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a non stick kadhai.
As oil heats up,add cauliflower.
Cover for few minutes and let it cook on low heat.
The carrots and beans will be a little crunchy.
Add salt,1/2 tsp of turmeric pwd,1/4 tsp of red chilli pwd,1 tsp of coriander pwd,1 tsp of ginger paste and 1 tsp of garlic paste , 3/4 tsp of garam masala pwd and a pinch of amchoor.
Fry the masala in low heat till it evenly coats the vegetables and the sides leave oil.
As ghee heats up,add 1/2 tsp of cumin pwd,4 cloves,2 white cardamom,2 black cardamom,8 peppercorn and 1 whole javitri.
Stir and as cumins change colour add rice and fry for few minutes till light cracks appear on rice.
Add a pinch of cardamom pwd,2 cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks.
As water starts to boil,lower the heat and add rice and the fried vegetables.
Leave the lid a little ajar for the steam to let out.
Close gas,once the rice is cooked.
Enjoy this delicious biryani with onion raita.
Makes for 5 servings.
Note:You can add little salt while stirring and frying the vegetables.