Vegetarian Biryani

This recipe comes to us from or global partners at Meatless Monday India. Their founder, Advika Gupta, says “Biryani is a traditional dish usually made with chicken or lamb. However, vegetarian biryani is absolutely delicious and really wholesome! Most ingredients can be substituted depending on local availability.”

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Serves 4


  • Ingredients:
  • Rice (white or basmati) – 1 cup
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Water – 2 cups
  • For the Paste:
  • Please note, these ingredients can be substituted depending on local alternatives available.
  • Tomato – 1, chopped
  • Ginger – 1”, grated
  • Garlic – 7 pods
  • Green chili pepper – 1
  • Onions – 1, chopped
  • Cinnamon – 1 stick
  • Sautéed Vegetables:
  • Please note, these veggies can be substituted for any local and seasonal veggies easily available in your area.
  • Onion – 1, chopped
  • Cauliflower – 1/3rd, chopped
  • Peas – 1/4th cup
  • Potato – 1, chopped
  • String beans – 10, chopped
  • Spices:
  • Cloves – 4
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Coriander powder – ½ tsp
  • Garnish (optional):
  • Coriander leaves – 1/4th bunch



  1. Grind the paste ingredients together.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok. Add in the cloves and sauté the onion in the wok.
  3. Add the ground paste into the wok and fry for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the spices and vegetables, and fry for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the water and rice into the wok.
  6. Let the rice and vegetables cook through.
  7. Serve the hot biryani, garnished with coriander leaves!

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Nutrition Information

Vegetarian Biryani

Servings per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories:  346

Calories from Fat:  54

Total Fat:  6

Saturated Fat:  0g

Cholesterol:  0mg

Sodium:  154mg

Potassium:  518mg

Carbohydrates:  69g

Dietary Fiber:  4g

Protein:  6g

Sugars:  5g

Vitamin A:  14%

Vitamin C:  120%

Calcium:  7%

Iron:  16%

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