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Hyderabad Vegetable Dum Biryani

  • Spicy
  • 45 mins
  • Serves 3
  • Easy


  • Rice :

  • Dough :

  • Garnishing :

  • Vegetable Masala :

How to Make Hyderabad Vegetable Dum Biryani

Prepare Dough

  1. Sieve wheat flour and knead to a smooth dough making sure to add enough water.
  2. Close it and set aside. 

Prepare Rice

  1. Wash Basmati rice well,
    1. Soak in enough water for 10-15 minutes.
    2. Drain the water completely.
  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan.
    1. Add cloves, black cumin seeds, mace, fennel seeds, star anise and green cardamom.
    2. Add mint and coriander leaves.
    3. Stir well.
    4. Add basmati rice and give a stir.
    5. Add 5-6 cup water and salt to taste.
    6. Mix everything well.
  2. Cook covered for 5-8 min or till rice is ¾th cooked.
    1. Remove from the heat and drain the water completely.
    2. Keep cooked rice aside. 

Prepare Garnishing

  1. Heat 2 tbsp ghee in a Kadai.
  2. Fry cashew nuts and raisins till they turn a golden brown.
    1. Remove and set aside.
  1. In the same ghee, fry sliced onions till they turn golden brown and crispy.
    1. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  1. Mix saffron strands with warm milk and set aside. 

Prepare Vegetable Masala

  1. Heat a Kadai and dry roast cloves, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, bay leaf, fennel seeds, and black cumin seeds for a few minutes.
    1. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
    2. Grind into a smooth powder and set aside.
  1. Heat 2 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp ghee in a clay curry pot.
    1. Add chopped onions and green chilies.
    2. Cook for a minute at a low-medium temperature.
    3. Add ginger-garlic paste, mint, coriander leaves, and stir well.
    4. Add chopped mixed vegetables and yogurt then stir.
    5. Add turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder and ground masala powder.
  1. Mix everything thoroughly and add salt to taste.
  2. Add ½ cup water and cook it covered for 10 minutes.
    1. Remove from the heat and set aside. 

For Assembling

  1. Grease the inner walls of a biryani clay plot with a little oil or ghee.
    1. Take a tbsp of vegetable masala and spread it at the bottom of the pot.
    2. Spread a layer of cooked rice over that. 
  1. Pour 1 or 2 tsp of saffron mixed milk in a circular motion over the rice.
    1. Sprinkle a few fried onions, cashews, and raisins.
    2. Similarly, sprinkle mint and coriander leaves. 
  1. Follow the same layering method up to the neck of the biryani pot.
    1. Close it with the lid and seal the edges with wheat dough.

Note: With a Biryani Pot, you can only prepare this dish for 1 person. 

  1. For the remaining masala and other ingredients, take a clay curry pot and follow the steps mentioned above for the biryani clay pot. 
  1. Keep both the pots on stove top and cook on low flame for 10 minutes. 
  1. Before serving, open the seal and pierce biryani with a fork. 
  1. Serve and enjoy! 


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