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VEGETABLE DUM BIRYANI

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup corn kernels

2 medium carrots, cut into diamonds

16-18 cauliflower florets

5-6 French beans, cut into pieces

½ cup green peas

1½ cups Daawat Biryani Basmati Rice

4 tablespoons oil

1 teaspoon caraway seeds (shahi jeera)

16-20 cloves

10 green cardamoms

2 bay leaves

1½ inch stick cinnamon

2 medium onions, sliced

1 black cardamom

1 blade mace (javitri)

1 star anise (phool chakri)

Salt to taste

3 green chillies

2 tablespoons ginger-garlic paste

2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped

¼ teaspoon turmeric powder

2 teaspoons coriander powder

1½ teaspoons cumin (jeera) powder

1½ teaspoons red chilli powder

2-3 tablespoons yogurt

1 tablespoon ghee

1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander leaves

1 teaspoon garam masala powder + as required

6 tablespoons fried onions

Fresh mint leaves as required

2 tablespoons saffron milk

Few drops screwpine essence (kewra)

Few drops rose water

Ginger strips for garnishing

Micro greens for garnishing

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Soak Daawat Biryani Basmati Rice in sufficient water for 30 minutes.

2. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a deep non-stick pan. Add caraway seeds, 8-10 cloves, 4 green cardamoms, 2 bay leaves, 1 inch cinnamon and onions, mix and sauté till onions are lightly browned.

3. Heat 3 cups water in another deep non-stick pan. Add remaining green cardamoms, black cardamom, mace, remaining bay leaves, remaining cinnamon, remaining cloves, star anise, salt, remaining oil and drained Daawat Biryani Basmati Rice and cook till the rice is 3/4th done

4. Break green chillies, add to the onions alongwith ginger-garlic paste, mix well and sauté for a minute.

5. Add tomatoes and mix. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and chilli powder, mix well and cook till tomatoes turn soft and pulpy.

6. Add corn kernels and carrots and mix. Add cauliflower, French beans and salt and mix well.

7. Add yogurt and mix. Add green peas, mix well, cover and cook for 4-5 minutes.

8. Strain the Daawat Biryani Basmati Rice in a colander, add ghee to the rice and mix well.

9. Transfer half the cooked vegetables into a bowl and set aside.

10. Add coriander leaves to the vegetables in pan and mix well. Add garam masala powder and spread a layer of cooked rice on top. Add 3 tablespoons fried onions, some mint leaves, some garam masala powder and 1 tablespoon saffron milk.

11. Spread a layer of reserved cooked vegetables and top with remaining cooked rice. Add remaining fried onions, some mint leaves, some garam masala powder, remaining saffron milk, screwpine essence and rose water. Cover and cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes.

12. Garnish with ginger strips and micro greens and serve hot.