Vermicelli Biryani


Vermicelli – 3 cups
Mixed Vegetables – 1.5 cups
Onions – 1
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tbsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Lemon – 1
Oil – 1 tbsp
Ghee – 1 tbsp

For Paste:
Cloves – 2 to 3
Cinnamon – 1/2 inch
Ginger – 1/2 inch
Garlic cloves – 5 to 6 cloves
Fennel seeds – 1/2 tbsp
Mint leaves – handful
Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
Green chillies – 1 to 2

For Garnish:
Roasted cashew nuts
Chopped coriander leaves


Grind all the ingredients under “For paste” with little water into a smooth paste.

Mixed Vegetables: I took a mix of carrots,french beans,green peas ,boiled potato and capsicum.
Chop all the vegetables and steam them.

Slice the onions lengthwise.

In a large pan, take lots of water and bring it to a rolling boil. Once water starts boiling, add the vermicelli and cook for 5 minutes stirring now and then.
Drain the water using a strainer and wash the vermicelli in cold water.
Add few drops of oil to the cooked and cooled vermicelli and set aside.

In a large pan, heat oil and ghee. Once hot, add Cumin seeds. Once the seeds start spluttering, add sliced onions and fry till they are slightly brown.
Add turmeric powder and cooked vegetables. Mix well and add salt.
Add the ground paste and mix well.
Let the vegetables cook till they are slightly dry.

Add the cooked vermicelli and chopped coriander leaves and cook for few minutes.
Mix the vermicelli well into the vegetable mixture so that it is well coated.

Before removing the pan from the stove, squeeze juice of one lemon into the vermicelli biryani and mix well.

Garnish with fried cashew nuts and coriander leaves.


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