Millet Biriyani – Veg

Millet pulao

Millets have become a good substitute for rice in my household. We eat it boiled and strained with most of the vegetables and dal, with which we used to eat steamed rice. I also make upma with millets and it comes out very tasty, just that the grains are a little bigger than the normal rava. Yesterday I tried making Biriyani with it and it became an instant hit. I followed my recipe of Sabj Biriyani with slight modifications. I had very few veggies so I used them, you can use any number of veggies, as per your choice. The recipe I followed was….

Ingredients

For the sabji

Cauliflower – 1 head, cut in medium sized florets

Carrots – 3 large, peeled and cut in thick discs

Green peas – 1 cup

Onions – 2 medium, thinly sliced

Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp

Garam masala – 1 tsp

Ghee – 2 tbsp

Green cardamom – 2-3

Cloves – 4-5

Cinnamon – 1″ stick

Star anise – 1 flower

Bayleaf – 1

Caraway seeds (shahjeera) – 1/2 tsp

Whole black pepper – 8-10

Green chili – 1, chopped

Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp, finely chopped

Saffron – 4-5 strands, soaked in 1 tbsp warm water

Coconut milk – 1/2 cup

Water – 2 tbsp

Salt  – as per taste

For preparing the millet

Millet – 1 cup, Soaked for 2-3 hrs, washed and drained. I use little millet whole or broken, whatever I get!!!

Water – 4 cups

Salt – 2 tsp

Star anise – 1 flower

Cinnamon – 1″ stick

Olive oil – 1 tsp

Method

  1. Prepare the millet first…..Boil water in a deep pan with salt, oil and whole spices.
  2. Add soaked millet and cook till done. take care not to overcook, or else it will be a disaster.
  3. Drain the cooked millet through a sieve, transfer to a plate and fluff up. Keep aside to cool.
  4. Now we’ll prepare the Sabji…..For that, steam the cauliflower florets and carrots, till they are half done.
  5. Heat ghee in a deep pan, add the whole spices and fry till you get the aroma. take care not to burn them.
  6. Add Onion slices and saute till brown
  7. Add the steamed veggies and saute till you see a few brown spots on cauliflower.
  8. Add peas and ginger-garlic paste. Saute till you get the aroma!!
  9. Add salt, 2 tbsp water, coconut milk and garam masala. mix and let cook for 7-10 minutes on medium low heat, stirring occasionally. There should not be any gravy left.
  10. Now add the prepared millet to this Sabji, as an upper layer. Top it with coriander leaves, chopped green chilies and finally saffron.
  11. Cover and simmer for 7/8 minutes.
  12. Give a stir and mix the Biriyani thoroughly. remove from heat and keep covered for some more time.
  13. Stir again and serve hot with your favorite raita.

You may feel that the amount of vegetables in this Biriyani is too much as compared to the conventional Sabj Biriyani. But Remember this is a BED diet compliant food!!! Enjoy!

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