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Lucknowi Veg. Dum Biryani

Lucknowi Biryani Recipe with step by step pics. Cook restaurant style Lucknowi Veg. biryani with vegetables. How to cook Lucknowi Veg. Biryani. Rice and Vegetables cooked with aromatic spices in dum style.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Rice Soaking time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr
Course Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine Indian


For Cooking Rice

  • 2 Cups Rice
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 Black Cardamons
  • 2-3 Green Cardamons
  • 4-5 Peppercorns
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 1 tsp Salt

For Vegetable Masala

  • 1 Cup Yogurt/ Dahi/Curd
  • 1/2 Cup Peas
  • 2-3 Baby Potatoes cut into half
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1/2 Cup Paneer
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 4-5 Peppercorns
  • 1 Black Cardamom
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1-2 tbsp Biryani Masala or Garam Masala(see notes)
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 Finely chopped Onion
  • 1-2 tbsp Ginger-Garlic and Green Chilli Paste

For Fried Onions

  • 1 Onion(Big) cut into thin slices
  • 2 tbsp Ghee or oil

For Saffron infused milk

  • 5-6 Saffron strands
  • 1/2 Cup Milk

Other Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Fresh Cilantro/Coriander Leaves
  • 1 tsp Kewra /Rose Water


Prepare Saffron Milk

  • To milk, add the saffron strands and let t stand for 15-20 minutes while dong the other preparations.

Cook Rice

  • Wash rice 2-3 times in running water and soak for at least 1hr.
  • In a pan add water enough to cook rice. Add the whole spices and let the water boil.
  • Once the water boils, add rice and salt to it and cook till 80% done. Drain rice in a strainer, add ghee to it and spread on a flat tray or dish. Keep it aside.

Fry Onions

  • In a kadhai or heavy bottomed pan, add ghee/oil, when it hot enough, add onions and fry to dark brown and crispy on medium heat. Take care not to burn the onions. You can add 1 tsp of sugar to speed up the caramelization.
  • Once the onions are done, take out from the kadhai, drain the oil and keep aside.

Prepare the vegetables

  • In bowl, add yogurt and all the powdered spices under Vegetables section. Leave the whole spices.
  • Add vegetables to it, mix well and keep covered till we use it. If you want to skip marinating the veggies, steam the veggies for 2-3 minutes in hot water, drain and keep aside. Add to the masala directly while adding the vegetables.

Cook Vegetables

  • In the same oil, add the whole spices and cumin seeds. Add finely chopped onions and fry for a minute. Add ginger garlic and green chilli paste.
  • Cook till the raw smell of garlic goes and onions are light brown.
  • Add the marinated vegetables and mix well. Add salt and mix well. If you are add veggies and yogurt separately add all the powdered spices , mix well.
  • Add 1/2 Cup water, cover and cook till vegetables are soft. If water dries add 1/4 more.

Assembling rice and vegetable masala for biryani

  • In a heavy bottomed pan, coat the bottom of pan with a mix of yogurt/curd (1 tsp) and ghee(1/2 tsp). This avoid sticking of rice at the bottom and burning.
  • Take 1/3 rice and layer, spread in the curd and ghee coating. Add 1-2 tsp of saffron milk, some fried onions.
  • Take 1/2 vegetable masala and spread evenly on the rice layer.
  • From the rest of rice, take half rice and repeat layering the rice with saffron milk, fried onions,then spread rest of the vegetable masala. 
  • Finally, spread the rest of rice on the vegetable masala, add the rest of saffron milk, kewra essence, roughly torn mint leaves and add 1-2 tsp of melted desi ghee.
  • Cover the pan with a foil or with a thick rolled dough. Seal tightly  and put the cover.

Cooking on stovetop

  • Switch on the stove-top on medium flame on it keep a girdle or tawa and put the biryani pan on it. Cook on dum for 20-30 minutes

In microwave

  • Arrange the rice and vegetable masala in a microwave safe bowl, keep a loose lid over the bowl and microwave it for 10-15 minutes,

In Oven

  • Arrange rice and vegetable in an oven-safe dish. Bake biryani in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes
  • Serve with the raita of your choice.


To prepare Biryani Masala at home -->click here.
You can also use store bought Biryani Masala.
If you are adding Garam Masala in place of Biryani Masala, it is preferable to add 1 mace along with whole spices, 1 tsp nutmeg powder while marinating the vegetables.
Keyword Awadhi Biryani, Vegetable Dum Biryani
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