Gobi / Cauliflower Biriyani


1 big cauliflower, thinly sliced
4 onions, sliced
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
4 green chillies, crushed
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 cup coriander leaves, chopped
2 tbsp mint leaves, chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup basmati rice
1 1/2 cup water
2 cardamoms
3 cloves
1 piece cinnamon
3-4 tbsp ghee
oil for frying
salt to taste


For Preparing Rice:

  1. Wash and drain the rice. Boil the water and keep it aside.
  2. Heat ghee in a thick bottomed pan, add cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and 1 sliced onion and saute till transparent.
  3. Add drained rice and saute for 4-5 minutes on medium flame. Add boiling water and salt, cover and cook on low flame till rice is done.
For Preparaing Cauliflower Masala:
  1. In a bowl, add the cleaned sliced cauliflower, chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and fry the marinated cauliflower till crisp and keep it aside.
  3. Heat a thick bottomed pan, add little oil ( used for frying cauliflower) and add 3 sliced onions and saute well till transparent.
  4. Add ginger-garlic paste and crushed green chillies and saute well.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes, coriander leaves, mint leaves, cumin powder and salt and mix well.
  6. Then add fried cauliflower to this and mix well.
  7. Add 1/2 tsp garam masala and  lemon juice and mix well for 1-2 minutes. Switch off the flame.
For Layering:
  1. Add cooked rice on top of the prepared cauliflower masala.
  2. Mix little yellow food color with lemon juice and sprinkle over the rice. Add 1/2 tsp garam masala, 1 tbsp ghee, chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves.
  3. Close with a tight lid and cook on low flame for 10-15 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot…..

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