Chettinad Style Vegetable Biriyani - Very Spicy

Spicy Chettinadu Vegetable Biriyani:

Spice-holics, listen up...this dish is certainly for you. I make vegetable biriyani very very rarely, just because they don't taste exactly like meat biriyanis. Something is always missing in there!!! The broth?! So I was practically attempting with quite different ways the each time. Finally came up with this idea of preparing my own vegetable broth using fresh vegetables. Bought the basic vegetables from the local market and meticulously prepared a spicy broth! Now re-created the same old biriyani with exciting chettinad touch of spices and simmered the whole thing to perfect meal.


Vegetable Broth:

Ginger 2"
Garli 2 cloves
Spanish onion 1
Coriander seeds
Cumin seeds
Bay leaves
Cilantro leaves
Butter 1 cube.

Now cook all the above using 4-6 cups of water, on low-medium heat for about 40 minutes. Once the vegetables are done and the broth should be reduced half of its original portion. Remove from heat, filter the same and store in an air-tight jar.

For Biriyani:


Cinnamon 1 stick
Cloves 5
Black cardamom 3
Green cardamom 3
Nutmeg 1 crushed
Birinji flower 1
Marati mokku 1
Green chilies 6 sliced
Onion 1 sliced
Toamtoes 2 chopped
Mint 1 fistful
Turmeric 1/2 spoon
Chili powder 1-2 spoons
Vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beans, peas, double beans)
Basmati rice 4 cups
Ghee 1 cup
Fried curry leaves to garnish.

Spices to be toasted and powdered:

Fennel seeds 2 spoons
Coriander seeds 2 spoons
Peppercorns 2 spoons
Cumin seeds 2 spoons
Dry red chilies 4-6
Poppy seeds 2 spoons
Dry coconut 6 spoons.

To be fried in oil and then wet-ground:

Onion 1 small
Ginger 2" grated
Garlic 6 cloves
Tomato 1
Green chili 1
Curry leaves few
Cilantro leaves few.


Marinate vegetables with enough salt, powdered spices, wet-ground spices and lemon juice.

In a wide vessel, heat ghee...throw in dry spices, followed by chilies and onions. Wait till they get golden color.

Then stir-in mint and tomatoes...cover and cook. Once they turn pulpy, add the masala covered vegetables. Do not cover, cook over medium heat.

Once the spices raw smell is gone and oil shows up on the top. Add turmeric and chili powders. Stir-in rice, cover and cook over least possible heat.

When the rice is done, remove from heat.


Pavithra said...

Oh wow that looks so tempting .. The spice mixture looks so interesting and I have bookmarked this to try it on sunday.. Thanks dearie for sharing this recipe.

Preethi Rajeev said...

Yumm Yumm biriyani looks so spicy and delicious.

shahana said...

I was juz searching for a different biryani recipe .Thanks alot for sharing!

Asha said...

Definitely spicy and tasty, takes time too but every minute.

Preeti Kashyap said...

looks yummy!

Sathya Sankar said...

Delicious vegetable biryani malar !
i tried your chettinad chicken biryani and it was awesome :).

Subhashini said...

It looks really very spicy and yummy.

Daisy Blue said...

I have been meaning to try a good veg briyani....this looks great..Let me try and tell you..

Vrinda said...

WOW that looks spicy indeed..should try,nice recipe

Sarah Naveen said...

Wow!!! terrific Deary!!!! wanna grab that bowl now..looks super delicious and spicy..the way i want it really to be..

AdukalaVishesham said...

that look spicy.. yummmy.. thanks for the recipe definitely a must try

Ambika said...

Malar! I love you :) Awesome recipe dear, absolutely mouthwatering...seekrama try pannitu sollaren!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow Malar the biriyani looks very delicious and tempting!!!


Priya said...

Woww i want a bowl rite now...yummm and tempting briyani..

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Love biriyani in any form....

simply.food said...

Biryani looks delicious and so lovely.

Siddhi S said...

wow malar what a superb biryani...looks very very tempting...ur a gr8 cook...i am big fan of spicy stuff and i always gt good recipes here...this i hv bookmarked to try soon

Gita said...

Hey Malar you are indeed queen of briyani :) Chettinadu style briyani sounds absolutely delicious...like the ground spices here...must have been so aromatic!

meeso said...

Wow, that looks and sounds amazing! So much work, but I know it was so worth it :)

Padhu said...

Hi Malar
Biriyani looks so inviting! Yummy

Swathi said...

Malar ,

Chettinad biriyani looks really awsome. i will try to make this one.

BeenaShylesh said...

ummm rich and very spicy briyani..

Padma said...

WOW perfect biryani... love spicy dishes :)

Rahin said...

it does look spicy , but v delicious and mouth watering :P

Spice said...

Nice to see some meatless recipe at your blog.....I was thinking in my mind after reading the post title, what happened to Malar Is she O.k???? no meat OMG..LOL...

Neetz said...

i love dishes that are spicy :)..and ur loooks simply awesome dear :)

Kanchan said...

Nice step wise description, Bookmarked this is a TO DO for me now !

Sushma Mallya said...

long list of ingredients, but def worth doing many times...love spicy biryani,it looks really very nice and delicious malar.lovely clicks too

Rekha shoban said...

wow!!really looks spicy and yum yum dear...i love chettinad varieties1

Meena said...

The extreme spice-maniac in me just looooves this dish!!! The biryani looks spicy even in the pics. Awesome!!!

Tina said...

Wow very spicy and yummy biriyani...

vineetha said...

super biriyani...looks yummy

Rachana Kothari said...

Hot n Spicy Biryani!!!! My hubby would love this...

Rohini said...

Something I always look for up! Spicy Biryani.. Thanks Malar, it looks just as tempting as I wanted it to be!! :)

Deepa G Joshi said...

I love anything spicy and anything with rice..so great combo for me..nice presentation..can feel the aroma of it.

SE said...

i love the spicy versions !!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Aromatic and spicy biryani, book marked D:)

Vaishali said...

Being a huge fan of Chettinad cooking and of biryanis, I was so thrilled to see this recipe, but there are a couple of ingredients here I've never seen before-- birinji flower and marati mokku. What are they, and can I substitute with another ingredient? I'd love to make this.

sowmya's creative saga said...

i should show the tempting picture to mu hubby..he will ask me do it now..

Malar Gandhi said...

Hi Vaishali,

Both biriji flower and marati mokku have an unique flavour...maatti mokku - has kind of licorice' so one cud' substitute it with fennel seeds. I don't have know any alternate for birinji flower!!!

Hema said...

Loving it!!
Very much Tempting to eat.