Lockdown Veg Biryani Recipe

Make this easy version of Veg Biryani in about 30 minutes or less.

How to make quick and delicious Vegetable Biryani the easy way?

Veg Biryani Recipe – Easy Lockdown version 🙂 using pressure cooker in 30 minutes or less. This Veg Biryani recipe is so flavorful that you’ll have people asking for more.

What we have is a Lockdown version of Veg Biryani that tastes as good as the non-vegetarian version but can stand on its own as a recipe that you can make repeatedly over the years. The dish is inspired by the Dindigul and Ambur Biryani versions of Tamil Nadu where the very flavorful Samba Rice is used.

You can easily substitute Sambar Rice used in this Biryani with Basmati Rice, and it will taste just as good or even better. The difference between Biryani and Pulao is that in Biryani, Curd and spices are used which gives it that unique aroma and taste.

Make this lockdown version of Veg Biryani – quick and easy!

Veg Biryani often is looked down upon by people who claim that Non-vegetarian Biryani is the best. We agree only partially – Biryani has been made popular by the hundreds of non-vegetarian versions with varying flavors from across India. And also because Biryani was traditionally cooked using the Dum method by marinating the rice with Chicken or Mutton with a variety of spices.

What is unique about this Lockdown Veg Biryani?

This recipe for Veg Biryani is very easy to make – whether it’s for Lunch or Dinner. We haven’t used any major vegetables other than Tomatoes and Onions – you can easily add veggies like Cauliflower, Peas Carrots or Beans to create your own variation. This is a great dish for who are just getting into a little more intermediate level of Indian cooking.

Ok, the best part of making this Veg Biryani is that you can have this ready to eat within 30 minutes or less. This is suited not just for this lockdown but any other situation where you need to make a quick Indian Biryani Recipe – one that is not a ‘normal’ dish but carries the exotic distinction of a Biryani 🙂

What does the Biryani taste like?

The taste of this Veg Biryani is not too spicy and not too bland. The flavors do pop because of the spices and the rice that we’ve used but it’ll not sting your tongue. If you wish you increase the spiciness, you can vary the amount of Chilli powder or by increasing the number of Green chillies during the grinding process.

Or you can add in dry fruits to give it that Mughlai influence. We’ll leave it to your imagination as to how you want to improvise on this – you can take this Biryani any direction you want and still have a great dish for your meal.

Side-dishes for Lockdown Veg Biryani

This Biryani doesn’t require any side-dishes but we would recommend a simple Onion or Cucumber Raita, Mint Chutney or even Potato Chips on the side. We would also pair this with a fresh fruit juice or a milkshake to complete the meal.

Check out these Chutney recipes for Veg Biryani:

Check out other Veg Biryani recipes:

You can also have simple home-made Potato Chips recipe to along with this Biryani.

Recipe for Lockdown Veg Biryani, below


Veg Biryani Recipe – Quick ‘n Easy

Make this easy version of Veg Biryani in about 30 minutes or less.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 75 kcal



  • 1 cup Samba Rice or Basmati Rice or any other Long Grain raice. . Make sure to soak the rice for ten minutes
  • 2 nos Onion slice lengthwise
  • 1 no Tomato slice finely
  • 3 tablespoon Mint leaves cut finely
  • 2 tablespoon Corinader leaves chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon Chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Curd fresh

For grinding

  • 6 nos Garlic
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Saunf or Aniseed in English
  • 1 tablespoon Onion chopped fine
  • 3 nos green chillies chopped

How to make:

  • Soak the rice for 10 minutes. Here we've used Seeraga Samba Rice but can always substitute this with Basmati Rice.
    Lockdown veg biryani making
  • After that, drain the water and set the rice aside.
  • Grind the ingredients given under the "for grinding".
    Lockdown veg biryani making
  • Grind these ingredients coarsely.
    Lockdown veg biryani making
  • Heat the pressure cooker and add oil, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom.
  • Fry these for about a minute.
  • Add onion and the ground mixture
  • Fry these till the onion turns golden.
  • Add tomatoes and fry for about two minutes.
    Lockdown veg biryani making
  • Add mint leaves and coriander leaves.
    Lockdown veg biryani making
  • Fry till it becomes mushy and a nice aroma comes from it.
    Lockdown veg biryani making
  • Add chilli powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, coriander powder, curd and mix it well.
    Lockdown veg biryani making
  • Finally add in the rice with 2 1/2 cups of water.
  • Check for salt consistency.
  • Now, pressure cook the Biryani for about three whistles.
  • Seperate the Biryani with a ladle if you see that the rice has clumped.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves or cashewnuts before you serve.
    Lockdown veg biryani making


We have used Seeraga samba rice for this Biryani. It gives a nice aroma to the dish – If you don’t have access to Samba rice, you can use Basmati Rice or even ordinary rice. But the flavor will vary slightly as per the Rice that you use. 
Also, remember to not use more water than what is recommended (2 1/2 cups), otherwise you might end up overcooking the rice or the final Biryani will turn out to be clumpy. 

Nutrition / Calories (Estimate only)

Nutrition Facts
Veg Biryani Recipe – Quick 'n Easy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 75 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 40mg2%
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 766IU15%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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