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Easy Vegan Biryani Cooked In a Microwave 

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  • Author: Esmé Slabbert
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Additional Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Vegan Recipes
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: VeganDiet


Easy Vegan Biryani Cooked In a Microwave Oven –  How to Make a Vegan Biryani


Units Scale


  • 1 potato – cut into 1/2” pieces
  • 1/2 of a small cauliflower – cut into florets
  • 2 carrots – cut into 1/2” pieces
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1 tomato cut into 8 pieces
  • 23 green chilies – cut into thin strips
  • 1 tbsp mint leaves
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Spice Bag

  • 10 whole peppercorns
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 34 green cardamoms
  • 34 black cardamoms
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 sticks cinnamon


  • 1 cup long-grained fragrant rice- washed and soaked
  • 5 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt or to taste


  1. In a broad microwave-proof dish, pour oil, ginger, garlic, cauliflower, potato, carrots, and peas.
  2. Microwave for 4 mins.
  3. Drain the soaked rice.
  4. Add rice, 2 cups of water, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt.
  5. Add the spice bag. Microwave covered for 6 mins.
  6. Add tomatoes, mint, coriander, green chilies and lemon juice.
  7. Stir gently with a fork. Cover and microwave for 8-10 mins.
  8. Wait for 5 mins  Fluff with a fork and serve.


What goes with Biryani?

The biryani is a meal in itself. Served usually with raita, or gravy by the side, like a salad that tastes great with the meal. Pickled onions and cut cucumbers as well are served along with the biryani meal. Most often, in many households, biryani is a special weekend meal made on Sunday afternoons for lunch.

Thank you to my dear friend, Talat Islam from Racingtigers for pitching in and sharing a guest post here on EsmeSalon.

This aromatic Vegan Biryani is easy on the gut, is child friendly, and presents a wonderful play of colors and flavors. You’ll be surprised how little oil is actually used to prepare an otherwise grand biryani that might require triple the quantity of oil.

Prepared and submitted by Talat Islam

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