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Veg Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani is a rich and aromatic Indian rice dish that is as colorful as it is flavorful, packed with a variety of spices, vegetables, and fragrant basmati rice. This dish is a vegetarian take on the traditional biryani, a staple in Indian cuisine typically made with meat. It's celebrated for its vibrant layers of flavor and texture, making it a festive choice for many occasions.

Veg Vegetable Biryani

• 1 1/2 cups basmati rice, rinsed and soaked for 30 minutes
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or ghee
• 1 large onion, thinly sliced
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1-inch piece of ginger, minced
• 1 bay leaf
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 4 green cardamom pods
• 4 whole cloves
• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
• 1 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
• 1 teaspoon garam masala
• 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
• 2 cups mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, green beans, and potatoes), diced
• 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
• 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
• 3 cups vegetable broth or water
• Salt to taste
• Fresh cilantro and mint, chopped (for garnish)
• Toasted cashews or almonds (for garnish, optional)
For the Cilantro-Mint Chutney:
• 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
• 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
• 1 small green chili (optional)
• 1 clove garlic
• 1 tablespoon lime juice
• 1 tablespoon water (or more as needed)
• Salt to taste

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