Veg Biryani – Brown rice with Capsicum and peas (Baked OR Cooked)


A healthy rice option is brown rice, which has more fibre than white rice. This flavorful biryani recipe is with capsicum, peas and fresh ground spices mixed with rice.

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes


For rice:

• Brown basmati rice – 1 1/2cup (soaked and drained)
• Clove -1
• Cardamom -1
• Bay leaf -1
• Salt – to taste
• Oil -2tsp

For biryani gravy:

• Chopped onion -1num
• Chopped capsicum -2num
• Tomato puree -2 tomatoes pureed in a blender
• Frozen/fresh peas -1cup
• Yogurt -1/2cup
• Chilli pwder -1tsp
• Turmeric -1/4tsp
• Ginger garlic paste -2tsp
• Green chilli -2num
• Salt -as per taste
• Chopped mint -2tbsp
• Chopped coriander -2tbsp
• Oil -1tbsp

For biryani powder:

• Red chilli -6 to 7num
• Coriander seeds -1tbsp
• Clove -3num
• Cinnamon -1inch
• Aniseed flower – 1

For garnishing:

• Roasted cashew/roasted almonds – 3tbsp
• Edible saffron soaked in 1-2tbsp of milk/water


• In a deep non-stick pan combine 4-5cups of water, cardamom, clove, salt, oil and bring it to boil.
• Add soaked and drained rice and cook on a medium flame for 18-20min or till the rice is almost cooked with the lid on.
• Strain the rice using strainer and keep aside.


For Masala:

• Dry roast the masala ingredients in the pan for 4-5 minutes and let it cool down.
• Throw the roasted masala ingredients into the mixer and ground it to the fine powder and set aside.

For biryani gravy:

• Heat oil in the non-stick pan add bay leaf, add onions and saute on a medium flame for 2-3mins /till the onions are translucent.
• Add ginger-garlic paste, slit green chillies, tomato puree and saute for few seconds, then add capsicum; peas mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5-8 minutes.
• Moving the pan away from the heat Add yogurt and mix well –this prevents the yogurt from curdling.
• Return the pan to the stove, turn heat to low ,Add chilli powder, turmeric, ground masala powder, salt and saute and cook for 8-10 minutes or till the capsicum and peas are almost cooked.
• If the gravy is thick add 1/2 cup of water and simmer another 3-5 minutes.
• Now the biryani layer can be done.
• Layering the biryani and can cook on the stove top or in the oven:
• Lightly grease a large non-stick pan/baking dish and layer the with half of the cooked rice ,half cilantro, mint , all biryani gravy, then remaining half rice, saffron dissolved in milk, remaining cilantro ,mint and roasted nuts and after layering
• To cook on the stove top place the sauce pan/non- stick pan and cook on a slow flame for 15-18mins

For baking:
• Place the layered baking dish in the oven and bake in the pre-heated for 15-20 minutes at 200deg c (Fan assisted).


Serve hot with any raita/ side dish.

Pistachio and Mint Raita:

Pista Raita final

Roasted Peanut and Cucumber Raita:

Roasted Peanut Cucumber Raita

Capsicum Raita:

Capsicum raita

• The biryani gravy will be spicy by itself but when you mix it with rice it balances

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion is Cooking & love exploring healthy recipes. This blog is all about sharing 'Recipes for Healthy living', which are my experiments at home.

Posted on July 15, 2015, in Indian, Main dish and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. what a wonderful idea! This is a great recipe that I really want to try.


  2. Chitra, with brown rice u achieved grt texture for briyani. Never tried briyani with brown rice


  3. Oooh it does sound flavorful. The other dishes look delicious too. Hugs!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Pretty healthy options…all in one. Thank you for this !

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Love this version of biryani!looks so delicious and YUM


  6. I love brown rice pulav and biryani – yours looks great 🙂 Also love your serveware 🙂


  7. Linda Fernandes

    Woooow drooling share and interesting
    i have nominate you here is the link


  8. Looks delicious, will give a try! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Thanks for the support


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