Easy Biryani

Serves: 4 

Basmati rice1.5 cupsoaked for 15 minutes
Potato1 largechopped
Onion1 largechopped
Tomato2-3 mediumchopped
Carrot2 mediumchopped
Peas1/2 cup
Beans1/2 cupchopped
Yogurt1/2 cupas needed
Biryani masalato taste
Spicesas neededaniseed, cinnamon, bay leaf
Saltto taste
Water1.5 cupsmore as needed
Mint leavesfewchopped

  1. Fry onions with spices until soft and fragrant
  2. Add tomatoes, biryani masala and salt; cook till soft
  3. Add the rest of the vegetables (except potatoes) and yogurt, along with water to cover everything, cook for few minutes
  4. Add rice and potatoes; bring to boil once, then add mint and cilantro leaves
  5. Reduce heat to low and cover with tight lid for 10-15 minutes until rice is cooked fully
  6. Mix gently and serve with raita

This dish shouldn't take more than 30 minutes (not including cooking time). The spices to be added depends on the ingredients in your ready-made masala. Mine was missing aniseed, cinnamon and bay leaf, so I added those. Feel free to omit or add the spices you prefer.