Cauliflower dum biryani | Gobi dum biryani

Enjoy this delicious, vegetarian, cauliflower/gobi dum biryani with some boondi raita. It packed with flavors and aromas from the coriander-mint paste, tomato-yogurt-spice mixture.

Hello folks!


Today’s post is a recipe challenge!

I was challenged by my dear blogger friend, Lina @ Lin’s recipesย to make this cauliflower dum biryani.

I gladly accepted the challenge, as Iย love to try out different cuisines, I was only too excited about preparing this.

There are 4 components of this biryani as is the case with most biryani’s-

  • Marinating and frying the cauliflower florets
  • Preparation of the masala
  • Cooking the rice
  • Cooking the biryani under dum (vacuum)

The masala gravy prepared here with caramelized onions, tomato, yogurt, coriander (cilantro)- mint leaves paste is the heart of this biryani. Such amazing flavors in there! Of course, one can’t miss the cauliflower here, which adds a great texture. This biryani is a delicious treat for vegetarians. My DH was a little skeptical about this cauliflower dum biryani since he is more of a non-vegetarian, but he helped himself with second servings, needless to say he absolutely enjoyed it! And if heย loved it, I don’t think I need to say more. You must definitely give this wonderful recipe a go ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Lina for this truly lip smacking recipe, it is definitely a keeper.

Here are the rules for this recipe challenge-

  1. Link the person who nominated you to the post.
  2. Nominate another 3, to keep up the chain and let them know.
  3. Please please share your experience.
  4. And even if it was a flop, do make a post.
  5. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  6. Any questions or any doubts plz ask me @ Linโ€™s Recipes
  7. List out the rules too.

I want to challenge my nominees with my Bharli Bhendi ( Stuffed okra) recipe

  1. Lina @ Lin’s recipes

  2. Linda @ lindacreation

  3. Priti@ my pinch of yum

Step by step instructions-

For the cauliflower marination

1.Bring water to boil in a large pot, add salt and the cauliflower florets. Blanch the florets for about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander. Pat dry with a clean kitchen napkin.


2.In another bowl, add all the ingredients listed under-for the marinade. Mix well and add the cauliflower florets. Mix gently and set aside for 30 minutes.


3.Coat the marinated florets with some flour or flour slurry and deep fry it. (I skipped this step, used some oil spray on marinated cauliflower florets and air-fried at 350 F for 20 minutes). If you choose to air-fry or bake in the oven, after placing them in the air-fryer/oven to bake, start with the masala for the biryani. By the time the florets have baked, the masala for the biryani will be ready too.

For the masala

1.Add the oil in a kadai/wok ย and stir fry the onions till golden brown.

2.Now add the ginger garlic paste and sautรฉ until aromatic.


3.Add the purรฉed tomatoes, chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder. Fry till smell of the tomatoes goes away and oil starts separating.

4.Lower the heat, add yogurt/curd followed by the mint and coriander paste.

5.Mix well, cover and cook on medium low heat another 2-3 minutes or until oil separates.

6.Add garam masala and cardamom powder and 1/2 cup water.


7.Cook another 2-3 minutes on medium heat, until the masala thickens.

8.Switch off the heat and add the fried florets. Keep aside.

For the rice
1. Add the water and all the masala and salt to a vessel and bring to boil. Now add the rice andย cook until it is 70% done.


2.Remove the rice off the heat when it is 70% cooked, drain in a colander and set aside. You can discard the spices or make a bouquet garni of spices (add the spices in a muslin cloth, tie a knot, add to the water and bring to a boil, this is easier to discard once the rice has cooked, than fishing out individual spices).

For the dum

1.Layer the rice followed by the masala followed by another layer of rice. Now add the birista, ghee, cilantro and pour the saffron milk through the sides.


Stovetop method-
Cover the pot with a muslin cloth or aluminum foil, cover it with the lid ( Since I used a dutch pot the lid was heavy enough, you can place some weight if your lid is not heavy), Place the pot on a tava/iron skillet, cook on medium low heat for 20 minutes.

Oven method-
Preheat the oven to 425 F/ 220 degree C for 10 min. Tightly seal with rolled out chapati dough. Ensure there are no gaps.
Now bake for 20 min at 200 degree Celsius. Make sure the rice is well cooked. Timings may change with respect to the oven.

Notes

1.Recipe updated with new pics and the following changes-
-I ran out of mint leaves, so used 2 tsp of dried mint powder.
-replaced oil with ghee for more flavor.
-skipped deep frying the marinated cauliflower florets and air-fried at 350F for 20 minutes. If you choose to air-fry, keep a tab after 10 minutes, since the baking time will vary depending on the size of the florets.

Cauliflower dum biryani | Gobi dum biryani

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Serving Size: 4 people

Cauliflower dum biryani | Gobi dum biryani

Enjoy this delicious, vegetarian, cauliflower/gobi dum biryani with some boondi raita. It packed with flavors and aromas from the coriander-mint paste, tomato-yogurt-spice mixture.

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower , about 350 grams (approx 3& 1/2 cups cauliflower florets)
  • Marinade for the cauliflower florets
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 ground green chillies
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp Greek yogurt/ hung curd
  • Salt to taste
  • For the masala
  • 3 onions, finely chopped (about 1 & 1/2 cup chopped onion)
  • 2 tomatoes, purรฉed (about 1 cup purรฉe)
  • Handful of mint and another handful of coriander leaves ground together
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp garam masala
  • A pinch of green cardamom (Elaichi) powder
  • Chilli powder,to taste
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 3 tbsp oil/ghee
  • 1/2 cup yogurt/ curd, whisked until smooth
  • For the rice
  • 1 & 1/2 cup Basmati rice, soaked in water for 30 min.
  • Whole spices (1 bay leaf, 1 inch cinnamon stick, 4 cloves, 1 mace, 2 green cardamom)
  • Salt, to taste
  • 4 1/2 cups of water
  • 9. 1 star anise
  • Other ingredients
  • All purpose flour (maida), as required to coat the marinated cauliflower florets, for deep frying
  • 1/2 lime/lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup biritsa (crispy golden fried onions)
  • 5 saffron strands soaked in 1/4 cup warm milk
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves

Instructions

    For the cauliflower marination
  1. 1.Bring water to boil in a large pot, add salt and the cauliflower florets. Blanch the florets for about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander. Pat dry with a clean kitchen napkin.
  2. 2.In another bowl, add all the ingredients listed under-for the marinade. Mix well and add the cauliflower florets. Mix gently and set aside for 30 minutes.
  3. 3.Coat the marinated florets with some flour or flour slurry and deep fry it. (I skipped this step, used some oil spray on marinated cauliflower florets and air fried at 350 F for 20 minutes). If you choose to air-fry or bake in the oven, after placing them in the air-fryer/oven to bake, start with the masala for the biryani. By the time the florets have baked, the masala for the biryani will be ready too.
  4. For the masala
  5. Add the oil/ghee in a kadai/wok and stir fry the onions till golden brown.
  6. Now add the ginger garlic paste and sautรฉ until aromatic.
  7. Add the purรฉed tomatoes, chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder. Fry till smell of the tomatoes goes away and oil starts separating.
  8. Lower the heat, add yogurt/curd followed by the mint and coriander paste.
  9. Mix well, cover and cook on medium low heat another 2-3 minutes or until oil separates.
  10. Add garam masala and cardamom powder and 1/2 cup water.
  11. Cook another 2-3 minutes on medium heat, until the masala thickens.
  12. Switch off the heat and add the fried florets. Keep aside.
  13. For the rice
  14. Add the water and all the masala and salt to a vessel and bring to boil. Now add the rice and cook until it is 70% done.
  15. Remove the rice off the heat when it is 70% cooked, drain in a colander and set aside. You can discard the spices or make a bouquet garni of spices (add the spices in a muslin cloth, tie a knot, add to the water and bring to a boil, this is easier to discard once the rice has cooked, than fishing out individual spices).
  16. For the dum
  17. Layer the rice followed by the masala followed by another layer of rice.
  18. Now add the birista, ghee, cilantro and pour the saffron milk through the sides.
  19. Stovetop method-
  20. Cover the pot with a muslin cloth or aluminum foil, cover it with the lid ( Since I used a dutch pot the lid was heavy enough, you can place some weight if your lid is not heavy), Place the pot on a tava/iron skillet, cook on medium low heat for 20 minutes.
  21. Oven method-
  22. Preheat the oven to 425 F/ 220 degree C for 10 min. Tightly seal with rolled out chapati dough. Ensure there are no gaps.
  23. Now bake for 20 min at 200 degree Celsius. Make sure the rice is well cooked. Timings may change with respect to the oven.

Notes

1.Recipe updated with new pics and the following changes- -I ran out of mint leaves, so used 2 tsp of dried mint powder. -replaced oil with ghee for more flavor. -skipped deep frying the marinated cauliflower florets and air-fried at 350F for 20 minutes. If you choose to air-fry, keep a tab after 10 minutes, since the baking time will vary depending on the size of the florets.

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49 comments

    • Freda @ Aromatic essence says:

      Thanks Sadie ๐Ÿ™‚ that bowl is called a ‘kadai’ , my mum sent it all the way from India! This is very commonly used to serve certain gravies in India , people usually use a bigger one to cook in it , almost like a Chinese wok I’d say ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Megha says:

    This looks really great and deliecious. I wish I had cauliflower at home right now. I would have tried it today itself. Saved it for later. ๐Ÿ™‚

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