Healthy Vegetable Biryani with Brown Rice

Our vegetable biryani with brown rice is a healthy take on the classic Indian dish, featuring fresh vegetables, aromatic spices, and a nutritious boost from brown rice.
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For Priya, a fitness trainer in Mumbai, maintaining a healthy diet while enjoying traditional flavors is key. Her vegetable biryani with brown rice is a lighter take on a beloved dish, packed with fresh vegetables and aromatic spices. This recipe reflects Priya’s dedication to clean eating and her passion for sharing healthy, delicious meals with her clients and followers.

A plate of healthy vegetable biryani made with brown rice, garnished with cilantro, next to a gold fork and a small bowl of cilantro.

Healthy Vegetable Biryani with Brown Rice

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A healthy version of traditional vegetable biryani made with brown rice and an array of fresh vegetables.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Meal Type Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 326 kcal
Difficulty Easy
Ingredient Cost $6.50
Shopping Cost$43


  • Large pot or Dutch oven
  • Knife
  • Cutting board


  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or olive oil
  • 1 onion large, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1- inch ginger grated
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables carrots, peas, green beans, cauliflower
  • 1 cup tomatoes diced
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro chopped (for garnish)
  • Fried onions optional, for garnish


  • Rinse the brown rice under cold water. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil, add the rice, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 25-30 minutes, until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed. Set aside.
    1 cup brown rice, 2 cups water
  • In another large pot or Dutch oven, heat the ghee or olive oil over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds.
    2 tablespoons ghee, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Add the sliced onion and sauté until golden brown. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute.
    1 onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1- inch ginger
  • Stir in the mixed vegetables, diced tomatoes, and spices (garam masala, turmeric, chili powder). Cook for 5-7 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
    1 cup mixed vegetables, 1 cup tomatoes, 1 teaspoon garam masala, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Add the yogurt and cooked brown rice to the pot, mixing gently to combine. Season with salt to taste.
    1/2 cup plain yogurt, Salt to taste
  • Cover the pot and let the biryani simmer on low heat for another 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro and fried onions if desired. Serve hot.
    Fresh cilantro, Fried onions


Adjust the spice levels to your preference.
Use any combination of vegetables you like.


Calories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 8gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 55mgPotassium: 454mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 2884IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 91mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Brown Rice Biryani, Dinner Recipe, Healthy Indian Food, Vegetable Biryani

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