Vegetable Badam Tehri (Biryani), an aromatic dish from the era of royal Indian kings. It is a medley of delectable flavors and appetite inducing aromas with a variety of soft-sweet vegetables, long grain rice, authentic spices and rich almond paste. Perfect for a party or festive occasion.
In a saucepan, heat up some ghee, cumin seeds, salt, black pepper, bay leaves, and rice. Toss it together lightly and top it off with mint and cilantro.
Heat a heavy bottom saucepan on medium heat and add in ghee, cumin seeds, bay leaves, dried red chili, star anise, cinnamon sticks, ginger, green chili paste, black cardamom, mace, green cardamom, and cloves. Let the spices roast for 2 minutes and add in potatoes. Sauté for 2 more minutes and then add in water and salt and cover the pot until the potatoes are fork tender.
Add in tomato purée and sauté for 2-3 minutes more. Put in the bell peppers, all the vegetables and sauté for 2 minutes. Now, add paneer and cook for a few more minutes. Add in salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, mango powder, shahi masala, and cream. Cook for a few more minutes and the vegetables are ready!
Take another pan and add ghee, ginger, and green chili paste. Sauté it for a few minutes and add the almond paste. Lower the flame so the paste doesn’t burn, but the water evaporates. Sauté for 2-3 minutes and then add kasoori methi and cook again.
Take out 1 tsp milk and soak the saffron in it. Leave this mixture aside. Put the rest of the milk and cream into the pan and let it cook for 5-7 minutes until the tehri starts to thicken in low flame. Add in saffron milk that was prepared a little while ago. Now finish it off with the salt, sugar, turmeric powder, and shahi masala. Simmer for 1-2 more minutes and the tehri is ready.
Grease the serving dish (preferably a bundt cake pan), which should be heat safe. Soak the saffron and rose water in the milk and set aside. First, form a layer with half the rice and then make the second with all of the vegetables. Sprinkle half of the milk mixture of saffron and rose on top of the vegetables generously and then top it off with some mint and cilantro. Add in the second half of the rice and rest of the saffron-milk mixture.
Put a layer of aluminum foil on top for when you heat it in a microwave (or oven). When you’re ready to serve it, turn the biryani onto a plate and pour the tehri in the hole. Please note that the tehri should be warm and poured only when you are ready to serve, otherwise it will become dry. Garnish with cilantro and some chopped almonds and pistachios.