Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Seepla Vegetable Biriani - Entry for BloggerAid

Seepla Vegetable Biriani

14th November Update: Hot off the Press! Yea! The BloggerAid Cookbook is finally out. Here is the link.
Biryani or Biriani, is one of the most popular rice based dishes, popularized by Muslim merchants and travelers across the Middle East and South Asia. There are as many delicious adaptations as there are regions. For example, there are distinct differences between a Sindhi Biryani, a Bengali Biriyani, the Awadhi Biryani of Lucknow, or the famous Hyderabadi Biryani.

Of all the special Birianis, the one made by Rukmini from our native village Seeplaputhur, is the one we cherish most! Her dish is reminiscent of the delicious flavours and aromas of kitchens in deep interior Tamil Nadu. It is made of ingredients that are quite unusual for Biryanis! Suffice to say you would not find this kind of Biriani, anywhere in the world! We are naming this unique recipe ‘Seepla Vegetable Biriani’ after our village Seeplaputhur, and sending it for the BloggerAid Cookbook.
BloggerAid is a committed group of international food bloggers who have joined forces in raising awareness and funds for those suffering from hunger. The BloggerAid Cookbook will host a collection of original recipes by food bloggers, and is slated for release, later this year. Proceeds from the sale of this book will be given to the school-meals program, which is part of the World Food Program. A big thanks to, Ivy of Kopiaste, Giz of Equal Opportunity Kitchen , and Val of More Than Burnt Toast, who conceived the idea of BloggerAid and driving the initiative with much energy and passion!

Both Chitra Amma, and I tried this recipe at Bangalore and Sydney respectively, with local ingredients to test out proportions and so on. Both birianis turned out delicious – the vegetables and rice were cooked just right, and every grain had absorbed the yummy masalas!
You can see Chitra Amma’s Bangalore trial here.


And here is my Sydney trial ...




A note to Asha - Thanks for asking for this recipe, as it triggered us calling Rukmini and picking her brains on how she makes this dish! It was quite a revelation for us, but we are unable to share the recipe now, just in case it gets selected for the BloggerAid Cookbook! We will publish it once we know whether we made it to the Cookbook or not! :-))))

29 Post your Comments:

Happy cook said...

Wow the biriyani looks so delicious. I am sure looking forward to this book to come out, with the variety of international dishes.

Chitra said...

nice recipe for the cookbook.ial also planning to post veg dum biriyani in my blog soon:)Hope urs will get selected :)

jayasree said...

Mouthwatering pics... both the trials look yummy...
Wish it makes it to the book.

Priya said...

Prefect entry for bloggeraid, briyani looks very delicious..

Vaidehi said...

Pic looks yummy..

Asha said...

YAY!! Thanks Dibs. Looks wonderful and I will wait for the recipe later, not a problem. I am sure they will be thrilled to have this Biryani there in the book. Caramelized onions looks mouthwatering on top! :))

Madhumathi said...

The Briyani looks scrumptious!Nice contribution for bloggeraid :)

luckysanjana said...

well im new to your space, actually im kind of new to blogspot itself....that biryani sure looks yum cant wait for you to put up the recipe.i think what you are doing her eis wonderful you know kinda chronicling your mothers recipes thanks to the internet imagine your grandchildren might be able to view your blogs and even great great grandchildren. me thinks its awesome..........

YOSEE said...

And therein hangs a mystery ! Goodluck for the selection. In the meanwhile, i will drool over the photographs and spend my spare time doing detective work to figure out what went into Rukmini's pot.

Sunshinemom said...

What a torture! Such a yummy looking biryani and all we get to do is drool!! I have never thought of adding croutons to biryani - great idea!

Cham said...

Looks delicous the veg biryani

Superchef said...

lovely pics and the post was such a teaser. waiting for the recipe!

Dibs said...

Thank you Happy Cook! We are waiting too!

Chitra - Thanks.Will watch out for your version.

Jayasree, Priya, Vaidehi, Madhumati - Thanks :-)

Asha - Thanks to you for asking! Even I wish Icould have just published the recipe right away!

Sanjana - Welcome to blogging and our blog! Hopefully children, grandchildren, great grand ... will be interested! Lets see!! :-)

Yosee, Harini - yes 'major' suspense! Some ingredients were very surprising for us too!!

Cham and Superchef - Thank you!

Nags said...

I used to pick out the bread pieces when I was smaller. And my mom used to add in extra just so that there is enough left after I do that :D

S.R.Ramachandran said...

looks grand. definitely Sunday lunch is seepla biriyani

Varsha Vipins said...

Yummy looking biriyani..slurp..Waiting for the recipe..:)
Thanks a ton for following me Dibs..:)

LG said...

yesterday I tried to open this post twice but somehow the page did not open for me :( Now that biriyani has doubled my hunger pangs. Just cant wait for the cook book :) to read its recipe.

Ivy said...

Thanks Dibs for your contribution to the Cookbook. I am sure your recipe will be very valuable for our cookbook. I am now very curious to look for biriani recipes and try one. I don't think I can wait until the cookbook is published.

Swapna Pravin said...

Wow briyani looks so delicious. Mouth watering & colorful. Just love it :)

Janaki Gopikrishna said...

anyways the picture is yummy. cant wait to try making this on the weekend

Bellini Valli said...

Thank you for submitting this delicious recipe to the BloggerAid cookbook you two. We are so thankful you are helping us raise awareness.

meeso said...

Looks very good, and the pictures are great!

Divya Kudua said...

Uh oh..was drooling over the pics and hoping to note down the recipe so that I could make it for the weekend..:-(,but I guess I have to wait.Biryani looks simply out of the world,I love chunks of vegetables and bread pieces fried in ghee in the rice and this one looks so perfect!!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Nice vegetable briyani recipe. Looks so good and colorful. YUM!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Dibs, I can hardly wait for the recipe! The dish looks delicious. You photos look very tasty. :)

DEESHA said...

thatz a delicious looking biryani

Priti said...

Looks so delicious...that's a wonderful entry for the book..gud going

Anonymous said...

Can we get recipe for this.

Looks delicious.

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious.

when are you posting recipe of this!!!