A warming rice dish, traditionally cooked in layers of basmati rice and veggies marinated in classic Biryani spices. I’ve taken influence from both sides of the family for this one, but what they agree on is having some cooling raita alongside for a different temperature and texture to help balance out the dish.

Cook our delicious Bombay Vegetable Biryani in just Minutes

We’ve sourced and blended all of the unique flavour ingredients to make our authentic Bombay Vegetable Biryani. We bring these all together in a recipe kit, which consists of 3 flavour pots; a Garlic Paste pot, a Biryani Paste pot and a Bombay Spice Mix pot. Simply follow our recipe, adding a few items from your fridge, to cook this delicious Bombay Vegetable Biryani in just 30 minutes.

How Our Recipes Kits Work

We provide flavour ingredients:

  • Garlic Paste
  • Biryani Paste
  • Bombay Spice Mix

Your shopping list:

Basmati rice
large onion
large cauliflower
plain yoghurt
toasted flaked almonds(optional)
pomegranate seeds(optional)

Our 30 minute recipe

  • 1.

    Cook the rice 

    Bring a non-stick, lidded pot 2/3 full of water to the boil then add the rice. Let it simmer uncovered over a medium heat for just 7-8 mins, then drain and rinse under cold water and keep aside. Meanwhile, do Step 2.

  • 2.

    Create the base 

    Heat 2 tbsps of oil in a large, non-stick pan over medium heat and add the onions and fry for 5-7 mins, stirring occasionally until golden brown. (It could be time to drain the rice now.)
    Remove a spoonful of fried onions from the pan to keep aside for later on.

    Add the GARLIC PASTE and the cauliflower to the onions and stir-fry for 3-4 mins. 

    Add the BIRIYANI PASTE and fry for 2 more mins.

  • 3.

    Make the curry

    Put 1 tbsp of chopped tomatoes into a small bowl for salad and then tip the rest of them into the pan and fry for 2-3 more mins. 

    Sprinkle in the BOMBAY SPICE MIX and fry for 2 mins. 

    Then turn the heat right down and gradually mix in half of the yoghurt and then simmer for 2 mins.

  • 4.

    Assemble the Biriyani

    Now - assemble your Biryani in layers for the final cooking process: Rinse out your rice pot and then put half of the rice back into it. 

    Ladle your curry on top of the rice in the pot, and then spoon the rest of the rice on top of the curry. 

    Cover it with a lid and let it cook on the hob over a medium-low heat for 10-15 mins.

  • 5.

    Make your raita 

    Meanwhile, add the juice of half a lemon and the rest of the yoghurt to your bowl of reserved tomatoes and mix well. This will be your cooling yoghurt raita to have alongside. 

    When the rice is done and the cauliflower is tender, serve the Biryani onto plates with your raita alongside.

  • 6.


    Sprinkle with the reserved fried onions, toasted flaked almonds and pomegranate seeds (if using).


Bombay Vegetable Biryani Reviews

BASED ON reviews

Joanne - Nov 13, 2019

Not bad

Richard - Sep 29, 2019

Absolutely delicious!

Joanne - Aug 20, 2019

It was ok! Too much cauliflower and I didn’t use as much as the recipe said too. Some of the rice burnt to the bottom for the last cook. Would have been better in the oven.

Theresa - Aug 01, 2019

A family favourite

Angela - Jul 01, 2019

Really not nice, very disappointing - loved everything else so far

Zoe - Jun 24, 2019

Delicious - just needed a touch of salt and extra chilli. My husband thought it was restaurant quality

Zoe - Jun 24, 2019

Delicious - just needed a touch of salt and extra chilli. My husband thought it was restaurant quality

Zoe - Jun 24, 2019

Delicious - just needed a touch of salt and extra chilli. My husband thought it was restaurant quality

Jen - Jun 07, 2019

Proportion of cauliflower is WAY too high, and it just turned out watery and a bit tasteless

Janice - May 14, 2019

I much prefer the original Indian Biryani.

Amanda - Apr 28, 2019

Rice burns and sticks to the bottom of the pan.

Dee - Mar 06, 2019

Tasty but not special.

Alice - Feb 19, 2019

Soo good, second time cooking this and still amazing.

Alice - Feb 13, 2019

Second time cooking this. Love it so much

Ashley - Feb 09, 2019

Not as good as the rest

Kasia - Feb 04, 2019

Did not blow my mind

David - Jan 21, 2019

Another good one

Alice - Jan 14, 2019

Really really good. Go non stick next time though.

Margaret - Jan 11, 2019

Loved this very tasty

Mike - Dec 12, 2018

It wasn’t bad but the rice burnt quite badly to the bottom of the pan

Aftab - Dec 02, 2018


Helen - Nov 11, 2018

Very nice

Katy - Nov 07, 2018

We loved this one (again) though a little heavy handed on the cardamom. We had the optional extras which were great for adding texture. We may be simply cook’s biggest fans!

Clare - Oct 02, 2018

Delicious, delicate flavours with heat balanced by raita

Linda - Sep 19, 2018

Bit too spicy for me.

Valerie - Sep 19, 2018


Katy - Aug 29, 2018

A little hot for the boy but good flavours. We had with a cheeky citrus beer and some mini popadoms.

Vanessa - Aug 05, 2018

Great flavour. Will be having this one again.

Marion - Jul 28, 2018

Very nice. Good flavours. I may have overlooked the rice as it was a bit sticky, but I’ll definitely try it again.

Ashok - May 24, 2018

It didn’t taste very indian ????As it’s supposed to be a indian dish. Anyways it was different so good.

Susan - Mar 30, 2018

Hubby said it was nicer than his Indian meal last week at the local curry house.

Nicola - Mar 16, 2018

A little too wet but was really tasty

Theresa - Mar 12, 2018

The biryani paste was missing from our pack

Lana - Mar 12, 2018

I found this to be very bitter.

Richard - Feb 28, 2018

very nice

Pete - Feb 22, 2018

It burnt to the bottom of the rice pot so lost the rice on the bottom! The unburnt parts tasted lovely!

Karen - Feb 16, 2018

All the three dishes were so lush we are so impressed

Andy - Feb 06, 2018

Not spicy enough but tasty :)

Jane - Oct 29, 2017

Very disappointed in this one Simply Cook! The cauliflower didn't cook properly because the pan was too dry and the spices stuck on the bottom, I had to put some water in and simmer it all to cook. The end result didn't have a lot of flavour. I wouldn't buy again.

Rebecca - Oct 22, 2017

Too spicy

Theresa - Sep 14, 2017

Fucking delicious

Jessica - Aug 28, 2017

Lots of flavour and easy to make

Jai - Aug 20, 2017

Delicious, really happy with the outcome of this. We make curry from scratch but never attempted biryani before, this made it easy.


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