Even though the Briyani is time consuming process, it is not that complicated or complex to prepare. Once you do it for a couple of times to get the proportions and balance of spice and rice, you will never feel daunted to try it again. You can mechanically follow the procedure. All you need is time to dum the briyani, so that its flavours get incorporated well. This recipe is very similar to the veg briyani. The only difference is it is just potatoes and they are deep fried.
For the second day, I have a one pot meal. This recipe is similar to Bisi bela baath. The difference is in the spice mix used. This is a simple hotel style sambhar and this is served with raita. When the heart yearns for a hearty comfort meal and there is no time to prepare the elaborate bisi bele bath, this would be a perfect alternate!