- 1 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 4 skinless chicken breast, chopped into chunks
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, chopped into chunks
- 2 onion, sliced
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 4 tbsp curry paste (we used korma and tikka masala)
- 300g cauliflower, chopped into small florets
A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…
- 700ml chicken stock
- 400g can chopped tomato
- 400g can chickpea, rinsed and drained
- 200g natural yogurt
- 300g spinach
Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…
- 400g basmati rice, cooked following pack instructions
- 5 tbsp flaked almond
Start by making the curry. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large, deep frying pan. Season the chicken and fry until browned, then remove and set aside. Fry the onion in the rest of the oil for 10-12 mins until soft and starting to caramelise.
Add the paste and cauliflower, stirring to coat everything, then return the chicken. Pour in the stock, tomatoes and chickpeas and simmer everything for 30 mins until the cauliflower is nearly tender. There should be just enough liquid to cover everything so add a splash more water or stock if you need to. Remove from the heat and stir in the yogurt.
Assemble the bake in either 1 large or 2 smaller, deep ovenproof dishes. Start with a ¹/³ of the spinach leaves, season, then top with a ¹/³ of the curry. Finish with a ¹/³ of the rice then repeat twice more. Scatter on the almonds and either cool completely to freeze, or heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and cook for 20-25 mins until the topping has crisped up and the dish is piping hot through.
Cook from frozen
The biryani bake can be cooked from frozen but the cauliflower will become quite soft. Cover with foil and bake at 180C/160C/ gas 4 for 1 hr 45 mins, before removing foil and baking at 220C/ 200C/gas 7 for 30 mins more until piping hot through. Or defrost at room temp, then cook as above in the recipe, just adding an extra 10-15 mins to the cooking time.