Easy veggie biriyani

Easy veggie biriyani

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Prep: 20 mins


Serves 4
This tasty dish is faster than a take away

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal305
  • fat6g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein9g
  • salt1.42g
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  • 250g basmati rice
  • 400g special mixed frozen vegetables
  • a generous handful of raisins
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 2 tbsp korma curry paste
  • a generous handful of roasted salted cashew nuts



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  1. Boil the kettle. Get out a large microwaveable bowl and pile in the rice, veg and raisins.

  2. Pour 600ml/1 pint boiling water over the rice mixture and crumble in the stock cube, then stir in the curry paste. Cover the bowl with cling film, leaving a small gap at the side to let out the steam. Cook on full power (850 watts) for 12 minutes – if your microwave is less powerful, add 2 minutes.

  3. Remove from the microwave and stand, still covered, for 5 minutes to complete the cooking – if you don’t let it stand the rice will be too nutty. Fluff up the rice, scatter with cashews and serve.

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Comments (36)

callychally's picture

Superb! AND so quick and easy to make. Definitely a keeper.

caroles21's picture

This is super simple to make and very tasty. Make sure you give it a really good stir before it goes in the microwave. We enjoyed it with a couple of soft boiled eggs.

cornercube's picture

Great dish considering how quick it is to make, you could turn up to a BBQ with this as a cold rice dish and everyone would think you'd made loads of effort.

ark's picture

hi, I have used this recipe since 2002 and find it great. Am now using it again after 4 years,
and it is still great.

sproggles's picture

I used sultanas instead of raisins, jalfrezi paste instead of korma, and cooked it for 14.5 minutes in a 850w microwave. I then put it in the fridge and had it for lunch the next day - was gorgeous!

ymnpwr44's picture

Not so much...

silviamthomas's picture

This recipe was really delicious and yes I also left it a few minutes longer (10 min more). The "special" vegetables I choose were a mix of frozen very affordable Mediterranean roasted ones which are easily available in most big supermarkets. I also found a very good organic, gluten free Korma paste and some very cheap cashew nuts(£0.80 p) at one of the leading supermarkets. So the whole dish cost us less than £6 and feed 5. When I told my children what was for dinner they were very fearful (as I am not a very good cook), but everybody gave a 5/5.

robhullfury's picture

Im not a veggie so grilled a chopped up turkey breast which had been rubbed in curry powder and added to this rice dish. Top stuff no messing about going to local curry shop now. If only I could find how to make the sauce they use id never go again :o)

bensh87's picture

Love This recipe.

meghagma's picture

the recipe of biryani is nice. I also would like to recommend users to try viva hyderabad biryani. The outlet is located at punjabi bagh, new delhi...they make biryani's by slow cooking in layers in copper haandi..plus they make use of 40 spices..yum!

05watsonm's picture

Unfortunately, for me, this was a bit of a hassle. Although the end product was eventually great, the dish took about three turns in the microwave before the rice was properly cooked, and I had to add extra water as well as removing the cling film. Oh well, I guess lesson is learnt for next time!

wilbrak's picture

This is just soooo easy for a really really tasty dish. I left out the raisins as don't like them in savoury dishes and it was still delicious.

clareevans's picture

This is the most easy and delicious recipe ever! I didn't bother with the raisins or nuts. I did the stated amount of basmati rice, added 400g of frozen peas, sweetcorn and fresh mushrooms and it turned out perfect. Looking forward to having the cold leftovers tomorrow with some tandoori chicken and might make some lamb kebabs next weekend with it and some home made raita - roll on next weekend :-)))

kmanganport's picture

this a great recipe very tasty and filling

ozgeorgie's picture

bllomin lovely, and i am gonna take it to work tomorrow and try to heat it up again, even though gordon ramsey himself may march in to my work place and shut me down for reheating rice.

gowri_j's picture

Very easy but yes, definitely need 17 mins in the microwave! I think the 'special mixed veg' refers to having a mixture of peas, carrots, broccoli, red pepper and sweetcorn - you can buy this in Somerfield and Sainsbury's but well anything goes really!

Will be making this again when time is short.

rparkinson's picture

wonderful!! So easy to make!

ellamay's picture

An amazing recipe.
Easy and healthy but that doesn't compromise on the flavour.
After reading everyone else's comments i left it in for about 16-17 minutes instead of the 12 stated. And i think it came out just right.
I wasn't sure what the 'special' frozen vegetables were so just used what i had in the freezer a mix of peas, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. I also used a gel like vegetable stock, but it was easiest enough just had to make sure i mixed it that little bit more.

merc2557's picture

I used this as a side dish and wasn't sure what type of veg special frozen veg was so just used a mix of carrot , broccoli and cauliflower , which was great . I would make this dish again as it was quick, easy and only used i dish for cooking so less washing up

saqer78's picture

easy and tasty. i was skeptic at the beginning but it tasted so good


Questions (1)

fran000's picture

I don't have a microwave. What is the method for the hob? Thanks

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