Easy veggie biriyani

Easy veggie biriyani

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(30 ratings)

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



    The seeds from the 'Cashew Apple' - a tree which bears bright orange fruit and is native…

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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)

cheekycat's picture

Can anyone tell me where you get the special mixed frozen vegetables" as in the instructions?

If just ordinary mixed frozen veg what ones are best?



supermom1987's picture

This recipe looks lovely and im going to try it tonight.

bighugs's picture

Wonderful recipe - we will make this again and again

billiricky's picture

First made it as recipe using half quantities to cater for two people. Liked it.

Second time used half quantities but only 100 grms rice and added 1 medium onion, 20 button mushrooms, 2 tomatoes and 1 large yellow pepper. Also substituted 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder mixed in with stock for curry paste.

We thought this improved taste and looked more colourful and interesting.

This was a bit much for 2 people, would have served 3 easily.

zoerodda's picture

yum yum and loved by my meat eating hubby also which is not easy!!

rkarlekar's picture

delicious. i love indian food, and a healthier form of biryani is a deffinate thumbs up from me! made many times since reading recipie. easy as anything. agree that rice needs cooking for longer than stated. i added some cumin and extra paste for spice. very yummy dish!

leaderoftheplebs's picture

Very nice, enjoyable if you like a sweet curry. Agree with comments that the cooking time needs increasing by a few minutes or so. Think could also work as a good side dish at a bbq or a buffet

fizzpickle's picture

I cooked this in the pan adding onion and garlic and served it as a side dish. It left me with a lovely satisfying feeling after eating it.

sarahharding's picture

The ultimate compliment, an Indian friend has borrowed this and made it with her own spice paste. She loved it and makes it regularly

jennid's picture

I have a 900 watt microwave and needed to cook on High for 17 mins and to let stand for 5 mins for all the liquid to be absorbed. I used Patak's Biryani Curry paste which gave a great taste with a bit of a kick.

trishcronin's picture

This dish is one which we've made over and over when we don't feel like spending a lot of time cooking. Really tasty and very easy. We added a bit of cumin and some chilli flakes to it to spice it up. We also had to leave it for an extra 5 mins cook time above what it was recommending.

mary15's picture

very quick, I could'nt beleive how tasty it was. When it was cooked I added a sachet of creamed coconut and a little hot water . MMMM

lurvleee's picture

perfect side dish to any curry

karenandbarry's picture

I made this recipe as I was in a hurry and was delighted with not only the flavour, and texture but the simplicity of it. I have used it many times since! Delicious!

sarahharding's picture

This would also make a lovely side dish

tazzahall's picture

Filling, but a bit plain on it's own- it would be much better as a side dish. Also, I had to cook it for an extra 5 mins as the rice was still very crunchy after the recommended cooking and leaving time.


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