Fragrant vegetable & cashew biryani

Fragrant vegetable & cashew biryani

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 45 mins - 1 hr

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Serves 8
A delicious vegetarian main dish or accompaniment to another curry, ideal for a curry buffet or spicy feast

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal469
  • fat18g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre4g
  • protein14g
  • salt1.11g
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  • 500g basmati rice
  • 2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • thumb-size piece fresh root ginger, shredded
  • 65g sachet korma curry paste (we used Sharwood's)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 green cardamom pods
  • 3 star anise
    Star anise

    Star anise

    star an-eese

    Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…

  • 250g diced potatoes



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 1 small cauliflower, cut into small florets



    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • 250g Greek yogurt
  • 225g frozen peas
  • 2 good pinches saffron



    The stigma of a type of crocus, saffron threads have a pungent and distinctive aroma and flavour…

  • ½ tsp rosewater
  • butter, for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g roasted, salted cashew nuts



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

For the garnish

  • 2 onion, halved and very thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • good handful coriander


  1. Rinse the rice in several changes of water to remove excess starch, then put in a bowl of cold water and leave to soak for 30 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, fry the onions in the oil for 8 mins until soft and starting to colour. Add the ginger, then cook for 2 mins more. Stir in the curry paste followed by the whole spices, cook for 1 min more, then tip in the potatoes and cauliflower. Pour in 300ml water, cover and boil for about 5-7 mins until the veg are just tender, but still have a little resistance. Stir in the yogurt and peas with 1 tsp salt.

  3. Mix the saffron, rosewater and 3 tbsp boiling water together and stir well. Drain the rice, tip into a pan of boiling salted water, then cook for 5 mins until almost tender. Drain again. Get out a large ovenproof dish with a lid and butter the base. Tip the curry sauce into the base, scatter over the nuts, then spoon over the rice. Drizzle over the rosewater mixture, then cover with foil followed by the lid. Can be chilled overnight until ready to cook.

  4. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Put the biryani in the oven for 45 mins-1 hr until thoroughly heated through. To check it’s ready, try a spoonful from the centre of the rice. For the garnish, slowly fry the onions in the oil until really golden and crisp (this can be done in advance). When the biryani is hot and ready to serve, gently toss through the onions and coriander.

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Comments (22)

Nick Goddard's picture

I was really looking forward to a tasty curry, but sadly found this dish very bland. I also thought there was far too much rice. I won't be making it again.

understated's picture

I'll use less rice when I cook this again, but it's a very good dish.

navazc's picture

I really love this dish - made it for a lunch party and had it all ready the night before. All I had to do on the day was chuck it in the oven. It tasted lovely but I would make sure that the potatoes are cooked quite well before putting in the ovenproof dish. Also it took a good 20 mins longer to cook.

lizzafezza's picture

Really tasty, even my 12 month old loved it - and easy to make. Would defo make again.

jenniferatkinson's picture

I had high hopes for this as I read the recipe and while cooking it, but it ended up being disappointingly bland - think there was too much rice...

andinewton's picture

I pre-prepped everything for this dish and found it incredibly easy to follow and make. The only problem I found (other than having a four hour power cut, the power came back on 15 minutes before I had to put the oven on!) was getting hold of rosewater but it really didn't detract anything. My husband and I loved the dish (accompanied it with the one pot mushroom and potato curry) and will definitely make it the next time we have company!

salima's picture

Quite easy to make, very, very nice and healthy though I didn't have a big enough ovenproof dish for all that rice!

kalkie's picture

A great recipe. Husband and I loved it and there was plenty of leftovers for lunches. I didn't have any rosewater so didn't use it, but didn't miss it either.

It is quite fiddly to make, but delicious and definitely worth it.

mssteel's picture

Fragrance overkill...could do without the rosewater. I made this recipe using 300g of rice. I'm a big fan of biryani but this recipe simply does not work.

hobbychef's picture

I thought this was great comfort food and not complicated: you just chuck everything into a dish and put it in the oven!

I didn't use chicken but lamb which was delish. I added a bit more curry paste, rose water & yoghurt to give it a bit more of a kick.

edeakin's picture

I didn't like this. It was bland and really fiddly and time consuming to prepare. Also, its a fairly expensive recipe.

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coops1's picture

Nice dish, cooked it for a dinner party this weekend and everyone enjoyed it - however I did think it needed a bit more kick, but thats just my opinion, will definatly make it again.

nicola86's picture

sich a flavoursome dish! every flavour was so subtle and complimented one another. great even as a veggie option on its own!

13eve72's picture

I found there was far too much rice in this dish. It left it a bit tasteless.

notmum's picture

lovely flavour, a long winded cooking method but really tasty.

sligachan's picture

again really nice and easy, recommend for those fussy meat eaters who think vegetarian curries cannot compare

annie0176's picture

This was absolutely delicious. Who needs meat???

sspink's picture

This was fabulous, even though I had no cauliflower and I used pinenuts instead of cashews. It could be adapted easily depending what veg you have in.


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