Easy veggie biryani

Easy veggie biryani

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(42 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins


Serves 4

This tasty Indian-inspired dish is faster than a takeaway

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

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…


  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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Half a foodie
10th Sep, 2018
Very quick and super easy to make but found it a bit bland and also dry ( if intending to have leftovers). It’s fine - don’t get me wrong. I have used it for lunches and added a couple of spoons of korma sauce from a jar (doesn’t work brilliantly but it’s fine). I would make again but will try fresh veg and maybe a diff sauce or at least have a nice sauce that can be added at the end. It’s so speedy which is a major plus.
8th Sep, 2018
Currently without an oven so looking for simple oven free food. This was so quick and easy. My microwave needed 2 more minutes.
16th Feb, 2017
Wooow, what a dish. I used unflower Seeds instead of cashews, and bulghur instead of rice. Raisins gave unbelievable pop of flavor. This will be often on our menu!
22nd Jan, 2016
Superb! AND so quick and easy to make. Definitely a keeper.
30th Jul, 2015
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.
20th Jun, 2015
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.
26th Aug, 2014
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.
18th May, 2013
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!
1st May, 2013
Not so much...
28th Nov, 2012
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.


25th Feb, 2015
I don't have a microwave. What is the method for the hob? Thanks
27th Nov, 2017
I'm guessing its just boiling some rice, so whatever the instructions are on the side of the rice packet?
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