Easy veggie biryani

Easy veggie biryani

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(58 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



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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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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.
26th Nov, 2012
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)
19th Sep, 2012
Love This recipe.
4th Sep, 2012
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!
21st Jan, 2012
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!
16th May, 2011
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.
2nd Oct, 2010
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 :-)))
25th Jun, 2010
this a great recipe very tasty and filling
21st Jun, 2010
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.
6th Dec, 2009
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.


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