Easy veggie biryani

Easy veggie biryani

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(59 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


  • 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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10th Nov, 2009
wonderful!! So easy to make!
27th Oct, 2009
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.
6th Sep, 2009
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
13th Jun, 2009
easy and tasty. i was skeptic at the beginning but it tasted so good
13th May, 2009
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? Thanks Carol
8th Apr, 2009
This recipe looks lovely and im going to try it tonight.
2nd Feb, 2009
Wonderful recipe - we will make this again and again
17th Nov, 2008
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.
18th Oct, 2008
yum yum and loved by my meat eating hubby also which is not easy!!
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7th Oct, 2008
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!


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