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



    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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25th Aug, 2008
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
22nd May, 2008
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.
31st Mar, 2008
The ultimate compliment, an Indian friend has borrowed this and made it with her own spice paste. She loved it and makes it regularly
13th Mar, 2008
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.
7th Feb, 2008
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.
24th Jan, 2008
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
14th Nov, 2007
perfect side dish to any curry
9th Nov, 2007
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!
7th Nov, 2007
This would also make a lovely side dish
6th Nov, 2007
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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