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Vegetable biryani with green raita in a bowl

Vegetable biryani with green raita

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  • Preparation and cooking time
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  • Easy
  • Serves 2 (easily doubled)

Get four of your 5-a-day in this flavourful vegetable biryani. It's easily doubled, and you can add a halved green chilli if you like extra spice

  • Easily doubled
  • Gluten-free
  • Healthy
Nutrition: Per serving


  • 100g wholemeal basmati rice
  • 2 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced (200g)
  • 2 carrots, cut into small dice (160g)
  • 200g cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp medium curry powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick, snapped in half
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp finely grated ginger
  • 3 large garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 150g pot bio yogurt
  • 2 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
  • 25g roasted cashews (not salted)
  • 160g frozen peas
  • handful of mint, finely chopped
  • 2 handfuls of fresh coriander, finely chopped


  • STEP 1

    Tip the rice into a pan of boiling water and cook for 12 mins until only half cooked. Drain, but reserve the water. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large non-stick pan that has a lid, and fry the onion over a medium heat until golden. If it starts to catch, cover with the lid.

  • STEP 2

    Tip in the carrots and cauliflower, and continue cooking, covered, for 5 mins. Stir in the curry powder, cinnamon and cumin seeds, the ginger and garlic. Stir well. Tip in the rice, add 2 tbsp of the yogurt and pour in 300ml of the reserved rice water mixed with the bouillon powder. Stir in the cashews and peas. Cover and cook for 10 mins over a gentle heat until the rice is tender and all the liquid has been absorbed. Add half the mint and half the coriander, then leave to rest for 5 mins.

  • STEP 3

    Meanwhile, make a raita by stirring the remaining mint and coriander into the remaining yogurt, then add 1 tbsp cold water to loosen – you can whizz together with a hand blender if you want a green raita. Spoon into small bowls to serve alongside the biryani.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, Christmas 2020

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