Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Very Veggie Biryani

I love food, and I love recipes – quick, easy ones!  One of my favorite dishes is Biryani – an aromatic rice recipe that has innumerable variations and can be eaten with or sans curry, is very filling and absolutely delish.  There is a baked version, but we‘ll stick with the quick stove top recipe here ;-)
Veggie Biryani
1 cup cooked rice (not sticky, preferably Basmati)
1/2 cup mixed vegetables, chopped (fresh or frozen, time permitting)
¼ cup onions – finely chopped (red/purple is my personal choice)
¼ cup ginger/garlic paste
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. biryani masala (available at Indian grocery stores)
1 tsp. green chili paste (optional)
2 tsp. mint leaves finely chopped (optional)
Cilantro, finely chopped, for garnish
Salt to taste


Heat oil in a pan. Add onions and sauté until translucent.  Add ginger/garlic paste and sauté for a couple of minutes.  Now stir fry the mixed vegetables until cooked.  Add the cooked rice.  Finally, add the masala and optional ingredients.  Mix gently until even.  Garnish with cilantro.  Enjoy hot!
Tip: Use a colorful assortment of vegetables to make your biryani pretty - tomatoes or tomato paste, cauliflower, carrots, peas or edamame, green beans and the list goes on...veg. it up your style!

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