Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Keeping up with the spirit of Indian cuisine, we are going to have another Indian-esque recipe for you. :)
This one looks deeelish and I am definitely going to try this baby out very soon.
Let me know if you try and enjoy or if you have tried it already!
Bon Appetit!

Biryani-Inspired Vegetable Rice

Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Per Serving: 476 calories

3/4 cup (175 mL) dried green lentils
2 tbsp (25 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp (15 mL) mild, medium or biryani curry paste
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
2 cups (500 mL) small cauliflower florets
1 cup (250 mL) basmati rice
1/4 cup (50 mL) raisins
2-1/4 cups (550 mL) vegetable stock
1 cup (250 mL) green peas
1/4 cup (50 mL) toasted sliced almonds (optional)

In saucepan of boiling water, cook lentils for 10 minutes; drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, in Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute onion until deep golden, 6 minutes. Add carrots, 3 minutes. Stir in cauliflower, rice, raisins and lentils to coat.
Add stock and bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice and vegetables are tender, 20 minutes. Stir in peas and warm through, 4 minutes. Sprinkle with almonds (if using).

Additional Information: Variation: Chicken Biryani: Omit cauliflower. Cube 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (12 oz/375 g). Brown in 1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil; remove and set aside. Return to pan along with rice.

This sounds really delicious.
I am unsure about the raisins though and think I may skip that part but I will definitely give this a try and let you guys know what I think.
I may also add some other vegetables to it, maybe lima beans or broccoli.
And definitely will try the chicken one out as well. :)


(Source: Canadian Living website & Google Images)


  1. Definitely looks delicious.
    Let me know what you think once you do try it! :)