Stovetop Vegetable Biryani

1 Aug

A tasty way to spice up day-old rice…..


4 cups of day old cooked basmati rice (rice should NOT be soft, must be grainy!)

4 tablespoons oil

¼ cup of cashew nuts

1 cup chopped onion

1 clove chopped garlic

½ cup of sliced carrots

½ cup chopped green pepper

½ cup chopped red pepper

½ cup mushrooms, cut into quarters

4 tablespoons Patak’s Biryani Curry Paste

1 can of chopped tomatoes

1 can of coconut milk

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder to taste

Handful of chopped coriander (if desired)


Heat oil in a large deep pot.  Add cashews and fry for a few seconds until they start to brown slightly, remove from oil and put aside. In the same pot, add onions and garlic, sautéing on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add carrots, green peppers, red peppers, mushrooms and sauté for several minutes until vegetables are half cooked. Add Patak’s Biryani Curry Paste, tomatoes and coconut milk to vegetable mixture. Cook on medium heat, stirring often for 5 minutes.  Add salt and red chilli powder to taste. Add fried cashews into vegetable mixture. Add rice to vegetable mixture slowly, incorporating one cup of rice at a time until all rice has been mixed in evenly. Cover and heat on medium until rice is heated thoroughly. Sprinkle with chopped fresh coriander if desired. Serve with yogurt raita and pappadums as accompaniments. Enjoy!

Tip: This biryani is even more flavourful the following day!

Have you made this dish? Let me know what you think!

2 Responses to “Stovetop Vegetable Biryani”

  1. Best Juicer Reviews January 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm #


    This dish, stovetop vegetable biryani, looks absolutely delicious. I’m not much of a cook but your recipe looks easy enough to follow. Plant life diet has been one of my passionate lately and so I’m Juicing more.

    As a juicing enthusiast at the Best Juicer Reviews>, this is one dish I would certainly enjoy.

    • Milk & Eggs January 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

      Thank you so much for your comment, it means a lot. I hope you do try the recipe, it’s not difficult at all and there are so many ways to make it your own. Happy cooking!

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