Friday, October 8, 2010

Veggie Biryani

1 Tbsp. coconut oil (or olive oil)
2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 large red onion,  cut into small wedges
1 (2 inch) piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup roasted cashews, divided
1/2 nonfat plain yogurt (plus more for garnish)
1 Tbsp. curry powder
5 cups of fresh veggies, cut to bite sized pieces ( i used, cauliflower, carrots, green beans, and sweet potatoes)
2/3 cup of water
1 cup of frozen peas
1 cup of rice (I used a brown rice blend from Trader Joes)
tomatoes, cut into wedges

Preheat oven to 350.  Heat oil in a large oven proof  pot, like a dutch oven, over medium-high heat.  Add the garlic, onion wedges, ginger, and 1/2 of the cashews and s/p.  Make sure to stir often and keep an eye on it, so it doesn't burn or stick.  If you need to, add a splash of water to keep it from sticking.  Do this until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.  Next add the yogurt and curry powder.  Cook until thickened, about 3 minutes.  Add in the veggies, water and a dash more s/p.  Cover it and let simmer for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a medium sized pot to boil, and add rice and simmer for about 7 minutes.  Don't worry, the rice will continue to cook in the oven.  Drain the rice really well, and arrange it over the veggies in the dutch oven.  Cover the entire pot with foil as well as the lid.  Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until rice and veggies are tender.

Garnish with extra cashews, cilantro, tomato wedges and drizzle with yogurt.


  1. I just read through each recipe and got really excited! wonderful ideas...and I've been looking for some more meatless options that are really yummy.

  2. Amy, my husband despises Curry...any suggestions to replace it?

  3. Hum, you could maybe replace it with cumin for a more Latin flare. And even throw in some bell peppers and you might want to leave out the ginger. Happy improvising!!!

  4. I made this last night for Brad and I and it was delicious!! Thanks!

  5. This looks really good! I just have one question: It calls for "1/2 nonfat plain yogurt", so it that one half cup or one half container?

  6. It is 1/2 cup! Ooops, sorry! Hope you enjoy it!

  7. Made this for dinner tonight and Mark LOVED it! I did too :) It was delicious. Mark wanted seconds but I talked him into saving the leftovers for his lunch tomorrow. When he nukes it, the whole office will be begging for the recipe!