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Vegan Indian Recipes - Bread, Rice and Sauces
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Vegetable Biryani
from Vegetarian Resource Center - Boston, USA

  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups chopped mixed vegetables
    (e.g., potatoes, green beans, cauliflower, carrot)
  • 4 tablespoons light vegetable oil
  • 1 1-inch cinnamon stick
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 large black cardamom seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder/cayenne
  • 2 cups raw Basmati rice (rinsed 4 times, soaked 20 minutes)
    or 4 cups cooked, non-sticky, long-grain rice
Fry onion in oil until light brown.
Add spices (cinnamon through salt in the ingredient list.) and fry for 1 minute.
Add vegetables and fry for 4-5 minutes.

Add rice (and 4 cups water if uncooked).
Add remaining spices (coriander through chili powder in the ingredient list).
Bring to a boil and reduce temperature slightly until the bubbles emerge through the rice.
Cover and reduce heat to low.

Cook for 12-15 minutes without stirring.
Garnish with fresh coriander. Serve with raita or salad.