Thursday, June 11, 2009

Brown Rice Veggie Biryani

For today's weekend its different than  the regular curries, sambar, kurma. This weekend I made mixed-veggie brown jasmine rice biryani. "Biryani" the word conjures up images of a dish that is rich and exotic, and with more spices and flavor. When I was studying college, Biryani was my Mom's speciality, she use to do it on weekend for lunch and resulted in a delicious and heavy lunch. 

Those who are vegetarians will no doubt love this recipe. It has lots of vegetables and very flavorful recipe. It is very easy to make and it will not take much time for cooking. It is also very healthy and very nutritious recipe. 

Brown jasmine rice - 1 cup 
Butter - 1 tsp 
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon - 2 inch 
Bay leaves - 2
Mint leaves - 5-6 
Curd - 1 tablespoon
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp 
Chilly powder - 2 tsp 
Onion - 1 medium size sliced 
Tomato - 1 big 
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp 
Pearl onion paste - 1/2 cup ( Lightly fry the small onions in oil and grind it into paste)
Mix-veggie - 1/2 packet ( I used frozen one)
Vegetable broth & water - 3 cups ( I used vegetable broth in order to bring extra taste)
Extra virgin olive oil -  1 tablespoon
Salt to taste.

Wash and soak the brown rice for 20 min in  warm water.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan add cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, onions. Saute till the onions become brown in color.
Then add ginger-garlic paste Fry for 1 min. Then add pearl onion paste, fry till the raw smell goes off. Then add mint leaves, curd, turmeric powder, chilly powder, and salt. Fry for 2-3 min.
Then add mix- veggie,little salt and cover and cook for 5 min in low flame.

To cook rice:
Drain the water from rice and keep the water reserved for later use.
Heat butter in a non-stick pan add bay leaves,cloves, cinnamon, and sliced onion and fry till pinkish. Then add the drained rice and fry gently so that the rice is coated well in butter and when the rice  start leaving each other switch off the heat.

Take the rice cooker and mix the fried rice,  and the veggie. Adjust the salt if required. Then add about 1 cup of vegetable broth and  2 cups of reserved water in which the rice was soaked. Cook till the rice is well cooked. Leave it in rice cooker for 5-10 min. 

Serve hot with raita.
Healthy eating!!!

This rice dish is participating in Nag's Ravishing Rice event, started by Meeta.

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