Hooray! I finally found the recipe (after I cleaned up my office) on a tiny scrap of paper, covered in spices.
I really had to make an effort to write this one down. I usually just go by feel with this and make it up as I go along.
Anyway, it’s one of our family’s favourite recipes. Even the kids love it.
We eat vegetarian every second night, so this is a quick and easy one to have in the repertoire.
It’s very adaptable – throw in whatever veges you have in the fridge. It also works well with any leftover meat added- lamb is particularly delicious. Canned chickpeas added at the end and heated will boost up your protein content too. You can also add currants or cashews at the last-minute for extra interest.
It makes quite a big serve – about six meals.
Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free.
Coconut Vegetable Biriyani
Okay, so this is what you need:
1 large organic onion, diced
2 cloves organic garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons biriyani spice mix
2 teaspoons turmeric
3 cups bone broth or vegetable stock if you need it to be vego
1 1/2 cups organic basmati rice (rinsed)
6 cups assorted organic vegetables, diced (I use carrot, zucchini, capsicum, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, pumpkin and beans mainly)
2 handfuls of organic baby spinach, shredded
2 tablespoons Vital Veggie Power
*If you can’t find a biriyani spice mix, just a mixture of cumin, coriander, garam marsala and cinnamon to make up 2 tablespoons.
Okay, so this is how you do it:
Heat the coconut oil in a large, deep pan to a medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic and saute for a few minutes. Add the spices and gently stir until they release their gorgeous smell.
Chuck in the vegetables (not the spinach yet) and stir well, cooking for a minute or so. Add the well-drained rice and stir, making sure you combine well.
Now fling in the vegetable stock, stir well and cover. Turn the heat down to low-medium and leave it to cook for about 15 – 20 minutes (depending on the depth of your pan). Stir every now and again and check it. You may need to add more stock if it’s sticking on the bottom.
When the rice is cooked through and it’s quite a dry mix, chuck in your coconut cream, spinach and Vital Veggie Power. Stir well to combine. Serve.
You can sprinkle with fresh herbs like I did, but I was only getting fancy for the photo!
It is delicious the next day for lunch. Yum. Yum. Make sure you hide a bit for yourself.