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Low Fat Vegetable Biryani


BRIDGE magazine


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Serves 8


Time needed: Approximately 50 minutes




  • 2 cups of basmati rice
  • 3 cups of mixed vegetables (cauliflower, potatoes, French beans and carrots), chopped into small pieces
  • ½ cup of green peas
  • 2 green chilies, finely sliced
  • 1 tsp of red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 4 cloves
  • ½ tsp of mustard seeds
  • ½ black pepper powder
  • 4 tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup of low-fat yoghurt
  • 3 tbsp of cashew nuts
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of olive oil




  • Wash the basmati rice and cook in a rice cooker, adding the appropriate amount of water, 2/3 of the raisins and all of the cashew nuts
  • Heat 1 tsp of olive oil in a wok. Add cumin seeds and cloves. Stir. Add onions and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add a little hot water if more moisture is needed. Add green chillies, red chilli powder, and cinnamon.
  • Add potatoes and carrots. Stir, cover and let it cook for a few minutes. Add a little hot water if mixture is too dry.
  • Add tomatoes, cauliflower, green peas and French Beans. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables are cooked.
  • Add yoghurt to the pan. Bring to a boil. Add salt and black pepper. Turn off the heat.
  • Fluff rice with a fork and add to the vegetables in the pan. Stir to mix well.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and the rest of the raisins.
  • You may serve with achar and mung bean curry or raita. For additional protein, you can add diced tau kwa or low-fat paneer.


Source: BRIDGE magazine (Jul/Aug 2020 issue) by South West CDC. Reproduced with permission.



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