Bored of the usual white? Cook our flavorful Biryani Rice!

8 months ago

mixed vegetable biryani rice

Here’s an Asian dish that you can fully enjoy at home thanks to ready-made sauces. A versatile dish, the biryani rice can be made from scratch with whatever meat you have on-hand. Just add a  ready-to-mix biryani sauce that you can easily findin supermarkets, and you’ll have a flavorful rice your family and friends will surely enjoy.


Makes 3-4 servings

1 cup Basmati rice
2 Tbsps Butter
2 Tbsps Extra virgin olive oil
1 Large onion, sliced
1 clove Garlic, finely minced
1 can Button mushrooms, drained
½ cup Frozen mixed vegetables
1 pack Biryani mix
¼ tsp Turmeric powder
½ Chicken broth cube, dissolved in 1 ½ cups water
1 Cinnamon stick
1 pinch Saffron or kasubha
¼ cup Raisins
¼ cup Roughly chopped cashew nuts

  1. Wash the rice under running water. Drain and set aside.
  2. On a stovetop, bring the pot of your rice cooker to medium high heat. Heat a tablespoon of butter and olive oil until light brown. Cook the sliced onions until golden. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, add the remaining butter and oil. Cook the garlic until fragrant. Add the mushrooms and mixed vegetables and cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the washed rice.
  4. Add the biryani mix and turmeric powder and stir to coat. Cook for 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Mix to make sure that the rice is evenly distributed at the bottom of the pot, and then remove from heat.
  5. Add the chicken stock and drop in the cinnamon stick and saffron.
  6. Place the pot back in the rice cooker and cook the biryani rice on your rice cooker’s normal settings. Ten minutes before the end of cooking, stir in the raisins and nuts. Top with the crispy fried onions. Serve warm.


Recipe and photo by Idda Aguilar


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