Nut Roast Biryani

I am delighted to announce  that my recipe Nut Roast Biryani  has been published in Take a Break (issue 13) – My favourite magazine in the UK.

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We all love this aromatic vegetarian Biryani, it is delicious !!

For the rice:
200g basmati rice
Salt to taste
Few whole spices like cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves
1 packet of nut roast mix

For the gravy:
1 tbs oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1/2 tin of plum tomatoes (puréed)
2 tbs crushed green chillies and ginger
1 tbs red chilli powder
1/2 tbs ground turmeric
200g spinach, finely chopped
2 tbs
fresh chopped mint leaves
1 tbs garam masala
50ml single cream
1/2 tbs cardamom powder
Salt, to taste

For the topping
75ml single cream
1 tbs butter
7-8 threads saffron

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Method:

1 Wash the rice 3-4 times with cold water and leave it to soak for 20-30 mins.
Add rice in a pan with whole spices and salt in a 500ml of boiling water.
Simmer, cook until al dente. Keep aside for later.
2 Cook the nut roast according to packet instruction. Leave it to cool and cut in squares.
3 Make the gravy. Heat the oil in a heavy bottom pan, add the onion and fry until light brown. Add the puréed tomatoes, chillies and ginger, red chilli powder and turmeric and cook until you can see oil at the side of the pan .
4 Add the spinach and mint and cook for 2-3 mins. Add the garam masala, cream,
cardamom powder and salt. Mix well and leave aside.
5 Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5. Grease an ovenproof dish and spread the half the cooked rice to form one layer. Arrange the nut roast squares over the rice. Pour the gravy evenly over the top. Top with the remaining rice.
6 Heat 75ml cream with 1 tbs butter and the saffron threads. Simmer for 2-3 mins and pour over the layered biryani. Cover the biryani dish with a lid and bake for 15-20 mins. Serve hot with raita.

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About Jagruti Dhanecha

I am a housewife and a mother of two teenage kids settled in the UK for the past 20 years. Originally born and brought up in India, it was from these childhood days that my love for cooking began. I have no formal training in cooking and baking, and everything I’ve learnt has been through good cooks in the family and my circle of friends, through my own experiments, reading and research. My main cooking niche consists of healthy and tasty vegetarian meals but I like to throw in the occasional treat. To share my love for food and culinary art, I have created a food blog, Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey that displays authentic Indian vegetarian/vegan dishes, special and rich recipes covering different courses in varied cuisines. My cooking enthusiasm led me to cookery shows on a national Asian TV channel. Much like cooking and baking I have other interests too like photography, reading and travelling, which assist me in my culinary skills.

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