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South African Vegetable Biryani

 
South African Vegetable Biryani
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A delicious South African dish made with rice, potatoes, green peas and hot chili peppers.

Yield

12

servings

Prep

30

min

Cook

60

min

Ready

90

min

 

Ingredients

3 medium onions
sliced
4 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
6 hot chili peppers
crushed into a paste OR 2 ts cayenne
*
1 piece ginger
2 inch piece
*
10 garlic cloves
*
½ cup lentils
dried
½ pound green peas
shelled
½ pound carrots
chopped
½ pound green beans
chopped
3 tomatoes
chopped
*
6 cloves, whole
*
1 cinnamon sticks
4 inch piece
*
6 cardamom pods
crushed
*
1 teaspoon turmeric
3 mint sprigs
pounded OR 1/2 ts dried mint
*
2 cups rice
long grained white
6 potatoes
chopped
*
2 teaspoons salt

Directions

In a large, heavy skillet, fry the onions in the ghee until golden.

With a slotted spoon, remove ⅓ of the slices, and set aside.

Add to the pot, the ginger, garlic and chili paste.

Fry for 5 or 6 minutes, stirring constantly.

Add the lentils, peas, carrots and beans.

Reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes. Add more ghee if necessary.

Add tomatoes, spices and mint. Stir for 5 minutes.

Pour in 1 cup of very hot water, cover and simmer until the vegetables are half-cooked.

Add the rice, potatoes, salt and another 4 to 5 cups of hot water.

Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is done and the water is absorbed.

Garnish with the reserved onion slices.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

Reviews

+1

about 5 years

This south African vegetable biryani was delicious and loaded with flavors. The ingredients were certainly not hard to find at all, and they are all our pantry-staples. Maybe because we love Indian foods so much.

Instead of ghee, I used olive oil to cook the vegetables; I halved the amount of vegetables, quartered the amount of rice, and I still got quite a big pot of food in the end. Loved how potatoes turned out, creamy and soft. The long simmering maximized the flavor overall.

Will be definitely making this veggie biryani again.

over 16 years

Delicious! I use olive oil. Didn't find ingredients hard to locate. Should be available in most supermarkets.

almost 17 years

It's so hard to find ingredients for this recipie!!!

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 129g (4.6 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 30313% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 506mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 20%
Dietary Fiber 8g 31%
Sugars g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A 84% Vitamin C 35%
Calcium 7% Iron 13%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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