When it comes to cooking vegetarian food, it has to be very hearty for me. Rice and lentils is one of my favourite combinations (case in point here and here) as I love the complementary texture, not to mention lentils are a good source of non-meat protein.
Remember my last biryani post? I have always known biryani to be a meat dish rather than a vegetarian one. Since my close friends are vegetarians, it has becoming a habit of mine to try make vegetarian version of my staple dishes.
Cheating in an exam is bad for business, however, cheating in cooking is… well.. smart cooking ha! If you’re a purist when it comes to biryani, look away! If you want an easy and tasty one pot wonder, please continue reading. *wink*
This vegetarian friendly biryani is RIDICULOUSLY EASY! All you need is a rice cooker (if you don’t have one yet, this giveaway may interest you greatly!), a store-bought curry paste, frozen peas, carrot, cauliflower and last but not least, SunRice Naturally Rice and Lentils. Oh and approximately 30 minutes of your time! 🙂
- 2 cups of SunRice Naturally Rice & Lentils (about 400g)
- 4 cups of water
- 1 carrot (about 200g), peeled and cut into chunky pieces
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 3 tbsps curry paste (I used this one)
- 400g cauliflower, cut into florets
- Salt to taste
- Yoghurt for serving
- Fresh coriander leaves
- Fresh mint leaves
- Red chilli
- Place the rice and lentils in the rice cooker and rinse them over running water. Make sure you drain the water as much as you can so it won't throw out the water measurement provided in the recipe.
- Add 4 cups of water, carrot pieces, peas, curry paste and cauliflower to the rice cooker. Stir all the ingredients until well mixed.
- Turn on the rice cooker to "Cook" setting.
- When the rice cooker has switched to "Warm" setting, allow the rice and lentil to cook in the "Warm" setting for 5 to 10 minutes. Then fluff the rice with a fork. Check for taste as various curry paste used may differ in salt content. Add salt to taste.
- To serve, add your choice of garnishes and yoghurt. Enjoy!
Tweaked from the original recipe found here
And now on to my giveaway below….
SunRice would like to treat TWO Fuss Free Cooking readers to the SunRice Naturally Rice and Lentils as well as a premium rice cooker each! All you have to do is to tell me:
What’s your favourite rice dishes?
(I know it’s hard to pick just one rice dish and therefore, just share as many rice dishes as you like! Just hit me up in the comment box below ;))
The entry is open to all Australian residents only, aged 14 years and over. It will be open from 12:01 am Australian Eastern Standard Time (“AEST”) on Wednesday 5th November 2014 and will continue until 5:00 pm AEST on Wednesday 19 November 2014. Prizes are not transferable and cannot be taken as cash. he winners will be the entry deemed most creative by the judges. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winners.
Please note that this is not a sponsored post. The giveaway prize will be shipped directly by the sponsor to the winner.
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Thalia @ butter and brioche says
This dish definitely makes for a delicious weeknight meal! Just need to get my hands on the ingredients so I can make the recipe now.. thanks for sharing it!
Lynn Irwin says
I love all rice dishes – biryani, risotto, paella – I even really enjoy a bowl of rice, cream and sugar. ☺
Rice is comfort food for me. How hard it is to choose! I absolutely love:
1. Bibimbap – Korean dish – rice mixed with seasoned vegetables like bean sprouts, spinach, mushrooms and carrots. Topped with some beef bulgogi, gochujung sauce and a sunny side up egg. Delicious.
2. Creamy cheese, brocolli and rice.
3. Chorizo and red beans over rice.
4. Spicy mexican rice stuffed capsicum.
5. Spicy tofu soup mixing in rice to soak up the soup after the tofu is all gone. (I know what I’ll be having for dinner tomorrow!)
Rice is a staple in our house.
In fact, my 4yo’s favourite food has been ‘chicken and rice’ since he could talk.
We love a creamy risotto, an easy fried rice and rice pudding for dessert. And all simple to make, a huge bonus with three small children. A rice cooker would make it even easier though.
Jocelyn R says
My favourite rice dish is risotto. Pumpkin and bacon with fresh parmesan cheese, SI love to cook this dish for my family, friends and mostly for myself!
Our fave rice dish is Indian Kitcheree (original kedgeree prior to it being British-ised). Perfect for cold winters days and or lazy summer eves. Make simple or flash it up with frozen veg and tofu (hubby n child version) or add shredded roast chook (for moi!).
i think you have shared my favorite dinner at the moment. Thanks i will try definitely to make it good.
Jason S. Tennant says
You have share lots of recipes but the current one is amazing and tasty. I have tried it at home last weekend and want to say thanks to you