Veggie Biryani -Most popular rice dish from India

Serves 6-8

10 oz. from a choice of cauliflower, potato, carrots, asparagus, broccoli cut into bite size pieces, washed and drained 
2 tbs. oil or ghee  
1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced 
1 clove of garlic minced
1/2 inch piece ginger minced
1 green chillie minced
Package of Ajika Saffron Biryani Pkg
1 tsp. salt (adjust to taste) 
1/2 cup thick yoghurt  
1tomato, chopped 
1/4 bunch of cilantro leaves, minced
1/2 lemon, juice

Heat oil/ghee in a large pan and fry onions, until quite dark brown. Now add ginger and garlic. Fry for a minute or two. 
Add veggies, spices from the package, salt, green chilli. Stir fry until veggies is nicely coated with the spices. 
Add yoghurt, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice. Cook, stirring frequently, until veggies are soft and only a little gravy is left.

While veggies are cooking, wash rice , rinse a few times till rice water is somewhat clear. Drain.

Add rice to the veggies and 2 1/4 cups of water and bring to a rolling boil.  Then turn heat to medium-low and cover the pot with a tight lid. Cook for 10 minutes and turn the heat off.  Do not lift the lid. Let the rice steam in its own heat for another 5 minutes.

The rice is ready to serve. Serve with raita and dal.


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