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Vegetable Rice (Also Known as Vegetable Biryani) 


1 1/2 cups Basmati Rice
1/2 cup frozen cauliflower, 1/2 cup carrots, 1/2 cup green beans, 1/2 cup green peas
1 large Onion sliced
3-4 Finely Sliced hot Green Pepper (Chilies)
Salt to taste
1 tsp Cayenne pepper
1 small piece of Cinnamon whole) , 1 tsp cumin seeds 

1 teaspoon Indian Garam Masala (optional)
4 Cloves
1/2 tsp Black Pepper Powder
2 Tomatoes
1/2 cup Yogurt
4 tbsp Peanut (preferred for taste only) /Vegetable/Canola or Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 cup cashew nuts and raisins

1 tsp crushed fried onions and tsp cilantro (coriander leaves) for garnish


  1. Put washed rice in 4 cups of light salted boiling water and cook it 2/3rd of the way. Drain the excess water and set aside the partially cooked rice. 
  2. Microwave all frozen vegetables for about 2 1/2- 3 minutes and set them aside.
  3. Add  1 tablespoon of  oil to a heated 5 quart pot. Add mustard seeds, cinnamon, cloves and cumin seeds to hot oil. Stir the seeds around for about 20-30 seconds or until you can smell cumin/cinnamon  and hear crackling of mustard seeds. Add Onions to the pot and cook them on medium heat  until they get reddish color. Now stir in nuts/raisins, garam masala,  cayenne, salt and black  pepper. Cook the mix for another minute or so.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes to onion mix and stir it in well and lower the heat.
  5. Whip up the yogurt to smooth texture and add  it to the onion/tomato mix. Cook the mix for about a minute. Add micro waved vegetables in the mixture and coat them lightly with the mix..
  6. Add partially cooked rice to the vegetable mix  and lightly fold it into the mix.
  7. Cover the pot with a tight lid and let it cook on slow-medium heat for about 4 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the mix sit for about 10 minutes.
  8. A healthy rice vegetable dish is ready to be served. Transfer the rice to serving platter, and garnish with crushed fried onions and cilantro before serving .

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