An Indian Biryani, mildly spiced and not containing any meat as i use it as a side to korma marinated lamb skewers and a garlic butter steamed potato, (glad steam bag, 2 lge potatoes or 4 baby potatoes with a tablespoon of low fat spread or butter and a tablespoon of parsley, cook for 5 mins in microwave)


  • 1 tbsp veg oil

  • 1 lge onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp garlic crushed

  • 1 tbsp ginger crushed

  • 1 cup basmati rice, rinsed and drained

  • 2.5 cups boiling water

  • 2.5cm piece cinnamon stick

  • 2 cloves

  • 4 cardamom pods, seeds removed for use, discard outer shells

  • 1 tbsp sour cream

  • 1 tbsp yoghurt PLAIN

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 3 tbsp oil, ghee or butter

  • 4 tbsp milk

  • saffron or imitation saffron powder

  • 1 beef stock cube


  • 1.

    Pre heat oven to 170 C

  • 2.

    Heat 1tbsp oil and fry the onion in a pan till cooked/translucent and golden brown, add to a heavy based casserole

  • 3.

    Put the rinsed rice in a saucepan, add the boiling water and cook appx 8 mins till half cooked.

  • 4.

    Once its cooked you can add the rice to the heavy casserole also

  • 5.

    Place the ginger and the garlic into the pan you cooked the onion in and then add the cinnamon stick the cardamom seeds, clove lemon juice, salt, yoghurt and sour cream, cook for 2 mins on med-high

  • 6.

    Add the mix to the rice and onion, add a few strands of saffron or 1/4 tsp imitation saffron powder, milk, extra oil, ghee or butter, the stock cube and stir mix completley.

  • 7.

    Press the mix into the pan, cover and cook 30-40 mins and serve

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 334kj
  • Fat Total 15g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Protein 4g
  • Carbohydrate 43g
  • Sugar 2g
  • Sodium 527mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
this seems yummy .. will note it down to try ..
thanks dear
Posted by COOKING_MAMA™Report
im sure with your spice knowledge you could make a WAYYYY better one huda, this is very mild
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jhaaaaaat achi hai yeh!
Posted by Dutch ellenReport
This is a oven recipe and no microwave recipe.
Posted by COOKING_MAMA™Report
cool, sometimes i add cooked potato, extra yoghurt, dried plums, sultanas, fried onions, almonds, walnuts, cashews and more, if im cooking for jusy my husband and myself i add extra of all the spices.
sometimes i do a lamb yoghurt curry, traditionally layer the biryani and serve with a cuchumba and a mint sauce