Spicy Indian Rice Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups basmati rice, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon ghee (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to spice preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  • Prepare the Rice: Rinse the basmati rice in cold water several times until the water runs clear. Drain and soak the rice in clean water for 20 minutes. Drain again and set aside.
  • Sauté the Vegetables: Heat the ghee or oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the Spices: Stir in the bell pepper, carrot, ginger, garlic, cumin, turmeric, chili powder, garam masala, coriander, and bay leaves. Cook for another minute, until fragrant.
  • Incorporate the Tomato: Add the chopped tomato and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the tomato softens and releases its juices.
  • Combine Rice and Broth: Add the drained rice and vegetable broth to the pot. Stir gently to combine and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer and Steam: Reduce heat to low, cover the pot tightly with a lid, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through and all the liquid is absorbed.
  • Fluff and Garnish: Remove the pot from heat and let it stand for 5 minutes, undisturbed. This allows the rice to steam and finish cooking. Fluff the rice gently with a fork and stir in the chopped cilantro. Season with salt to taste.
  • Serve: Serve the spicy vegetable biryani hot, along with your favorite raita (yogurt sauce) or chutney for an extra flavor dimension.

Tips:

  • For a richer flavor, substitute chicken or vegetable broth with coconut milk.
  • If you don’t have fresh ginger and garlic, you can substitute 1 teaspoon ginger paste and 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste.
  • To make the dish vegan, omit the ghee and use vegetable oil.
  • Adjust the amount of chili powder according to your preferred spice level.
  • You can add other vegetables to this recipe, such as green beans, corn, or cauliflower.

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