Forget what you think you know about biryani - this veggie version, using paneer instead of lamb, just goes to show that rules are made to be broken! It's sweet, spicy, satisfying and just the thing to warm you up on a chilly night.
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peeled & chopped pumpkin
Bengal curry paste
basmati rice(May be presentGluten, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Sesame, Milk, Soy)
currants(May be presentGluten, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Sesame, Milk, Soy)
mild North Indian spice blend
baby spinach leaves
yoghurt(ContainsMilkMay be presentCrustacea)
roasted cashews(ContainsTree NutsMay be presentGluten, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Sesame, Milk, Soy)
Thinly slice the brown onion (see ingredients list). Thinly slice the carrot (unpeeled) into half-moons. Finely chop the garlic (or use a garlic press).
In a large saucepan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over a medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot and peeled & chopped pumpkin and cook, stirring, until softened, 3-4 minutes. Add the Bengal curry paste (see ingredients list) and garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the basmati rice, currants, water, brown sugar and vegetable stock. Stir to dissolve the stock, then bring to the boil. Cover with a lid, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, 16-18 minutes.
TIP: Add a little extra water if the liquid is absorbed before the rice is done!
While the biryani is simmering, cut the paneer cheese into 1cm cubes. In a medium bowl, combine the paneer, mild North Indian spice blend, a good pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Toss to coat.
In a medium frying pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over a medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the paneer and cook, tossing, until browned, 3-4 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and transfer to a plate.
When the biryani is done, add the baby spinach leaves to the saucepan and stir through until just wilted. Stir through the spiced paneer and season to taste with salt and pepper.
TIP: Seasoning is key in this dish! Taste and season with more salt and pepper if you think it needs it.
Divide the spiced paneer biryani between bowls and top with a dollop of yoghurt. Garnish with the roasted cashews.