Sunday, September 4, 2016

Vegetable and Rice Casserole

This ancient dish traces its roots to India's Kayastha community, who developed it as a unique variation of biryani. In tahiree, rice and other elements cook together, while biryani rice is cooked separately and then layered with meat and vegetables.

1/4       cup canola oil
2          teaspoons cumin seeds
1/2       teaspoon whole peppercorns
1/2       teaspoon cracked peppercorns
1/2       teaspoon coriander seeds
9          cardamom pods
6          whole cloves
3         bay leaves
3         dried red chiles de arbol
1         large onion, halved and thinly sliced
2         teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1-1/4   pounds cauliflower florets (about 1/2 large head)
2        large red potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1       (12-ounce) sweet potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1       teaspoon ground turmeric
2       cups basmati rice (found in supermarket Asian aisle or use  long grain white rice)
1       cup frozen petite green peas
4       cups water
1       teaspoon roasted ground cumin
1/2    teaspoon garam masala

1. Combine first 9 ingredients in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat; cook, stirring frequently, about 2-1/2 minutes or until cumin browns. Add onion and 1 teaspoon salt; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in cauliflower, potatoes, and turmeric; reduce heat to medium, and cook 1 minute. Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Stir in peas and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Stir in ground cumin, garam masala, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt; cover and cook 20 minutes. Turn off heat; let stand 5 minutes. Fluff and serve immediately.
Heart healthy


  1. Me encanta es muy saludable un plato con color y sabor,abrazos

    1. Howdy Rosita ,
      It is a very colorful and healthy dish with lots of flavor .
      Hugs back at you .

  2. PIC,
    Nanook;s stats on WAG.
    Hope you had a great Labor Day .
    Love PIC

  3. I love this recipe PIC. And I can eat pretty much all those ingredients.
    Can't wait to try it. Love you girl
    Your friend and PIC

    1. I love this recipe , Lottie (Jon's wife) made the recipe , I added what I liked ... you can do the same , omit what you can't have .

      PIC there are lots of recipes that Jakey can use , he can cook the foil recipes in the oven . Start a folder for him ... paste the recipes on your word pad and print them , I find that is easier .
      Love you back sweetie .
      Your friend and PIC


Come on in , set awhile and have a cup of tea and cookies , as always you are welcome .