chicken biryani

A classic win on a Friday night. Never fails to please.
Serves: 4-5 • Prep time: 10 mins • Cook time: 25 mins • Easy
Ingredients
  • olive oil
  • 2 large white onions, chopped into slices
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 green and 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons of curry powder (or more, to your taste) or three tablespoons of hot Indian curry paste.
  • Pinch of saffron (optional)
  • sea salt
  • 1 cauliflower, bite-size florets, blanched
  • large bunch of green beans, topped and tailed
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes cut into wedges
  • 3-4 chicken breasts chopped
  • 200ml of natural yoghurt
  • 500g of wholegrain basmati rice
  • 1L of boiling vegetable stock
  • fresh coriander and more yoghurt or sour cream to serve
Instructions
Fry the onions, garlic and chilli in plenty of olive oil until softened then add the curry paste/powder, turmeric and saffron and stir.

Now add the chicken and gently cook for a few mins until it turns white then add the cauliflower, and tomatoes and cook until they are slighty softened, then add the green beans.

Add the rice and boiling stock, stir and leave the rice to absorb the liquid, stirring every now and then.

Taste as you go along and adjust the spice and seasoning to your taste. You can add chilli flakes or more curry paste, eve a bit of tomato purée, or a bit more salt.

After about 20 mins the rice should be nearly done, although wholegrain basmati takes longer than white (you can always pre-cook it a little or just use white). At this point stir in the yoghurt and taste again for spice and flavour.

A few mins before it's done add the almond flakes and stir.

Serve with fresh coriander and a spoonful or two of Greek yoghurt or sour cream.


Nutrition info
Chicken is one of the best sources of vitamin B3, otherwise known as niacin. Niacin is vitally important for energy production, changing protein, fat and carbohydrate into usable energy. In particular niacin helps convert starches, stored in the liver and muscles, into energy. It also plays an antioxidant role, helping to stop damaging free radicals from doing their nasty cell-destroying deeds.

Spice up your energy with an eatnaturally plan!

Disappointment is when you realise the smell of chicken biryani isn't from your home.

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