PS or PP: Easy Peasy Veggie Biryani

Chef:  Jean & Gary Hayes
Makes: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10-20 minutes
Total Time: 15-20 minutes


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 c raw basmati rice or raw brown basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 c frozen potatoes O'Brien (with potatoes, onions, peppers)
  • 1 c frozen broccoli
  • 1 c frozen cauliflower
  • 1/2 c frozen peas
  • 1/4 c frozen corn
  • Optional- a few raisins and raw cashews (Eliminate for PP)
  • curry powder
  • fenugreek
  • turmeric


  1. Start with the onion, garlic, and raw Basmati rice.
  2. Sauté the onion and garlic, adding several shakes of your favorite curry powder.
  3. Add a couple of shakes of fenugreek if you have it. That’s the one spice that I think makes curry taste like curry. 
  4. Add the raw rice and sauté with the onion, garlic, and spices, adding water and cooking according to the package directions for the rice. Add a few shakes of turmeric to the rice mixture. 
  5. You can make quick work of this dish if you have an electric pressure cooker. Basmati rice only takes 4 min to cook and brown basmati, 22 minutes. I use 10 min quick release.
  6. While the rice is cooking steam the vegetables, frozen or fresh, in vegetable broth. 
  7. Throw in a few raisins and cashews while you’re at it (optional). 
  8. Sprinkle in some more curry powder with the vegetables.
  9. When the rice and vegetables are done, combine them in a big fancy bowl so your wife can take pictures.


  1. Have some curry powder and Sriracha sauce at the table if you want to turn up the heat on your plate!

Jean Haye’s,( plant-based husband, Gary Scott Hayes.