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Vegan Quinoa Biryani


  • Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Quinoa
  • 500 gms vegetables Mix of cauliflower florets, peas, sliced carrots, cut green beans
  • 4 C Veg Stock
  • 1/4 C mint
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp garam masala use your favorite brand
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 blade of mace
  • 1 green cardamoms
  • 1/4 stick of cinnamon
  • 6-8 black peppercorns
  • 1 C sliced onions
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tsp coconut oil or any other oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 Indian bay leaf tejpatta


Pre cook the Quinoa

  1. Place quinoa in a mesh strainer, and rigorously rinse it under running water. Allow the water drain for a few minutes.
  2. Meanwhile start to heat up the stock and let it warm up Add in the cloves, mace, green cardamom, cinnamon, pepper corns and let it simmer.
  3. Take a medium pan and add 1 tsp oil, add in the quinoa and roast it until it looks almost dry.
  4. Now add the warmed up stock to the quinoa ( remove the spices) and bring this to a rolling boil.
  5. Cover and reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Then switch off heat and let the quinoa rest for another 10 minutes before opening the lid.

Pre cook the veggies

  1. Heat the oil, add in the cumin and tejpatta, Add in the onion and saute until light in color.
  2. Add in ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant.. about one minute
  3. Add the veggies except peas and add the turmeric, cayenne, garam masala,coriander powder.Mix.
  4. Cook covered for 10 minutes on medium heat .
  5. Add in the salt and peas and cover and cook until veggies are slightly tender. Be sure to not cook them through at this point.


  1. Your quinoa should be rested and ready for this step.
  2. Simply add the quinoa as a top layer to the vegetables,layer with mint and cover.
  3. Cook on medium low heat for 10 minutes and allow it to rest for another 10 minutes before serving.
  4. Serve with a side of raita and don't forget the side of onions, lemons and green chillies.