Hi, Ray here again.
It’s curry time again and I checked out the great Curry Focus recipes looking for something new to try.
I’ve been trying out a lot of meat recipes lately so I thought that I should have a look at the vegetarian recipes. I don’t know about you, but I love a good biryani and I saw that a Vegetable Biryani recipe had recently been posted on the website. There were lots of vegetables so the curry just has to be healthy.
I made a quick list of the ingredients that I needed to buy and went out to do my usually weekly shop.
It wasn’t until I got back to the house that I had a close look at the recipe. And there was something definitely wrong. The recipe had, amongst other things, 2 cups of rice, 1/2 cup of lentils, 700g (1 1/2 lbs) of vegetables and large potatoes. This is a really big curry but the recipe said that it only had from 4-6 servings. This is definitely an error. Even if you leave out the potatoes, the curry will easily feed 8-10. I adjusted the recipe by making the potatoes optional and reducing the number of potatoes down from 6 to 3.
I prepared the ingredients and cooked the curry without any great difficulty – even my amateur cooking abilities weren’t taxed. The only thing that had to be watched was that the frying pan was absolutely full when the final group of ingredients was added. Luckily I had decided to only use 3 potatoes otherwise the ingredients would have spilled over.
So when you start following this recipe, just make sure that you’ve got a big frying pan or saucepan.
I let the final phase of cooking last for 25 minutes before tasting the rice. And it was perfect. This must be a first for me because I often have trouble getting rice to cook using the absorbtion method.
I served up the Vegetable Biryani to the dinner guests and everyone had a large portion of curry. There were lots of healthy and nutritious vegetables. Everything was cooked well the curry tasted just great, with a background taste of the lentils. The curry was well liked by everyone and received an average taste rating of 8 out of 10 with a spice rating of “medium to hot” – there was a lovely aftertaste 5 minutes after finishing eating.
I really can recommend this delicious curry and it would be an ideal dish if you are cooking for a large family meal. The curry is delicious and very filling.