Zoe Pickburn Recipe created by Zoe Pickburn

Weekend Biryani Brunch

50 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Adventurous
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins

Zoe says “This is one of my favourite recipes to serve at brunch. Perfect for sharing, biryani takes a little effort but is so worth it. Serve with chai tea, bed-hair and lazy-Sunday-morning vibes as a vegetarian and gluten-free brunch alternative.”

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 360g Tilda Pure Basmati Rice
  • 200g Mixed Mushrooms
  • 2 large Tomatoes
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 1 large White Onion
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 4 Eggs
  • Handful of fresh Coriander

Spices

  • 2 tsp. Cumin seeds
  • 6 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 3 Cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp. Fennel seeds
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 1.5 tsp. Peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. ground Ginger
  • 0.5 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1 tsp. Mustard seed
  • 0.5 tsp Salt

Prepare

  1. Set the rice to soak in a bowl of cold water for 30 minutes
  2. Preheat the oven to 180⁰C
  3. Finely dice the onion and pepper, chop the tomatoes and slice the mushrooms.

Cook

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a large, heavy pan or casserole dish, over a medium heat and add all the spices. Cook for a few minutes, until the spices are spitting and sizzling a little, and then add the onion.
  2. Gently cook the onion, adding half a tablespoon of coconut oil, and stir for approx. 10 minutes until it begins to soften.
  3. Add the garlic, stir, and cook for a minute or so before adding the chopped pepper. Continue to cook for a few minutes more. Throw in the chopped mushrooms and the last of the coconut oil, continue to cook over a low heat until the mushrooms have softened, and reduced – around ten minutes, then add the tomatoes.
  4. Drain the rice, and then add it to the pan, stirring thoroughly, and heat until sizzling. Top with two cups of water, stir again, and turn up the heat to cook uncovered for 5 minutes, until most of the water has evaporated.
  5. Cover with a tightly fitted lid and place in the oven for 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, hard-boil the eggs by adding them to a pan of warm water, and simmering for 7 minutes. Immediately run the eggs under the cold tap for 60-90 seconds, then crack the shells all over with the back of a teaspoon; they should peel straight off.
  7. Bring the biryani straight to the table, without removing the lid. The best part of the biryani brunch as being hit with the beautiful, spicy steam when the lid comes off.
  8. Add the eggs, sprinkle with fresh coriander, and enjoy.

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