Instant Veg Biryani

“Tired and beat
Soaked in heat,
Hunger dictates the mood
The mind thinks of food,
An instant cook in
Promises to win,
Fragrant with spice
Alongside a glass of wine,
This weekday winner
Faster than dial-a-dinner,
Finger licking good,
Perks that mood,
And preps the mind
For a real Friday night!”
1 cup brown rice, boiled
1 tomato, chopped
½ onion, chopped
1 potato, boiled and cut in cubes
1 cup spinach or kailan leaves, cut
½ red pepper, diced
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoon Indian biryani masala
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt to taste
Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin and onions and cook till onions being to turn brown. Add the tomatoes along with the biryani masala and cook for a few minutes on medium flame till the tomatoes are tender. Stir in the remaining vegetables and ¼ cup of water. Cook covered for a few minutes till the vegetables are steamed but don’t lose their crunch. Now stir in the rice and salt and cook on high flame for a few minutes till all the grains are well coated with the spices.
Remove from heat and serve with raita (spiced yogurt) and papadums.
Deliciously quick, perfect for an after work cook up!