Vegetarian biryani with pineapple

Cooking time: 15 min. / 20 min.Difficulty: easy


I met a couple who owned a hidden small restaurant somewhere in a palm tree wood. They taught me a few fantastic recipes, this vegetarian pineapple biryani included. It is important to use basmati rice and if you have a pineapple extract too, it will bring the dish to a higher level. Still, it is yummy without it as well ;)


Rinse rice in cold water to remove starch and cook in salted water. Do not cook it completely, just that is ready from about 4/5. Good thing is to use rice cooked from the day before.

Meanwhile cook vegetable till soft in salted water. Start with carrot, then add potatoes and beans. When it is soft, set aside. Do not pour the water out. 

Heat up 1-2 tbs ghee in a kadai pan, add green chilies, ginger and garlic. Stir and in about 1 minute add 2/3 of onion.

When it gets glassy, add turmeric, coriander, chili powder, cooked vegetable with the water too and tomatoes. Stir constantly and fry about 3 minutes. Set aside. 

Heat up 1-2 tbs ghee in a kadai pan again, add cashews, cinnamon and raisins. Fry about 1 minute and add the rest of onion. Stir all the time. 

When the onion gets soft, add pineapple, turmeric for nice yellowish color. Stir in cooked rice and a few drops of pineapple essence. Warm up a few minutes, stir all the time. When it is warm, make sure the rice is well done, remove from stove and serve. 

Serve the way you create a circle of the rice in the middle of a plate, then put heap of the vegetable mix in the middle and cover with more rice. Shape into a nice heap.


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For 4 portions:

  • 0,5 kg basmati rice
  • 2 middle size carrots sliced
  • 3 handful green beans cut on 2 cm pieces
  • 1 large potato diced
  • 2-3 large red onions cut on strings
  • 3-4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2-3 green chilies sliced
  • 2 cm fresh ginger chopped
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tomatos cut on 1/8s
  • 3-4 handful pineapple peeled and cut on small pieces
  • small handful raisins
  • 1/2-1 handful cashew nuts
  • 5 cm cinnamon stick torn on small pieces
  • few drops of pineapple essence
  • 2-3 tbs ghee

Authentic tools needed:

  • rice cooker
  • kadai pan
  • Cinnamon sold from bags in Kumili, India by Authentic World Food
  • Rice growing in Kerala, India by Authentic World Food
  • Cashew nuts, raisins and sugar sold in Delhi, India by Authentic World Food