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Whole 30 Biryani

Whole 30 Biryani

This recipe has 3 components that are prepared separately and come together in the end in layers. It looks like a long process but I swear it is not. Took me about 45 min and that included processing the cauliflower. It does use 3 pans but to me it is worth it for this recipe.

Cauliflower rice layer
2 bags Cauliflower Rice (or 1 medium cauliflower riced in the food processor)
1 tbsp Ghee
1 Bay Leaf
1 Cardamom whole (optional)
1″ Cinnamon Stick
1.       Heat ghee in a pan and add bayleaf, cardamom, and cinnamon stick. Saute for 1 minute on medium and then add cauliflower rice.
2.       Saute cauliflower rice for 2 min.
3.       Add salt and stir for another couple minutes or so. Turn off heat. It will cook again in the last step for 5 min so keep that in mind for the doneness.

Vegetable layer
1 tsp Ghee
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 Cup chopped vegetables (I used orange peppers and broccoli)
1 Medium Onion sliced
2 Large Tomatoes, chopped
2-3 garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp cumin powder  (You can grind whole seeds in a dedicated coffee grinder)
1 tbsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Garam Masala powder
Salt to taste
Chopped Cilantro for garnish
1.       Heat ghee and crackle cumin seeds. Add garlic and saute until fragrant. Add onions and saute until translucent. Now add chopped tomatoes and saute until they get soft.
2.        At this point, add the vegetables. Add the spices - turmeric, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala and salt. Stir and cover with lid and cook until the vegetables are done. Turn off heat and put aside.

Meat layer
Ground turkey 1 lb (you can use other ground meat)
Ghee 1 tbsp
1 Bay Leaf
½ tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tbsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Garam Masala powder
1.       Heat ghee and crackle cumin seeds. Add cardamom and cinnamon stick and saute until fragrant. Add turkey and the spices - turmeric, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala and salt.
2.       Break apart the turkey and cook until it is done. Turn off heat and put aside.

Final step                                                       
Bring out the pan with the cauliflower rice and spread evenly with a spatula. Follow this with a layer of turkey. Top this layer with vegetables. Cover with the lid and cook in low for 5 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves and serve.


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