Mung Dal Chawal Biryani ~ Vegan Tami

Hello everyone, this is Vegan Tami bringing you my first Vegan recipe.  I chose this recipe because it is simple, doesn’t require an overnight soak of beans and can be made in about 30 to 40 minutes.

So lets started.  Below will be a list of ingredients you will need for this One Pot Indian Meal.

!!!!Warning this meal is spicy but oh so freaking good!!!!

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Rice & Lentil Component

  • 1 cup basmati rice (white / brown)
  • 1 cup red/orange lentils (soaked in hot water for 15 minutes then rinsed)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cardamom pod, extract seeds
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt

Biryani Component

  • 2 tsp coconut / extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 knob of ginger grated
  • 2 large cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 2 cups of chopped collard greens (or a green of your choice)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 saffron strands (saffron can be expensive and is not necessary if you can’t find it)
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro (garnish)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (garnish)

Alright Let's Do This

Let’s Get Started:

  1. After soaking and rinsing the rice and lentils place them in a pan with the water and spices and salt of the Lentil & Rice component.  Cook at a medium heat until the rice and lentils are tender, usually about 10 to 15 minutes.  **Warning.  If you cook the Lentils too long they will become mushy.
  2. In a separate pan / wok, over a medium heat add oil and onions and cook for 5 minutes.  Add ginger, garlic, cinnamon stick, cloves and peppercorns.  Cook until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add chopped greens, garam masala, red pepper flakes, and cayenne.  Mix and cook for a few minutes letting the oil & spices coat your green.  Add coconut milk, salt and saffron.  Mix and cook for another 5 minutes until the greens wilt slightly.
  4. Add chopped greens, garam masala, red pepper flakes, and cayenne.  Mix and cook for a few minutes letting the oil & spices coat your green.  Add coconut milk, salt and saffron.  Mix and cook for another 5 minutes until the greens wilt slightly.
  5. Add the rice and lentils to your greens, mix slightly then add lemon and cilantro.  Taste and add more salt if needed and you are done!!!

Ready, Serve, Enjoy

This meal should serve 4 to 6 people unless you have a big hungry husband like mine, then it only serves 3.  I hope you enjoy this dish.  My next vegan recipe will be posted next week.  Please feel free to leave your feedback or suggestions below.

Till next time.  Hugs, Kisses and Healthy Eating,

~ Vegan Tami

About the author

Tami is a mother of 7 children and Jedah (Grandmother) to 5. Inspired by her daughter, Krystal, she decided to go natural in April of 2016. Tami wanted to learn to love her natural hair, her body and herself more completely. Soon after in May of 2016 she decided to go vegan in an effort to take her natural journey even further. She is an avid believer in supporting black business and even created her own company with the desire that her accounting and graphic services would assist these businesses in owning and sustaining their businesses for the long haul. Tami is also a lover of history, ancient cultures and is addicted to travel. She has been accused of being an over sharer when it comes to social media but having her Masters of Science in Internet Marketing, sharing is just how she lives her life. She wants other people to see the world through her eyes and know that we can all do anything we want if we just try.

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