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Indian Biryani
with ground turkey / cauliflower / raisins

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min

Biryani is a classic Indian rice dish that is flavored with spices and vegetables. Our version includes raisins for a unique hint of sweetness and is topped with yogurt for a creamy finish.
Smarts: This dish uses the same spice mix and leftover rice from earlier in the week to save you time, but different cooking techniques make this a totally different meal than Monday's.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Indian Spice Mix:
  • Curry powder, mild - 2 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric, ground (opt) - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Chili powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/4 tsp
Indian Biryani:
  • Onions, medium - 1/2, chopped
  • Ginger, fresh - 1/2 tsp, grated
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Cilantro - 1 Tbsp, leaves torn
  • Peas, frozen or canned - 1 cup
  • Cauliflower florets, frozen - 12 oz
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Turkey, ground - 1 lb (dark meat preferred)
  • Indian spice mix (ingredients listed separately) - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Cooked basmati rice (leftover from Monday) - ~3 cups
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
  • Raisins, golden - 1/3 cup
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - for serving
  • Hot sauce - for serving

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Prep

  1. Make Indian spice mix - (Skip if spice mix was made on Monday.) Combine curry powder, garam masala, turmeric, salt, chili powder and cumin. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Ginger - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Limes / Cilantro - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. Peas / Cauliflower - Prep as directed. For frozen, defrost briefly in the microwave.

Make

  1. Heat a wok or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add first part of oil and then turkey to heated oil. Saute until turkey is nearly all cooked. Add half the spice mix and continue to saute until spices are fragrant and turkey is cooked. Set turkey aside and return wok to heat.
  2. Add second part of cooking oil and then onions and ginger. Saute until onions are soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add remaining half of spice mix and saute for 1 minute more. Add rice, peas, cauliflower and soy sauce and continue cooking until rice is heated through and all ingredients are combined.
  3. Stir turkey and raisins into rice. Squeeze juice from a few lime wedges over the top.
  4. Serve rice topped with cilantro, yogurt and hot sauce, if you'd like. Enjoy with extra lime wedges on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (126)
Gluten-free (8)
Paleo (7)
Vegetarian (34)

58 reviews

Fantastic! I doubled the spices and it was perfect. Cauliflower was a great flavor and texture, but steam it before adding to the mixture next time. I soaked the basmati rice for a few hours before cooking it, and then I stuck it in the fridge to mimic "leftover" rice. Ground turkey and raisins were great additions!

By: Esther
Posted: Dec 19, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We loved this meal. We didn’t make any changes to it except left off the cilantro because I’m not a fan. So good!

By: Addie
Posted: Jul 23, 2018
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

I was surprised by how well this turned out. I was a little worried about the raisins, however that really helped make the dish. As others suggested, I also doubled the spices.

By: Julia
Posted: Feb 20, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I loved this!

By: Betsy
Posted: Feb 06, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was fast, easy, & tasty. Didn't bother with the eggs - felt like the chickpeas provided sufficient protein. I used fresh cauliflower and steamed it in the microwave for 3 minutes prior to adding it to the rice & it was just right. Raisins add nice sweetness.

By: Lindsey
Posted: Jun 14, 2017
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Next time we're going to add it pistachios or cashews.

By: Kate
Posted: Apr 28, 2017
Diet: Vegetarian
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