Tired of dinner decisions? Enjoy a 14 day trial to our meal plan service, voted #1 by Lifehacker, and reduce your mental load today.

Indian Biryani
with chickpeas / raisins / fried egg

Active: 25 Total: 30

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 a fried egg.
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. 



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
  • Beans, garbanzo (14 oz / 387 g) - 1 can , drained and rinsed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • 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
  • Eggs - 4
  • Hot sauce - for serving


  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. 

  5. Beans - Drain and rinse.

Unlock this meal along with hundreds of smart meal plans and never stress about "What's for dinner?" again

Try for free
Learn More


  1. Heat a wok or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add first part of oil and then onions and ginger. Saute until onions are soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add spice mix and saute for 1 minute more. Add rice, peas, cauliflower, beans and soy sauce and continue cooking until vegetables are heated through and all ingredients are combined.

  2. Stir raisins into rice. Squeeze lime juice over top and set aside, covered to keep warm.

  3. Heat second part of cooking oil in a nonstick pan. Crack eggs into oil and fry to desired doneness (cook on one side for sunny-side up, or flip and cook on both sides). Season eggs with some salt and pepper.

  4. Divide rice between serving plates and top with fried eggs. Serve with cilantro on top, extra lime wedges on the side and hot sauce, if you'd like. Enjoy!



0 reviews