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Lentil and Vegetable Biryani
Yield: 6 servings

125 g brown or green lentils
4 tablespoons vegetable ghee or oil
2 onions; quartered and sliced
2 cloves garlic; sliced
1 2.5 cm cube ginger root; finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3 tomatoes; skinned and chopped
1 aubergine; cut in 1 cm pieces
1.75 litres boiling vegetable stock
1 green or red pepper; seeded and diced
350 g basmati rice; soaked for 30 minutes
125 g green beans; topped, tailed, halved
250 g cauliflower florets
125 g mushrooms; sliced
60 g unsalted cashews
3 hard boiled eggs; shelled
coriander sprigs; to garnish

Rinse the lentils under cold running water and drain. Heat the
ghee or oil in a saucepan, add the onions and fry gently for 2
minutes. Stir in the garlic, ginger and spices and fry gently for
1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in the lentils, tomatoes,
aubergine and 600 ml of the stock. Cover and simmer gently for 20
minutes. Add the red or green pepper and cook for a further 10
minutes or until the lentils are tender and all the liquid has been
absorbed.

Drain the rice and put in another pan with the remaining stock.
Bring to the boil, add the green beans, cauliflower and mushrooms,
then cover and cook gently for 15 minutes or until the rice and
vegetables are tender. Remove from the and leave to stand for 10
minutes, covered. Add the lentil mixture and the cashews to the
cooked rice and mix lightly. Pile on to a warm serving platter and
garnish with wedges of hard-boiled egg and coriander sprigs. Serve
hot.

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