I recently realized that I haven’t cooked anything curry for a long time– not since I had a spinach dal fiasco in the fall. But in general I love cooking with curry, so I decided to revisit a recipe for Vegetable Biryani I made last winter and recalled as being really, really good. It’s a curried basmati rice dish with lentils, cauliflower, carrots, peas, and raisins. However, this time I had to make a few changes, which including using curry powder instead of curry paste, and broccoli instead of cauliflower (plus I added in red pepper and mushrooms I needed to use up.) As a result, the curry flavour wasn’t the same, and the broccoli was overcooked and an unappetizing shade of green. Actually, somehow everything ended up overcooked, so I ended up with mushy rice and vegetables– yuck. And silly me, recalling how good it was, made the full recipe– which ended up about 6 servings. I seem to have a problem with excess boring leftovers.
As a result of the ugly nature of my meal, I didn’t take any pictures. But I do encourage you to try it for yourself– just use curry paste and cauliflower, and it will be delicious. If you have a latent desire to use lentils, it is a great place to try them. It’s also a great way to go vegan for a meal. And unless you are a total raisin-hater, don’t leave them out– surprisingly, they are the best part. I cut the recipe out of my gramma’s magazine, you can find it here.
Despite my issues, Chai approved of the use of broccoli.
Do you like curry? Have you had any recent ingredient substitution disasters?