Craving for biryani? But afraid that you might gain some kilos? Then this Pumpkin Biryani Recipe is the one for you! It is full of flavour and gives you the nutritional benefits of all the spices used.
- Take a pan add 1 and half cup water and boil. Add the drained, soaked rice to it along with bay leaves and enough salt to flavor the rice .
- Bring the mixture back to a boil, cover with a tight lid and let the rice steam on the lowest heat setting for 10 min. Turn off the heat and let the rice stand.
- Heat the oil in a pan . Add jeera, cardamoms, cloves. When they begin to turn color, add onions, bell peppers.
- Saute the onions and bell peppers until the onions start to brown.
- Add ginger and garlic along with the green chilies, mint and coriander leaves. Saute for 30 seconds.
- Then add the pumpkin puree and mix well. Cook the pumpkin puree, stirring frequently about 5 min.
- Fluff the cooked rice with a fork .
- Carefully taking care not to break the grains of rice, stir them with the pumpkin mixture to coat evenly.
- Sprinkle on the non dairy milk mixed with saffron threads.
- Cover the pot with a very tight lid and let the biryani steam on a very low heat setting for 15min.
- Turn off the heat and let it stand for another 10 min before opening.
- Sprinkle on some anar seeds and roasted pumpkin seeds as well as spring onions and serve hot.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE PUMPKIN BIRYANI RECIPE
- Pumpkin is high in vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. So, manage your weight while having Pumpkin Biryani!
- Being rich in fiber, the pumpkin biryani recipe will help you feel fuller with just a small quantity of pumpkin.
- Pumpkin is rich in antioxidants that not only help in weight loss, but also reduce the risk of cancer.
- Bay leaf is known to help treat headache caused due to migraine.
- The onions and bell peppers used in preparation of Pumpkin Biryani are a rich source of Vitamin C, which helps build immunity.
- Saffron is a good source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight off the damage caused due to free radicles.
- Boiled rice is naturally gluten-free, so it is suitable for consumption by people having Gluten allergy.
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