Spinach, Sweet Potato and South African Raisin Biriyani

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This vegan-friendly Indian-style rice dish is bursting with flavours – so good that everyone will enjoy it – vegan, vegetarian or otherwise!

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Serves 4


500g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
1 large red onion, sliced into thin wedges
2tbsp olive or vegetable oil
150g basmati rice
1tsp cumin seeds
30g pine nuts
Generous pinch garlic salt (or regular salt)
Freshly ground black pepper
80g South African raisins
400g can green lentils in water, rinsed and drained
2tsp medium curry powder
50g young spinach leaves

To finish:

4tbsp dairy-free yogurt
Fresh coriander sprigs
Thinly sliced red chilli


Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan oven 180°C, Gas Mark 6.

Put the sweet potatoes and red onion into a large, deep roasting tin. Add the oil and toss to coat. Transfer to the oven and roast for 20 minutes, or until the sweet potato is just tender.

Meanwhile, cook the rice in lightly salted simmering water for 10-12 minutes, until tender. Rinse with cold water and drain well.

Add the cumin seeds, pine nuts and garlic salt to the sweet potato mixture. Season with black pepper and return to the oven for 5 minutes.

Tip the raisins, cooked rice and lentils into the roasting tin and stir in the curry powder. Add the spinach leaves and stir them through the mixture. Return to the oven for a further 10 minutes until heated through. Share between 4 serving plates and serve topped with yogurt, coriander sprigs and red chilli.

Cook’s tips:

*If you’re not vegan use regular dairy yogurt – Greek-style is good.
*Like it hotter? Add a deseeded and thinly sliced red chilli with the onion.
*You could use ground cumin instead of seeds, adding it with the curry powder.
*Try using a can of chick peas instead of green lentils.

Nutritional Values Per 100g Per serving (400g)
Energy KJ 478 1912
Calories Kcal 114 456
Fat 4.75g 19g
(of which saturates) 0.6g 2.5g
Carbohydrate 14.25g 57g
(of which sugars) 8.25g 33g
Protein 2.5g 10g
Salt 0.025g 0.1g