About this recipe: A speedier version of the classic Indian dish - basmati rice is lightly fried with cumin, cloves and onion, then simmered with garam masala, chilli powder and frozen mixed vegetables.
It was quick and easy to prepare, however it was very bland. I used 2 teaspoons of hot chilli powder. If I were to try it again I would add at least double this amount, along with some garlic. - 14 Aug 2009
Haven't made it yet but felt bad for the low rating. I am planning to combine it with several other versions to make vegetarian biryani for myself and also use it as a base chicken biryani for my husband. This recipe will, in fact, be VERY helpful! - 08 Jan 2011
This turned out horribly. I followed the directions word for word. Here's my thoughts on where it went wrong: 1) Too much garam masala. This has to be some horrible mistype on amount. 2 Tbsp is just entirely too much. 2) Soaking the rice for 30 minutes is too long. This causes the rice to be too brittle. It should be soaked for around 10 mins. 3) Simmering frozen vegetables for 20 minutes turns them into mush. 20 minutes would probably be fine for fresh. I'll shoot to find another recipe. - 27 Oct 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)