Vegan Masala Basmati Casserole + Exclusive Facebook Contests and Recipes

I haven’t shared an Indian themed recipe in a long, long time. In fact, it took a couple of readers sending me requests before I realized it was about time I jumped back on the masala train and got to preparing some new Indian dishes for the blog. Is it weird that I’ve been enjoying roasted eggplant curry and gluten-free naan nearly every day for the past 5 months and had very little interest in making anything new? It’s just so good… and high in antioxidants, too!

The thing I love most about Indian food is that many dishes can be made in under 30 minutes, require very little preparation, dedication, or mad skill – albeit there are some that don’t fit this criteria (aka masala dosa).

One of my favorite Indian dishes has got to be biryani, egg fried rice. I learned how to make it in India, and shared the recipe with you all here. The biryani I learned how to make; there are so many different versions it’s astounding, had fried rice sandwiched between spicy sauce, wedges of pineapple and a couple of hard boiled eggs. It was good but required a couple of pots and pans and a bit more dedication than I like to commit to when making dinner. (Would you believe that I’m lazy when it comes to feeding myself?)

So, what you should get from all of this is that biryani is awesome but takes to long. Seems only logical that throwing all the ingredients in a casserole dish and letting the oven do the work would do the trick, eh?

Heh, I love cutting culinary corners.

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Vegan Masala Basmati Casserole
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Nut-free
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 6 servings
 
One pot Indian meal filled with the flavors of biryani - fresh vegetables, masala, tender basmati rice, but with minimal prep work.
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, divided
  • 1 cup red onion
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
  • 3 teaspoon ground cumin seeds
  • 1.5 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • pinch of chili (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1½ cup brown basmati rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 medium sweet potato, diced (yield 1 cup)
  • 1 cup small cauliflower florets
  • 1 medium yellow or orange bell pepper, diced (yield 1 cup)
  • ⅓ cup raisins - I used red flame raisins
  • large pinch saffron
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F and lightly oil a deep 2 liter casserole dish with half the coconut oil.
  2. Heat remaining coconut oil over medium-high heat and saute onions for 5 minutes. Add spices and cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the onion mix and remaining ingredients to the prepared casserole dish.
  4. Cover and place in the preheated oven for 75-80 minutes until water is absorbed and rice is tender.
  5. Allow to sit with the lid tight for 5-10 minutes to allow the rice to continue to soften.
  6. Serve alongside additional protein, if required. Can be packaged in air-tight containers and frozen for up to 2 months.
    Notes
    Pump up the protein by adding in cooked lentils or chickpeas before or after cooking. For a non-vegan protein idea, try adding slices of hard boiled egg after the casserole comes out of the oven.

    This recipe makes so much food you’ll most definitely be able to save some for lunch the next day…. and maybe even the next day after that.

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    1. Oooh I get so excited when you post Indian recipes!! This looks like such an easy weeknight dinner and exactly what I want to come home to after a busy day. Headed over to check out your Sweeps section on FB now! :)

    2. Just a heads up – the link in this quote “To locate current Healthful Pursuit Facebook giveaways, all you have to do is head on over to the HP Facebook Page, “like” us, and click on the Sweepstakes tile.” Isn’t working!

      • Organized? I don’t know… haha I just fake it ’till I make it! Thanks though, Averie. It’s been a long time coming, that’s for sure :)

    3. Um, yes, to the reasons why we should all love Indian food. I know a lot of Westerners either love it or hate it (Joseph’s not a huge fan), but I think those Indians really got it right in terms of utilizing spice & plant foods to their maximum capabilities.

      So happy to see this recipe, today! Just what the doctor ordered :).

      • Kevin wasn’t a fan either for a very, very long time. Now we eat it every night without fail. Just kept making the house smell like curry until he caved ;)

    4. mmm…I’m never tried masala, and I bet it smells amazing. I used to hate the smell of curry. I absolutely can’t get enough of curry and chai. I think this looks yummy!

      • Chai is a type of masala so if you like it, I can just about bet you’d love this casserole! Horrah for your taste buds changing ;)

    5. The easiest Masala I have ever saw!! I wish I had a Facebook I would so enter the contest… Maybe some day.. I love the recipe!!!

      • If you have twitter you can enter that way as well, otherwise I do host a couple of giveaways on the blog every now and again.

      • The lentils were an afterthought for me to be honest. No idea where my head was at, sheesh! So yes, throw them in!

    6. I don’t think it’s quite fair to put things (especially recipes) exclusively on Facebook for those of us who aren’t allowed to have them due to work requirements….just saying….

      • Hi Emma – thanks for your comment. I’ve had a lot of messages from those in your similar circumstance so I’ve decided to post the recipe cards on the blog. You can access the cards here: http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/recipe-cards/ the first one was posted this week and each new recipe will be posted every Tuesday. Thanks again for your feedback! :)

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