Tahiree Vegetable and Rice Casserole

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Tahiree Vegetable and Rice CasseroleRecipe

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

This ancient dish traces its roots to India's Kayastha community, who developed it as a unique variation of biryani. In tahiree, rice and other elements cook together, while biryani rice is cooked separately and then layered with meat and vegetables. Saran uses Royal Chef's Secret basmati--available at Asian markets--because it has the longest grain. He fluffs gently with a carving fork to keep grains intact.

Serves 16 (serving size: 1 cup)


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1/4 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon cracked peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
9 cardamom pods
6 whole cloves
3 bay leaves
3 dried red chiles de arbol
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 1/4 pounds cauliflower florets (about 1/2 large head)
2 large red potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 (12-ounce) sweet potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 cups basmati rice
1 cup frozen petite green peas
4 cups water
1 teaspoon roasted ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garam masala


Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 55 Minutes

1. Combine first 9 ingredients in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat; cook, stirring frequently, about 2 1/2 minutes or until cumin browns. Add onion and 1 teaspoon salt; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in cauliflower, potatoes, and turmeric; reduce heat to medium, and cook 1 minute. Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Stir in peas and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Stir in ground cumin, garam masala, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt; cover and cook 20 minutes. Turn off heat; let stand 5 minutes. Fluff and serve immediately.

Created date

August 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 172
Fat 3.8 g
Satfat 0.3 g
Monofat 2.2 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 4 g
Carbohydrate 31 g
Fiber 3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 279 mg
Calcium 32 mg