This Chickpea Pumpkin Biryani is easy to make, super nutritious and full of flavour. It’s so much healthier than ordering a takeaway, and is colourful enough to brighten up even the dreariest of days!
It can be enjoyed as a weeknight dinner, but is also a really handy dish to make if you have guests over, as it’s really easy to double or triple the ingredients and make a huge batch of it.
It’s also vegan and gluten-free, so it caters for a wide variety of dietary requirements too!
The nutty flavour of the protein-rich chickpeas pairs wonderfully with the beautifully tender and silky pumpkin, while the cranberries add little juicy bursts of sweetness and the flaked almonds and pumpkin seeds add an interesting crunchy texture.
I like to use kabocha pumpkin (a Japanese variety of squash) for this recipe, as it’s sweeter than other types of pumpkin or squash and has a softer, silkier texture. But don’t worry if you can’t get hold of it, normal pumpkin or butternut squash works fine too!
This Chickpea Pumpkin Biryani would be delicious served with a fruity salad such as:
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This Chickpea Pumpkin Biryani is easy to make, super nutritious and full of flavour.
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or sub vegetable or rapeseed oil)
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cm ginger, minced
- 1 heaped teaspoon curry powder, to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1 1/2 cups Basmati rice
- 1 small pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cut into small cubes
- 400 g (14oz) tinned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- Handful of dried cranberries (or sub dried sour cherries)
- 1 vegetable stock cube (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- Handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
- Flaked almonds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Fresh coriander, roughly chopped
Heat up the oil in a large pan
Fry the onions until soft and slightly caramelised (takes around 10 minutes)
Add the garlic, ginger, curry powder, cumin, tumeric, paprika, garam masala and fennel seeds, and fry until fragrant
Add the rice and fry for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently
Add the pumpkin, chickpeas, cranberries and stock cube (dissolved in a little hot water) and enough water to lightly cover everything
Bring to the boil, place a lid over it, turn down the heat and cook for about 15 minutes (until all the water has been dissolved by the rice and the pumpkin is soft)
Once cooked, scatter over the fresh coriander, and keep the lid on for another 5 minutes
To serve, scatter over flaked almonds, pumpkin seeds and more fresh coriander
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