This Vegan Chickpea Pumpkin Biryani is easy to make, super nutritious and full of flavour. It’s healthy, and colourful enough to brighten up even the dreariest of days!
Why you’ll love this Chickpea Pumpkin Biryani:
- it’s filling and satisfying
- it’s spicy and fragrant
- it’s slightly fruity
- it’s full of nutty chickpeas
- it’s packed with veggies
- it’s easy to make
- it comes together easily in one pot
- it’s ready in 40 minutes
- it’s healthy and nutritious
- it looks impressive
- it’s easy to make in big batches!
How to make this Vegan Chickpea Pumpkin Biryani
Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe.
Fry the onion, garlic and ginger.
Add the spices and fry for a minute until fragrant.
Add the rice and fry for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the pumpkin, chickpeas, cranberries, coriander (cilantro), stock cube (dissolved in a splash of hot water) and salt + pepper, along with the water.
Tip: Make sure to use a measuring jug to measure the amount of water exactly – too much and the rice will be uncooked and hard, too much and it will be watery and soupy.
Tip: If using a stock cube, make sure you’ve dissolved it completely in boiling hot water before adding it to the rice otherwise you’ll end up with clumps of stock in your rice and the flavour won’t be distributed evenly. You can alternatively use liquid stock.
Bring to the boil and keeping a lid over it, turn down the heat and cook for 15 minutes.
Once cooked, turn off the heat and keep the lid on for another 5 minutes.
Substitutions you can make to this recipe:
- you can use any type of oil: coconut oil, vegetable oil, rapeseed oil, olive oil
- you can substitute the dried cranberries with raisins, dried sour cherries or chopped dates
- you can substitute the pumpkin with butternut squash or sweet potato
- you can substitute the chickpeas with white beans or black beans
- you can add any vegetables you like: French (green) beans, green peas, spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower etc.
How long does this Vegan Biryani keep for?
This Biryani keeps covered in the fridge for up to a few days. You can reheat it until piping hot in a dry frying pan with a lid, or in the microwave.
How to serve this Vegan Biryani
This Biryani is delicious by itself, but would also be delicious served with any of the following dishes:
More vegan rice recipes:
- Portuguese Tomato Rice
- Miso Brown Rice Soup
- Pumpkin Chestnut Edamame Risotto
- Yellow Turmeric Rice
- Thai Green Curry Rice
- Mushroom Risotto
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Vegan Chickpea Pumpkin Biryani (GF)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or sub vegetable or rapeseed oil)
- 1 onion , diced
- 2 cloves of garlic , minced
- 1 cm (1/2 inch) ginger , peeled and minced
- 1 heaped teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 300 g (1 1/3 cup) uncooked Basmati rice (or any other long-grain white rice)
- 400 g (14 oz) pumpkin , peeled, deseeded and cut into small cubes (or sub butternut squash or sweet potato)
- 400 g (14 oz) tin of chickpeas , drained and rinsed
- 3 tablespoons (3 tablespoons) dried cranberries (or sub dried sour cherries)
- Handful (Handful) fresh coriander (cilantro) , roughly chopped
- 1 vegetable stock cube (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- Salt + pepper to taste
- Flaked almonds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Heat up the oil in a large pan
- Fry the onion, garlic and ginger for around 10 minutes until softened
- Add the curry powder, cumin, turmeric, paprika and garam masala and fry for a minute until fragrant
- Add the rice and fry for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently
- Add the pumpkin, chickpeas, cranberries, coriander, stock cube (dissolved in a splash of hot water) and salt + pepper, along with 550ml (2 1/3 cup) water
- Bring to the boil and keeping 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, turn off the heat and keep the lid on for another 5 minutes
- Scatter over flaked almonds and pumpkin seeds, if desired
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