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Lemon-Almond Biryani

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  • Servings:

    Serves 8 as an appetizer
  • Prep Time:

    10 minutes
  • Cook Time:

    37 minutes


1 1/2 cups brown basmati rice
1/2 cup green or brown lentils
3/4 tsp. turmeric
3 1/2 cups water
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1/3 cup fresh mint, minced
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
2 tsp. fresh lime juice
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom (found in Organic & Natural)
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1 medium carrot, shredded
1/4 cup dried currants
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
Lemon-Almond Biryani


1. In a medium saucepan, combine rice, lentils, turmeric, and water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover and reduce heat to maintain a simmer until rice and lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together yogurt, mint, ginger, and lime juice; cover and refrigerate.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add almonds and pumpkin seeds and heat until browned and fragrant, about 4 to 6 minutes, stirring often. Stir in cumin, cardamom, and cayenne. Cook 30 seconds, then remove from heat.
4. Stir nut mixture, shredded carrot, currants, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper into rice mixture. Transfer to a large bowl and serve with yogurt sauce on the side.
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, January - February 2012


Nutritional Facts
Servings Serves 8
Base Nutrients
Calories 270 kcal (14%)
Calories from Fat 72 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 8 g (12%)
Saturated Fat 2 g (8%)
Cholesterol 5 mg (2%)
Sodium 110 mg (5%)
Total Carbohydrates 42 g (14%)
Dietary Fiber 5 g (20%)
Protein 10 g (17%)
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C n/a
Calcium n/a
Iron n/a