Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Biryani with Tomato Raita

I made a paleo version of  this Indian dish and it was a huge success at our house. Loved all the flavors! It seems like there’s a lot of ingredients but it’s mainly spices. IMG_2780

Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Biryani with Tomato Raita
Serves: 6 servings
  • Chicken Biryani
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of ginger, grated using a microplane
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ¾ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¾ to 1 teaspoon of cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
  • 3 chicken breast, cooked and cubed
  • 1½ teaspoon or more salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1 cup of shredded zucchini
  • ¼ cup peas (optional)
  • 1 recipe of cauliflower rice
  • Raita
  • ½ cup of sour cream or greek yogurt or non-dairy alternative
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • ½ cucumber, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger, grated using a microplane
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic, grated using a microplane
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cashews, dry toasted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Chicken
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. When hot, add cumin, bay leaves and clove and cook for a minute or until fragrant. Add sliced onion and a pinch of salt and cook for 4 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and ginger and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes or until onion is golden.
  4. Add the ground spices and mix in, cook for half a minute. Add chicken, ½ teaspoon salt, garlic powder, veggies and mix in. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the veggies are al dente.
  5. If using peas add them here and cook for a minute.
  6. Remove the bay leaf when it's ready.
  7. Tomato Raita
  8. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, this sauce is amazing so you can easily double it. Taste adjust salt if needed. Garnish with chopped tomatoes, a dash of cumin and cayenne.
  9. Serve the chicken biryani with cauliflower rice and raita.


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