South African Vegetable Biryani

South African Vegetable Biryani Category Beans and Grains 
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Ingredients
3eachonions, sliced
4tablespoonghee
6eachchili peppers, crushed into a paste OR 2 ts cayenne
1eachginger, 2 inch piece
10eachgarlic cloves
1/2cuplentils, dried
1/2poundgreen peas, shelled
1/2poundcarrots, chopped
1/2poundgreen beans, chopped
3eachtomatoes, chopped
6eachwhole cloves
1eachcinnamon stick, 4 inch piece
6eachcardamom pods, crushed
1teaspoonturmeric
3eachsprigs mint, pounded OR 1/2 ts dried mint
2cuplong grain white rice
6eachpotatoes, chopped
2teaspoonsalt

Directions:

In a large, heavy skillet, fry the onions in the ghee until golden. With a slotted spoon, remove 1/3 of the slices & set aside. Add to the pot, the ginger, garlic & chili paste. Fry for 5 or 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the lentils, peas, carrots & beans. Reduce heat & cook for 15 minutes. Add more ghee if necessary.

Add tomatoes, spices & mint. Stir for 5 minutes. Pour in 1 cup of very hot water, cover & simmer until the vegetables are half-cooked.

Add the rice, potatoes, salt & another 4-5 cups of hot water. Cover & cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is done & the water is absorbed. Garnish with the reserved onion slices.

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