Preparation / Directions:
Heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the onion, garlic, and red or green pepper for 5 minutes. Add the rice and stir until it is coated with oil.
Add the ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes.
Add the boiling water. As soon as the water returns to a boil, add the green beans, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, potato, and peas. Cover and gently simmer the mixture for 45 minutes, until rice is tender.
Immediately before serving, heat the remaining tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the nuts until they are slightly toasted. Sprinkle over biryani.
Comments: Biryani is a form of rice pilaf from northern India. It is a treasure chest of vegetables, spices, and nuts. This version is made with brown rice.