Sweet And Spicy Blueberry Biryani Rice Salad

Blueberry-BiryaniYields 4-6 Main Course Portions

1 cup (250 ml) – Basmati Rice
2 tbsp (30 ml) – Vegetable Oil
1 tsp (5 ml) – Coriander Seeds
1 tsp (5 ml) – Cumin Seeds
1 tsp (5 ml) – Whole Cloves
1  – Cinnamon Stick
4 – Green Cardamom Pods
1 tbsp (15 ml) – Garam Masala
2 tsp (10 ml) – Turmeric Powder
1 tsp (5 ml) – Ground Black Pepper
½ tsp (2.5 ml) – Salt
2 cups (500 ml) – Water
2 tbsp (30 ml) – Shallot, minced
1 tbsp (15 ml) – Garlic Cloves, minced
1 tbsp (15 ml) – Ginger, minced
1 – Fresh Red Chili, sliced thin
⅓ cup (25 g) – Sliced Almonds, toasted
½ cup (75 g) – Raisins
1  – Lime, juice & zest
¼ cup (10 g)  –  Cilantro, chopped
1 cup (170 g) –  Fresh B.C. Blueberries


  • Begin by rinsing the rice 3 times with cold running water and in a large bowl, drain and set aside.
  • Heat a large sauce pot over medium heat and add in 1 tbsp (15ml) of vegetable oil for 1 minute. Add in the coriander, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom. Toast all spices in the oil for 3 minutes.
  • Add in the rice and cook, stirring until toasted for 1 minute. Add in the garam masala, turmeric, black pepper and salt, then add water, turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil.
  • Turn the heat down to low, cover with a tight fitting lid and let steam until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and let the rice rest covered for 10 minutes before fluffing up with a fork.
  • Heat a small sauté pan over medium with the remaining 1 tbsp (15ml) of oil; add in the shallots, garlic, ginger and sauté for 5 minutes until the mixture is cooked and translucent.
  • Turn the heat down to low add in the chili, almonds, raisins and cook for 1 minute in order for the flavors to come together, turn off the heat.
  • In a large bowl combine together the warm rice, shallot mixture, lime juice, lime zest, fresh cilantro and a pinch of salt & pepper.
  • When the biryani has cooled down for 20 minutes, gently fold in the fresh blueberries.

Created for the BC Blueberry Council by Chef Gurj Dhaliwal