Peach and Cashew Biryani | Dorothy Lane Market

Peach and Cashew Biryani

PREP TIME 20 mins
COOK TIME 30 mins
Chef Carrie Walters
  • POSTED Sep 7th, 2021
  • BY Chef Carrie Walters

This recipe is just peachy for summer!


  • 1 cup uncooked green lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp Kosher salt + 1/2 tsp, divided
  • 2 medium summer squash, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick planks
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 2 Tbsp Madras curry powder
  • 5 Tbsp DLM Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • 5 Tbsp coconut oil, divided
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup dried peaches, chopped
  • ¼ cup dried apricots, chopped
  • ¼ cup dried papaya, chopped
  • 4 cups cooked basmati rice
  • cup fresh lemon juice
  • tsp black pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup crispy fried shallots, for garnish


Combine lentils, water, bay leaf, and 1 tablespoon salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook until lentils are tender, 18 to 20 minutes. Drain and cool.
Meanwhile, preheat grill to high (450°F- 550°F).
Toss together squash, red onion, curry powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large bowl.
Place squash and onion on grates; grill, uncovered, turning often, until charred and crisp-tender, about 8 minutes. When cool enough to handle, cut vegetables into bite-size pieces; set aside.
Heat 1/4 cup coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-low. Add cashews and cook, shaking skillet, until sizzling, 7 to 8 minutes.
Add peaches, apricots, and papaya, and cook until fruit is puffy and cashews are golden, about 8 minutes. Drain mixture on paper towels and season with salt.
Place rice in a large bowl and use your hands to break up any clumps.
Drizzle with remaining 1/4 cup oil and remaining 1 tablespoon coconut oil; season with 1 teaspoon salt. Toss to combine.
Gently fold in cooked lentils, squash, red onion, cashews, fruit and lemon juice; season with pepper and remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Fold in cilantro and scallions; garnish with fried shallots (if using) before serving.


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