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Shrimp Biryani

Posted: June 10, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food, Rice
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Biryani is a rice based dish made usually with basmati rice, vegetable or meat and aromatic spices.This is again a dish brought in India by Mughal emperors. Over period of time the dish was assimilated into regional cuisines and there are various variants of Biryani such as Hyderabadi Biryani, Kerala Biryani etc. – each one adapted to region and taste.

Making biryani is an elaborate process but the end result is always worth it. Vegetable biryani is common in my mom’s house. So, whenever she plans to make this dish she would have a long list of ingredients to get from market. Since I eat chicken, I have tried Chicken Biryani in the same way mom does for vegetable biryani. So, I was familiar with this two types of biryani.

Recently, I had Shrimp Biryani at friend’s house and it was super-duper delicious. When she started cooking this for sunday lunch the whole house was filled with delicious aroma and I couldn’t wait for her to finish the dish. It was so delicious and aromatic. So, thought of making this dish at home.

Ingredients:

For Biryani:

  • 15-16 shrimps, deveined and cleaned, tail on
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced and fried

For marinating shrimp:

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt to taste

For Shrimp Masala:

  • 1 large onion, chopped(Blend onion, garlic, ginger and poppy seeds to a fine paste)
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 inch ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped( Make a paste of mint leaves and green chillies)
  • 4 green chillies
  •  1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 tablespoon Biryani masala powder(I have used sanjeev kapoor’s)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 whole pepper corns
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 black cardamom
  • salt to taste

For Rice:

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 whole pepper corns
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 star anise
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon warm milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron strands

Method:

  • Wash the rice in running water until the water turns clear about two to three times. Drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Marinate the shrimp with turmeric powder, lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste and salt for about 30-40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, fry the sliced onions in 1/2 cup of oil until crispy and golden brown. Once down, keep this aside.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet and fry the shrimps for about 5 minutes on low flame. Once done, keep it aside.
  • In the same pan, add the whole spices and when it changes the color, add onions-ginger -garlic -poppy seeds paste and cook until the onions turns brown.
  • Now add crushed tomatoes, salt to taste, turmeric powder, coriander powder, biryani masala and garam masala and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Once the masala is cooked throughly add yogurt and mint leaves-green chillies paste to the masala and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the shrimps and salt to taste. Mix well so that all the shrimps are coated with the cooked masala and cook on a low flame for 4-5 minutes.Remove from heat and keep it aside.
  • In a separate pan heat 2 tablespoons of butter and fry the bay leaves, whole black pepper corns, cloves and add rest of the whole spices.
  • Add the rice and stir fry for about 2-3 minutes. Add 2 cups of water and mix well. Put the lid on the pan and let it cook for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and the rice is almost done on a low flame. Once the rice is done, pour saffron mixture on top and gently fluff the rice with a fork.
  • Add the cooked rice on top of the shrimp masala and mix everything together. Also, add the fried onions to the biryani.
  • Cover the dish and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Once done garnish the biryani with coriander leaves to serve.
  • Serve with cucumber raita and salad.
  • And enjoy!

Kundri Rice

Posted: May 20, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Everyone’s loves one pot meal and I am not an exception. I am always in search of delicious and easy one pot meal with minimal ingredients. So, recently while blog hopping, I came across this delicious tendali bhaat on Cinnamon n Chillies which I have bookmarked. Tendali (Ivy gourd) or Kundri is one of the most favorite veggie in our home which is very simple to make and have wonderful taste. I had a friend staying with us last week, she gave me this idea as well to make this delicious tendali rice. In a weeks time I have already made this twice and hence you can imagine how easy and tasty it is:

Ingredients:

  • 2  1/2 cups cooked basmati rice
  • 1/2 pound kundri/ivy gourd, slit in four pieces, length wise
  • 1 medium white onion, sliced
  • 4 green chillies, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 3 tablespoon tamarind pulp
  • 1/4 cup  peanuts
  • 2 tablespoon Channa dal, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil plus 1/2 teaspoon

Method:

  • In a pan, heat one teaspoon of oil, add peanuts, fry them until they turn light brown. Remove from the pan to a plate, keep them aside.
  • In the same pan, heat another 2 tablespoon of oil over medium high heat, add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds pop, add the green chillies, soaked Channa dal and sliced onions. Stir fry until onions are lightly brown.
  •  Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder with salt, stir.  Let it cook on medium heat for a couple of minutes.
  •  Then add the kundri/tenali/ivy gourd to the onion masala mixture. Stir and cover until the ivy gourd is cooked, but crisp.
  •  Add the tamarind pulp, stir to mix well , cover the pan and cook  until all the tamarind pulp is absorbed by the veggies.
  •  Now add the cooked basmati rice and fried peanuts to the pan and gently mix everything together.
  • Take off the heat and serve hot.

Enjoy!!