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Vegetable Biryani

Posted: August 30, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Recipe Yields: 5-6 servings

Vegetable Biryani

Who does not love to have this kind of rich and elegant food in their menu once in while. I said once in while because as every one know making Biryani is little bit time-consuming compared to the rest of foods. Especially on weekends it’s really difficult to put together such things as we are running around, cleaning, shopping and what not. Also, weekends are the only time when you will feel like having such kind of meal. At least at my house my mom would make this biryani which is just Heavenly, on weekends. When we all sit together and can enjoy this delicious Biryani.
Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

So, here goes the recipe:
Ingredients:
  • 1 medium-sized white onion,cut in slices
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 1/2 cup green beans, cut diagonally into long strips
  • 1 beet root, peeled, cut in Julienne
  • 1 carrot, peeled, cut in Julienne
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, cut in slices
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 4 green chillies, deveined and cut in strips
  • 1 teaspoon chilli Powder
  • 4 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 large tomato, cut in big chunks
  • 1 tablespoons turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts and cashews in oil
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 dried bay leaves
  • Salt to taste

For cooking rice:

  • 2 1/2 cups basmati  rice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1  tablespoon oil
  • 2 bay dried bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

Directions

  • Wash basmati rice, drained and keep it aside for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan over medium heat and add thinly sliced onions followed by ginger, garlic, green chillies and cook until onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes or so.
  • Add all the veggies starting from cauliflower, beans, peas, carrots and then beet roots and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, salt to taste. Cook the veggies for 5-6 minutes or until they are slightly tender.
  • Garnish with some of cilantro/coriander leaves. Once done keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add cumin seeds, bay leaves and let it get slighty brown and then add the soaked rice, salt and stir well so that each of the rice grain gets coated with oil.
  • Add 4 cups of water and cover the lid and cook for 1 whistle.
  • Let the cooker cool down and then open the lid.

For assembling Biryani:

  • Take a deep pan with a lid on it, heat the pan with 1 tablespoon of butter and spread all under the pan after it gets melted.
  • First spread a layer of rice under the bottom of pan, followed by layer of veggies, sprinkle chopped coriander, cashews , peanuts and dried cranberries on top.
  • Repeat it again with the layer of rice , followed by veggies , coriander leaves, peanuts, cashews and cranberries. The top most layer should be of rice, sprinkle all leftover coriander leaves, peanuts, cashews and cranberries .
  • Cover the lid of the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes. Let it rest for sometime and serve.
  • Serve with raita and salad.

Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

One more closer look of the biryani..

Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani

Cucumber/Khira Raita

Posted: May 15, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Cucumber/Khira Raita

Raita is salty cooling side dish made with yogurt and can served with anything. Raita is made in many ways  using cucumber, boondi’s, beetroot etc..the most common raita at my house is cucumber/khira raita which is easy to make yet delicious with roti’s, biryani and paratha’s as side dish. Always serve freshly prepared raita and it has to be chilled. Basically it is used to cool the palate when having spicy indian food.

Cucumber raita

Cucumber raita

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cucumber, grated
  • 2 cups yogurt, add some water for watery consistency
  • Red chilli powder to taste
  • Salt to taste

PREPARATION:

  • Grate cucumber and keep it aside.
  • Take a bowl, add yogurt and some water and mix it well.  Now to the yogurt add coarsely grated cucumber, salt , chilli powder and freshly ground black pepper and stir in well and the raita is ready.
  • Chill the raita at least for 30-40 minutes so that the flavours combine.
  • While serving sprinkle red chilli powder and a slice of cucumber on top of the raita, serve with your main course and enjoy.

Chicken Biryani

Posted: May 14, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Chicken Biryani

Every home in india knows how to make biryani and everyone has different ways to make it by using the same spices. At my home everyone is vegetarian except me, so my mom obviously make vegetable biryani with lots of veggies. She makes vegetables and rice separately; then layer them resulting in a dish of the contrasting flavors of rice and intensely flavored sauce of vegetables in one vessel. Serve with raita and salads.  Biryani making is a long process but the result is worth it and also we make biryani only on some occasions or if some one is visiting so it’s all worth. So i have followed the same recipe instead of vegetables I used chicken.

Chicken biryani

Chicken biryani

Recipe Yields: 5-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 medium-sized chicken, cut into pieces.
  • 1 tablespoons chilli Powder
  • 4 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 large white onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 1 tablespoons ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander powder
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon chilly flakes
  • 2 green chillies, seeded and minced
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • Salt to taste.

For cooking rice:

  • 3 cups basmati  rice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 strands of saffron
  • 1 teaspoon warm milk
  • 2  tablespoon oil
  • 1 bay dried bay leave, tear into two pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves

Directions

  • Marinate the Chicken pieces in salt, turmeric powder and chilli powder for 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash basmati rice, drained and keep it aside for about 20-25 minutes.
  • In one tablespoon of warm milk, soak strands of saffron and wait till it turns yellow and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker over medium heat and add cumin seeds and let it get brown, add bay leaves, rice and salt, stir in well to coat all rice grains with oil. Pour in water and pressure cook, once done keep it aside.
  • Pour soaked saffron on the rice and gently mix all together once.
  • In a dutch oven heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the cinnamon sticks and dried bay leaves.
  • Add thinly sliced onions cook and stir until translucent, about 5 minutes or so. Stir in the minced garlic,ginger, green chillies and the crushed chilli flakes. Cook until the onions turns brown in color, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, salt to taste. cook another 5 minutes covering the lid.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the sauce; mix properly to coat all the pieces.
  • On medium heat cook the chicken about 6-7 minutes.
  • Then add water to make some gravy and cover the lid and cook until the chicken is no longer pink near the bone, about 30 minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro/coriander leaves.

For assembling Biryani:

  • Take a deep pan with a lid on it, heat the pan with 1 tablespoon of butter and spread all under the pan after melting.
  • First spread a layer of rice under the bottom of pan, followed by layer of chicken, sprinkle chopped coriander, cashews and golden raisins on top.
  • Repeat it again with the layer of rice , followed by chicken , coriander leaves, raisins and cashews. The top most layer should be of rice, sprinkle all leftover coriander leaves, raisins and cashews on the top.
  • Cover the lid of the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes. Let it rest for sometime and serve.
  • Serve with raita and salad.

 

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