Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Carrot – 2
Cauliflower – 1/2
Potatoes -2
Cinnamon Sticks -2
Cloves -6
Cardamom -8
Bay Leaves -3
Black Cumin – 1 1/2 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste – 2tsp
Mint & Coriander Leaves – 1 cup
Green Chili – 5 nos
Biriyani Masala – 50g pckt ( Any ready made Biriyani Masala Packet)
Yogurt – 4tsp
Fried Onion – 1/2 cup
Basmathi Rice – 3 cups
Cashew nuts and other nuts – as desired
Oil – 4 tbsp
Saffron – a pinch ( Optional)
Step 1:
Cut the Vegetables and Green Chili into a little bigger pieces. Chop Coriander and Mint Leaves.
In a wide open non-stick pan, pour oil, Cinnamon Sticks, Cloves, Cardamom, Bay Leaves , Black Cumin, Ginger Garlic Paste and fry till the raw smell from Ginger Garlic paste is gone.
Add the Vegetables, Salt and fry for few minutes.
Add Mint & Coriander Leaves – 1/2 cup (keep another 1/2 cup for decoration), Green Chili , Biriyani Masala and fry for few minutes.
Add yogurt – 3 tsp and fry this till vegetables are 70 % cooked.
Step 2:
Soak rice in water for about 30 min to 1 hr.
In a Vessel pour some water ( twice the amount of rice measurement), allow it to boil.
While boiling add salt – 1tsp , cloves – 2 nos, shahi jeera- 1/2 tsp,Cardamom – 4 and add rice.
Keep the rice in stove for abt 3-5 min , till the rice is cooked 70 %. Dont boil rice more than 3-5 min as it would be cooked very fast.
Strain the water in Food Strainer and keep this rice ready.
Step 3:
Take an another heavy bottom vessel or non-stick vessel, add half the amount of cooked vegetable and add yogurt -1tsp and fry for 2 min.Add cashew nuts and other nuts as u prefer.
Add little salt and mix it. Make this as a bottom layer , Add Fried onion – 1/4 cup above this and add half the amount of the rice as the top layer.
Add the remaining vegetables, fried onion -1/4 cup, Mint & Coriander Leaves and remaining rice as the top layers respectively.
Pour some saffron color water on top at the end . cover the vessel with the lid.
Step 4:
Keep this vessel in an another vessel containing water in the medium flame for about 30-40 min.
Open the lid and mix it. Dont mix it too much as u would lose the texture of Biriyani rice.

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