Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Chicken Biryani ~ a treat to senses!

Well having decided on Rice items for this week, sure has me in a fix! Have been breaking my head for rice dishes not using the whole rice as such. Now this is really a tough job, when I think that we South Indians, atleast can't think of rice without actually having it as such for lunch and dinner! Hubby dear, for one, sure used to love rice. For him, if I don't make rice for a meal, he used to feel it was incomplete! Thank God, he has come out of that zone, now he can't think of eating rice at nights. We sure have come a long way when we think of our attachment to rice and its varieties. But yes, it does feel good to dig into a well done biryani.

In my quest to get the perfect biryani as its in my dear hubby's mind, had me referring quite a lot of cookbooks to get the perfect one! He says I have done it, but not sure if I can meet his memories of childhood fantasy! I am sure if that place can't for now! That's the hold our memories have on us right! Anyway this version of yet another type, was good to enjoy on a Sunday lunch. It sure was tasty, though its been a while since I made this!

Ingredients Needed:

Basmati Rice - 450 gms
Chicken - 500 gms
Onions - 100 gms
Tomato - 50 - 60 gms
Mint leaves - a few springs
Ghee - 100 gms
Coriander leaves - 1/4 bunch
Ginger - 5 gms
Green Chilis - 5 gms
Garlic - 3 flakes
Curds - 225 gms
Red Chili powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Turmeric a pinch
Cardamom, Cloves, Cinnamon - 5 gms
Bay leaf - 1
Shahi Jeera - 1/4 tsp

Roasted Cashew - 8 - 10 whole

Method to prepare:

Wash, cut the chicken into small pieces. Chop the onions, coriander and mint.

Grind the ginger, garlic, chilies into a fine paste.

Heat ghee and add shahi jeera, Cardamom, Cloves, Cinnamon, Bay leaf, then saute onions till golden brown. Then add the ground masala, chili powder, turmeric powder, mint and coriander leaves, Fry for 2 mins. Then add the chopped tomato and fry till it becomes soft.

Once its well done, add the chicken pieces. Brown it for 2 mins, then add 1 cup water, curds and cook with lid for 10 - 15 mins, till you get a thick gravy.

Remove the lid and add the rice with 1 & 1/2 cup water. Simmer for another 10 mins.

Once the 10 mins is done, remove and gently stir. Garnish with finely chopped coriander and roasted Cashews.

This is for my Rice Mela Event.

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Sanghi said...

Hi Srividya, great briyani. Loved it. good work!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

I know how difficult it is to decide on the menu... biriyani looks great and its something no one will deny from having...

Happy cook said...

Oh yes fully agree with you, biriyani is a treat to senses.
This one looks really delicious.
Have not made biriyani for long seeing the pic i feel like having them.

Kitchen Flavours said...

A real treat to senses. Looks scrummy and yummy. Palate looks welcoming.

Lakshmi said...

I have always made biryani with the mix (Parampara), which turns out good. I want to try this version this time. I will let you know how it turns out.
I dont know how to praise you anymore...running out of words. How do you do it? Being a wife, mother of 3 kids(!!), daughter-in-law and a career!! and above all..maintaining such a fantastic blog! ghosh..pls tell me you have more than 2 hands or maybe you have more than 24 hours in a day!

Medhaa said...

the biryani looks perfect i love the color of the biryani. delicious

Shama Nagarajan said...

wow.......tempting to hv a plate immediately...........

Priya said...

Delicious Briyani..my all time favourite..

Cham said...

The plate of biryani is just gorgeous

Varsha Vipins said...

wow..quite an easy breezy biriyani Valli..wats tat ground masala??

Sharmi said...

hey Sri, I am so dissappointed!! I was about to post a nice recipe for rice mela and unfortunately the whole picture folder was somehow deleted. All my effort and many other pics got destroyed:( will try to post before 30th.

srikars kitchen said...

Sounds delicious...

veena said...

Hi Sri..
Biriyani looks simply delicious.

Andhra Flavors said...

hey just i had chicken biryani.

meeso said...

Yum, who wouldn't love a dish like this... Wish I made biryani more often, great pics!

priya said...

I made this yum biryani yesterday and came out too good.except that i messed up with water since my quantities differed from yours....but the final taste was yummy!!
Thanks for the recipe
- Priya

Konkani Foodie said...

The biryani looks delicious. Is it the same as Hyderabadi biryani?? This is the first time I visit your website and I must say you have a great collection of recipes. Thank you for posting the biryani recipe.

Anonymous said...

What is curds

Srivalli said...

Anon Curds is Yogurt

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