As I was saying, unexpectedly all my
weekend meals ended up being Biryanis, even though I cooked these over
four different weeks. Until the last moment when I was checking the
dishes, it didn't strike me at all and it was already too late. I
actually had a tiffin prepared, then decided that since one pot meals
were ready, I might as well share these.
This Egg Biryani was
something I have been wanting to cook for a long time. When it comes to
biryanis, its always either Chicken or Vegetables. That day when I had
to cook for others, I thought I might as well make with eggs as they all
like eggs. The masala was almost similar to what I make with minor
Best part was everybody wanted me to click the pictures before they could start eating. So you can imagine the
behind the scenes as I was clicking the pictures. Each one was telling
me how to plate and what else should be used as a prop. I was not able
to include all of them. However I have them saved.
Basmati Rice - 21/2 cups
Water - 3 1/2 cups
Oil - 3 tbsp
Ghee - 3 tsp
Eggs - 8 nos
For the ground Masala
Shallots - 4 -5
Mint leaves - handful
Coriander leaves handful
Green Chilies - 2 medium
Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cloves - 4 -5 nos
Cinnamon - 2"
Bay leaf - 2
Shahjeera - 1/2 tsp
Cardamom - 3 nos
Marati Mogga - 2
Mace - 1
For the Biryani
Onions, julienne - 1 big
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Green Chilies - 3 medium
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder a pinch
Red Chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder -1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Curds - 2 tbsp
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
For the final seasoning
Cashews - 10 nos
Ghee - 2 tsp
How to make Egg Biryani
Boil Egg to hard boil stage and keep it aside.
Wash and soak the rice before you start to make the biryani.
Grind the shallot, herbs and keep it aside.
a non stick pan with oil and ghee, add all the whole spices and saute
well. Then add the onion julienne, and cook on high till the onions turn
Then add the ground masala and continue stirring till
the masala is cooked well. Now add finely chopped tomatoes, along with
turmeric powder and salt. Combine everything and cover with lid and cook
on low flame.
Add the curds and mix well. Add the rest of the
spice powders and cook on slow flame. Mark with knife on the eggs for
the masala to steep in when it gets cooked. Add the shelled eggs to the
When you have cooked the masala for 5 more mins, add
water and bring to boil. Now add drained rice and bring to boil. Roast
the ginger garlic in another pan till well cooked and add to the boiling
Cover with lid and keep another heavy vessel over
this. Keep this cooking pan over a tawa and cook on low flame for 15 -
20s. In the last 5 mins, roast the cashews in ghee and add to the pan.
Cover again and cook for 5 - 10 more mins.
Serve with onion raitha
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