Daily Archives: September 25, 2009

Home Made Biryani Masala

Avoid using commercial spices because they contain artificial colours and preservatives which are sometime injurious to health, they can be a cause food poisoning and direa. So try to make these special masalas at your place …

FOR 1 kg meat and 2 cups of rice

Ingredients:

POWDER

  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbspns red chilli powder
  • 1 tbspn ginger powder
  • 1 tbspn garlic powder
  • A handful of fried dehydrated onions
  • 2 tbspns of cumin seeds
  • 4 dried curry leaves
  • 1 tbspn nigella seeds (kalonji)
  • ½ tbspn turmeric powder
  • 2 tbspn whole dry coriander
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • 1 tspn methi dana
  • 1 piece of cinnamon 4cm
  • 6 – 8 cloves
  • 1/2 tspn amchur powder

WHOLE GARAM MASALA

  • A piece of cinnamon stick
  • 2 cardamoms green
  • 1 star spice
  • 4 black cardamom
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 2 curry leaves
  • 1 bay leaf

FOOD FLAVOURS

  • 4 tbspns Lemon juice
  • Few drops of Kewra essence
  • Few drops of aniseed essence

Procedure:

-Combine all the ingredients give for powder in a spice blender and blend into powder.

-Now combine this powder and whole garam masala and use.

Chef’s Advice:

I will advise you to keep powdered masala and whole masala separately, because whenever I cook Biryani, I add whole masala first into oil to infuse all the flavours and then powdered masala when cooking my tomatoes.

Lemon juice can be used as citric acid, obviously you don’t have chemistry lab at home. And kewra is the special kind of essence that is used to give a unique Biryani flavour. So don’t forget it.

In all my Biryani recipes, I have written Whole garam masala, if you are using this recipe of biryani masala then avoid that one.

This is a very simple biryani masala, you can adjust the hotness by adding red chilli flakes or red chilli powder.

This recipe is for basic biryani, more biryani masala recipes are now there.