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Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani is one of the famous dishes of South Asia, whenever you visit any South Asian restaurant, this is the main rice dish. However the original recipe of biryani is very mild but this is the South Asian Version …

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken 16 pieces
  • 6 tbspns of vinegar/ yogurt
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 medium sized onion sliced
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 2 green chillies julienne
  • 1 recipe homemade biryani masala (1 packet of market bought biryani masala)
  • Few drops of yellow food colour
  • Few drops of kewra (OPTIONAL)
  • ¼ cup oil

WHOLE GARAM MASALA

  • A big cardamom
  • Few cloves
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 curry leaves
  • A pinch of kasoori methi*

Procedure:

-Marinade chicken in vinegar or yogurt and half of the biryani masala for 20 minutes.

-Heat oil and add whole garam masala into it. When cumin seeds begin to splatter add onions and stir fry them until they are golden brown. Add chopped tomatoes and mix.

-Now add rest half of the biryani masala and cook on low heat add chicken and then water. Cover it and let it simmer until the chicken is fully cooked and some gravy remains.

-Boil rice according to the procedure.

-In a thick bottomed vessel spread a layer of rice and then of chicken and then again of rice. Add few drops of yellow food colour and kewra essence, top it with some green chillies and cook it covered on low heat for 2 minutes.

-Mix and serve.

Outcome:

Tasty chicken biryani is ready to serve.

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Tips:

-You can make your own biryani masala by clicking this link or you can use market bought biryani masala.

-See tips for biryani rice on tips page.

Servings:

This will serve 4 persons easily.

Kofta Biryani (Meatball Biryani)

Kofta Biryani is a customised version of Biryani, mostly in Pakistan you get mutton biryani, beef biryani and chicken biryani, so I tried to make something innovative, so here is Kofta Biryani that can also be called meatball biryani. Do try this and I am sure that you are going to love this one …

Believe me this is the world’s tastiest biryani, I am eaing it rite now and the wonderful flavours that are coming are forcing me to eat it more, its lovely, do do do try this if you realy want to enjoy your day …

Ingredients:

RICE

  • 1 ½ cups of basmati rice
  • Water to soak and boil
  • Few drops of yellow colour
  • Few strands of saffron

FOR MEATBALL MASALA

  • 6 – 8 meatballs
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • Few cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 green cardamom
  • 1 black cardamom
  • Few curry leaves
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • 2 – 4 cloves
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 3 tbspns yogurt
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 4 – 6 tbspns homemade Biryani masala

Procedure:

-Boil salted water and add soaked rice. When they are 80 – 90 % cooked drain them and keep aside.

-Heat oil and add whole garam masala along with some cumin seeds. When they begin to splatter and onions and fry on low medium heat until they lose their stiffness.

-Add tomatoes and mix. When tomatoes are cooked add 1 tbspn of Biryani masala and mix. Add yogurt and rest of the Biryani masala and cook on low heat for 2 minutes.

-Heat oil for frying and fry meatballs until they are slightly golden.

-Take them out on an absorbent paper and then add them to the curry.

-Do not use water in your curry.

-Mix and let them simmer. When gravy is pretty thick add rice.

-Add few drops of yellow food colour and a pinch of saffron strands and cover your dish with an airtight lid.

-Let it cook for another 5 minutes on very low heat.

-Lift and serve.

Outcome:

Tasty kofta Biryani is ready to serve.

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Ayesha's Kitchen

Tips:

-Serve immediately.

-Use non stick, thick bottomed deep pan to make Biryani.

-If using the normal stainless steel one then be careful while cooking it covered. Place you pan on a flat pan and then cook.

-Use lid that is airtight.

-For more detailed tips visit tips page.

-Click on the links to find out the recipes of meatballs and Biryani masala.

Servings:

This will serve 4 persons easily.

Keema* Biryani

Keema Biryani is one of the special dishes of Ayesha’s Kitchen, believe me its awesome, i made it yesterday and my family loved it, do try this and let me know about your comments …

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of basmati rice
  • Few drops of yellow Food colour
  • Some water to soak and boil
  • Few drops of kewra essence

FOR KEEMA

  • ½ kg mincemeat
  • An onion chopped
  • A tomato chopped
  • 1 green chilli slitted
  • 1 cup water
  • A cardamom pod
  • A green cardamom pod
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ tspn cumin seeds
  • A small piece of bay leaf or few curry leaves
  • 2 – 4 peppercorns
  • 4 – 8 tbspn olive oil

MASALA POWDER

  • ½ tspn methi dana
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 big cardamom whole
  • 2 pcs. Cinnamon
  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 4 – 6 black peppercorns
  • 8 – 10 dried red chillies or pods
  • 4 – 6 curry leaves
  • ½ tspn dry coriander
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • ¼ tspn turmeric

Procedure:

-Take all the ingredients given for masala in a spice blender and make fine powder. Keep aside

-Soak rice For at least 10 minutes (no more nor less).

-Heat some water in a vessel, add some salt and boil it. When it comes to boil add soaked rice and when they are all white and 80 percent cooked drain the water and keep them aside.

-Now in a separate vessel heat oil something around 4 – 6 or 8 tbspns and add whole garam masala or all the spices that are given (not the powdered one). When they begin to splatter add onions.

-When onions are slightly brown in colour add tomatoes and cook them on low heat, avoid adding water at this stage. Add powdered masala and mix well. When tomatoes lose their stiffness add mincemeat and fry for some time.

-Add a cup of water and cook it covered. When the water begins to simmer and a dry mixture of mincemeat is formed add boiled rice layer by layer. Add few drops of yellow food colour and kewra essence and cook it covered on very low heat.

-After 5 – 10 minutes when rice are 99 percent cooked serve your Biryani hot with some mint sauce and Fresh salad.

Outcome:

Tasty and mouth watering Keema* Biryani is ready to serve.

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Tips:

-Avoid adding too much of kewra just a small drop and same goes with food colour.

-See tips for Biryani rice given on Tips page.

Servings:

This will serve 4 persons easily.

Prawn Biryani

Prawn Biryani (Jheenga Biryani) is ultimate don’t you think so???

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg prawns peeled and cooked*
  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 big cardamoms
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • ½ onions chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 red chilli chopped
  • Some salt
  • Some red chilli powder (OPTIONAL)
  • ¼ tspn turmeric powder
  • ½ tspn coriander powder
  • ½ tspn cumin powder
  • A pinch of cumin seeds
  • 1 curry leaf
  • 2 black peppercorns
  • 2 tbspns Fresh coriander chopped
  • Few drops of yellow Food colour
  • ½ cup water

Procedure:

-Soak rice in water.

-Heat oil and add cardamom stuff, cinnamon, cumin seeds and curry leaf. When they begin to splatter add onion along with some salt and Fry until they lose their stiffness. Now add prawns and stir Fry them.

-Let them cook in their own water. When this mixture begins to dry add chopped tomato and other spices and herbs and mix. Add water whenever required.

-When prawns are nicely cooked remove From heat.

-Boil nearly a litre or 2 of water. Add soaked rice and when they are 90 % cooked drain them.

-In a thick bottomed pan,take half of the boiled rice a make layer then place a layer of cooked prawns and then again a layer of rice. At the end add very Few drops of yellow Food colour and cover the pan.

-Cook it For 5 – 10 minutes on very low heat. Make sure they do not stick to the bottom of utensil.

-Now dish them and serve hot with a sprig of Fresh green coriander.

Outcome:

Tasty and lovely, odourless prawn Biryani or Jheenga* Biryani is ready to be served.

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Tips:

-See “Tips” page For Rice Tips.

-Make sure your prawns are nicely cooked.

-You can adjust seasoning according to your taste.

-Peeled and cooked prawns are of pink colour and they are easily available Frozen in market.

Servings:

This will serve 4 persons easily.

*Refer to “Glossary” Page