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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.

Ayesha's Kitchen

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.

Ayesha's Kitchen

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