Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani
Chicken Biryani
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 10 MINS
  • SERVES 2
  • 16 pieces chicken (750 grams of chicken)
  • 1.5 cups Basmati Rice (Soaked and drained)
  • 2-3 black cardamom (Salt to taste)
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaves
  • 2-3 Green Cardamom
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 2 tbsp ghee (Plus for drizzling)
  • 1 tbsp caraway seeds (shahi jeera)
  • 2 medium onions (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp biryani masala
  • 3/4 cup Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup browned onions + for garnishing (A generous pinch of saffron, soaked in warm water)
  • 5-6 Green Chillies (slit)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (cut into juliennes )
  • 2 teaspoons rose water (Whole wheat dough (atta) to seal)

Boil sufficient water in a deep non-stick pan. Add salt, black cardamoms, cinnamon, bay leaf, green cardamoms, cloves and Daawat Biryani Basmati Rice, cover and cook till the rice is fully done. Strain and set aside"

Heat ghee in a deep non stick pan, add caraway seeds and onions, mix and sauté till onions turn golden."

Add ginger-garlic paste and mix. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and coriander powder, mix well and sauté for 2-3 minutes."

Add chicken pieces, salt, biryani masala, mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add yogurt and mix. Add half the chopped coriander, half the mint leaves, half the browned onions and cooked rice. Spread the rice evenly."

Drizzle saffron water on top and add green chillies, ginger juliennes, remaining browned onions, remaining chopped coriander and remaining mint leaves. Drizzle some more ghee and rose water and top."

Roll the dough into a long cylinder and press onto the edges of the pan. Place the lid on top, press to seal and cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes."

Let it stand for 5 minutes. Open the lid and transfer the biryani onto a serving plate. Serve hot garnished with browned onions and mint sprig"

Cooking Tips • In order to keep the rice fluffy with each grain separate, pre-soak the rice for about an hour and drain. When ready to cook, heat a pot, add 75g ghee (clarified butter), followed by the rice. Sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add 1.5 litres of water, cover and cook till al dente. • Instead of cooking oil, use ghee as it will make the biryani tastier and flavorsome. • If cooking with meat, marinate with spices, salt and yoghurt to tenderize and to ensure the meat is well flavored. • To avoid the biryani from sticking to the bottom of the serving dish, place sliced tomatoes as the bottom layer, and then top with biryani. • When adding saffron, soak in a small quantity of hot water for about 10-15 minutes. When ready, use the strands as well as the water, which will add yellow color. • If you burn the biryani, turn off the heat immediately. Transfer the good portions into a different dish, and add dried lemon to balance out the charred flavor. • When cooking dum style, use pastry sheets to cover the clay or copper pot. It is faster than rolling out the dough yourself. • A mistake most people make when making biryani is overcook it. Turn off the heat at the right time. (This tine varies depending on whether you are cooking meat, vegetable or fish.) • Lamb will result in the most flavorsome biryani, but takes the longest to cook. For quick biryanis, use shrimp or vegetable.

Mutton Do Pyaza

Mutton cooked with plenty of onions, as the name suggests, is simply delicious

Mutton Do Pyaza
Mutton Do Pyaza
  • PREP TIME 1 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 2
  • 12 chops mutton
  • 4 pieces Whole dry red chilies
  • 6 pieces green chilies
  • ¾ cup ghee
  • 2 teaspoons Fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Pomegranate seeds (anardana)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 8 onions
  • 2 piece Ginger chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • to taste salt
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh coriander leaves, chopped

1. Soak red chillies in half a cup of hot water. Chop two green chilies and slit the remaining. Sauté slit green chillies in one tablespoon of ghee, drain and set aside. Roughly chop four onions and slice the remaining."

2. Coarsely grind fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds and pomegranate seeds separately. "

3. Grind together cumin seeds and red chillies with one tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply this paste to the chops and marinate for one hour preferably in a refrigerator."

4. Heat the remaining ghee in a pan and add chopped green chillies, chopped onions and ginger. Sauté till light brown. If required, sprinkle water. Drain, cool and blend to a paste. Strain the ghee and heat it again. Add fenugreek seeds, sliced onions and mint leaves. Sauté well and add the marinated chops. Sauté till dry."

5. Add coriander seeds and one-fourth cup of water. Mix well and simmer till dry. Add pomegranate seeds, turmeric powder, salt and half a cup of water. Once it boils, lower the heat and simmer till almost dry. "

6. Add garam masala powder, fried green chillies and coriander leaves. Cover and cook on low heat for five to seven minutes. "

7. Add fried onion paste, mix well and cover and cook on low heat for fifteen to twenty minutes."

8. Sprinkle the remaining lemon juice, mix and serve hot."

Cooking Tips
  • The most difficult and important task for a perfect mutton dish is to make the mutton tender and soft. There are many ways to do so.  Slice the mutton in small and thin pieces and mix it with curd and keep aside for 1-2 hours.
  • Cooking mutton with raw papaya in it would help the mutton cook well and become soft and tender
  • Cooking slowly would also help mutton to become tastier, soft and tender.