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Monday, 5 August 2013

Chicken Biryani

Spicy Chicken Biryani

Biryani is a rice-based dish made with spices, rice (usually basmati) and chicken, mutton, fish, eggs, or vegetables.
The name is derived from the Persian which means "fried" or "roasted".[1] Biryani was believed to have been invented in the kitchen of Mughal Emperors. It is very popular in South Asia and is a key element of the South Asian cuisine. Hyderabad, Malabar, Delhi/Agra, Dhaka, Kashmir, Kolkata, Lucknow and Lahore, are the main centers of biryani cuisine.
The spices and condiments used in biryani may include, but are not limited to, ghee (clarified butter), nutmeg, mace,[2] pepper, cloves,[2] cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, coriander, mint leaves, ginger, onions, and garlic. The premium varieties include saffron.[2] For a non-vegetarian biryani, the main ingredient that accompanies the spices is the meat—beef, chicken, goat, lamb, fish or shrimp. The dish may be served with yogurt chutney or Rita, korma, curry, a sour dish of eggplant (brinjal), boiled egg and salad.

Biryani denotes a dish where the rice (plain or fried) is cooked separately from the thick sauce (a greatly reduced curry of meat or vegetables). The curry and the rice are then brought together and layered, resulting in a dish of the contrasting flavors of flavored rice (which is cooked separate with spices) and intensely flavored sauce and meat or vegetables. Here iam sharing my most favorite chicken biryani recipe which I learnt from my mother.
Chicken whole cut: 500 gm
For chicken marination:
1/2 cup  yougart
Salt: 1tsp
Ginger garlic paste: 2tbsp
Red chilli powder: 1tbsp
All spice powder: 1tsp
Cumin powder: 2 tsp.
white vinegar: 2tbsp
 tamarind (imli) pulp: 3/4th cup
Marinate chicken with all above mentioned ingredients and keep aside for atleast 1-2 hours.After marination steam the chicken with 2-3 tbsp. of oil at  until all the moisture is dry, cooked and nice golden in color. If you want give it smoke of koila for a perfect tikka flavor.
For Rice:
Rice 500g
Salt as per taste
All spices(whole) 2tbsp
Boil the rice with salt and all spices(garam masala sabut) till it is half done.then strain water and put aside.
For masala:
onion:2 medium thinly sliced
oil: as required
Ginger garlic paste:1tbsp
Salt 1tsp
red chilli powder 2tsp
Turmeric powder:1-2 pinch
Tomatoes: thinly sliced:2-3
Yougart:1/2 cup
Mace: quarter tsp.
Nutmeg: quarter tsp.
Biryani essence: few drops
Fresh Coriander (dhaniya)
Green chilies:
Mint: for garnishing
Heat oil in a pan add onions cook until light golden.
Add ginger garlic paste fry a little.
Add tomatoes and cook until tender and soft.
Add yogurt and salt,chilli,turmeric powder, Nutmeg and mace and cook until oil
seperates.Now add in the steamed chicken and fry well.
Turn off the flame when it is done.
In a big pot spread first layer of rice then masala and chicken add some yellow color biryani essence grren chillies fresh coriander and mint. Repeat the same with rest of the things and put biryani on simmer for 5-10 minutes. Flavorful yummy biryani is ready to make your meal special:).enjoy..

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