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Chicken Bhyriani

Ingredients

4 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 small potatoes, peeled and halved
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
2 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons ground cardamom
1 (2 inch) piece cinnamon stick
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken pieces cut into chunks
2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, diced
1 pinch powdered saffron
5 pods cardamom
3 whole cloves
1 (1 inch) piece cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 pound basmati rice
4 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Method

1 In a large skillet, in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or ghee) fry potatoes until brown, drain and reserve the potatoes. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the skillet and fry onion, garlic and ginger until onion is soft and golden. Add chili, pepper, turmeric, cumin, salt and the tomatoes. Fry, stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Add yogurt, mint, cardamom and cinnamon stick. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until the tomatoes are cooked to a pulp. It may be necessary to add a little hot water if the mixture becomes too dry and starts to stick to the pan.

2 When the mixture is thick and smooth, add the chicken pieces and stir well to coat them with the spice mixture. Cover and cook over very low heat until the chicken is tender, approximately 35 to 45 minutes. There should only be a little very thick gravy left when chicken is finished cooking. If necessary cook uncovered for a few minutes to reduce the gravy.

3 Wash rice well and drain in colander for at least 30 minutes.

4 In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil (or ghee) and fry the onions until they are golden. Add saffron, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon stick, ginger and rice. Stir continuously until the rice is coated with the spices.

5 In a medium-size pot, heat the chicken stock and salt. When the mixture is hot pour it over the rice and stir well. Add the chicken mixture and the potatoes; gently mix them into the rice. Bring to boil. Cover the saucepan tightly, turn heat to very low and steam for 20 minutes. Do not lift lid or stir while cooking. Spoon biryani onto a warm serving dish.

Raita

Ingredients

-250g yogurt
- 1/4 cup fresh milk
-1 cucmber, peeled fine chopped
-1 tomato, fine diced
-1/4 bell pepper,cut in thin stripes
> -1/4 ts ground black pepper
-salt to taste
-1/4 ts Zeera
- few fresh mint leaves roughly chopped..
- 1 hot green chilli fine chopped.

Nothing easier than preparing this excellent Raita. Pour milk into yogurt and stir with spoon to make thick creamy paste. Now add all other ingredients and yummy Raita is ready. Serve with grilled meats or why not to try simply with oven hot Nan.

 

KITCHERI
Moong Dal Rice

Ingredients

  1. Put the rice and dal in a sieve and wash it thoroughly under running cold tap until the water runs clear. Soak in plenty of water for about 2 hours. Drain in a sieve and let it stand for a minute or two.
    2. Heat the ghee or oil in the heavy base pan and add the onions, stirring frequently fry to a pale golden color. Add the all spices, fry for 1 minute. Add rice, lentil and salt and level with a spatula.
    3. Add enough water to cover the rice by about 1 to 2 inches. ( The amount of water depends on, how mushy the rice you want.)
    4. Cover with a tight fitting lid, reduce the heat and allow to cook for about 20 -25 minutes or until rice is very tender and mushy.
    Transfer it to a serving dish and add butter to it, butter will melt with the heat of the rice. Serve immediately.

 

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Chicken Pulao
Original B.J Recipe

Ingredients


- Chicken cut into 8 pcs.
- 5 cloves
-1 tsp black pepper
- 1 cinnamon stick 1"
- coriander seeds 1 tsp.
- large cardamom 4-5
- Caraway seeds 1 tsp.
- salt 2 tsp.
- small onion cut into pieces
- water 4 cups.
- ginger 2 inch cut into pieces
- Pakistani basmati rice 450gm
-
Masala
- 1/2 cup ghee or cooking oil
- 1 large onion skinned and finely choppped.
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped.
- garlic clove, skinned and chopped

This is an easy way to make rice more exciting. Typically, Pakistani Basmati rice would be the best, the aroma is unbeatable, but use whatever white rice is available.
Wash chicken thoroughly under cold water tap. Place the meat, spice, salt, water, onion and ginger in a large heavy based sauce pan.
Bring to boil and skim off any scum that rises to the top. Reduce the heat, cover and allow to boil gently for 10 minutes until the meat is tender.
Meanwhile, put the rice in a sieve and wash it thoroughly under running cold tap until the water runs clear. Soak in plenty of water for 30 minutes. Drain in a sieve and let it stand for a minute or two.
Strain the meat and the spices. Reserve the stock. Discard the spices by taking out the meat pieces from it.

MASALA
Heat the ghee or oil in the heavy base pan and add the onion, stir frequently.
Fry to a pale golden color. Add the drained meat, ginger and garlic. Stirring frequently, fry this over medium heat for 5 to ten minutes until the meat turns a rich golden color.
While the meat is cooking, measure the stock, it should be 3 1/2 cups. If it is less add more water to make it to required. Boil the stock and place the drain rice in it and parboil for 4 minutes.
Carefully add the browned meat mixture into the rice and stir gently to mix all the ingredients. Cover with a tight fitting lid, reduce the heat and allow to cook for another 7 - 10 minutes until rice is tender.
Fluff up the rice with a fork, then transfer it into to a heated serving dish.
Serve with
Raita.

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