The word itself makes you fantasize the mouthwatering aroma of finely cooked Basmati rice with deliciously spicy meat, gravy and moist yet nicely bringing a slight crisp flavor on the upper texture that makes it even tastier!
Nothing can be a better option than Raita to be served with Biriyani. Raita is originated from South Indian Cuisine but nevertheless, that’s also debatable. It’s very popular with Biriyani, Pulao, Grill, Tanduri, Roti (Bread), even you can try it with steaks too! Very easy to made, but absolutely awesome in taste. Raita is also sometimes simply called dahi, or "sourmilk", after its main ingredient.
Today I would like to share exclusive recipes of Chicken Biriyani and Raita. This would always remind me of Shakeel Khan (Pakistan) who even after having passed a very exhausting day took all the effort of cooking extremely yummy Chicken Biriyani with Raita during our workshop in Nepal. This food post is dedicated to him.
Here go the Ingredients:
1. Basmati Rice (finely washed): 2 cups
2. Chicken Pieces (Chopped in small or medium size, don’t make the chunks too large): ¾ kg
3. Fine Milk: ½ cup
4. Yogurt (curd): 1 cup
5. Sliced onion: 3
6. Ginger Paste: 1 tsp
7. Garlic Paste: ½ tsp
8. Green Chili Paste: 1 tsp
9. Red Chili Powder: 2 tsp
10. Turmeric Powder: 1 tsp
11. Roasted cumin powder: 1 tsp
12.Tomato: 2 (sliced)
13. Green Cardamom Powder: 1 tsp
14. Saffron a pinch (optional, mainly used to bring a fine aroma)
15.Coriander Powder: 1 tsp
16. Green Coriander Leaves: 2 tbsp (optional)
17. Salt to taste
18. Soybean Oil: 7 tbsp
19. Caraway Seeds: ½ tsp
20.Bay leaves : 2 or 3
21.Cloves: A few
23.Cardamoms: 2 or 3
24.Butter or Clarified Butter(ghee): 1 cup
- Marinate the chicken:
- Deep fry the onion
- Cook the chicken
- Boil the rice
- Chop the coriander leaves
- Boil the milk and add crushed saffron in it. Give it a stir.
- Optional (to get a rich taste)In Butter or Clarified butter (Ghee) fry cashew nuts till golden brown. Also the almonds and raisins, if using. Keep aside.
- Layering the Biryani:
Use a heavy non-sticky pan and put some oil/butter/ clarified butter (ghee) and grease the bottom of the pan with it. Then put a layer of rice, then a layer of chicken followed by a layer of fried onions and then a layer of chopped coriander.
Repeat and finish off with the rice layer.
- Lastly, sprinkle the leftover fried onions (if any), cashews and other nuts. Pour the saffron milk on top. Also pour some clarified butter (ghee) down the sides of the pan and some on top of the rice. It will trickle down with the heat.
- You are almost done. Seal the lid by fixing a big foil before placing the lid. The idea is to restrict the steam from escaping. Place this pan on a very slow flame. Ideally place this vessel on top of another flat pan or tawa, so that the bottom of the pan doesn't come in direct contact with the heat source.
- Leave it for one hour. When you open it, what you get is the magical, flavorsome and aromatic Chicken Biryani!
1. Thick Plain yogurt (card): ½ cup (make sure it is not too sour)
2. Chopped Cucumber/ Tomato/ Carrots: ½ cup
3. Chopped fresh cilantro: 2 tbsp
4. Chopped green onions: 2 tsp
5. Ground coriander: ¼ tsp
6. Ground cumin: ¼ tsp
7. Salt to taste (Black Salt is more appropriate for taste)
1. Take a medium bowl2. Add the yogurt along with other spices in it.
3. Beat well until it becomes finely smooth and creamy.
4. Add the grated cucumber/tomato/carrot (you can try any two of these at once) and mix well.
5. Also add cilantro
6. Mix all of these finely
7. Optional (For Garnishing): Serve Raita with some chili powder/roasted cumin powder to taste. You can also add some chopped cucumber to garnish.
|Chicken Biriyani Cooked by Shakeel|
|Raita made by Shakeel|
I did not know how Chicken Biriyani and Raita could form such a dynamic combination and taste together! It was definitely a memorable meal for all of us. You can try it on home, I bet you would not be disappointed! ;)
I will be back with my first post on Trekking in my next days. My first "Trek Note" full of adventure and full of fun and everything I was ever dreamed of! Till then, keep your eyes on!