p Box o' Spices: Easy Breezy Chicken Biryani

Monday, June 12, 2006

Easy Breezy Chicken Biryani

I can eat chicken biryani everyday if I have to and not get bored of it. I believe that the time spent making the dish should be proportional to how tasty or enjoyable it is. And dum chicken biryani is the only dish that I dont mind spending over an hour making. It's definitely worth every minute. But sometimes you crave the taste of the chicken and rice and want it ASAP. This simple biryani will satisfy your craving. I know it always satisfies mine. I have posted this recipe in some other forums in the past too

1 lb chicken, cut into small pieces
1.5 cups basmati rice
1 large onion
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp chopped ginger
4 green chilies chopped
2 each of cloves, cardamom, bay leaves
1 tsp jeera
curry leaves (or mint leaves if available. mint adds a very nice flavor to biryani)
coriander leaves
1 onion (for garnishing)
3 tbsp Priya biryani masala (can be replaced with any biryani masala but Priya is my favorite.)
2.5 cups water

Heat 1 tbsp butter, fry cloves, cardomom, bay leaves, jeera. Add rice, fry for a minute and keep aside. Heat oil, add ginger, garlic, chilies, onions and fry until onions are brown. Add chicken and the biryani masala. Cook for about 3 minutes or until chicken turns white. Add curry leaves. Pressure cook above mixture with rice,water and salt to taste for 5 min. Meanwhile fry sliced onions until brown. After rice is done, add fried onions and chopped coriander leaves, mix and serve with raita.

This is my entry to Anthony's Cook-a-doodle-do.


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