Quick & Easy Chicken Biryani
I have received several requests for Biryani recipes, and now I am happy to share one of my favorite Biryani recipes with you! I’ve tried to make this as simple as possible, while retaining the tradition rich flavors of a Biryani dish. I hope you enjoy it - commets and feedback welcome as always!
-Chicken: 1/2 chicken with bone + some boneless chicken for total of 1lb
-Cooking Oil: 4 tbsp
-Onion: 1 finely chopped
-Yogurt: 1/2 Cup, beaten with 1 tsp oil
-Salt: 1 tsp or to taste
-Cashews: 2 ground tsp (can be substituted with almonds, sesame seeds or can be omitted)
-Garam Masala Powder: 1/2 tsp
-Ghee or Melted Butter: 1-2 tbsp
-Rice: 2 cups, soaked in warm water for 15 mins, then added to 6-8 cups of boiling water, cooked for 3 mins and strained and cooled. When boiling in water, add 2 tsp salt, 2 bay leaves, 3 cloves, 5 black peppers
INGREDIENTS FOR SPICE PASTE (ground the following together into a paste)
-Onion: 1 medium sliced
-Garlic: 4 cloves
-Ginger: 1 piece
-Green Chili: 1/2-1 small piece
-Dry Coconut: 1 tbsp
-Red chili powder: 1/2-1 tbsp (Optional)
-Coriander Powder: 2 tsp
-Water: 1/4 Cup
-In cooking pan, add oil & chopped onion and the spice paste. Keep frying and stirring for 8-10 mins until onions are browned
-Add chicken pieces, and fry for 5-8 mins
-Add yogurt, salt, ground nuts and stir to mix
-Add 1/2 cup water and cook covered on medium heat until meat is done, for approximately 10-12 mins.
-Add garam masala powder, mix, and then spread the cooked and cooled rice evenly to cover the meat mixture (do not mix the rice, just place and sprinkle on top). Lower the heat to simmer
-Mix a pinch of orange color to 1-2 tbsp of melted ghee or butter and drizzle all over the top
-Sprinkle 1 tsp rose water or essence (optional)
-Sprinkle 1/2 cup water
-Line pan cover with double layer of paper towel, and close tightly. Increase heat to medium for 5 mins, and then reduce to low and let simmer and cook for another 15 mins.
-Turn stove off, let stand for 10 mins, then open to remove paper towel. Mix the dish, and serve.