EGG BIRIYANI


This biriyani is of no lesser taste compared to

the non-vegan ones .

You have to add the boiled eggs in the cooking

process and not after cooking rice.

Photo shows the consistency,before adding rice.

Do try this recipe and post in your valued

comments!

So,let’s get to the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

500 gm basmati rice

5-6 boiled eggs ( shells removed )

2-3 big onions sliced

3-4 green chillies slit

3 tomatoes (medium size)

1 tbsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 cup curd

Juice of 1 lime

3 cardamons

6 cloves

1 inch cinnamon

1 tsp saunf ( fennel seeds)

1 mace

1/2 tsp sea moss ( optional)

Mint and coriander leaves

1 tbsp garam masala powder

3-5 tbsp coconut oil+ ghee

1/2 cup coconut milk

Grind to a paste

2 inch piece ginger

10 cloves garlic

1 green chilli

METHOD

•Grind the ingredients marked for grinding.

•Wash and soak the rice .

•Heat oil+ghee in flat bottomed pan,and add

the whole spices first.

•Next add the onions,and allow to brown ( not burnt ) .

•Add slit green chillies ,ground paste,salt and

sauté for 2 minutes.

• Add tomatoes with turmeric ,chilli powders,

garam masala powder,and cook till tomatoes

are cooked to a mushy stage .

• Add curd .

•Add the boiled eggs with mint and coriander

leaves .

• Next add the strained rice and mix lightly,and

cook for another 2 minutes.

•Add warm water 1 inch above the rice

level,and coconut milk

•Sprinkle with mint and coriander leaves,and

slow cook till done,

•Smear a little ghee on top of the rice ,while

removing from fire .

Tip : If you have banana leaves,you could wash and keep on the surface of the rice,and cover while cooking . This brings out a lovely aroma and taste.

RIDGE GOURD +PEANUT RICE


This goes into the variety rice list.This recipe

came up when my lazy mood mode was on 😋.

But the result turned out more than what I

expected . Served with gobi pakoda korma

( cabbage pakoda )the taste and combination

was really exotic.

There are certain dishes made with the

simplest of ingredients,but turn out to be the

best in taste. This is one of that kind …so let’s

get into the recipe .

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cooked basmati rice

1 medium sized ridge gourd peeled and

chopped

A handful of peanuts

2 green chillies chopped

1 tsp ginger finely chopped

2-3 dry red chillies

1-2 tsp red chilli flakes ( according to your taste)

1/4 tsp asafoetida

Curry leaves

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

Juice of 1 lime ( optional )

Salt to taste

2-3 tbsp ghee+ oil

METHOD

🍀Heat oil ,and add mustard seeds,curry

leaves,ginger and green and red chillies .

🍀Next add the ridge gourd with salt and allow to cook in its juices till soft.

🍀Add the peanuts and the rest of the ingredients.

🍀Toss in the rice,stir well till well blended.

🍀Remove from fire.

🍀Serve with your choice of curries ,and raita .

Send in your comments or feedback if you liked

this recipe .

METHI FISH BIRIYANI


This recipe is my own creation.It’s a layered

fish biriyani, without mint or coriander but

only dry methi leaves.Any seafood mixed with

methi produces a lovely flavour,and I thought

to try with biriyani .I made the biriyani masala

also,with dried methi leaves ( kasuri methi ).

Methi is fenugreek for those who do not know

the translation.So let’s get into the recipe now

For the biriyani masala powder

7-8 dry chillies

1.5 tbsp coriander seeds

7-8 cardamons

2 black cardamoms

2-3 marati moggu ( Kapok buds)

1 tbsp dried methi leaves ( kasuri methi )

2 inch piece cinnamon

1/2 nutmeg

1 tsp white poppy seeds

2 star anise

1 tsp sea moss

5 cloves

2 tsp cumin seeds

2 tsp saunf ( sombu)

Dry roast lightly and powder. Use 1 tbsp for

300-400 rice .

For the fish marinade

250-300 gm boneless fish ( I used Mahi Mahi)

2 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp biriyani masala powder

Juice of 1 lime

Salt to taste

Wash the fish,and marinade till rice is done

To cook the rice

300-350 gm basmati rice ( soaked )

1 black cardamon

1 tsp cummin seeds

1 tsp saunf

A small piece cinnamon

1 star anise

1 bay leaf

2-3 cloves

1 tsp coconut oil

Salt to taste

Pound the spices with a pestle lightly ( for

enhanced flavour).

Boil 3 cups water ,add all the spices,oil and salt

Once the water reaches boiling point ,add

soaked rice,and cook till done .

Strain the water,and set aside the cooked rice .

To cook the fish

3 big onions sliced

4-5 green chillies slit

2 tbsp ginger garlic paste

1/2 cup curd

1 tsp peppercorns

3 tomatoes

1 tbsp kasuri methi leaves

Salt to taste

3-4 tbsp ghee+ oil

•Heat oil,and fry the onions till golden colour.

•Reserve half of the fried onions for layering.

•Now add tomatoes with salt,and cook till

tomatoes are soft.

•Add ginger garlic paste ,and the marinated fish

pieces .

•Lightly beat curd and add to the fish with the

rest of the ingredients.

•Do not add water.

•Take care not to break the fish ,so gently

shake the pan .

•The fish takes only few minutes to cook,so do

not overcook.5-7 minutes is just enough.

•Remove from fire .

Final assembly

A little colouring mixed in water

2-3 tsp ghee

Method

•Take a thick bottomed pot,and add half of

the rice .

•Add fried onions,and spread half of the

curry,and fish slices.Sprinkle colouring.

•Cover with the remaining rice , fried onions

curry and a sprinkle of colour.

•Add a handful of rice to finish off .

•Sprinkle ghee .Cover tight and place on a

slow fire ( dum) for just 10 minutes.

•It’s best to keep a thick dosa pan,and then

cook on dum.

•Transfer to a serving plate,to get the layers

and the fish pieces right . ( To avoid the fish

breaking ).

•Serve with raita, and accompaniments of

your choice.

MUTTON YAKHNI PULAO


This is a rice with a wonderful flavour,cooked

in the broth of the meat .

First the meat has to be cooked in such a way

the meat falls off the bone. ( about 7 whistles ),

with spices tied in a Muslim cloth ( Potli).

Well,I tried without the potli method first,and I

have to admit that the potli method is best .

Chops or mutton with bones work well with

this recipe .

So let’s move to the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

400-500 gm mutton ( goat /lamb)

Spices to tie in the muslin cloth ( potli)

1 big onion quartered

2 tbsp coriander seeds

1/2 of a nutmeg

1 piece mace

1 black elaichi ( black cardamon)

1 stick cinnamon

7 cloves

1 tbsp saunf

2 bay leaves

To add to the meat for cooking

1 onion quartered

1 whole garlic ( without removing pods or

peels )

5-6 green chillies

3-4 1 inch pieces ginger

1 tbsp peppercorns

1 tsp salt

First step

Tie the spices and add to the washed meat.

Add the other ingredients listed for cooking .

Add 1 cup water and pressure cook ( 7 whistles)

Allow steam to release on its own.

Separate the meat from the broth.

Discard the potli of spices.

Press out the cooked garlic into the broth ( optional)

Second step and final step

400- 500 fine basmati rice washed and soaked

for minimum 20 minutes.

2 onions finely chopped

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

7 slit green chillies

Whole spices ( 3 cardamons, 3 cloves ,1 piece

cinnamon,1 tbsp cumin seeds,1 tsp saunf)

1 tomato chopped

1 cup curd

4-5 tbsp oil

Few saffron strands mixed in water

Salt to taste

METHOD

•Heat the oil,add sliced onions and sauté till

onions are brown . Remove and set aside.

•Add whole spices to the same oil and add

green chillies ,ginger garlic paste and tomato .

•Add the cooked mutton pieces only,and sauté

till well blended,and the meat is slightly

roasted.

•Now mix in fried onions.

•Add curd and mix well.

•Add the soaked rice and the broth . The broth

should be 1 inch above rice level . If needed

add water to that level,and cook on a low flame

for 15 to 20 minutes .

•Sprinkle kesar ( saffron water).

•Cover the lid with a cloth and cook if possible,

till done .

•Serve with any stir fried curries and raita !

PRAWN ALMOND BIRIYANI


This biriyani made with fried prawns,and

blended with almond paste and other

inclusions was another lovely variation to

another shrimp biriyani, and a Sunday meal.

Check my previous post for another variation

https://calinskitchen.com/2014/11/24/prawn-biriyani/

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

200 gm prawns

3 green chillies

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

8-10 almonds soaked

2 tomatoes

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp cummin seed powder

A handful of coriander leaves

1/4 tsp mace powder

1 cup fried onions

Mint leaves

1/4 cup curd

1 stick cinnamon

5 cloves

5 cardamons

1 tsp garam masala

Ghee + Coconut oil 3 tbsp

2 potatoes peeled and cut

250 gm basmati rice

1 cup milk / coconut milk

METHOD

Add chilli powder and salt to the washed and

cleaned prawns.

Heat a little oil , and fry the prawns and set

aside.Fry the potatoes in the same oil till 3/4th

done and set aside.

Grind the coriander leaves,green chillies and

almonds to a paste.

Cook the rice till 3/4th done with salt ,fennel

seeds( saunf)1 bay leaf ,1 tsp peppercorns ,salt .

Strain and set aside .

Now to the final assembly

•Heat oil and ghee ,and add whole spices.

•Next add tomatoes with salt and turmeric .

•Next add ginger-garlic paste,fried onions,the

remaining spices,curd and the potatoes.

•Lastly add prawns and cook for few minutes.

•Check for salt and remove from fire.

•Now take a wide based pot .

•Add a little ghee to the bottom of the pot.

•Put a little rice ,then the prawn masala ,fried

onions,sprinkle cut fresh mint leaves ,then

another layer of the rice .

•Simultaneously layer all the rice,curry,fried

onions and mint .

•Sprinkle milk on top .

•Cover and cook on a dum mode for 15

minutes.

•Add a tbsp of ghee after removing from fire .

•Serve with raita and your favourite side

dishes .

CHICKEN KABSA RICE


This is a rice made with meat,spices,and

vegetables .This rice is from the Arab cuisine,

originated from Persia .

The meat can be mutton, prawns, beef or

chicken. Well,I have posted stringhopper kothu

with the kabsa recipe before (changed to my

specifications lightly). Check recipe https://calinskitchen.com/2017/03/17/mushroom-stringhopper-kothu/

Black dried lemon or dried lemon is used in

this recipe,but I used my lemon pickle seasoned

with salt turned brown .

Tomato and half red capsicum was used to for

the purée . These are the changes I made.

So let’s go into my version of KABSA

INGREDIENTS

500 kg chicken legs ( like in the picture)

400-500 gm basmati rice

3 onions sliced

1 carrot chopped

2-3 green chillies cut into strips

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

1 tbsp peppercorns

3 big tomatoes + 1/2 capsicum ( pureed)

2 cups chicken stock

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1 dried lime or pickled lime( without spices)

Salt to taste

Ghee

Kabsa masala

1 heaped tbsp coriander seeds

1 tbsp cumin seeds

2 pieces cinnamon

6 cardamons

6 cloves

4 mace or 1/2 nutmeg

Roast lightly till you get heat and powder .

( This quantity is for this recipe , if you want

to make a big quantity,use your

mathematical knowledge for perfection 😀)

METHOD

Make slits in the chicken, and marinade with

the masala and salt for 1 hour.

Heat 3 tbsp of ghee and add onions,and saute

onions till translucent.

Add ginger garlic paste,and place the chicken

marinade( use a wide vessel) on the onions .

Add the tomato purée ,rest of the ingredients.

Add chicken stock and cook for 10 minutes.

Remove chicken pieces and set aside.

Add soaked rice and adjust liquid one inch

above rice level,and cook on a slow flame.

Whilst the rice is cooking ,drizzle a little ghee

on the cooked chicken, and grill in an oven , or

normal grill ,till brown on both sides .

If there is liquid in the baking tray do not

discard it .Add it to the rice during the garnish .

For the garnish

Few cashews

Few almonds

Few raisins

Fried onions a little ( optional)

A little ghee

Once the rice is cooked ,heat ghee, fry the nuts

and add to the rice and mix lightly .

Place the chicken on the rice ,and cover for

some time .

Serve !

PEAS ‘N’ PALAK PULAO


This rice with peas is a favourite in my home .

Served with your favourite curries, it’s justice

done to your appetite and taste !

You can make this with only peas , peas and

cashew,only raw cashew ,chick pea .

Options of adding greens – Palak ( spinach ) any

variety, leeks , spring onions ,Mint ..

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

250 gm basmati or samba rice ( soaked for 10

minutes)

1 cup soaked peas or fresh peas

1 cup Palak / Spinach

3-4 split green chillies

2 onions chopped

6 cloves garlic + 1 inch piece ginger+2 green

chillies ground to a coarse paste

1 cup coconut milk

4 cardamons ,4 cloves , a piece of cinnamon ,

saunf ( fennel seeds/ perumjeeragam).

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

Salt to taste

1 tsp sugar

2-3 tbsp Ghee / butter

1/2 tsp garam masala or biriyani masala

METHOD

•Heat ghee in a pot ,add the whole garam

masala and onions, and sauté till onions are

light brown .Add salt.

•Add ginger – garlic paste , peas,palak and stir.

•Add the soaked rice and let it cook for 5

minutes .

•Add coconut milk and the remaining

ingredients .

•Add water ( preferably warm water) 1 inch

above rice level,and cook on a slow fire for 15

minutes .( Dum cooking).

Serve with raita and any of your favourite

dishes.

2 RECIPES WITH AMARANTH LEAVES


These recipes are with Amaranth leaves also

known as ‘ Arai keerai ‘ in Tamil.

I have tried this with other greens , but this

particular green gives an unique flavour with

rice .

Carrot with amaranth was a try today, and

served with fish curry it was finger -licking .

Amaranth with potato, with egg , with peanuts

are some of the combinations you could try .

Do try and post your comments!

To the recipes , first to the rice recipe

KEERAI RICE

INGREDIENTS

2-3 cups cooked rice

1 cup greens chopped fine

2-3 cloves garlic crushed with peel

Ghee or oil

1/2 tsp mustard

2-3 dry chillies

2 tsp spice powder *

1/2 tsp turmeric

A pinch of asafoetida

Salt to taste

METHOD

Heat oil add mustard seeds, dry chillies ,garlic

and asafoetida .

Next add the greens ,turmeric and sauté till the

greens are 3/4th cooked .

Add rice and mix well

Lastly add the spice powder ,mix well for a

minute and remove from fire .

Keep covered for few minutes and serve with

raita, papads and potato masala .

Good vegan meal !


Now to the spice powder recipe .You could use this for any variety rice , and has to be added at the end only

2 tbsp gram dal ( kadala parippu)

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

1 tsp cummin seeds

Few curry leaves

1 tsp coriander seeds

Dry roast for few minutes ( Do not allow the

fenugreek seeds to brown) , and powder .


KEERAI – CARROT PORIYAL

INGREDIENTS

1 cup keerai chopped

3 carrots chopped

1 onion

2 crushed cloves garlic

1 green chilli chopped

1-2 tsp red chilli flakes

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 small tomato

1 red capsicum ( optional)

Powder 1 tsp cummin seeds and 1/4 coconut

together coarsely

1/2 lemon juice

1 tbsp coconut oil

METHOD

Heat oil ,add onions garlic and sauté till

translucent .

Add tomato with turmeric and salt and cook for

2-3 minutes

Next add carrot, greens , chilli flakes and cook

on a low flame covered till carrots are cooked .

Next add coconut mixture and mix . Remove

from fire after a minute,and add lemon juice.

CHICKEN ‘N’ PINEAPPLE RICE


This recipe birthed, due to ‘No‘tomatoes .As full

lockdown on Sunday,I failed to foresee the non-

deliveries .

Well,I cooked without tomatoes .

I’m not blowing my own trumpet ,everybody

loved all the dishes I prepared without tomato,

and received all motivational comments 😉!

So do try and post in your comments and

suggestions !

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

500 gm basmati rice (soaked

1 cup pineapple cubes

400-500 gm chicken

2 big onions sliced

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

1/2 tsp turmeric

5-7 dry red chillies soaked in hot water

1/4 coconut ground to a fine paste

Whole garam masala ( 3 cloves ,2” cinnamon,4

cloves)

1 small stalk lemon grass

1 heaped tsp garam masala / biriyani masala

1/2 tsp cummin seed powder

1/2 cup curd

1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder ( optional – I

added for colour)

3 tbsp coconut oil + 2-3 tbsp ghee

Few mint,coriander leaves

Few cashew nuts

Salt to taste

METHOD

•Wash and soak rice

•Grind the red chillies to a coarse paste.

•Heat oil + ghee in the biriyani pot .

• Add whole garam masala ,lemon

grass,cashews.

•Add sliced onions and sauté till light brown

•Next add the chicken,ginger-garlic paste,salt

and roast for 5 minutes .

•Add chilli paste , pineapple ,and cook for 5

minutes .

•Add coconut paste , and the soaked rice ,and

allow to cook in the juices for another 5

minutes .

• Add rest of the ingredients

•Add hot water 1 inch above the rice level.

•Add mint and coriander leaves

•Cover and cook on a very low flame ( dum)for

20 minutes.

•Serve with accompaniments of your choice .

DUM-DUM CHICKEN BIRIYANI


Does the title look humorous?Well,this is a

recipe innovated by me . In regular the process

of ‘dum’ or slow cooking is done after adding

rice ,so only one ‘dum’.

But in my recipe I cooked the chicken in the

‘dum’ process ,and the rice too in the same.

So two ‘ dum ‘ to make this recipe .

By now ,you would have known the birth of the

title to this recipe .

Moving on to this recipe

INGREDIENTS

500 gm chicken

2-3 onions sliced

2-3 slit green chillies

1 tsp saunf

3/4 cup curd

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric

1-2 tbsp biriyani masala powder

Mint and coriander leaves

3-4 tbsp ghee ( ghee + coconut oil)

1 stick cinnamon

3-4 elaichi crushed

3-4 cloves

Few sea moss

Juice of 1 lime


Grind to a coarse paste

5 green chillies

2 tbsp ginger -garlic paste


METHOD

Heat ghee , add saunf ,whole garam masala,and

onions.

When the onion is light brown add tomatoes ,

green chillies , and all the ingredients with the

chicken.

Mix well, and cook on a slow fire, for 20-25

minutes.


For the rice

400-500 gm basmati rice (soak for 20 minutes)

Mint and coriander leaves

Bay leaves -1

1 tsp saunf

Salt to taste

METHOD

Heat 4-5 cups water . Once it reaches boiling

point add the ingredients listed.

Cook rice till 3/4th done and drain out the

water.( reserve 1 cup )


Final assembly

Add the rice in the pot you have opted to cook

the biriyani .

Shove the rice to one side , add curry to the

other side , and mix lightly in a way that it has

alternate layers of curry and rice.

Add mint and coriander leaves ,a few drops of

rose water,and 1 cup of strained rice water and

cook on ‘ dum’covered tight for another 15-20

minutes .

Add a little ghee on top .

Preferences to add fried onions,cashew is your

option.