LAMB SHANK BIRIYANI/NALLI BIRIYANI


This biriyani comes out well , only if the shanks are cooked very tender.

The shanks bring out the juices, to make a flavourful ,excellent biriyani.

No tomatoes used in this recipe .

The marination, has to done overnight or before 3-5 hours.

Now let me take you to the recipe..

INGREDIENTS

500 gm lamb shanks

5-6 green chillies made to a paste

3-4 onions sliced ,and fried brown

1 onion ground coarsely

2 tblsp ginger- garlic paste

1 tsp chilli powder

2 tsp biriyani masala powder

1 cup curd

Whole spices (1 piece cinnamon,2-3 cloves,3cardamons,javitri, sea moss, 1 star anise, 1 tsp saunf)

Ghee and little oil

Salt to taste

Mint and coriander leaves for garnishing

1/2 tsp rose essence

1/2 tsp kewra essence / biriyani essence

METHOD

For the marination

Wash and soak the shanks in 1/4 cup vinegar,

salt and 2 cups water overnight.

Wash once and use to make curry.

 

To make the curry

Heat ghee and little oil,and add the whole spices,coarsely ground onions with a little salt

Next add the ginger-garlic paste, then the green chilli paste, the spice powders .

Now add the shanks and saute for 5 minutes.

Add the curd , essences and mix well.

Add half of the fried onions and 1/2 cup water and cook for 7 -8 whistles.

Allow the steam to release on its own.

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For the rice

Wash and soak the rice when you start preparing the curry.

Heat 4-5 cups water with a little saunf, bay leaf and salt.

Once it reaches boiling point, add the soaked rice and cook till 3/4 th done .

Strain the water ( reserve 1/2 cup water) . Add the rice , and water to the cooked meat .

Sprinkle mint leaves, fried onions,and ghee.

Cover tightly and cook on a low flame for 10 minutes.

You can add fried cashewnuts and raisins for garnishing!

VEGETARIAN KANJI


This is my version of nombu kanji recipe in the vegan way.

Lazy, rainy days and One pot cooking served hot is an absolute comfort food

There are many types of vegan rice kanji ( yet to post)with herbs,coconut

milk and fenugreek seeds and many more, differing from cultures and cuisines.

Easy on digestion,can be substituted for those who have an  aversion for a wholemeal at

times.

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

INGREDIENTS

1 cup broken rice /raw rice

3/4 cup green gram dal

1 carrot chopped

4-5 chopped beans

Few moringa leaves (optional)

Few pieces of cauliflower

1 onion chopped fine/ spring onions

1 tblsp.ginger,garlic,green chilli paste (3 green chillies,1 inch piece ginger ,3-5cloves of

garlic)

1 tsp peppercorns

1 big tomato chopped

1 bay leaf

1/2 -1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp.turmeric powder

1 tsp.garam masala powder

Few mint leaves

1 tsp.cummin seed powder

1 tsp.saunf / fennel seeds

2-3 cups coconut milk

Salt to taste

1-2 tblsp oil/ ghee

METHOD

Heat the oil in a pressure cooker,and add saunf ,and saute the onions till

translucent.Add the ground paste,tomato, vegetables and the rest of the ingredients

except the rice,dal,and milk.

Saute well for 3-4 minutes.Next add the washed rice and dal and saute for another 5

minutes.Add 3 cups of water salt and pressure cook on a slow fire for 10 minutes Allow

the steam to be released on its own.

Mash the mix slightly, and add coconut milk .

Simmer for few minutes.

Serve hot .

Note: Coconut milk/ water can be adjusted to your desired consistency.

TENDER JAK /KATHAL BIRIYANI


A vegan biriyani which tastes like non-vegan.

Some points to the jak/kathal. It can be a fruit,nut, or vegan meat .

Frui…..tastes sweeter than honey which no one can resist.It’s seed is a protein rich nut.

A gourmet vegetable,and a superfood .It is known as ‘Kathal’ in North India ,and in

Bengal it is considerd to be the mutton tree.

Known in tamil as ‘palapalam’and ‘kos’ in Srilanka

This breadfruit is highly consumed by Keralites,and Srilankans.

The flesh of the fully grown Jak, when cooked raw is one delicacy served with rice and

curry.

Some consume it with only coconut which is also superfood.

Today the recipe is with the tender Jak

Moving on to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 small tender Jak ( outer skin and core removed)

2-3 onions sliced

3-4 slit green chillies

1 tblsp ginger- garlic,green chilli paste(4-5 green chillies,10 cloves garlic,1 inch piece ginger)

1 tblsp biriyani masala powder

3 black cardamons

1 tblsp fennel/ saunf

1 tblsp cummin seed powder

2-3 cardamons

2 pieces cinammon

3-4 cloves

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp.turmeric

A handful of curry leaves

Mint and coriander leaves

Dried fenugreek leaves.

Juice of 1-2 lemons

1/2 cup curd

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

Ghee

500 gm basmati/ samba rice (soak for 10-20 minutes)

Preparing the jak

Cut into slices and soak in buttermilk , salt,and turmeric till you prepare the rest of the

ingredients.

Wash again well, add 1 tsp chilli powder( not listed) and salt.

Fry till light golden brown

and set aside.

Note : Fry half of the onions in oil for garnish and set aside .In the same oil you can fry the kathal pieces.

METHOD

Heat ghee and some of the remaining oil.Add saunf,curry leaves and the whole spices.

Next add the remaining onions till translucent.

Add the slit green chillies,green chilli- ginger garlic paste,salt,tomato,chilli powder and

cook till tomatoes are soft.

Next add the fried Jak,curd and the rest of the ingredients and cook for 5-10 minutes .

Add the washed and soaked rice to the mixture .

Add warm water till 1″above rice level and cook on a slow fire till done.

Garnish with fried onions ,some ghee,mint and coriander leaves.

Another method of cooking rice.

Heat some water ,add whole spices and rice.

Parboil rice and add to Jak mixture and cook on a slow fire till done.

Serve with Raita.

KOFTA BIRIYANI


Another biriyani recipe to my biriyani list.

The meat is made into koftas and added to the rice.

Flavourful,Aromatic and tasty rice!

You can use any meat to make this type of biriyani.The same can be tried to make

stringhoppers biriyani too.

Now for the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

For the kofta

500 gm boneless chicken

2-3 green chilli

1 tblsp ginger-garlic paste.

1/2 tsp.garam masala powder.

Salt to taste

Few curry leaves

1/2 cup roasted gram dal / soaked channa dal

Oil for frying.

METHOD

Blend all together coarsely.Form into koftas and fry till golden brown and set aside.

Ingredients for rice.

500 gm rice

3-4 onions sliced

A little coriander leaves,mint leaves,some fried onions ground to a coarse paste

1 tsp red chilli powder

2 tblsp biriyani masala powder ( biriyani masala powder)

5-6 slit green chillies

1/4 cup curd

1 tsp. whole peppercorns

juice of 2 limes

Whole garam masala (3 cardamons,2 inch cinammon ,4-5cloves,1 tsp saunf)

Few curry leaves

2-3 tomatoes

Ghee

2-3 tsp kasuri methi leaves.

salt to taste

METHOD

Take a little oil from the left over fried oil and add the whole garam masala first ,and

then add sliced onions. (reserve a few amount of fried onions )

Once it is slightly brown,add the slit green chillies.

When you see the chillies turning color ,add ginger garlic paste, tomato,chilli

powder,coriander- mint paste and biriyani powder,curd and cook till you see all well

blended.Add the koftas and mix well.

Add 1 cup warm water and cook for 5 minutes.

For the final mix

Add some ghee and the reserved onions at the bottom of the vessel you are going to cook

the rice.

Add the soaked rice,and pour the kofta mixture over it.

Add lime juice and a few mint and coriander leaves.

Add warm water 1 inch above the rice level.

Check for salt and cook on a slow fire till done.

When done heat a little ghee ,pour ove rice and cover.

Garnish with coriander leaves and fried cashewnuts if you prefer.

Serve with raita ,and dishes of your choice.

BASIL CHICKEN EGG RICE


I’m a lover of the Basil leaves ,and I have lot of basil in my terrace garden

Each time I go near it,I take a whiff of the exotic fragrance.

I use it many recipes to name a few in salads,pizza and drinks.

Now I’m going to share a recipe with rice.It’s a fragrant and healthy rice .

So let’s start.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cooked rice ( any good quality rice)

3-4 beaten eggs

100 gm boneless chicken cut into small cubes

2 pips garlic chopped

2 tblsp olive oil

1-2 tblsp chilli flakes.

salt to taste.

1 cup basil leaves cut

METHOD

Heat the oil,add chopped garlic,and chicken .

When the chicken pieces change color add the chilli flakes and saute for a minute.

Shove the chicken pieces to a side of the pan or wok,and add the beaten eggs and

scramble.Add salt.

Now add the basil leaves.Saute for a minute and immediately add the

cooked rice and stir.

Add more chilli flakes if you like .Remove from fire and serve with side dishes of your choice

Those who love maldive fish or dried prawns can lightly fry with chillies.

Powder and add to rice .

KESAR CASHEW RICE


This is a mild flavoured rice made with saffron strands or kesar and ghee roasted

cashews and onions.The blend of kesar and cashews produce an aroma enticing your

taste buds.Less ingredients with good taste.

For the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basmati rice

2-3 tblsp.ghee/butter

A handful of cashewnuts

a few saffron strands mixed in 1/4 cup milk

1 big onion sliced

Few whole spices (3 cardamon,3cloves,1 stick cinammon )

METHOD

Wash the rice and set to cook with 1 inch water above rice level.

While it’s cooking, heat the ghee in another vessel and fry the onions till brown with

whole spices.

Now add salt and the cashewnuts and fry till light brown and add to the cooking rice.

Add the kesar immersed milk and cook till done.

Serve with curries of your choice

METHI MUTTON BIRIANI


This biriyani is made with dried fenugreek or methi leaves and a ground masala of

cardamon and pepper.

This biriyani is an invent by me,so do try and let me know your  valuable comments.

INGREDIENTS

500 gm mutton

500 gm basmati rice.(washed and soaked for 15 minutes)

2 big onions sliced

A handful of red onions ground coarse

2 tblsp ginger-garlic paste

2 tsp biriani masala powder/ garam masala powder

2 green chillies

Small piece of sea moss/ stone flower

Few Curry leaves

1 tsp.saunf ( perumjeeragam)

2 inch piece cinammon

4-5 cloves

1 tomato

1 tsp.chilli flakes

1/2 cup curd

Juice of 1 lime

Salt to taste

2 tblsp ghee

1 tblsp coconut oil

A handful of dried methi leaves

A handful of almonds/ cashewnuts.

METHOD

Heat both the oils in a pressure cooker and add the whole spices and the sliced big

onions and allow the onions to turn brown.In the meantime grind the cardamon, pepper

and cashews to a coarse paste.

Marinade the mutton in the paste for few minutes.

After the onions turn brown,add the tomato and saute for few minutes.

Add the coarsely ground red onions and saute again for 5 minutes.

Next add the marinaded mutton.methi leaves chilli flakes ,green chilies and cook in the

oil till the  meat changes color.

Next add the curd and a little water and pressure cook for 5 whistles.

After the steam releases on it’s own,open the lid add the soaked basmati rice and water

up to 1.5 inch above the rice level and cook on a very slow fire ( with vent on for 15

minutes).You can transfer the mutton mix into a biriani pot too and cook on a slow

fire ( dum) for 20 minutes.

Add 1-2 tblsp of ghee on top of the cooked rice and serve for a richer taste.

Can be garnished with fried cashewnuts or onions .Serve with raita with your choice of

dishes.

MUTTON BIRIYANI


I have already posted recipes for mutton or lamb biriani.This recipe is yet another one to

the list,prepared in a different way.

Indian cuisine is blessed with many varieties of biriyani .This biriani is very different in

the way of preparation and the ingredients too.You could compare the recipes to know

the art of cooking  categories of biriani.

Let me take you to the recipe now..

INGREDIENTS

1 kilo biriyani rice (soaked for 20 minutes)

3/4 -1 kg mutton or lamb

2 tblsp ginger -garlic paste

3/4 -1 tblsp.red chilli powder

2 tsp.garam masala/biriani masala

1 tomato chopped

3-4 green chillies 

2 tblsp.coconut

3 big onions chopped

1 tsp.fennel seeds

whole garam masala 2 tsp (cardamon,cinammon,cloves,fennel seeds)

few curry leaves

few mint leaves

1 cup curd

1 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp pepper powder

salt to taste

oil 3 tblsp

1/2 cup ghee.

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METHOD

First heat the oil in a pressure pan,add the mutton with salt and turmeric and saute for 5

minutes.Add 2 cups water and cook for 5 -6whistles. (The meat should be very

tender).Allow the steam to release on its own and set aside

Grind the bold listed ingredients and set aside.

In another heavy bottomed wide pot ,pour the ghee and add the  whole spices,ground

paste,ginger garlic paste and saute well till the raw smell of onions is gone.Add chilli

powder,garam masala powder,tomato and the rest of the ingredients.

Remove the mutton pieces from the stock ,and add to the  cooking pot and cook on a

medium fire till the masala is well coated with the meat.

Add all the meat stock ,and the rice .Now add water 2 inches above rice level .Cover and cook on a very slow flame for 20 minutes.

Serve with raita or korma or any curries you prefer.

Do try it, and send in your comments !

 

 

 

 

MANGO SUNDAL RICE


Sundal or chickpea with mango gratings and coconut ,a munching delicacy when at the

beaches or as an evening tea serve is the main recipe today.

As raw mangoes are in plenty this season ,this idea of mixing sundal and rice with a little

fusion  turned successful.

This can be served with raita,or any kormas you like.This is an inclusion to the variety

rice list,and lunch box category. MANGO RICE -link to my previous post 

For the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chick peas boiled

2 cups cooked rice

1 cup raw mango grated

2-3 green chillies chopped

a small piece ginger chopped

2-3 dry red chillies

1/2 tsp.mustard seeds

1/2 cup grated coconut

salt to taste

1/2 tsp chilli powder /chilli flakes

few curry leaves

a pinch of asafoetida (optional)

1-2 tblsp.ghee or oil.

METHOD

Heat ghee in a wok ,add asafoetida,curry leaves,dry chillies ,mustard .

Once the mustard splutters,add the cooked chick peas ,chilli powder and saute for 2-3

minutes

Add the cooked rice ,mango gratings and coconut and mix for a minute only.

Remove from fire and serve.

Variation: You can replace chick peas for peanuts,cashewnuts or broken chana dal.

Finely chopped mint leaves can be added omitting curry leaves.

Do send in your comments and suggestions.

 

CURD RICE


To combat summer strokes it is essential to go an extra mile ,to provide the right food to

your family.

Curd rice is comfort food , quick and easy to make.

During hot days,quick and cooling indulgence is preferred by all ages.

Some do not know to make curd rice,so this recipe is for their note.

I always make non- tempered curd rice ( oil free).Hotels serve the tempered rice,and

some prefer it.

I will be sharing both.

So for the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cooked rice

1 or more cups thick curd or yogurt

1/2 cup milk

Salt to taste

1/2 tsp.sugar

1 small carrot grated

1-2 green chillies chopped fine

Few rose petals ( option)

Green grapes,black grapes ,or pomegranate is your preference and option.

METHOD

Mash the cooked rice slightly .Add milk ,curd and mix well with salt and sugar

Add the veggies and fruit of your choice.

For the tempered rice

For tempering:

1 tsp ghee/ oil

1/2 tsp.mustard

1 dry red chilli

Small piece of ginger chopped

1 green chilli chopped

Few cashewnuts ( optional) / channa dal / urad dal 1/2 tsp.

METHOD

Mix the curd rice like the non tempering step and set aside.Heat oil in a pan add

mustard,curry leaves,and the rest of the ingredients.When the mustard splutters and the

cashewnuts turn light brown ,pour over curd rice.Serve with pickle,chips or papads or

any fry of your choice.

You could garnish with coriander leaves.