Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Biryani

Indgredients: (serves 6)
2lbs Spring Lamb (cleaned and cut into medium size pieces)
4ozs Yougurt
4ozs Ghee
1lb Rice (washed)
4ozs Onions (sliced finely)
1oz Ginger & Garlic (equal amounts crushed)
1 Lemon
1oz Armonds (ground)
2 Cinamon sticks
4-6 Cardimons
1oz Milk
Qtr tspn Safron
2-3 Green Chilies
Half tspn Black Zeera
2-3 Cloves
Half tsp Garam Masala
(equal amounts of Black Zeera, Cardimons & Cinamon sticks, with half amount of cloves)
Salt to taste
Corriander and Fried Onions to Garnish
Method:
In a large bowl mix the meat, yoghurt, almonds, chopped green chillies, ginger and garlic, salt, and ground garam masala.
To the mixture add half a teaspoon each of chilli powder and termeric. Marinate for at least 4-6 hours in the fridge.
Fry the onions in ghee until golden brown and crisp. Drain away any excess ghee and then remove the onions and spread over a large plate. This should keep the onions crispy. Once they have cooled crush the onions with your fingers and add
this to the marinated meat mixture.
In a large pan half fill with water and add salt, whole garam masala and one green chilli. Bring this to the boil and add the washed rice and cook until the water boils. Once the water has boiled drain the rice in a colander and rinse with a little cold water.
Grease the saucepan generously with ghee and transfer the meat mixture. Level the surface and now spread the rice evenly over the meat. Squeeze the lemon and pour the juice over the rice.Warm the milk and crush the safron into it. Pour the
milf/safron mixture over the rice. Dot generously with ghee. To garnis h spread the fried onions and corriander over the rice.
Cover the saucepan tightly. Allow to steam on high heat for about 10 minutes and then lower the heat and cook for another 1 and a half to 2 hours. Before removing the pan from the cookeer ensure that there is no moisture left in the meat.
This can be checked by simply listening for a sizling sound. If there is no sizzling then the Biryani is ready.
Biryani is traditonally served with Mirch Salan and Yoghurt Chutney.

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