Chicken Biryani Basmati Rice


Walked past a briyani stall today. Love the smell of the spices and I can imagine having a plate of fragrant basmati briyani rice together with some achaar (pickled vegetables). Its really a love hate relationship for me with Briyani rice. Ghee is often used in briyani rice and I have difficulty with digestion after that.

The best solution is to cook it myself. No ghee added 😊. Nowadays it so easy as Briyani spices are pre mixed and you can buy them easily. Shan Special Bombay Biryani Mix is one of my favourite briyani seasoning mix

Ingredients: Serves 5/6
1kg Drumstick
4 cups basmati rice, washed and soaked
3 medium onions, finely sliced
3 -4 medium sized tomatoes, diced
2 medium potatoes
2 tablespoon garlic paste
2 tablespoon ginger paste
1 cup or 200g Plain yoghurt
1 cup cooking oil
1 pkt Shan Special bombay biryani mix (mixed in 1/2 cup water) *see image below

Directions:
1.Fry onions in hot oil until golden. Add tomatoes and fry till oil seperates

2. Add meat, garlic paste, ginger paste, yoghurt, potatoes and Shan Special bombay biryani mix. Stir fry for 10mins.

3. Add 2 cups water. Cover and cook on low heat until meat is tender. 

4. Increase heat and stir fry until oil seperates from gravy

For the rice
1. 15cups/3 litres of boiling water, stir in 3 tablespoon of salt and the soaked rice.

2. Boil rice until 3/4 cooked. Remove and drain thoroughly

3. Spread half of the rice in the rice cooker. Pour meat curry. Top with remaining rice. 

4. Cover rice cooker till rice is fully cooked.

5. Mix and serve with achaar as sides.

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