Chicken briyani north indian dish (main course)

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
-Chicken Savoury ===============
1 3/16 kilograms Chicken or Chicken pieces
5 tablespoons Ghee or oil
2 tablespoons Blanched almonds
2 tablespoons Sultanas
4 smalls Potatoes, peeled & halved
2 larges Onions, finely chopped
5 Cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Fresh ginger, finely chopped alf tsp chilli powder half tsp ground black pepper half tsp ground turmeric
1 teaspoon Ground cummin
1 teaspoon Salt
2 mediums Tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons Yoghurt
2 tablespoons Chopped mint leaves half tsp ground cardamom
5 Cm piece of cinnamon stick Briyani Rice ============
500 grams Basmati (Long Grain) rice
2 & a half Tbl ghee
1 large Onion a good pinch of powdered saffron
5 Cardamom pods
3 Whole cloves
Cm piece of cinnamon stick half tsp powdered aromatic ginger
2 teaspoons Rose water (essence)
1 & half tsp salt
4 cups Strong chicken stock

A) Chicken Savoury Cut chicken into serving pieces. Heat half the ghee in a small frying pan, fry almonds until golden; drain. Fry sultanas for a few seconds and set aside. Fry peeled and halved potatoes until brown, drain and reserve. Pour any ghee left in the pan into a large saucepan, add remaining ghee and fry onion, garlic and ginger until onion is soft and golden. Add chilli, pepper, turmeric, cummin, salt & tomato. Fry, stirring constantly for 5 mins.

Add yoghurt, mint, cardamom and cinnamon stick. Cover and cook over low heat stirring occassionally until tomato is cooked to a pulp. (It may be necessary to add a little hot water if mixture becomes too dry and starts to stick to the pan). When mixture is thick and smooth, add chicken pieces and stir well to coat them with spice mixture.

Cover & cook over very low heat until chicken is tender, approx.

35-45 minutes. There should be very little thick gravy left when chicken is cooked. If necessary, cook uncovered for a few minutes to reduce gravy.

B) Briyani Rice Wash rice well and drain in colander for at least 30 minutes. Heat ghee and fry onion until golden. Add saffron, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon stick, aromatic ginger and rice. Fry stirring, until rice is coated with the ghee. Add rose water and salt to hot stock, pour over rice mixture and stir well. Add chicken savoury and potatoes and gently mix into rice. Bring to boil. Cover saucepan tightly, turn heat to very low for 20 minutes. DO NOT lift lid or stir while cooking (Impt!). Spoon briyani onto a warm serving dish.

Garnish with almond & sultanas and serve immediately.

From: Imran Chaudhary Date: 21 Apr 94 From: Dale Shipp Date: 09-18-94

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