Very minty, vegetable biryani

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 \N Inch ginger; fresh, peeled
4½ \N Cloves garlic
4 \N Chillies, green
2 cups Yogurt; thick
6 \N Tomatoes, medium; diced
6 \N Cardamoms
6 \N Cloves
6 \N Cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 teaspoon Garam masala
2 teaspoons Coriander powder
½ teaspoon Red chili powder
1 \N Bunch coriander leaves; fresh, chopped
1 \N Bunch mint leaves; fresh, torn
5 \N Chillies, green; slit
2½ cup Rice (basmati preferred); washed and well drai
2 \N Medium-large onions; sliced very thin
4 teaspoons Ghee
5 cups Water
2 cups Beans; slivered
1 cup Carrots; slivered
2 cups Cauliflower; cut into small flore
4 \N Bay leaves (tez patta)
1 teaspoon (heaped) fennel seeds
1 \N Star anise; broken

Pre-heat oven to 400.

Grind to paste the ginger, garlic, and 4 chillies. Add to yogurt along with tomatoes, cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon, turmeric, garam masala, coriander powder, red chili, coriander leaves, mint and slit chillies. Mix well and set aside. For best results let this soak for 2-3 hours.

Fry half the sliced onions in 3 tbsp. ghee until translucent. Add the rice, stir till coated with ghee and fry until a little crisp. Add water, cover and cook on low, low heat till three-fourths done. Remove from heat.

Removing rice off heat after it is three-quarters done should leave some fluid content that will get absorbed in the baking process. Baking allows the flavors to seep in evenly as well as make the rice fluffy.

Heat 4 tbsp. oil plus 1 tbsp. ghee. Add tez patta, fennel, star anise (a must!). Add remaining sliced onion and fry until clear. Add vegetables, stir until crisp cooked. Add yogurt mix, salt to taste and cook it down till thick and spoonable.

Spread some rice in a large aluminum baking pan, then spread on some of the yogurt mix. Repeat, alternating rice and yogurt mix till everything is used up. Cover tightly with foil wrap by crimping foil over edges of pan. Bake for 30 mins.

Serve with a cold raita and a light curry of your choice.

Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #216 Date: Mon, 26 Aug 1996 15:28:56 -0400 From: kmeade@... (The Meades)

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