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11 September 2014,10:53 by
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MOPPILAH BIRIYANI

Serves :
10

Preparation Time :
45 minutes

Cooking Time :
1 hour

Preparation Method :

  • Grind to a paste the ginger, green chillies and garlic
  • Peel and slice the onions very thin, also the tomatoes.
  • Powder the cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, aniseed and caraway.
  • Combine the chilli, coriander and turmeric powders, with the salt, and apply onto the cleaned chicken pieces In a heavy and moderately deep vessel, heat half the ghee. Fry and remove the cashews and kismis.
  • Saute the onions in the hot ghee, when it starts turning slightly brown, toss in the chopped tomato, the fresh ground paste, and half the spice powder mix.
  • Stir the whole mixture well and add the marinated chicken pieces. Cover and cook. Take care not to overcook.
  • Bring salted water to the boil in a large vessel.
  • Into the boiling water put in the washed rice and cook till three-fourths done. The rice should also not be overcooked. Drain.
  • In an oven proof dish, spoon in a quarter of the boiled rice.
  • Place one third of the chicken pieces and gravy, sprinkle a little spice powder and a few shreds of the coriander and mint leaves. Also a few cashews and kismis. Repeat
  • Finally dab the remaining half portion of the ghee on the last layer of rice. Cover the dish with a tight lid or with aluminium foil. Bake fifteen to twenty minutes.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5  kg Basmati Rice             
  • 1.5  kg Chicken pieces           
  • 500 grams Ghee                   
  • 750 grams Onions                
  • 200 grams Garlic                  
  • 100 grams Green Chillies     
  • 100 grams Ginger                
  • 5 pieces Cinnamon               
  • 8 Cardamom                         
  • 6 Cloves                                
  • 1 teaspoon Aniseed              
  • 1 teaspoon Caraway             
  • 3 teaspoon Chilli powder     
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder               
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 200 grams Tomato               
  • 50 grams Coriander leaves  
  • 50 grams Mint leaves          
  • 100 grams Cashews             
  • 100 grams Kismis                
  • Salt to taste

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