Thursday, May 04, 2006
I have never been to North Kerala. But was blessed with friends who originally came from there to Malaysia. I loved the sing song manner they spoke their malayalam and their food was different from what I have eaten in my home. This recipe is again from Jameela Aunty, who knew how much I loved to eat biriyani and used to pack it and send to the hospital, whenever I was on night duty.
chicken:1 kg..cut in to 8 pieces(smaller if you like)
Coriander powder:1 tsp
turmeric powder:1 tsp
fennel(perumjeerakam) powder:1/2 t spn
cinnamon:1 inch piece
mace:2 small pieces
Ginger and garlic paste:1 tsp each
Rose essence:1 tspn
tomato:2 medium size, cut in to small pieces
coriander leaves:1 tbl spn
mint leaves:1 tbl spn
currry leaves:2 sprigs
juice from 1 lemon
1. grind the cuscus, chillies, ginger and garlic together
2.powder cinnamon cardomom, cloves and mace
3.slice the onion
4.fry half the onion in the oil &ghee mix till browned and drain
5.fry the cashew drain, raisin.drain
6.In a big pan boil 2 lit of water, add the cleaned basmathi rice and sufficient salt and cook till the rice is 1/2 done. drain
7. In a big casserole, mix the cleaned meat,remaining onion,cut tomatoes,coriander leaves, mint leaves,curry leaves, ground cuscus, ginger garlic mix,chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric,lemon juice,powdered spice mix, yogurt, salt and I cup of water mixed with rose essence.
8. the left over oil ghee mix pour over the meat mix
9.layer the rice on top of the meat mix, followed by the fried onion, cashew raisin mix, then rice, then the onion mix.. the top layer should be rice.
10.close the casserole lid
11. mix 100 gm of flour with some water, till you get a nice thick paste
12. seal the edge of the casserole with this paste..make sure it is sealed well
13. place the casserole back on fire..low heat. when you see the steam is filling inside the casserole,(abt 20 mints) take it off from fire
14.meanwhile pre heat the oven to 350
15.place the casserole in the oven and bake for 30 mints.
16:break the seal, mix the rice and serve hot
note:the recipe looks complicated..but it isn't. when I have a party, I always make this biriyani, as there is not much of stirring involved. and the end result is spectacular.
Posted by Sarah at 8:58 AM