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Chicken Biryani in a pressure cooker

30 Sep

Pressure cooker is probably the most important vessel to cook for Indians. Its easy, quick, and healthy as well. But whoever makes biryani in a pressure cooker, honestly, I do. I am always looking for quick meals and I love hosting Indian non-vegetarian meals. In my 30 years of life, I never have and probably never will find anything close to the Mutton Biryani that my dad cooks, but I had to find something that I can replicate yet be quick and easy. Indians have all the spices needed for the recipe at home, you can easily find the spices in Indian stores. It is not the healthiest dish but very very tasty and royal, if you want it to be! I am not sure if everyone knows how to eat  Biryani because you don’t have to eat the whole spices but making is a fun process, and probably you can never get it right the first time, honestly, even I mess up a lot of times. But  a word of caution, if it comes out perfect, the aroma will get your taste buds craving for just that one more serving! If you know your cooker well, and if the meat is tender enough, this recipe will make you a really yummy Biryani.

https://mefoodatarian.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/chicken-biryani-in-a-pressure-cooker/

Tip: To make it royal, just fry dry fruits like cashews, almonds in ghee and garnish the biryani with additional dry fruits like raisins and even pistachios if you like!

All you need:

  1. 2 1/2 cups rice, preferably long grain
  2. 1 lb chicken pieces preferably with bones
  3. 1/2 cup yogurt
  4. 2 green chillies, slit
  5. 2 large or 4 medium onions, finely sliced
  6. 1 tomato, sliced
  7. 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  8. Powdered spices : 1 tsp turmeric powder,1 tbsp coriander powder, 1/2 tbsp cumin powder, 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp garam masala
  9. Whole spices : 1 bay leaf, 1 black cardamom, 1 anistar, 1 mace, 3 green cardomom, 4 cloves, 6-8 black peppercorns, 1 tsp cumin, 1 inch cinnamon
  10. 6 and 1/2 cups of water
  11. 1/2 cup oil
  12. 1/4 cup melted ghee(clarified butter)
  13. few saffron strands dissolved in 2 tbsp warm milk
  14. 2 tbsp chopped cilatro for garnish(optional)

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. Wash gently and soak rice for half an hour.
  2. Marinade chicken with powdered spices, yogurt, salt, green chilies and ginger garlic paste.
  3. Meanwhile heat entire oil and half ghee. Drop in the onions and fry onions till crispy. Reserve remaining oil.
  4. Bring about 6 cups of water to boil. Add whole spices and little salt. Add rice.
  5. Boil for about 3-4 minutes making sure rice is not fully cooked. Drain. Do not throw away the whole spices.
  6. In the pressure cooker, heat the remaining oil and layer some of the crispy onions in the bottom of cooker, make a layer with chicken, rice, onions every layer add little water feom the remaining half cup and little salt. Reserve little onions for garnishing.
  7. Pour warm milk with saffron on top, rest of the ghee, orange food color if you’d like.
  8. Cook on medium low heat with lid on 4 heat for 5 mins. Turn down the heat to lowest possible for the remaining time on 2. Turn off heat and let it sit for about 10 mins.
  9. Add remaining fried onions, cilantro.
  10. Serve with raita if possible.
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Weekend Oven Fried Chicken

30 May

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Ah! Oven fried chicken at home. Great start to the weekend 🙂

Just mixed dried ingredients (salt,pepper,garlic powder, chili powder, cumin powder, quarter cup rice flour and cornmeal) in a plastic bag and smeared about half cup of mayonnaise on 5 drumsticks, dropped them in the bag,shook it well dusting off excess flour mixture and cooked on a greased sheet in the oven at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. Yum! Burp! Oops…sorry ha ha! Have a nice weekend y’all!

Chicken Mughlai

25 Apr

Royal food vs. regular daily boring routine food!!! Who’s in? I am for sure!

Many of the popular dishes in India come from the classic, traditional Mughlai food! Every time I visit Hyderabad, the aroma of saffron, whole spices, ghee(clarified butter), chicken, biryani, even  boiling milk transcends the soul in a different world. I wish I had learnt this recipe earlier. Oh, well, let’s head towards the recipe before my mouth starts watering! Just a quick note, this recipe needs to be marinated for a minimum of 5-6 hours, overnight marinated chicken will taste even better.

Tip: This recipe takes a little love and effort to make, please prepare everything beforehand and keep the ingredients ready. Even if it looks long, it’s all worth it! I only have this pic! I will try making it again for a better picture.

Chicken Mughlai

All you need:

For marinade:

  1. 1 lb Chicken preferably with bones (Washed, cut into medium sized pieces)
  2. 1/2 cup Yogurt
  3. A pinch of turmeric powder
  4. 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  5. 1 tbsp coriander powder
  6. 1/2 tbsp cumin powder
  7. 1 tsp garam masala powder
  8. Salt as required
  9. 1 tbsp oil

Whole and powdered spices:

  1. 1 bayleaf
  2. 1-2 inch cinnamon whole
  3. 3-4 cloves
  4. 3-4 green cardamom pods
  5. 1 black cardamom pod
  6. 1 anistar
  7. 5-10 black peppercorns
  8. 1 tbsp coriander powder
  9. 1 tsp cumin powder
  10. 1/4 tsp ground mace
  11. 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  12. 1/4 tsp garam masala
  13. 1/4 tsp turmeric
  14. 1 tsp red chili powder

Other ingredients:

  1. 1 medium sized onion sliced (I prefer red)
  2. 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  3. 1 green chili finely chopped(I use serrano pepper about half if its a small one)
  4. 2 chicken bouillons
  5.  1/2 cup skinless almonds (soaked)
  6. 1/4 cup unsalted cashews (soaked)
  7. 1/2 cup cream
  8. a pinch of saffron strands
  9. Salt as required
  10. Ghee or Oil as required
  11. Mixed dry fruits like pistachios, almonds, cashews, brown raisins for garnishing.( I only had pistachios! 😦  )

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. Marinate the chicken and keep it overnight preferably.
  2. Heat oil, add onions, fry them until they soften, do not fry till the onions turn brown, add ginger-garlic and fry till the raw smell disappears or for less than a minute, add the chili. Fry for a few more seconds. Turn off the heat, cool it and blend the mixture.
  3. Heat another pan for frying the chicken, fry chicken pieces until they look golden in color on both sides. Reserve the remaining oil in pan. Drain the extra oil off the pieces and keep the pieces aside in a bowl.
  4. In the same pan, in the remaining oil, add the whole spices (numbers 1-7) and fry till you start smelling the aroma, add the onion paste and fry for two minutes, add the powdered spices (numbers 8 – 14). Fry until it starts to stick together.
  5. Add the chicken bouillons and let it simmer for about 8-10 minutes.
  6. Add the chicken pieces. Stir and let the pieces cook in the mixture. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. Blend the almonds and cashews together.
  8. Add the paste and saffron to the pan. The saffron will blend well if added with a tablespoon of warm milk.
  9. Cover and cook for another batch of 10 minutes until the pieces get cooked completely.
  10. Check for salt, remove the cover and let the sauce thicken for a few minutes, add cream and let it cook for a few more minutes until everything looks well blended. Garnish with the dry fruits, serve warm with rice, naan or roti.
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