Friday, July 20, 2012

Vegetable Biryani

May the light that we celebrate at Ramadan
show us the way & lead us together on
the path of peace & social harmony.

2cups rice
2big potatoes (chopped in to bite size cubes)
1big carrot (chopped in to bite size cubes)
8beans (chopped in to bite size pieces)
3 big onions (sliced)
Curry leaves
Pandan leaves (raanbaa fai)
Maldivian chilly (githeyo mirus) (chopped)
1tsp ginger garlic paste
2inch 3piece cinnamon sticks
5 cardamom pods
4 cloves
11/2tbs garam masala powder
1/2tsp turmeric powder
1tsp roasted curry powder
Your choice of nuts about a handful
4cups of water
1/2cup vegetable oil

In a big pan boil water cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom and rice until half cooked. In another deep sauce pan heat oil & fry half of the onions until golden brown, take out the crispy onions on to a kitchen towel leave to drain oil, in the same oil roast the nuts until slightly light brown take from oil & leave to dry on paper towels, Just the same way roast the raisins until it pops, take on to paper towels, mix fried & roasted, onions, nuts & raisins leave aside, In the same sauce pan add rest of the onions, potatoes, carrots, beans, curry leaves, pandan leaves, ginger garlic paste and Maldivian chilly mix all ingredients if you think oil is less add extra oil. On low heat stir fry these vegetables until vegetables are half cooked.

Now add garam masala powder, turmeric powder, roasted curry powder and salt mix with the vegetables and roast the vegetables with the spices for 2 to 3 minutes, add the half cooked rice with the remaining water in the rice or if no water add 1cup of water and mix everything slowly, put the lid on the sauce pan and cook for 5minutes or until all water is absorbed. Fluff the biryani with a fork to separate the rice grains. Put biryani into a serving dish and sprinkle a generous amount of roasted onions, nuts & raisin mixture on top, Serve hot ..............................enjoy!!

Note: I did not sprinkle nuts, raisins on top of this recipe that's because my kids does not like it....

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