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Vegetarian Dum Biryani

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This is the first time i am making dum biryani and I am not gonna look back! I earned the thumbs up from Ben and we loved it! Of all the times i have tried making biryani, i think this method yields the most perfect result, in terms of flavour, texture and taste. I made this vegetarian as Ben likes it that way for his biryani but I am definitely gonna try making different version of this using the same method and recipe. I am excited to make more of it and posting about them! 😀

Ingredients:

  1. 2/3 heaped cup basmati rice cooked in 1 cup + abit more water
  2. 1 large onion, sliced
  3. 3 star aniseed, 3 cinnamon sticks, pinch of cumin seeds
  4. 1 stick carrot, diced
  5. 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  6. 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  7. 1/2 tbsp minced/finely chopped ginger
  8. Spice mix: 1tsp turmeric, 1/2tsp cumin, 1tsp garam masala, 1tsp salt, 1/2tsp chilli powder, dash of pepper, 1tsp coriander powder
  9. 1/2 cup homemade yogurt + 2tbsp water
  10. 1/2 green pepper, 1/2 red pepper, diced
  11. 1/2 cup coriander, chopped
  12. Pinch of saffron soaked in 2tbsp water
  13. Fried shallots/onions, raisins (I omitted raisins this time as i didn’t have any)

Method:

  1. Cook rice and set aside.
  2. Fry onion, star aniseed, cinnamon sticks and cumin seeds in olive oil/ghee. Fry until onions has just turned golden.
  3. Add in tomatoes and carrot and fry.
  4. When tomatoes in starting to turn soft, add in garlic, ginger and spice mix. Toast for about 30 seconds.
  5. Add in yogurt and 2tbsp water. Mix well and fry for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add in green and red peppers, and coriander. Fry for about 3 minutes. Turn off heat.
  7. Transfer masala into a baking dish. Spoon half of cooked rice evenly over the masala.
  8. Drizzle saffron water over rice and top with fried shallots and raisins.
  9. Spoon the rest of the rice over the top. Top with more fried shallots and raisins.
  10. Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated oven at 190deg for 30minutes.
  11. Remove from oven, fluff up rice and mix. Season with more salt to taste. Cover foil back and let rice rest for another 10minutes before serving.
  12. Best served with raita/tzatziki sauce.
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