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on: March 25, 2018 04:03:12 PM 
Started by craftylittlemonkey, Message by craftylittlemonkey
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The mister goes to the big city once a week for work and has lunch there at an Indian place he really likes. He very rarely brings home leftovers but the last time he did it was the most delicious biryani rice I have EVER had. So fragrant and tasty, yum yum yum. Usually rice is just a vehicle to get something else into your mouth; meat, veg, sauce or whatever, but I could have eaten this all on it's own. I thought I had better try to find a good recipe. Here's the mash-up I used:

Heat 2-2 1/2 Tbsp oil in a heavy bottomed pan and fry until fragrant: 1 bay leaf, 1 star anise, 1 strand mace*, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 4-6 green cardamom pods, 4-6 green cloves, 1 two inch cinnamon stick.

Add 1/2 cup chopped onions and fry until golden.
Add 1/2 Tbsp each garlic and ginger finely minced and fry until fragrant, do not burn.
Add one large tomato, chopped and deseeded, 1/4 cup yogurt. 1/2 tsp red chili powder, a handful of mint and/or coriander leaves, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1-1 1/2 tsp Biryani powder*, salt as needed.

Fry until tomatoes turn mushy, the oil will begin to pool in the mixture as well.

Pour in 3.5 cups stock and/or water and bring to a boil, Add rice and bring back to a simmer, cooking until done to your liking. It may be a bit saucey if you want the rice firm but that is very nice. If you prefer it done more just set it aside once the liquid is absorbed with the lid on for a bit longer.

Fluff with a fork and serve with fresh chopped coriander and a wedge of lime if desired.

We had it with a spiced beef and veg stir fry and oh ho ho, it was delicious!

* Mace is not always easy to find, you can substitute powdered (any of the spices can be subbed for powdered and added along with the turmeric powder.) The Biryani powder is entirely optional, it's basically the same spices but concentrated so it just bumps up the flavour.  You could add a little curry powder or garam masala instead of just do without it.
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