Hyderabadi Kacha Gosht Biryani

Chicken Biryani! Yes you’ve read it right. Just the word brings so much joy to us; imagine having it at the comforts of our houses. It one of the most preferred recipes in our house for Sunday lunch. Sunday you have ample time to dedicate to this pampered, fragrant rice delicacy.

There are two ways of cooking biryani; uncooked chicken and cooked chicken. Cooked chicken biryani needs chicken and rice to be cooked separately and later combined. Today’s recipe is typical hyderabadi kacha gosht biryani, where marinated raw chicken and half cooked rice are layered and cooked in a dum style on a low flame.

It is a time consuming recipe, but the results are so good that spending so much time for preparation doesn’t bother.  🙂

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Ingredients:

  • Chicken – 1kg, Washed
  • Onion – 2 big, finely sliced
  • Milk – ½ cup
  • Saffron – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Ghee – 2 tsp
  • Black Elaichi/Cardamom – 3 nos
  • Elaichi/Cardamom – 10 nos
  • Cinnamon – 1 stick, broken into two pieces
  • Bay leaves – 4 nos
  • Cloves – 7 nos
  • Shah Jeera / Cummin – 1 tsp
  • Black Pepper powder – 1 tsp

 Marinade:

  • Thick Curd – 1 cup
  • Ginger Garlic Paste – 4tsp
  • Tomatoes -2
  • Salt – to taste
  • Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander Cumin Powder (Dhaniya Jeera) – 1 tsp
  • Biryani Masala – 1 tsp
  • Ghee – 2 tsp

 To cook Rice:

  • Basmati Rice – 4 cups
  • Salt – to taste
  • Coriander Cumin Powder (Dhaniya Jeera) – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Water- as required

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Method:

  1. In a pan, add oil and toss in Black Elaichi/Cardamom, Elaichi/Cardamom, Cinnamon, Bay Leaves, Cloves, Shah Jeera, black pepper and salt. Stir fry, and then add onions. Fry the onions till they get golden brown in color. Make sure that it doesn’t burn. Use half for chicken marination and save the other half for garnishing.
  2. Cut properly washed chicken into pieces. Take a big glass dish or bowl, add chopped chicken, curd, ginger garlic paste, tomatoes, golden brown onion, biryani masala, salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander cumin powder and ghee. Mix them all well. Cover and keep aside the chicken for one hour to marinate.
  3. Take a cooking pot. Add water, salt, Coriander Cumin Powder and oil. Let it boil. Once boiled, add rice. Cook the rice till it is 70% cooked. Sieve the rice and keep aside.
  4. Add saffron to luke warm milk and mix together. Keep aside.
  5. Take a handi/ deep cooking pot. Start with the marinated chicken as first layer. Spread the chicken equally on the base, so that it gets cooked equally.
  6. Then spread the half of cooked rice equally as the second layer. Pour a tsp of ghee, some golden brown onions, half of the saffron milk mixture. Now spread the rest of the rice as next and last layer. Pour remaining ghee, golden brown onions and saffron milk mixture.
  7. Take wheat dough and roll it into a long rope. Roll it around the edges of your cooking pot. Place a lid and seal the pot (as shown in the picture below). Place a heavy weight on the lid so that it seals properly.

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         8. Follow this process if you have proper handi as shown in the above pic: Cook biryani for 2 mins on high flame, then lower the flame and cook for 30 mins on low flame. Else, follow this                         process: Cook Biryani on high flame for 2 mins. Remove the pot from the stove and place an iron tawa. Allow to heat. Reduce to low flame and place back the biryani pot on the iron tawa and      cook biryani for 30 mins. Turn off heat and remove the pot from the tawa.

Biryani is ready. Serve it hot with Raita and chicken gravy of your choice. In my next post I will be writing the recipe of the gravy I made with this biryani.

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KFC Style Crsipy Fried Chicken

 

KFC is one of our few favorite fast food joints. Many times we have visited KFC to savor the taste of crispy & crunchy fried chicken. But you cannot indulge in such food on regular basis. So Sunday being a family day, we decided to cook crispy fried chicken at home. Just the KFC Way! It came out crisp, delicious and fabulous! It is an easy recipe which has the potential to become your kids favorite recipe.

 

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Ingredients:

Marinade:

  • Chicken with Skin – 1 Whole, cut into pieces
  • Water – 4 cups
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder -1 tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1tsp

Coating:

  • Egg – 1, beaten
  • Buttermilk – 1 cup
  • All purpose flour – 2 cup
  • Cornflakes – 1 cup, crushed
  • Garlic – 6-7 cloves, finely chopped
  • Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp
  • Oregano – 1 tsp
  • Basil – 1 tsp
  • Black pepper – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste

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Method:

  1. In a large glass dish or bowl, combine the water, salt, red chili and garam masala and mix together. Add chicken and mix them well. Cover and refrigerate to marinate for at least 5-6 hours.
  2. In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together garlic, egg and buttermilk. Stir to form a fine paste.
  3. In another shallow dish or bowl, mix together the flour, cornflakes, salt, red chili, oregano, basil and black pepper.
  4. Remove chicken from the marinade, discarding remaining water.
  5. Preheat oil in a deep wok.
  6. One at a time, dip chicken first into the egg mixture. Then roll chicken into the flour mixture. Then again into the egg mixture and again into the flour mixture.
  7. Now leave the chicken in oil to fry. Deep fry the chicken and remove. Remove excess oil using a tissue paper.
  8. Repeat the process for remaining chicken.

Serve them hot with cheese sauce and ketchup.

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Benefit Series – Mango

Known as “King of Fruits”, Mango has a lot of nutritional value besides its mouth watering taste & aroma. Mango houses rich enzymes, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. It is a tropical tree cultivated in many regions of India and now it is also the most distributed fruit over worldwide.

Mango is one of the richest sources of Vitamin A and Vitamin C and minerals namely potassium, calcium and phosphorus. It is laden with fiber too. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents, thus increasing our body immunity.

Potassium is an important component of our body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Mango provides 16mg of Potassium per 100gm. Sooo healthy right!!! J

Because of its high content of vitamin A, mango is known to promote good eyesight,prevents night blindness and dry eyes. One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A. And high content of fiber in it helps keep digestion in check.

Mango is also helpful in beauty treatments, apart from its internal qualities. Mango, if applied directly on the skin, helps in clearing clogged pored and eliminates pimple.

In summer we should try to include mangoes in our daily diet. As in Indian households, after dinner one mango is religiously cut to savor as “Dessert”. Also, there are a lot of food variations which can be worked upon with them like ‘aam raas’ or Mango Milkshake.

Last week our family went on a small vacation to our native town in Konkan. Mango Gardens, there were packed with ripe mangoes. We got boxes full of them back to Mumbai and have been enjoying aam raas since. 🙂

Here is the easiest recipe with Mango –

Aam Raas

Ingredients:

  • Mango – 3 Nos.
  • Sugar – 3 big spoon
  • Salt – Just a pinch

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Method:

  1. Take fresh mangoes and wash them under running water thoroughly.
  2. Now using your fingers soften the mango and take the seed (aam ki gutli) out of the fruit.
  3. Using you hands remove the mango pulp from the seed. Then use a spoon to remove the pulp from the cover of the fruit.
  4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 for other two mangoes.
  5. Transfer the pulp into a mixer. Add sugar and salt. Grind

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Aam Raas is ready. Transfer the aam raas from mixer to a bowls for serving. Enjoy as Dessert or with puris.

If you have a sweet tooth, try our other sweet dish recipes as well Ghiya ka Halwa and Dhondhas.

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Happy Mango Season!!
Nidhi