Biryani – A small batch

November 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

Biryani is a South Asian dish made with highly seasoned rice, vegetables, and/or meat. It’s a great recipe for clearing out the fridge. Many thanks to my new boss for showing me how easy this dish is to prepare.

1/2 cup rice (preferably Basmati)
1 clove garlic, grated
1 inch fresh ginger, grated
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 cup assorted vegetables, chopped (does not include onion and tomato)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon butter
chili powder to taste
1/4 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon prepared curry powder
1 inch cinnamon stick
salt and pepper to taste

Many versions also add meat, dried fruit and/or nuts. As always with recipes like this, ingredients and amounts are flexible.

Rinse rice in a sieve until the water runs clear and set aside

Heat oil and butter in a Dutch oven
add onions and cook until translucent
add garlic and ginger, and cook until fragrant
add assorted vegetables and cook until wilted
add spices and cook until fragrant
add tomato and cook until totally broken down (the tomato is used to deglaze the pan)
add rice and toast raw rice a bit
add water and cinnamon stick
bring to a low boil
cover and cook for 15 minutes

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Entry filed under: For One or Two, Indian, Main Course, Popular Ethnic Dishes, Sides & Salads, Vegetarian. Tags: , .

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