Rawther Biriyani

rawther biriyani
Popularly known in my husband’s family as Coimbatore Biriyani and Palakkad Biriyani, my brother in law’s wife and cousin (lubi) got me hooked on to this recipe. You’d love it if you are already a fan of different varieties of pulav. The richness of South Indian spices and mint leaves and their aroma wafting through the house excites quite an appetite.

This spicy dum biriyani is naturally deep red colored (by using plenty of ripe tomatoes and kashmiri red chilli powder) and made from an aromatic variety of short rice grains called Jeerakasala rice. It is popular in some parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Particularly found in the Rawther Muslim Community in Coimbatore and Palakkad district in Kerala, it is getting popular outside the Rawther communities too.

Served even during celebrations and weddings, Rawther Biriyani is served alongside non-veg sambhar popularly known as ‘Kaichar‘ and melon halwa (rich,red and yummy halwa).I found this link to the halwa recipe:

http://www.spicytasty.com/indian-sweets/kasi-halwa/

Very recently, I tried this recipe (thank you Lubi) at home with my mother in law. We used pre-marinated and lightly fried chicken in this recipe. You may reduce the amount of green chillies, ginger paste and red chilli powder to reduce the biriyani’s spice. Alternatively you may grill two large red peppers, remove the skin, blend the red flesh and add the ground paste to the biriyani masala for rich red color.

Ingredients:

Big Onions – 5 nos medium

Small Onions – 20 nos

Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp

Ripe Tomatoes – 5 large

Green Chillies – 3 or 4 nos

Cilantro Leaves – one handful

Mint Leaves – one handful

Red Capsicum (optional) – 1 no

Red Chilli powder – 3 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1.5 tsp

lime juice – (juice of one lime)

garam masala – a pinch

ghee – for taste

salt – as per taste

Jeerakasaala rice – 1.5 kilo

Chicken (biriyani cuts) – 2 kilo (optional – marinate it with turmeric, red chilli powder, salt and shallow fry it before adding to the biriyani masala)

 

Method: 

Soak jeerakasaala rice in water for 15 minutes and then rinse it well. Saute finely sliced onions in a deep bottomed pan, followed by green chillies, ginger garlic paste, and then add tomatoes. Add chopped cilantro and mint leaves, followed by red chilli powder, turmeric powder and lime juice.

You may grill one red capsicum, remove the black skin and pulse the flesh to add to the masala at this stage if you want to naturally deepen the reddish color of the masala.Add the (fried)chicken pieces and mix well.

Add enough water to the masala, season with salt and then add the rinsed rice. The water level should be 1.5 inches above the rice level. Cover it and cook it in high heat for 15 minutes. Lower the heat.Season it with some ghee and garam masala at this stage, cover it again and leave it for additional 10 minutes. Take the biriyani off the heat, fluff it up and serve it with raita and pappadums.

 

 

 

 

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Juicy Kebab Puffs

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I prepared this during ramadan for iftar using ready frozen puff sheets and frozen kebabs. Simply stuffed the puff sheets with uncooked kebabs and rolled it up, brushed some beaten egg on top and baked on a pre heated oven at 200 degree celsius for 20 minutes. Easy and tasty too.

Potato and Brinjal Bharta

Spiced Potato and Brinjal cooked with tangy tomato, perfect for puris and dosa.

potato baingan bharta

The original recipe does not call for brinjal. I love adding fried brinjals to most of my recipes including biriyani. I simply marinated a few brinjal wedges in some tamarind paste and fried it before adding it to the potato bharta.

What’s for Lunch?

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Chicken Spaghetti with white sauce

 

New products in my kitchen pantry

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Bought a few organic and some gluten free products from Organic Foods and Cafe at Jumeirah and from Hyper Panda at Dubai Festival Centre. I have yet to learn how to incorporate gluten free flour into cooking and baking foods. Meanwhile here’s a chocolate cookie dough I made today with leftover chocolate tart. Baked a few cookies and set aside rest of the dough in the freezer for later.

cookie dough

 

Beef Curry – Mildly spiced Beef Gravy

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Beef (bone in) cut in 1 inch pcs- 1/2 kg

Beef (boneless) cubed 1 inch e/pc – 1/2 kg

Sliced Onions – 3 medium nos

Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp

Garam Masala powder – 1 tsp

Coriander powder (I prefer Eastern meat masala powder) – 1 tblsp

Pepper powder – 1 tsp

salt – for taste and water – 2 cups

Cilantro leaves – for garnish

Method:

Clean the meat and cook it in the pressure cooker along with turmeric, garam masala, salt and one cup of water in low fire for the first 20 minutes.

Take it off the flame and allow it to cool. Meanwhile, in another pan, sauté the slice onions in oil till translucent. Add the coriander powder, pepper powder and the cooked meat along with its gravy. Return this curry to the pressure cooker. Add another cup of water if necessary. Cook it covered for another 10 minutes or till done. Garnish and serve it with rice or rotis.

beef gravy

Crochet Dress for my daughter

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My mother in law made this beautiful crochet dress for my daughter some time back. I plan on starting a crochet site for her soon and then post a picture of the front view of this beautiful crochet dress.

(I was a little bit lazy to snap a better picture but I hope the back view is still not bad).

Going Organic – for the family’s well being

Heinz Organic Ketchup and Non GMO organic whole grain cereals

Heinz Organic Ketchup and Non GMO organic whole grain cereals

I got these last week in an effort to get my family to eat organic and non GMO foods.After viewing one of the latest episodes of Dr Oz show, my shopping trolley had an inclusion of organic cucumbers and left out the local strawberries.

For those of you who are interested to see what other super foods I’m regularly purchasing now, check out my previous post here.

Tuna Vol au vent

puff pastry with tuna filling

puff pastry with tuna filling

I made this couple of years back at the time I was learning how to use the oven and baking cakes and pastries with recipes I got from the internet. Perhaps posting it now might inspire me to make this once again…someday.

Towards a Healthy Future

Its been some time now that I’m thinking of switching to healthy foods and I’m in the gradual process of clearing my kitchen pantries and refrigerator from unhealthy carbs and processed foods and replacing it with organic eggs, whole grains, gluten free flours and brown rice products.Not so long ago, I would feed my husband and kids with processed foods daily like frozen burgers, sausages, seasoned noodles, breaded nuggets, french fries, doughnuts, cornflakes, biscuits,canned foods, white rice, white flour products like bread, bun, long rolls, puri, etc. I’m also worried about genetically modified foods (GMO) and each time myself or any family member suffers from gut problems, I feel like I’m responsible too.

quinoa, oat bran and brown rice spaghetti

quinoa, oat bran and brown rice spaghetti

These are a few varieties of gluten free foods I’ve purchased lately.I’ve also got ‘milled flax seeds’ and its good with smoothies. Also I want to include fingermillet (ragi) in my diet.

You can find quite a few good documentaries on youtube about gmo,corn,and processed foods.I personally suffered some time from gluten foods and dairy. Quitting these foods and replacing them with healthier alternatives helped my gut to be healthy and I was energised and active, unlike earlier when I’d be very tired and sleepy, with achy joints, hair loss.

In my effort to replace white sugar, I tried alternatives like aspartame, stevia, xylitol and german rock sugar. I like the taste of xylitol and german rock sugar.Again, avoiding them is still better.

Another thing that worries me is the drinking water quality. We switched to bottled water for couple of years now,but I’m reading about the problems due to plastic bottles and its not nice.We plan to purchase a good water filter.Meanwhile we are buying ‘low sodium’ bottled water.

The struggle to live healthy and eat smartly is still going on.

Have a wonderful day!