Recipe

Handi Biryani


Ingredients
Rice 1 ½ cups
Carrots 4 medium
Ginger 1 inch piece
Garlic 7-8 cloves
Green chillies 4-5
Tomatoes 2 medium
Carrot 1 medium
Cauliflower 1/4
French beans 10-15
Green peas 1/2 cup
Fresh coriander leaves a few sprigs
Fresh mint leaves a few sprigs
Saffron (kesar) a few strands
Green cardamoms 2-3
Black cardamom 1
Cloves 2-3
Cinnamon 1 inch stick
Bay leaf 1
Oil 2 tbsp
Caraway seeds (shahi jeera) 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Yogurt 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Garam masala powder 1/2 tsp
Butter 3 tbsp

Instructions

Pick, wash and soak rice in sufficient water for about twenty minutes. Drain. Peel, wash and chop one onion finely and slice the others. Peel and wash ginger and garlic. Remove stems and wash green chillies. Grind ginger, garlic and green chillies to fine paste. Wash and chop tomatoes finely. Add ginger, garlic and green chillies paste. Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, yogurt and mix well.

Peel, wash and cut carrot into half inch sized pieces. Separate cauliflower into small florets, wash and drain. String, wash and cut French beans into half inch sized pieces. Wash and drain green peas. Clean, wash and chop coriander leaves and mint leaves separately. Boil drained rice in four cups of salted boiling water with green cardamoms, black cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf, until three-fourth done. Drain excess water and keep aside. Mix all the vegetables and boil in three cups of salted water till three-fourth done. Drain and refresh under running water. Keep aside.

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep-fry the sliced onions till golden brown. Drain onto an absorbent paper and keep aside. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a thick-bottomed pan. Add caraway seeds and cumin seeds. When they begin to change colour, add chopped onions and sauté until golden brown. Add chopped tomatoes and cook on a medium heat till fat leaves the masala. Add boiled vegetables and salt mix well. Take a handi, arrange alternate layers of cooked vegetables and rice. Sprinkle saffron, garam masala powder, coriander leaves, mint leaves, golden fried sliced onions and butter in between the layers and on top.

Make sure that you end with the rice layer topped with saffron and spices. Cover and seal with aluminum foil or roti dough. With a spoon, draw lines across the layers. Cover with lid and seal edges with dough and cook on a low flame for 30 minutes. Serve hot along with a raita or salan.