Sunday, 14 February 2010

Kofta Biryani

I searched the net, looking for something that would do justice to the word "biryani".. but all I found were recipes of koftas in rice.. by the way, if anyone knows of a good one, do let me know.. well, so, I got some  things together and this is the result.. I must say, it tasted fabulous.. rich and very biryani-ish :) DO try this and pls DO give me ur feedback..

So, this is what you need:

For the Koftas

½ kilo mince meat
2 medium chopped onions
1 bunch of fresh coriander
1 full tbls of GG paste
2 slices of stale bread, softened in water and squeezed out

Spice plate:
2 tsp cumin powder
1 and half tsp coriander powderz
1 full tsp curry powder
1 level tsp garam masala
1 tsp salt, or to taste
½ tsp elaichi powder
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp black salt
¼ tsp cinnamon powder

For the biryani masala
½ kilo mince meat
2 large onions, ringed
5 tomatoes
1 tbls GG paste
About 150 gms almonds –I took a handful..

Spice plate:
4 cloves
5 black pepper corns
2 big elaichis
1 tsp shahi zeera
1 star anise
1 full tsp, or to taste, salt
1 full tsp coriander powder
1 full tsp cumin powder
½ tsp black pepper powder
½ tsp haldi
½ tsp, or to taste, red chilli flakes
½ tsp garam masala
¼ tsp each of elaichi powder, jaiphal and jawetri

And of course
3 mugs of rice
ghee/oil to fry
yellow food colour

Do this:

1- process all ingredients for the koftas together finely

2- make small balls, fry in oil and set aside

3- heat oil in a pot, add the whole spices and fry for a few seconds. Add onion rings and let them brown very slightly. Add the mince and sautee it. You want a nice brown colour. Add  the spice plate and sautee till the meat is well done

4- blend the almonds in a blender with a little water to get a thick paste. Fry this paste in ghee, or oil, if you wish, to "cook" it. It will look like kheer to start with and end up looking like khoya.. thats when its done

5- add this paste and chopped tomatoes to the mince. Mix in well, cover and let it cook on very low heat for 10 minutes. Uncover, taste for salt, set aside.

6- layer some rice in a large pot, spread some of the mince masala, some koftas and another layer of rice.

7- sprinkle the yellow food colour as is, without diluting with water, repeat with layering..

8- last layer should be rice. Cover and let the rice gather steam.. uncover.. serve.. enjoy.. :)