Sunday, 16 June 2013

Chicken Tikka Biryani

Chicken Tikka Biryani is served ... Come join us :)

Had been meaning to make this since ages.  Just never got round to it. So finally decided Friday was a good day for such a lavish meal :) Here goes the recipe:

For the Tikka spice:
There are many variations of this powder.. some a lot simpler and some even more complicated. Its up to you - I usually have all these spices in my spice rack, so its not an issue for me. But if you need to drop something lemme know and I'll tell u what to substitute for it 

3 tblsp ground coriander
3 tblsp ground cumin
3 tblsp paprika powder
3 tblsp mango powder
1 tblsp garam masala powder
1 tblsp garlic powder
1 tblsp ground ginger
1 tblsp dried mint
1 tblsp Kasuri methi
1 tblsp red chilli powder
1 tblsp orange food colour
1/4 tblsp nutmeg and mace powder

Make sure the coriander and cumin are freshly ground. If ure really into spice making, like I am, then use home made garam masala :)

Keep the spice well labeled in a glass jar.. airtight and away from moisture ..

Prepare the Tikkas first
This is one chicken, cut in 4 pieces.
Slit a few cuts on the pieces
Make a paste with
3 heaped tsps tikka powder
1 level tsp salt
3 tblsp vinegar
2 tblsp ginger garlic paste
Oil to make a thick smooth paste
Apply 3/4 of that generously on the chicken pieces and cover and set aside.

For the biryani
1 kilo boneless chicken cubes
1/4 of the tikka paste
1 bowl or 250 gms yogurt
puree of 2 medium onions
puree of 4 tomatoes
1 tblsp fried onion paste
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp red chili powder
1 heaped tsp ground coriander powder
2 tblsp gg paste
150 ml cream
2 small lemons, sliced very thinly

1 kilo white rice, boiled with a stick of cinnamon and drained, set aside

Marinate the chicken cubes in the remaining marinade for the tikka and the yoghurt. Set aside.

Put the tikka pieces on foil on a baking tray. Add 1/2 cup water and 4 tblsp oil.. Cover the tray with foil and set it in  the oven on high heat to bake. Once it looks done, uncover and let it get some colour... Do check to see whether its done before u uncover!


Brown the onion puree in oil and once it catches colour
Add the spices.. saute more. . careful not to burn..
Add the tomato puree
Saute it till it leaves oil...
Tip in the marinated chicken, bhunofy, cover and let cook.
Once the gravy looks done, add the gg and bhunofy more. Test for spices, set aside.

Layer the biryani as you would normally... and in each spread the cream as evenly as possible. Place the lemon slices on top and cover with the next layer of rice..

Serve the tikka pieces on top separately.. or you can place them on the rice once it has gathered steam and open at the table...

The tikkas are very very yumm on their own as well .. so you can just make them and serve with salad, naans, the works.. Do give it a try, inshaAllah u'll love it :)

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