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Biryani - Delhi, India

Cuisine: Indian
Type: Chicken, Rice
Courses: Starters and appetizers
Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 tablespoon 15mlSaffron
4 teaspoons 20mlWarm milk
2   Hot green chili peppers - as serranos seeded & stemmed
2   Hot red chili peppers - as serranos seeded & stemmed
2   Onion - chopped (large)
1   Ginger root - peeled
8   Garlic - peeled
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlGround cloves
8   Peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlCardamom seeds - 1 16oz box
1   Cinnamon stick - crushed
1 teaspoon 5mlCoriander seeds
1 teaspoon 5mlCumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlPoppy seeds
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlGround mace
1/2 cup 8g / 0.3ozCilantro or mint leaves
1/4 cup 59mlFresh lemon juice
2 cups 474mlPlain yogurt
3 lbs 1362g / 48ozBoneless chicken - cut into 1" cubes
  Salt to taste
2 tablespoons 30mlVegetable oil
1 tablespoon 15mlGhee
1   Onion - finely chopped
8   Tomatoes - chopped (large)
2 cups 320g / 11ozUncooked basmati or other long-grain rice
1/3 cup 53g / 1.9ozRaisins - raw cashews, and almonds
6   Hard-boiled eggs - halved

Recipe Instructions

Soak saffron in warm milk for 5 minutes and puree in blender. Add chiles, onions, ginger, garlic, cloves, peppercorns, cardamom seeds, cinnamon, coriander and cumin seeds, poppy seeds, nutmeg, mace, cilantro or mint leaves and lemon juice. Blend into smooth paste. Put paste into large bowl, add yogurt and mix well.

Marinate chicken in yogurt mixture with salt, covered for at least 2 - 6 hours in refrigerator. In skillet. heat oil over medium heat for 1 minute. Add ghee and 15 seconds later add onion and fry for about8 minutes. Reserve for garnish. In same skillet, cook chicken with its marinade with tomatoes for about 10 minutes over medium heat, uncovered. Remove chicken pieces from the sauce and set aside. Add rice to sauce, bring to boil, and cook, covered over low heat for 15 minutes.

Return chicken and add raisins, cashews and almonds; mix well. Simmer, covered for 5 minutes. Place chicken, eggs and rice in large serving dish in such a way that yellow of the eggs, the saffron-colored rice, the nuts and the chicken make a colorful display. Add reserved onion as garnish.

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