Thursday, December 17, 2009

No Fuss Biryani

I have yet to meet someone who dislikes biryani .It is by far the most famous and  loved one pot wonder of layered meat,spices and rice.I usually hesitate making biryani because to me its seems too big of a project that needs patience , time and off course expertise. Me being Hyderabadi from maternal side , have no idea to make biryani that takes less then 2 days from start to finish ( this includes marinating the meat a day ahead and the next day cooking qourma , boiling rice , layering , garnishing  and finally giving the dum ). I will confess though that all this hard work seems to pay off the moment I open the dum and the house fills with the insanely delicious aroma of  biryani … not to mention the praising and applaud from the loved ones and the satisfaction that comes along the task being well done makes it worth all the efforts.
Last Friday , my friends gathered to have a one dish party and decided to make biryani . I was kind of wondering how on earth we can make biryani in one day from scratch . We all got together as planned and started making biryani. It took us almost 3 hours from start to finish and to my surprise the end result was a yumlicious biryani, though not the usual taste of a hyderabadi biryani but honestly it tasted really wicked with salad , raita , ice cold Pepsi ..and the company of good friends.
I am posting the recipe here rightly naming it no fuss biryani :)


What you need :

For the rice :
  • Rice : One Kg ( washed and soaked for an hour )
  • oil : 2 Tb spoon
  • Salt : 3 Tb spoon ( up to taste )
  • Whole Garam Masala: 1 Tb spoon
  • Vinegar : 1 Tb spoon
For the meat Qourma ( gravy ):
  • Chicken : 2 kg
  • Onions : 5 Medium ( chopped finely)
  • Tomatoes : 5 medium ( chopped Finely)
  • Green chili : 3 –5 ( chopped finely )
  • GG paste : 1 Tb spoon
  • National Biryani Masala : 1 packet
  • salt : 1 tspoon  ( up to taste)
  • Red chili powder : 1 tspoon ( up to your tolerance level)
  • Coriander Powder : 1 tspoon
  • oil : 1 cup


How to do it :

For the rice :
  1. Boil rice with all the ingredients till three fourth done. Drain and keep aside. ( pic -  6 )
For the qourma :
  1. Wash chicken , keep in strainer to let the water drip. ( pic - 1 )
  2. Heat oil .. add in onions and green chilies and fry till onions are light brown. ( pic - 2 )
  3. Add in the GG paste. cook for a minute.
  4. Throw in the chicken and cook till its no longer raw and turns white. ( pic - 3 )
  5. Add in all the masalas ( National biryani masala , salt ,chili and coriander powder).Cook for almost 5 – 10 minutes . ( pic - 4 )
  6. Toss in  chopped tomatoes and continue cooking till all the water dries up and you end up with thoroughly cooked chicken and a clingy gravy. ( pic – 5 )
  7. Layer half of the rice at the bottom of the pan , sprinkle in the food colour ( pic - 7 )
  8. Spoon in  all the chicken gravy and spread out evenly . ( pic - 8 )
  9. Finish off with another layer of rice .. topping with food colour and remaining masala if any . ( pic - 9 )
  10. Put the lid tightly and put on dum on the stove for about 30 – 35 minutes.
  11. Gently mix in the rice and meat .. serve with salad and raita.
Notes :
  • Adding vinegar while boiling rice will result in more whiter rice.
  • Adding oil prevents the rice from sticking together .
  • Since its a no fuss biryani , we didn’t bother about the garnish much , but for more aromatic biryani add fried onions, green coriander and mint in between the layers and in the end along with the food colour.
  • Follow the same recipe for mutton biryani but keep in mind that the gravy will take longer to cook .



Nareman said...

the last time i had biryani was 5 months ago! :(

Sadia Naseeb said...

Yaar tum idhar a'a japo ..mujhay wasay bhi aik aded taste tester ki zaroorat hay ..

try this version of biryani ... Savior in disguise ( national or shan masala ) zinda baad !!

Yasmeen said...

AsSalaam alaikum sadia,
WOW biryani ,definitely made me hungry.Tempting pictures :D

Sadia Naseeb said...

@yasmeen ,


thank you very much for dropping in and your kind words.

Simply Life said...

oh my, this looks wonderful!

Pam said...

Very yummy blog you have and Congrats on the foodie blogroll!

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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Mona said...

Delicious Biryani Sadia!

Sadia Naseeb said...

Thank you everyone . Its really comforting to know that there are ppl out there to encourage you . your comments and thoughts made my day.

i am so glad that i have started this blog .. how would i met u lovely people otherwise :)

syeda said...

VERY GOOD RECIPE,really a no fuss biryani,looks really tempting

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

You are a very smart person!

Sadia Naseeb said...

@Anonymous: Thank you .. would u mind sharing your name. I am sure it would be as lovey as ur comment ...

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