Briyani Rice

I’ve made Briyani before  (here and here), but have just recently found another variation which we all like.

Main Ingredients;Basmati Rice, Cooking Oil, Cumin Seeds, Hot Chilli Powder, Cinnamon Sticks, Ground Coriander, Ground Cumin, Garam Masala, Cardamom Pods

Main Ingredients:
Basmati Rice, Cooking Oil, Cumin Seeds, Turmeric, Hot Chilli Powder, Cinnamon Sticks, Ground Cumin, Ground Coriander, Garam Masala, Cardamom Pods

Additional Ingredients:Raisins and Cashew Nuts

Additional Ingredients:
Raisins and Cashew Nuts

Not pictured: Onion, Fried Onions, Salt, Mint, Coriander Leaves

Soak about 3-4 cups of Basmati Rice for at least 20 minutes until rice is soft and breaks easily when pressed. Pour away excess water.

Soak about 3-4 cups of Basmati Rice for at least 20 minutes until rice is soft and breaks easily when pressed. Pour away excess water.

Put a large pot of water to boil.  When it boils, add salt and some oil.

Put a large pot of water to boil. When it boils, add salt and some oil.

Pour the rice into the pot.  Let it cook in the pot until it is about 80% done.

Pour the rice into the pot. Let it cook in the pot until it is about 80% done.

In a deep frying pan (I used a wok), heat up some oil and fry up one chopped up onion.

In a deep frying pan (I used a wok), heat up some oil and fry up one chopped up onion.

When onions are soft, add in all the spices: cumin seeds, ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masal, cinnamon sticks, turmeric, hot chilli powder, cardamom pods.

When onions are soft, add in all the spices:  Cumin seeds, Turmeric, Hot Chilli Powder, Cinnamon Sticks, Ground Cumin, Ground Coriander, Garam Masala, Cardamom Pods. There are no definite amounts; let your taste be your guide. Better to err on the side of ‘generous’.

When spices are well mixed and have released their flavours/smells, pour in rice and stir until evenly coated with the spices.

Briyani with raisins and cashews

Add raisins and cashew nuts and continue stirring until well mixed. Once again, there are no definite amounts – just let your taste be your guide.

Garnish with friend onions and a sprig of mint or coriander leaves.

Garnish with friend onions and a sprig of mint or coriander leaves.

Enjoy!

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Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2013, in Cooking and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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