If there is a special occasion there has to be Biryani on the Dinning table…
And every home has its own recipe
I have very fond memories of my mom preparing Biryani…
Here is my version of Murgh Dum Biryani..
1 kg Chicken
2 1/2 cup Basmati Rice
3 tbsp ginger paste
4 tbsp garlic paste
2-3 green chilies
2 cups curd
2 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp Turmeric powder
Few whole garam masala
1/2 tsp Shah Jeera
1/2 tsp cardamon powder
2 tsp garam masala powder
5 tbsp Ghee
1 bunch mint and coriander leaves
Oil for frying
Orange food colour
Heat oil in Kadai and deep fry the sliced onions till brown and crisp and keep it aside.
Marinate chicken pieces with curd, ginger and garlic paste, chopped green chilies, red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, half of fried onion and chopped mint leaves leave it to marinate for 4-5 hours at least, overnight is better.
In a deep pan heat 2 tbsp of Ghee and add few whole garam masala let it crackle and the add the whole chicken mix and saute on high heat for 8-10 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium cook till chicken almost cooked.
In separate vessel boil 10 cups of water add remaining whole garam masala, Shah jeera n bay leaves and salt( water should turn salty) when water starts to boil add rice, cook till rice is partially cooked then drain it and keep it aside.
In thick bottom vessel arrange a layer of rice sprinkle fried onion, chopped coriander and mint leaves followed by chicken keep repeating the layers.
Last layer will be rice, on top garnish with fried onion, mint leaves slices of tomato, squeeze of lemon, saffron soaked in warm milk, rosewater and kewra water and if u want u can use food colour. Cover rim of vessel with dough and place the lid firmly so that the steam does not escape .
Keep the vessel on tava on low heat and let it cook for 35-40 mins.
Serve hot with Raita.