Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Super Easy Cooker Biriyani



Saying about "biriyani" I have to mention that its my most favorite food in the whole world!! Whichever country I am in, if I get into a restaurant, the first thing I will be searching in the Menu Card will be for biriyani! It wasn't much different when I was in the UK and Europe. I somehow find out an Indian, at least an Asian restaurant and go there only for biriyani. There were a very few situations that I couldn't find one. I was lucky enough to have biriyani 'take away's near to my houses both in UK and in Europe. So, that much is my love for biriyani.

Whatever the occasion is, I make biriyani, that's kind of a ritual now!! I have tried 3-4 recipes of biriyani,  and then one day a friend visited us and made chicken biriyani for us, with an entirely different recipe. It was so delicious that I made her write its recipe in my cookbook, then and there. And the interesting part is, its the easiest too! I was actually looking for an opportunity to try it out. And then came the Valentine's Day. And this biriyani was a big hit. But unfortunately I couldn't take the pictures of its procedure, and so I had to wait so long to post this recipe here!

Recently my sister and her kids visited us and then I decided to make this biriyani once again. And this time, I found out time to take pictures, even though I was busy cooking and cleaning, with my husband, to welcome them.

And here goes the recipe.

Ingredients:

Chicken - 1 kg
Onion - 3, medium sized
Tomato - 2, medium sized
Green Chilli - 1
Ginger - 1 big piece
Garlic - 4 cloves
Mint & Coriander Leaves
Yogurt - 2 tablespoons
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tablespoons
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt
Lemon Juice - from 1 lemon
Ghee
Whole Spices - Cardamom, Cloves, Star Anise, Cinnamon, Bay Leaf
Basmati Rice - 2 cups

Method:

  • Grind green chilli, ginger, garlic, mint & coriander leaves, yogurt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt together and marinate the chicken overnight. In case if you don't have much time, you can marinate the chicken for just 2 hours before cooking.

  • Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of ghee in a pan, add half of the whole spices and fry till fragrant. Add onion and saute.


  • Add tomatoes and saute well; add lime juice.

  • Add marinated chicken to this and mix; saute well. Let this cook till the chicken is almost done.


  • Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee in a pressure cooker and add the rest of the whole spices. Fry till fragrant.

  • Add the rice and saute well for about a minute. 

  • Add the chicken and measure and add the gravy; mix well. Adjust the salt. Sprinkle coriander and mint leaves.

  • Close the cooker without the weight and put on high flame. When the steam comes out,put the weight and reduce flame to low. Cook for 5 mins or for 2 whistles; whichever happens first. 
  • Switch off the flame and let sit till the pressure releases. Open the lid and fluff with a fork.

  • Garnish with some fried cashews, raisins and onion. Serve hot with raita, pickle and pappad. I had dates pickle which my mom made and sent for us from India.   


Notes & Tips:
  • For 1 cup of rice, add 1 1/2 cups of water. You can add the gravy of chicken curry made in the place of water. 
  • I am a big fan of Jeerakasala (Kaima rice)when it comes to cooking biriyani. But here in my part of the world, we don't get it, hence I used Basmati rice.
  • Garnish the biriyani only at the time of serving.

Smiles
NV

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mushroom Masala

I have been planning to post the biriyani recipe since few weeks. But I didn't yet manage to get the pictures of the same. Recently I made this mushroom masala and thought why not share the recipe!

I have never tried a mushroom dish while I was in Kerala. It was during our UK days that I first tried this dish (this is the only mushroom dish I have tried so far). So here comes the step by step recipe of Mushroom Masala.




Ingredients:
Mushroom - 1/2 kg, cleaned and sliced
Shallots - 3, crushed
Garlic - 5, crushed
Onion - 1/2, finely chopped
Green Chilli -  2 or 3, slit
Curry Leaves - 2 sprigs
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tbsp
Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1/4 tbsp
Garam Masala - 1/4 tbsp
Pepper Powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt as required

Method:

  • Heat oil in a pan, add crushed shallots and garlic, onion, green chilli and curry leaves, saute well. Don't let the onion turn brown. 

  • Add in the masala powders (turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and pepper powder).

  • Now add the sliced mushrooms and salt and saute for 2 mins and cover and cook for few mins until mushroom starts to release water. Do not over cook, as mushrooms tend to become soggy very fast. 

  • Add garam masala at the end, mix everything well and serve hot with rice or roti.

Please ignore my poor photography skills!!😁

Smiles
NV


Thursday, March 09, 2017

The LOVE Garland

First of all, I regret to tell you all that I don't have the step by step photographs of the tutorial! Hope you guys don't mind.

So you all know this LOVE garland was one among the DIYs I made for this year's Valentine's Day. Here comes the tutorial...



Supplies Needed:

Scrapbook Paper
Pencil
Miniature Clothspins
Red Colour Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush
Yarn (I used Red colour yarn)

  • Cut each scrapbook paper and create the templates as shown in the picture above.
  • Write down each letter (L, O, V & E) on each template and paint it red.
  • Take the yarn, place the templates above it and secure it with the clothspins.
Ola, your DIY LOVE garland is done. 

Smiles
NV

Friday, March 03, 2017

DIY Candle Decor



This is one of the simplest DIYs I have ever made! All you need for this project is a few pillar candles, string, red colour craft paper, a pair of scissors and glue.

Wrap the string around the candles and secure it with the glue. With a scissor, cut the craft paper in heart-shapes and stick it on to the string which is already attached to the candle.

That's it. Your DIY candle decoration in done.☺


Don't you think it's pretty and cute?

Stay tuned guys.

Smiles
NV

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