Saturday, December 31, 2011

Authentic Sindhi Vegetarian Biryani

International Vegetarian Main Course Special
Sindhi/Baluchi Cuisine
Authentic Sindhi Vegetarian Biryani
Serves about 4 

Pakistani Basmati Rice (Extra Long Grain Aromatic)- 500 Grams
Onion Rings- Fried to Dark Brown & Caramelized- For Garnish
Minced Ginger- 3 Tbsp.
Minced Garlic- 1 Tbsp.
Onions- 3 No’s, Finely Sliced
Plain Yoghurt- 100 Grams
Cloves- 7 to 8
Cardamon- 5-6 & 8 to Boil with Basmati Rice
Cinnamon Quills/Sticks- 4-5
Red Chilli Powder
Turmeric Powder
Bay Leaves
Fresh Cardamon Powder
Cumin Powder
Coriander Powder
Cumin Seeds
Black Pepper Powder
Whole Black Cardamon- 3 to 4
Dried Plums- 8 to 10 No’s
Boiled Potatoes- 4, Washed, Boiled Unpeeled & Halved
Sultanas, Almonds, Walnuts & Cashews

In a Hard Anodized Pan, Cook Sliced Onions till Translucent
Add Minced Ginger-Garlic & Plain Yoghurt
Add 7-8 Cloves, 5-6 Cardamon, 4-5 Cinnamon Sticks, Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder, Paprika, Bay Leaves, Fresh Cardamon Powder, Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Cumin Seeds, Black Pepper Powder, 3-4 Whole Black Cardamon, Dried Plums Sour & Sweet specially used in Biryani, Mix Well, 1 Cup of Water, 3 Green Chillies, Salt, Cover & Cook for 45 Minutes

Soak Basmati Rice for 30 Minutes
In Boiling Water, add Cardamon Seeds & use the Rapid Boiling Technique to Cook the Basmati Rice

To Half the Rice, Add Saffron Strands Briefly Soaked in Milk

Add Sliced Tomato, Fresh Chopped Coriander Leaves, Fresh Chopped Mint Leaves, Green Chillies to Vegetable Mixture, Cover & Cook for 15 Minutes

In a Large Rectangular Serving Plate, layer the Cardamom Infused Steamed Rice, Vegetable Curry, Saffron Rice, Handful of Fresh Mint Leaves, Chopped Green Chillies & Coriander, Boiled Potatoes, Steamed Rice, Saffron Rice, Onion Rings, more Fresh Mint Leaves, Tomatoes & Green Chillies, Sultanas, Almonds,  Walnuts & Cashews

Serve with Kachumbar (Made with Red Onions Vinegar, Lettuce, Tomatoes), Mint Sauce called Raita (Made with Yoghurt, Mint Cumin, Salt)

There are many versions of the Biryani but the Best Biryani comes from the Sindh Province of Pakistan
Biryani is one of the Celebration Dishes prepared for every Occasion in Families in Huge Quantities

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