Biryani Rice Recipe

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Title: Biryani Rice Recipe
Yield: 8 Servings
Categories: Rice, Chicken, Indian, Main Dishes


3/4 c Rice Basmati
- or long-grain rice
1 1/2 c Less 2 tbsp water
1 ts Oil
Salt to taste
1/2 lb Chicken
- cut into small pieces
3 tb Oil
1 lg Onion chopped
1/2 ts Ginger paste
1/2 ts Garlic paste
1 ts Ground cumin
1 ts Ground coriander
1/2 ts Turmeric powder
1 Bay leaf
2 Cloves
2 Cardamoms
pn Cinnamon
1 sm Tomato quartered
1 sm Potato
- peeled and quartered
3 tb Plain yogurt
1/4 ts Saffron

Wash rice and put in a small saucepan with all above ingredients. Bring it
to a boil on high heat, then cover and simmer gently until all the water is
absorbed. The grains should be tender but firm. Set aside uncovered. Heat
oil in a large saucepan (medium heat), add onions and fry till golden
around the edges, add garlic and ginger. All at once add all the spices and
fry one minute longer. Add all other ingredients except saffron. Add salt
to taste. Cover and cook on low heat till chicken is tender, stirring
occasionally (about 1/2 hour). There should be very little liquid remaining
in the pan. (During cooking a little water may be added if necessary to
avoid sticking). Add half the prepared rice, spreading it evenly over the
mixture, drizzle one tbsp of oil over it and add the saffron mixed into two
tsp of milk. Cover with remaining rice, cover and cook on very low heat for
ten minutes. Serve accompanied with whipped, lightly sweetened yogurt. The
chicken could be substituted with 1/2 pound of mixed vegetables.