Chicken Dum Biryani

You know there are few recipes which you don’t want to try specially when you have just started cooking. Dum Biryani is one of them, at least for me. But then there has to be a first day of something new, then only you learn. My to-do list for Saturday Sunday includes “Cook something new/special”.

So last saturday i decided to cook biryani for lunch. Now to make the process little easy, i divided the whole process into parts. And when each part was getting over i was feeling happy and near to the goal. Below is the pic of Biryani i prepared. First pic is just when i had put everything on Dum. Second pic is when the process of Dum was complete and third is how the biryani was looking in the plate.

If you find the pics appealing then go ahead and check out how a naive like me prepared Dum Biryani for the first time.

So before i start with the recipe, i will divide the process in six parts. They are as follow:

  1. Marinate the chicken
  2. Golden brown onion
  3. Prepare Rice
  4. Cook chicken
  5. Put everything on Dum
  6. Serve
  1. Marinate the Chicken

Time required: 3 hours

Ingredients:

  1. Chicken (washed properly) – 500 gms
  2. Turmeric Powder – 1 tbsp
  3. Chili Powder – 1 tbsp (depending on how much chili you want)
  4. Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  5. Curd – 1 tbsp
  6. Lemon – medium sized half lemon
  7. Salt – 1/2 tbsp
  8. Finely sliced onion – 1 medium size
  9. Finely chopped mint leaves – 10 leaves
  10. Biryani masala – 1 tbsp

Marination:

  1. Take a bowl, add chicken pieces, turmeric powder, chilly powder, ginger garlic paste, curd, lemon juice, salt, finely sliced onion, finely chopped mint leaves and biryani masala. Mix everything and keep it aside for 3 hours.

Note:

  1. Here, instead of finely sliced onion, we can use golden brown onion as well. But i have used finely sliced onion.
  2. If you have home made Biryani masala or you know how to make biryani masala, you can use them. Since i don’t know how to make biryani masala, i bought it one from the market.

2. Golden Brown Onion

Time to prepare: 20 mins approx.

Ingredients: 

  1. Finely sliced onion – 1 medium size
  2. Ghee – 5 tbsp

How to prepare:

  1. Take a pan, put ghee in it and allow it to heat.
  2. Once the pan is heated, add finely sliced onion.
  3. Do not put lid on the pan or add salt.
  4. Just keep frying the onions till the colour changes to brown and it becomes little crispy.
  5. Once done, take out the onions and keep it aside.

3. Prepare Rice

Time to prepare: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  1. Rice
  2. Bay leaf – 1
  3. Cardamom – 4
  4. Cloves – 3

How to prepare:

  1. Take a container, add water, bay leaf, cardamom and cloves in it and allow it to boil.
  2. Once the water starts boiling, set the flame to medium and put rice in it.
  3. Keep stirring the rice so that it does not settles at the bottom of the container.
  4. Once the rice is cooked till 70%, put it off the flame.
  5. Strain water from the rice and spread it out in a plate, so that it does not becomes sticky.

Note:

  1. Please note, we do not have to cook the rice fully. Here i have cooked only 70%.
  2. I have used normal rice, you can always use basmati rice.

4. Cook Chicken

Time to prepare: 45 mins

Ingredients:

  1. Marinated chicken
  2. Ghee – 2 tbsp
  3. Cumin seeds – 1/2 tbsp
  4. Finely chopped onion – 1 medium size
  5. Finely chopped green chili – 5
  6. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tbsp
  7. Red chili powder – 1/2 tbsp
  8. Cumin powder – 1/2 tbsp
  9. Coriander powder – 1/2 tbsp
  10. Ginger Garlic paste – 1/2 tbsp
  11. Biryani masala – 1/2 tbsp
  12. Salt to taste

How to prepare:

  1. Take a pan, put ghee in it and allow it to heat.
  2. Once the pan is heated, add cumin seeds in it.
  3. Add onion and green chili once the flavour of cumin seeds start coming.
  4. Put some salt in it so that onion becomes little mushy mushy.
  5. Cover the pan with a lid.
  6. Once the onion becomes translucent, add turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder and coriander powder.
  7. Put some water in case the onion becomes dry after adding spices.
  8. Saute the mixture till it is properly cooked.
  9. Add ginger garlic paste to it. Cook till the raw smell of the paste goes away.
  10. Add marinated chicken.
  11. Cook till the water of the marinated chicken becomes dry.
  12. Add biryani masala to it.
  13. Cook till the time chicken and the mixture becomes semi dry.
  14. Now switch off the flame and put the chicken aside.

5. Put everything on Dum

Time to prepare: 20 mins

Ingredients:

  1. Cooked chicken
  2. Rice
  3. Golden brown onion
  4. Mint leaves
  5. Ghee
  6. Salt

How to prepare:

  1. Take a big container, add a layer of chicken, add a layer of rice on top of it.
  2. Add mint leaves, golden brown onion, sprinkle ghee (1/2 tbsp)
  3. Add another layer of chicken and then add a layer of rice on top of it.
  4. Repeat step 2.
  5. Sprinkle a pinch a of salt on it.
  6. Cover the container with a lid.
  7. Set it to low flame.
  8. Allow it cook for 20 mins. Do not touch the container.
  9. Also, make sure that the container is properly sealed or covered.
  10. After 20 mins, set the flame off.

Serve:

Serve the prepared biryani in a plate and enjoy.

Do let me know in the comment how did you like the recipe and if you tried.

Next Monday i’ll be back with a new recipe. 🙂

Bun

In this pandemic situation, i am trying to buy only the basic items. Rest i am trying to make everything at home. I am not a cook but then friends and family are always there to help me with the recipe. As we all know that there is a complete lockdown in Bangalore, this means all the shop should be closed after 12 in the noon. The bakery from where i used to buy fresh and hot bread, buns and other items is closed in this lockdown. It’s not even open in the permitted operating hours. So this Saturday i decided to bake bun at home.

Below is the photo of the bun baked by me. If you find it interesting then go ahead and check out the recipe.

Bun

Time to Prepare: 2 hours

Ingredients:

  1. White flour (Maida) (1 cup)
  2. Active Dry Yeast (1 tbsp)
  3. Sugar (1 tbsp)
  4. Milk (3/4 cup)
  5. Butter
  6. Milk powder (1 small sachet – 10 gm)

How to Prepare:

  1. Take luke warm milk in a bowl, add sugar and yeast in it. Mix it well and keep it aside till the time yeast gets activated.
  2. In another bowl, sieve maida and milk powder. (This is done so that we don’t get any lumps.)
  3. Now put maida and milk powder mixture in the bowl containing activated yeast.
  4. Make dough with the mixture.
  5. The dough will be very sticky. Add butter in the dough. (No need to melt the butter.)
  6. After adding butter, the dough will not be sticky.
  7. Tuck the dough from below so that there is no crack or mark on the top side of the dough.
  8. Cover the bowl having dough with a plastic. And keep it aside for at least an hour.
  9. After an hour, you will notice the dough has risen and it is now double the actual size.
  10. Remove the plastic wrap, and punch the dough.
  11. Again start kneading the dough till the time all the air doesn’t comes out.
  12. Make the small buns from the dough and keep it in a greased tray.
  13. Make sure, there is no crack on the bun.
  14. Keep a wet muslin cloth over the tray having buns for 20 mins.
  15. Meanwhile, put the microwave to preheat at 180 deg for 30 mins.
  16. After 20 mins, remove the muslin cloth and brush milk on the buns. (Milk has to be at room temperature)
  17. By this time, microwave must have been preheated.
  18. Put the tray in the microwave and bake it at 180 deg for 30 mins.
  19. After 30 mins, take out the tray and the buns are ready.
  20. Grease the buns with butter and allow it to cool down.
  21. Enjoy your bun!

Do let me know in the comments how did you like the recipe and if you tried.

Next Monday i’ll be back with a new recipe. 🙂

Stuffed Capsicum/Bell pepper

I am a person who likes capsicum for salad and not in vegetable curry. But then i thought of trying something different and saw this online. Stuffed capsicum can be made in different ways, here i am sharing my recipe.

Clicked by Kashyapnimisha

Time to prepare: 30-45 mins

Ingredients:

  1. Boiled potato
  2. Capsicum
  3. Chopped Onion
  4. Chopped Green chilly
  5. Cumin
  6. Ginger-Garlic paste
  7. Oil
  8. Turmeric powder
  9. Red chilly powder
  10. Cumin powder
  11. Coriander powder
  12. Salt

How to Prepare:

  1. Take a pan, put some oil in it and wait for it to heat.
  2. Put cumin seed in the hot oil.
  3. Add chopped onion and green chilly to the pan. Sauté it well.
  4. When the onion turns light brown in colour then add some ginger garlic paste.
  5. Once the raw smell of ginger garlic paste is gone, add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, cumin powder and coriander powder. Mix it well.
  6. Once it gets mixed well, add mashed boiled potato in it.
  7. Cook it in the pan till the potato starts turning light brown.
  8. Keep the mixture aside.
  9. Now, cut the top part of the capsicum. Clean the capsicum from inside.
  10. Cut the base of the capsicum so that it can stand properly. [Note: Do not cut the base too much or else there will be hole at the bottom and the filling will come out of that]
  11. Stuff the capsicum with the mixture and cover it with its top portion.
  12. Attach the top portion with the help of toothpick.
  13. Take a little deep pan and put some oil in it. Why deep pan ?? Because we dont want our capsicum to compromise when its in standing position 😀
  14. Put the stuffed capsicum in the pan.
  15. Be careful when you add capsicum, as the oil may spill out of the pan. Cover the pan with a lid once the capsicum is added in it.
  16. Keep changing the sides of capsicum from time to time with the help of a kitchen tong.
  17. Once the capsicum is cooked from all the sides, turn off the gas.
  18. Serve it hot.

Note:

  1. This can be eaten in main course or as a snack. I had it in main course.
  2. Cook on low to medium flame. 
  3. I have not added how much tablespoon what because these things vary from person to person. If you still need the exact amount of what has been added, then please mention in comment. 

Do let me know how did you like the recipe and how did you prepare.