Biryani is an Indian dish, with rice mixed with various things, plus a vegetable curry. This is my version - very simple, and not very Indian!
an egg per person (or less)
a tomato per person (or less)
oil for frying
knife and board for chopping
spoon for stirring
ten minutes to cook rice (and eggs if necessary)
time to put it together
- . Hard-boiled eggs take about ten minutes. Take the shells off the boiled eggs and quarter them. Quarter the raw tomatoes.
- While the eggs are cooking, .
- While the rice is cooking, put a little oil in the frying pan for frying. Peel and chop the plus any other ingredients and fry it for a bit. Add your favourite curry spices. You can make it as hot, or mild, or tasty as you want. Fry a bit more. Take off the heat.
- Put the rice and fish mixture on a plate. Put the curried onions on top, and garnish with the boiled eggs and tomato.
- A biryani can have meat (such as chicken) or fish (such as smoked mackerel) added to the rice. You could serve up the biryani onto different dishes, adding meat or fish to any non-vegetarian plates.
- You can add
to the spicy onion mix if you wish. The spice mix is up to you. Cumin and coriander are a good start. Add enough chilli to blow your head off, or leave it out altogether. Add cinnamon, cardamom, or anything else. Or you could use a garam marsala or even a straight-forward curry powder. A true biryani has a long-stewed vegetable curry with it. However, I wanted a quick dish instead, hence the spiced onions. You could, of course, have a proper vegetable curry instead, but add the necessary time for preparing the dish.
- The boiled egg and raw tomato add a different texture and taste to the whole. You can try cutting them into smaller pieces and mixing them into the dish more, if you like.
- Another way to add some flavour to a biryani is to add the spices to the water of the rice when boiling it. You can also use rather than water, if you like. If you are keeping the recipe vegetarian, be careful to use vegetable stock.
- Vegetarians may want to add some further ingredients. Some frozen peas, added to the water before you start to cook the rice, so they cook at same time as the rice, would add some nutrition and colour. Or you could add some lentils or chickpeas. Or you could add some nuts, perhaps a handful of flaked almonds, fried to make them crisp.
© Jo Edkins 2007 -