February 18, 2008

Egg Biryani


Biryani. The very word makes my mouth water. Made differently in each state in India, I've often heard people say, "This isn't authentic, ours is." Well, I've always loved Egg Biryani and have ordered it as often as possible. I never attempted making it at home (without a readymade mix, i.e.). And somehow, my food never smells good. I know some people whose kitchens start spreading aromas almost as soon as they’ve placed the pan over the flame. With my cooking, it almost never happens. Until a week ago, I could safely say, “It never happens”, but my biryani changed all that. For the very first time in all these years of cooking, the aroma of my cooking actually made us drool. So, I don't know if this authentic or not. I didn't cook it in layers, I didn't cook the rice separately from the rest of the stuff and I didn't marinate anything and I most definitely used no curd.

But nonetheless, I think it was great and I’m sharing with you my very first attempt at a biryani.

1 cup Basmati Rice, washed and soaked
4 Eggs, boiled, peeled and halved
¼ cup Soya Chunks, soaked and drained (optional)
4 Fake Chicken Drumsticks, cooked (optional)
2 tbsp Oil
1 Bay Leaf
3 Star Anise flowers
1 Green Cardamom
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 Onion, sliced
Salt to taste

To Garnish:

¼ cup Fried Sliced Onions
2 tbsp Coriander Leaves, chopped

To be Ground to a Paste:

1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Poppy Seeds
1 tbsp Cashews
1 tbsp Peanuts
1/4 tsp Carom Seeds
1 Onion
4 pods Garlic
4 Red Chillies
1 tsp Fennel Seeds

Heat the oil. Add the cumin seeds, star anise, cardamom, bay leaf and onion. Fry for about 3-4 minutes. Add the paste and fry for about 5 minutes. Add the rice, soya chunks, fake chicken, eggs and about 1 and ¾ cup boiling water. Add salt to taste. Pressure cook for 3 whistles on a low flame.

Garnish with the fried onions and coriander leaves. Serve with a raita.

This is off to Think Spice - Think Star Anise hosted by Sunita. I brought Star Anise from Madras as I was forced to. I needed it to make Sig's Kadala Curry. I couldn't find this spice in any shop then (despite drawing it for the shop keepers) and I am so happy that I could use it now.


Namratha said...

Wow Raaga, the recipe is making me drool now...very nice!

Asha said...

Mmmmm!!!!! Love how the Biryani looks Raaga. Perfect dish!:))

sunita said...

If looks are anything to go by, I have no doubt that this biryani made you drool...thanks for sending it over.

arundati said...

since giving up meat, egg biryani is my favourite too!! it looks fabulous...btw where did you get the fake chicken drumsticks?? and what are they called?? for the star anise, i have found them in foodworld...check there if you havent already...( i'm assuming fw is all over india)

Kalai said...

Raaga, egg biryani looks delicious! Great entry for Sunita's event. :)

Sig said...

Your first biryani... Wow, looks soo good darling... And love the way you said you were "forced" to buy star anise :D :D

Raaga said...

Thanks all of you.

@Arundati: Shall I send you a packet of fake chicken drunsticks... they're famous in AMritsar but are noa available all over Delhi too... hadn't seen them in Hyderabad though.

Anonymous said...

Is a fake chicken drumstick vegetarian???
Why would I want to put that in my egg biryani .
I would love to try it but don't understand thecombinaton.
Please help explain

Unknown said...

What is a fake Chicken Drumstick? is it veg?

Raaga said...

@MK and Subhashini: Fake chicken drumsticks are made out soya/wheat. It is completely vegetarian. Why would I want to put it in my egg biryani.. because it would make it feel like chicken biryani... and yet not have meat. I cook eggs, but I don't cook any meat.

Archana said...

Thank you for this simple yet great tasting biryani recipe. I made it the exact same way - only added two slit green chillies while frying the onions. Skipped both the fake chicken as well as the soya chunks. Next time I will try with real chicken and see how it goes!