A hugely popular dish, not only in India, but across the entire South Asia subcontinent. There are many regional variations but here we show you how to cook the traditional Indian take on the biryani.
Ingredients – serves 8 people
800g diced chicken breast
2kg basmati rice
2x medium onions, thinly sliced
4/5 bay leaves
1x tsp cloves
100g fresh tomato puree
3x tsp garam masala
1/2 tbsp star anise powder
100g plain yogurt
2-3 dashes of yellow food colouring
1 1/2 litres of water
150ml vegetable oil
1 1/2x tsp salt
For the garnish
6x thinly sliced green chillies
2x sliced tomatos
A small handful fresh chopped coriander
A small amount of thinly sliced ginger
1x thinly sliced lemon
Take a very large saucepan and gently heat the vegetable. Add the onions and cook until brown.
Add the tomato puree and the chicken breast and allow to cook and brown for around 5 minutes.
Add in the salt to taste, the star anise powder and yogurt. Bring to the boil.
Pour in the water and add the basmati rice. Stir well and cook until the rice starts to rise.
Add the yellow food dye.
Add the fresh items to the cooking pot, cover, reduce heat and leave to cook for 35-40 minutes.
Remove lid, gently stir and transfer to large serving plate. Garnish with a few more of the fresh ingredients if you wish and serve.