Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Biryani-style rice recipe

The Falafel Recipes Kitchen (The home of Falafel & Middle Eastern Food recipes) invites you to try Biryani-style rice recipe. Enjoy cooking delicious Middle Eastern food and learn how to make Biryani-style rice.

This is a quick version of the classic Indian recipe, Biryani rice. Serve it as an accompaniment to a curry or Goan-style stuffed mackerel.

Serves 4-6
Takes 10 minutes to make, 20 minutes to cook


Vegetable oil, for shallow frying
175g large shallots, thinly sliced
Pinch of saffron strands
300g basmati rice
25g ghee or butter
1 tsp cumin seeds
8 cardamom pods, lightly bruised
8 cloves
2 x 5cm cinnamon sticks
2 fresh bay leaves
50g sultanas


1. Pour enough vegetable oil to come 1cm up the sides of a large frying pan. Place over a medium-high heat and fry the shallot, stirring occasionally, until crisp and richly golden. Remove with a slotted spoon onto a tray lined with kitchen paper, sprinkle with salt, then leave to cool and crispen.

2. Grind the saffron to a powder in a pestle and mortar. Add 1 tbsp hot water and set aside. Put the rice into a bowl, cover with cold water and run the grains through your fingers until the water turns milky. Pour away the water and repeat 2-3 times until the water runs almost clear. Drain well.

3. Melt the ghee or butter in a medium-sized pan over a medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds, cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves and sultanas and leave to sizzle for a few seconds. Stir in the rice, 500ml boiling water and 1 tsp salt. Bring to the boil, stir once, cover, reduce the heat to low and leave to cook for 10 minutes. Uncover to let the steam escape, quickly drizzle over the saffron water, re-cover and set aside for 5 minutes.

4. Uncover the rice and gently fluff up with a fork. Fork through the crisp-fried shallots and serve.

Nutritional info

Per serving (based on 6): 273kcals, 8.2g fat (2.4g saturated), 4g protein, 42.5g carbs, 5.5g sugar, trace salt 

Recipe from Delicious Magazine

Vegetable Biryani Recipe

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