Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Chicken Biryani

Rachel Allen's Easy Meals again! I love this woman. Only chicken breasts in the fridge, so it was pretty much a store/spice cupboard job tonight. Extracted the seeds from the cardamom pods and gave them a bit of a bash in the pestle and mortar. Then soaked the rice in some boiled water for a bit (this was new for me!). Then melt some butter in the wok, fry off onion, garlic, ginger and a green pepper. To this, add some spices, turmeric, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, and the crushed cardamom seeds. Cook this off for about 10 mins (Mmmmmm that smell!). Then added the chopped up chicken and cook it for a few minutes.
Then drain the rice and add it to the wok, with some raisins (I didn't have any though). Add some chicken stock and stir well, and season. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the rice is cooked.

At this point I had a taste and decided to add a few chillies! I took some rice and chicken out first, so the kids can sample tomorrow (yeah right, that'll go down well!).

Stir in some fresh coriander (and some flaked almonds if you have them).
Chicken Biryani

Is it a risotto? says Himself...