Thursday, December 15, 2011

Egg Biryani

Today I made an attempt to make egg biryani, in the rice-cooker, adapting recipes from Vahchef and Sailu's Kitchen. This biryani was quite easy to make, as I did not include any meat that called for elaborate marinating and cooking. This biryani made for a hearty meal today. A biryani is as much about the flavours as it is about the aroma. Spices such as cloves, cardamom and cinnamon play an integral part in making the biryani, if you or anyone in your family don't like the pungency of whole cloves and cardamoms, you can grind these into a powder, instead of excluding them.

Rice:
2 cups basmati rice
Water (as required)
1/2 cinnamon stick
2 cardamom pods
2 cloves
1/2 tbs oil
1/4 tsp saffron
1 tsp salt

Masala:
2 cloves
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 cardamom pod
1/2 star anise
1/4 tsp shah jeera or cumin

Saute:
4-5 boiled eggs
2 onions
1/2 cup salted cashew nuts
3-4 tbs ghee or oil
4 green chilis
2 tbs coriander leaves (adjust)
2 tsp garlic-ginger paste
1 tsp chili powder
2 tbs curd or sour cream (adjust)
Salt to taste

Method:
Boil the eggs and peel them. Put aside. Grind the masala ingredients into a fine powder. Slice the onion and green chilis. Finely chop and grind the garlic and ginger into a fine paste. In a large pan, heat some ghee or oil. Add the masala powder, chili powder, onion, green chili, salt and saute until fragrant and golden brown. Add the cashew nuts and saute. The cashew nuts have a tendency to get burnt if you add them initially with the onion so don't add the until the onion is sauted at least half way.

If you like, you can add the boiled eggs at this stage and marinate them in this onion masala, slit or whole. Put aside the eggs and half of the onion-cashew mixture in a bowl. Now add garlic-ginger paste and the coriander. Pour the curd and mix. You can adjust the amount of coriander and curd according to your preferences. Take the saute away from the stove.

Add the water required to boil the rice in the rice cooker and bring it to a boil. Meanwhile, rinse and drain the rice properly. When the water is boiling, add saffron, salt, oil, and the spices (ground or whole). Mix a little. Then add the rice into the rice-cooker. Add the sauted onion-curd mixture and lightly mix. Close the lid and let the rice boil with the sauted onion-curd mixture and all the spices into an aromatic one-pot meal. Serve the biryani with the boiled egg and the sauted onion-cashew nuts and other side dishes of your choice.


I have sent this post as my entry to the "Royal Feast - Biryani" event and a Giveaway at Kaarasaaram.

9 comments:

sangee vijay said...

Hi friend
first time here,thank you so mcuh for stopping by mine, you have a lovely blog shaping here..all your recipes are interesting and delicious..glad to follow you :)
This egg biryani is awesome...lovely recipe..just finished my lunch but your biryani makes me hungry again :) nice clicks too...

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மகி said...

Nice Biriyani!Looks rich with all those cahsews!

Thanks for stopping by! Your name dragged me here! Ratha is a common name, whereas Rathai is unique! :)

Reva said...

Like Mahi said your name is very traditional..:) Love the recipe..:)
Would be very glad if you could link this recipe to the event "Royal Feast - Biriyani" event happening in my blog..:)
Reva

Rathai said...

Awww. Thanks for all the compliments and kind words, girls. :)

Reva, thanks for letting me know. I have submitted my entry. :)

Only Fish Recipes said...

wow..egg biriyani looks super delicious....yummy !

Sayantani said...

my most favourite biryani so far. looks awesome.

Cilantro said...

Thank you very much Rathai, I did visit the site and found a link to my post and I am glad that credit was given to my picture too. Thank you again for mentioning, it means a lot to me.

Biriyani looks nice and flavorful. You have a good space out here. Loved your Badam paal picture.

easyfoodsmith said...

Biryanis are always a welcome. They make for a satisfying and delicious one dish meal. Your biryani looks beautiful!

Rathai said...

Thank you guys for the encouraging words. :)