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Chole Dum Biryani

First of all Happy New Year to all of my readers and I wish 2011 will bring some healthy and yummy dishes into your kitchen.
I wanted to prepare some thing special for the New Year Party, When I was recollecting memories in search of new recipes, I come across this good one from my college days at UTD. One day when we heard a knock on the door in our dorm  we did not expect that to be a lady wearing a saree standing outside with a plateful of some sought of biryani in her hand. And then she explained that she is a mom of one student upstairs and they are from Pakistan and she saw us and wanted to say Hello, (with warm food, Lucky Us!!!). Then she got this wonderful Chole Biryani. I couldn't resist asking her for the recipe of this unique yummy rice dish. She gracefully accepted my request and came to our dorm one day and showed us the step by step directions to make this Pakistani Specialty. I have not noted down this recipe at that time, but just had a memory of that. So trying to put my memory into action here and hope you will enjoy it!!!!

Ingredients:
Chole (cooked) - 2 Cups
Basmati Rice( uncooked)  - 5 Cups
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
Cardamom - 2
Clove - 4 to 5
Cinnamon - 4
Bay Leaves - 3 to 4
Onion - 1
Green Chillies - 4 to 5
Round Red Small Chillies - 6 to 7
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 3 tsp
Curd ( Yogurt) - 1/4 cup
Curry Powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1Tbsp
Butter - 2 tsp



Preparation:
1. Take a big cooking pot ( that cooks 5 cups rice) on the stove and add oil.
2. After 1 minute, once the oil is hot add the Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Cumin seeds, Red Chillies and Bay leaves and fry for 1 minute
3. Slice the Onions and Chillies into very thin strips. Add them to the pan
4. Add the Ginger Garlic paste and cook for 2 minutes ( until the raw smell goes away) and onions becomes translucent. Then add the Butter and let it cook.
4. Add the Cooked Chole  (Chick Peas or Garbanzo Beans) to the pan.
5. Add coriander powder and Curry Powder and simmer on low flame for 2 min
6. Add the Yogurt mix all the ingredients very well and close the lid and cook for 3 min ( looks like as in the picture shown here)
7. Mean while wash the Basmati Rice and Drain in to a colander.
8. Add the Rice to Pot and Mix gently with out breaking rice and chick peas. Add the salt. and cook for 1 min (all the spices and flavors get into the rice, as show in the picture)
9. 8 cups of water to the pan and close the lid and let it cook for 15 min
10. Once the rice is almost done, Take 2 paper towels and wet them under water and spread it on the rice evenly, turn the heat to low and let it cook for 10 more minutes. (cover the pot as shown in the picture)

 Yum! Yum! Yum! Chole Dum Biryani is ready, I am glad I found this recipe; From now on my veg lovers also can find some protein in the Dum Biryani. ;-) Transfer the rice into platter and Garnish with some Cilantro, Red onion slices and a Lemon Wedge.

Serving Tip:
This rice taste good when served hot with cool Cucumber Raita or Mint Yogurt.

Hint:  The Butter will prevent the roasting at the bottom during the last 10 min simmer process (Dum process). However some time the rice can get roast at the bottom, so be careful when you are transferring it to a plate (avoiding the bottom roasted rice).

Round Red Chillies and Curd are the secret ingredients in this recipes that make this flavorful and unique from all other rice dishes. The flavor of red chillies suffices the strong flavor of chick peas while yogurt adds a little creamy taste to balance the spices.

1 comment:

  1. nice recipe will defnitely try it cause..its very simple and easy hope the taste is good,....thanks..

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