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Chicken sindhi biryani with garlic salad raita

A Simple List of Ingredients:

1. Potatoes
2. Vegetable Oil
3. Basmati Rice
4. Ground Coriander
5. Red Chilli Powder
6. Salt
7. Crushed Red Chilli Flakes
8. Ground Cumin
9. Black Pepper
10. Cloves
11. Black Cardamom
12. Green Cardamom
13. Cinnamon Stick
14. Red Onions
15. Whole Cut Chicken
16. Plain Yoghurt
17. Tomatoes
18. Green Chillies
19. Fresh Lemon
20. Yellow Food Colouring Powder
21. Fresh Coriander
22. Garlic
23. Milk
24. Cucumber
25. Ginger and Garlic Paste

Bismillah, let’s begin!

First, to make the biryani, take four potatoes which have been peeled and cut into chunks.

Cook them in salted water until they are just tender.

Drain them and allow to dry out for about ten minutes.

Heat a good splash of vegetable oil in a pan. Shallow fry the potatoes for a few minutes on all sides until they are ..
.. golden brown and crispy.

Drain the potatoes on paper towels, and set aside until needed.

Next, prepare the rice. Take 21 ounces (600 grams or 3 cups) of Basmati rice.

Parboil the rice by bringing it to the boil. Then, turn the heat to medium for 5 minutes and then drain the rice. Set aside until needed.

Next, take:
2 teaspoons Ground Coriander
1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Crushed Red Chilli Flakes
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
4 Cloves
3 Black Cardamoms
5 Green Cardamoms
1 inch Cinnamon Stick

Place them all into a spice grinder ..
.. and grind to form a powder. Set aside.

Next, take three red onions. Peel and thinly slice them.

Heat 1/2 cup of vegetable oil in a large saucepan. Add the sliced onions.

Fry until ..
.. golden brown.

Remove half the onions from the pan

And, drain on paper towels. Set aside.

To the remaining onion, add 1 and 1/2 teaspoon ginger and garlic paste.

Stir fry for a few minutes.

Add one whole chicken, cut into pieces.

Stir fry on a high heat until golden brown.

Next, add the spice powder from earlier.

Mix well and allow to cook for two minutes.

Then, add 1/2 cup plain yoghurt. Mix it in.

Now, add one cup of water.

Bring it to the boil. Cover and simmer on low for 10 minutes.

Whilst the chicken is simmering, prepare the following:
2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
Handful of green chillies
1 lemon, thinly sliced

And, take 1/2 teaspoon of yellow food colouring.

Mix with a splash of water, and set aside.

Uncover the chicken.

Dry the chicken out on a high heat, gently stirring all the while to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Add in the fried potatoes from earlier.

Gently stir them in.

Now, to assemble the biryani, take a large deep saucepan. I actually took all the chicken out of the pan, and used it to layer my biryani.
So, we will start with 1/2 cup of water (this will help the rice from not sticking to the bottom or burning) and a little layer of the cooked chicken.
A few sliced tomatoes
A layer of rice
A few green chillies
A few sliced lemons

Sprinkle in some of the fried onions.

A few splashes of the food colouring.

And, sprinkle on some fresh chopped green coriander.

Keep layering all the ingredients in the same order until everything finishes.
Now, cover with a lid and place on the highest heat for 5 minutes. Then, turn the heat to the lowest and cook for 10 minutes.
Once the biryani has steamed, allow it to sit for about 10 minutes and then gently give it a toss.

While the biryani rests, make the raita. Into a bowl, place 5 green chillies, roughly chopped.

Add 5 peeled garlic cloves. You could add less if you don’t like that much garlic.

Add two tablespoons of plain yoghurt.

Along with a splash of milk.

Blend with a hand blender until smooth. You could also do this in a blender, and then pour into a bowl.

Add the remaining plain yoghurt from the container. I used one carton but you could add more depending on how thick you want the raita.

Mix well.

Add 1 chopped tomato and 1/2 chopped cucumber.

Also, add:
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin

Mix well and taste for seasoning.

Serve the biryani with the raita for a delicious meal!
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