Easter has passed and a good time has gone by, and I just couldn't find the time to post this one on account of my health being really low in the recent past! Well, if not my friend constantly peppping me on my blog this post on the biriyani would have been lost. My cooking hardly involves any effort, I resolve to this time of cooking owing to many reasons, my child, my work, and other commitments. So when time beats you to the game, you got to beat time, yet I wouldn't like to compromise on the food that is being put on the table! So for this easter, as simple as it got was the Veal Biriyani and this is how it goes.....
Veal Cubes - 500gms
Rice - 2 cups
Onions - 3, sliced finely
Green Chilies - 4, finely chopped
Ginger - 4 inch piece, julienned
Garlic - 8 to 10 cloves
Cloves - 5
Cardamom - 5
Peppercorns - 10
Cinnamon Sticks - 4, 2 inch pieces
Coriander Leaves - 1 bunch, finely chopped
Mint Leaves - 1 bunch, finely chopped
Tomato paste - 1 tablespoon
A pinch of Saffron soaked in 1 tablespoon of warm milk
Salt to taste
Fried Cashew nuts - 50 gms
Fried Raisins and Sultanas - 50gms
Fried Onions - 1 cup for garnish
Soak the rice in water, rinse well and drain. Cook the rice in salted water till soft and tender and keep aside.
In a pressure cooker, place the veal cubes along with some salt and pepper. Cook till the veal cubes are tender. Meanwhile into a pan, pour some oil, and splutter the whole spices - cardamon, cinnamon stick, cloves, peppercorns. Then saute the onions till evenly browned. Add in the garlic and ginger. Saute till fragrant and then tip in the green chilies.Add in the chopped coriander and mint leaves, reserving a handful of coriander for the final garnish. Cook till the leaves are wilted and well mixed with the onion. Add the tomato paste and cooked veal and fry well. If the meat while cooking turns dry, add about a less than a 1/4 cup of of the veal stock from the pressure cooker or water to moisten the dish a little bit.
Into a large casserole, layer in the rice, and the cooked veal and add the saffron milk mixture and gently mix the rice and the veal in. Layer the top of the rice with fried cashew nuts, raisin and sultanas and some fried onion. Cover the casserole and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes at 140 C. Once out from the oven, add a handful of freshly chopped coriander and the biriyani is ready!
Ensure you have pappads, a raita, pickle, and a good malayalam movie to watch!:P