Kolkata Style Chicken Biryani

Kolkata style chicken biryani with potato and eggs. This scrumptious biryani is mildly spiced and highly aromatic. Saffron, rose water, Kewra water, meetha attar and aromatic whole spices made this biryani extremely flavorful.

Fragrant rice, soft potatoes, eggs, juicy chicken pieces made this biryani superbly delicious. We are not going to the history of Kolkata chicken biryani. Let’s discuss only about taste and flavour. Your house will fill with lovely aroma while making this biryani. A pure bliss.

If you don’t like chicken like me then enjoy the biryani with potato and eggs, let other family members enjoy soft juicy chicken with fragrant rice. I have used chicken leg pieces to make this biryani. You can also use curry cut chicken. Use big pieces of chicken. If you don’t like eggs then you can skip it.

If you don’t want to boil the potatoes then fry the potatoes till golden brown and cook with chicken. Process of making this biryani is lengthy but worth trying. You can prepare everything in advance and assemble and cook on simmer just before serving.

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Recipe

For chicken

Chicken – 1/2 kg

Curd or yogurt – 1/2 cup

Ginger garlic paste – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 2 teaspoon

Biryani masala – 1 teaspoon

Rose essence or rosewater – 1 teaspoon

Kewra water – 1 teaspoon

Lemon – half

Onion – 1 large, finely chopped

For rice

Long grain basmati rice – 2 cup

Green cardamom – 4

Cloves – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Star anise – 1

Mace or javitri – 2 strands

Bay leaves – 2

Oil or ghee -2 teaspoon

Salt – 1 tablespoon or to taste

Lemon – half

Water as require

Saffron milk

Saffron – a pinch

Milk – 1/4 cup

Rose essence or Water – 1 teaspoon

Kewra water – 1 teaspoon

Meetha attar – 3 drop

For biryani

Oil – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Biryani masala – 1 teaspoon

For potato

Potato – 3 large

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Egg – 3, hard boiled

For barista

Onion – 3 large, thinly sliced

Oil for frying

Method

1. Wash the rice 4-5 times or till water runs out clear. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes.

2. In a bowl mix curd or thick yogurt, salt, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, biryani masala, ginger garlic paste and 2 teaspoon oil. I used mustard oil but you can use any oil. Mix everything well.

3. Add cleaned and washed chicken pieces, rose essence or rose water, Kewra water and juice of half lemon. Mix everything well. Cover the bowl and keep aside for an hour. You can marinate the chicken overnight. Keep the marinated chicken in a covered bowl and keep in refrigerator overnight. Take out the chicken just before cooking.

4. In a bowl mix 1/4 cup warm milk and saffron. Let it soak for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes crush the saffron threads with your finger tips to mix well. Now add rose water or essence, Kewra water and 3 drops of meetha attar. Add only 3 drops not more than that. Cover and keep the bowl aside.

5. Now make a spice bag. In a piece of cheesecloth or muslin cloth or any thin cotton cloth place lightly crushed or broken 4 green cardamom, 4 cloves, a piece of cinnamon, 1 star anise, 2 strands of javitri or mace and 2 bay leaves. You can also add 1 black cardamom if you like, I didn’t. Tie the cloth tightly.

6. Boil sufficient water with 1 tablespoon Salt, 2 teaspoon ghee or oil and juice of half lemon. Taste the water. Water should be perfectly salty. 1 tablespoon is perfect but you can add little more if required.

7. Add drained rice and spice bag. Cook till rice becomes long. Rice should be 80 percent cooked so be careful and stir the rice gently to avoid breaking the rice. When rice becomes long immediately strain the water from the rice. Drain the water completely and spread the rice on a plate to cool down.

8. Wash the potatoes well. Prick the potatoes with a fork. Boil potatoes in a pressure cooker with 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon salt and water. Boil for 2 whistle. Let the pressure settle down on its own. Peel the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into half and keep aside.

9. Or if you don’t want to boil the potatoes then peel and fry with little salt and turmeric powder till golden brown. And cook with chicken.

10. Peel the hard boiled eggs. You can fry the eggs, I didn’t. If you are frying the eggs, don’t forget to make some slits on the eggs with a knife.

11. Heat oil in a pan. Fry thinly sliced onion till brown to make barista. When onion becomes brown remove from oil and place on a paper towel. Onion shouldn’t be burnt so be careful and keep stirring while frying.

12. Heat oil in a pan. You can use same pan and oil which we used to make barista. Fry the potatoes till golden brown and transfer on a plate.

13. Now add one finely chopped onion and fry till light golden brown. Add marinated chicken. And fry for 5 minutes. Chicken will release water. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Stir and check in regular interval.

14. You can also cook potatoes and eggs with the chicken. I sometimes do so. Potatoes and eggs will absorb the flavour and taste of the gravy and taste better. Do as per your convenience.

15. After 10 minutes check the chicken. It will becomes tender, if not covered and cook for a few minutes more. When chicken becomes tender remove the cover and cook on high heat till gravy is about to dried up.

16. Let’s assemble the biryani. Place 3 pieces of chicken and 3 pieces potatoes with little oil gravy of chicken.

17. Above chicken and potatoes make a layer of rice. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon ghee, 1/2 teaspoon biryani masala and half saffron soaked milk. Spread barista or crisp fried onion all over the rice.

18. Now spread remaining chicken, potato and gravy over the rice. Spread rice over it. Again sprinkle one tablespoon ghee, 1/2 teaspoon biryani masala and remaining saffron soaked milk. Spread fried onions. And press the eggs over it.

19. We have to cover it properly to cook. You can use atta dough to seal the sides of the cover. But I have covered the pan with a piece of aluminum foil properly and place the lid over it. And placed a clove in the hole to secure the air inside.

20. You can also cover the pan with a plate and place a heavy vessel with hot water on the plate. Heat a tawa or skillet. Keep the heat on lowest. Place the assembled biryani pan on the tawa.

21. Cook on simmer for 25 minutes. Or until your biryani pan becomes too hot and you will unable to touch it.

22. Your Kolkata style chicken biryani is ready to serve. Fluff the rice gently. Serve hot with any raita.

Notes

1. I have made two layers but you can make three layers if you want.

2. Always use old basmati rice to make biryani.

3. I have used leg pieces to make this biryani. You can also use curry cut chicken pieces. Use big pieces of chicken.

4. You can skip eggs if you want.

Linking this recipe to Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. In this monthly group members are paired with different partners every month and two secret ingredients are given to each other. We have to use these ingredients in our recipe. This month Exotic biryani and pulao theme is suggested by Swaty Malik who blog at Food Trails. I recently bookmarked her healthy and delicious Badam gur phirni to try sometime. A perfect dish for festive season.

And this month my partner is Preeti Tandon Shridhar who blog at Cakes & Curries. Preeti is a very talented blogger. Do visit her space for many delicious recipes. I have to try her delicious Cowboy cookies soon. For this theme preeti gave me Kewra water and curd or yogurt. I used these ingredients to make this mouthwatering biryani. And I gave cranberries and quinoa to Preeti as secret ingredients. Preeti shared delicious Quinoa masala pulao using these ingredients.

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Eggs In Poppy Seeds And Tomato Gravy Or Dim Posto

Egg in poppy seeds or khas khas and tomato gravy or dim posto.
A delicious and easy to make egg dish. Dim posto is a very common dish of Bengali household. You don’t need much spices to make it.
Make a paste of poppy seeds or khas khas, green chilli and tomato, you need only salt and turmeric to make this delicious curry. I have used little kashmiri red chilli powder to add some colour, you can omit it if you want. Or you can grind 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut with poppy seeds and tomato to make narkol posto dim or coconut poppy seeds eggs.

You may like some more egg recipes in this blog.

1. Egg dal tadka

2. Bengal gram and steamed egg khichdi

3. Soya egg shami kabab

4. Korean egg fried rice

5. Kerala egg roast with potato

6. Egg korma

7. Potato stuffed egg enchilada

8. Piperade with Indian spices

10. Eggs with mustard and poppy seeds

11. Egg corn cottage cheese casserole

Sending this post to A to Z challenge, a challenge initiated on Facebook Group, created by Jolly and Vidya.

Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month. This month’s Alphabet is letter E.

Sharing an easy and quick yet delicious egg dish for letter E.

I didn’t use onion but you can add 1 thinly sliced onion. Fry the onion slices before adding ground paste. Or you can make it with only poppy seeds, green chilli, salt and turmeric powder if you want. 1/4 teaspoon onion seeds or kalonji can be added in oil as tempering or tadka. Sometimes I make it in this way.  And sometimes also add fresh coconut with poppy seeds  Try these ways for a change.

 

Recipe

Egg – 3 – 4, hard boiled

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 4 tablespoon

Hot water – 1/4 cup

Tomato – 1 large

Green chilli – 2

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1, optional

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Salt to taste

Water – 1 cup

Method

1. Soak the poppy seeds or khas khas in 1/4 cup hot water for 1 hour.

2. Grind the soaked poppy seeds and green chilli. Add the tomato in the grinder and make a smooth paste of poppy seeds, green chilli and tomato.

3. Make some slits on hard boiled eggs with a knife and marinate with little salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder.

4. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Fry the eggs from all the sides till light brown and remove from oil.

5. In the same oil add dry red chilli and poppy seeds, green chilli and tomato paste.

6. Add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and saute till the mixture dried up completely.

7. Now add water and salt. Mix well.

8. When it starts to rolling boil slide the eggs. You can add 2 – 3 slit green chilli if you like your curry hot.

9. Cover and reduce the heat. Cook on low heat for 7 – 8 minutes.

10. Remove the cover and cook on high heat for 2 minutes or till you get the desired consistency of the gravy.

11. Add 1 teaspoon mustard oil for extra zing and mix well.

12. Remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves. You can also garnish with slit green chilli.
Serve with steamed rice.

Notes

1. Thinly sliced onion can be added. Fry the onion slices before adding ground paste in the oil.
2. Tomato is optional. You can omit tomatoes and red chilli if you want. But with or without both taste great.

3. 1/4 teaspoon onion seeds or kalonji can be used for tempering or tadka.

4. You can also grind 1/4 to 1/2 fresh grated coconut with poppy seeds, green chilli and tomato to make narkol posto dim or coconut poppy seed eggs.

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Corn Cottage Cheese Stir Fry

Corn cottage cheese stir fry.

A delicious and easy to make side dish. Even if you don’t like paneer or cottage cheese, I am sure you will love the taste of this stir fry. Serve it as a side dish or make sandwiches with it, choice is yours. It will be lip-smacking in both ways.
I have used sweet corn with low calorie, protein and calcium rich paneer or cottage cheese.
What about sweet corn nutrition? Well, corn is packed with high nutrients which are useful for a human body in many ways. It ensures idyllic functioning of several internal systems such as cell generation and prevents constipation and various other digestive problems. It is a boon for diabetic people. This nutrient packed starchy snack is low in total fat and has no saturated fat, sodium or cholesterol. It is high in vitamin C and a good source of fiber.
Source

A to Z challenge, a challenge initiated on Facebook Group, created by Jolly and Vidya. Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month. I have missed A and shared the recipe of beetroot shot for alphabet B.
This month’s Alphabet is ‘C’ and I choose double C corn and cottage cheese. Interesting, isn’t it?

Try to make it and enjoy the lip-smacking taste. Recipe is very easy and you need only few ingredients. Corn, cottage cheese, onion, garlic, ginger, green chilli and tomatoes with salt, vinegar and sauce. And your dish is ready.

Recipe

Sweet corn – 1 cup

Cottage cheese or paneer – 3/4 cup, cut in small cubes

Tomato – 2 medium, sliced

Onions – 2 medium, thinly sliced

Green chilli – 2 chopped

Garlic – 2 cloves, minced

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Soya sauce – 2 teaspoon

Chilli sauce – 1 teaspoon

Tomato sauce – 2 teaspoon

Vinegar – 2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Sesame seeds – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Hard boiled egg to garnish, optional

Method

1. Dry roast sesame seeds and keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Add minced garlic, sliced onions and green chilli. Fry till the onions becomes translucent.

3. Add grated ginger and tomato. Saute till tomatoes become soft.

4. Now add sweet corn and cottage cheese or paneer pieces. You can also add sliced hard boiled eggs. See notes for options.

5. Add salt and black pepper powder. Saute for 2 – 3 minutes.

6. Add soya sauce, chilli sauce, tomato sauce and vinegar.

7. Saute till everything mixed well and dried up. Remove from heat.

8. Garnish with sliced boiled egg and roasted sesame seeds.

Serve hot with fried rice, or any bread. Or use to make sandwiches.

Notes

1. If you don’t like sesame seeds then you can omit it.

2. You can add sliced boiled eggs with corn and cottage cheese if you want for more eggy taste.

3. You can use capsicum, bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli or any vegetables of your choice in it.

4. Use green chilli, chilli sauce and black pepper powder according to your taste. You can increase or decrease the amount of chillies.

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Korean Rice Or Korean Egg Fried Rice

Korean rice or Korean egg fried rice.
Quick and easy to make one pot meal. If you have cooked rice ready then you can make it in a jiffy. You can use your leftover rice. Just fry the rice with egg, soya sauce, salt and pepper. And your delicious egg fried rice is ready.

Tasted it in a restaurant and loved the taste. It was a simple rice dish, no vegetable added but taste is awesome.

When our this week’s 152 #Foodiemonday bloghop members decided the theme Asian cuisine this Korean rice came first in my mind.
Browsed for the recipe and found the recipe of breakfast egg fried rice from My Korean Kitchen.
Loved the recipe. Very few ingredients, simple and easy recipe. So no more search, adapted the recipe. Tried and really happy with the taste.

You can add any vegetables like scallions, bell pepper, garlic etc.
But I love it simple only with eggs and soya sauce.

Recipe credit – My Korean Kitchen

Recipe

Cooked short grain rice – 2 cup

Egg – 2 +1

Soya sauce – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Black pepper powder to taste

Oil – 1 tablespoon +1 teaspoon

Salt and red chilli flakes to sprinkle

Method

1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a wok or pan. Break an egg in the middle.

2. Cover and cook on low flame till set. Take out the egg on a plate. Sprinkle little salt and red chilli flakes and keep aside.

3. In the same wok heat remaining oil and break 2 eggs in it. Stir and add the cooked rice and soya sauce.

4. Mix well. Stir it for 1 – 2 minutes.

5. Top with the egg we fried and sprinkled with salt and red chilli flakes.
Serve hot.

 

 

 

Note

You can use 1 – 2 more eggs if you like

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