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Biryani is a set of food that is based around flavoured rice being the conduit. The term biryani is derived from the Persian word berya which means “roasted”.
Biryani rice or nasi biryani as it is popularly known in Malaysia and Singapore is usually cooked with spices, cashews, raisins and served with a selection of delectable meat and seafood curries and vegetables.
Its influence is derived from the Indian-Muslim community where the distinctive flavours of cardamom, cumin, cinnamon and cloves come together take transform plain white basmati rice into a tantalising meal.
Through our Cuisines of the World journey, we take you to sample one of the best-loved Indian dishes:
Day 15 – Main: Biryani rice with cashew nuts and raisins
This is an elegant dish that showcases aromatic spices such as coriander seeds, turmeric, curry powder, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and cumin which will give you the beautiful flavours of Indian cooking. Ingredients 1 cup basmati long grain rice 1. Cook the rice in one cup of water until soft then set aside and let it cool. Makes approximately 2 – 3 moulds Tip for this recipe: We have intentionally made this biryani rice to be vegetarian to enjoy the fragrant aromas of the spices. If required, small pieces of diced chicken can be added when frying the onions and spices.
2 -3 cinnamon sticks
15- 20 cashew nuts
15 – 20 large raisins
2 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoon coriander powder
2 teaspoon turmeric powder
3 cardamom pods
3 small cloves
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 small brown onion, finely diced
4 tablespoon vegetable oil
2. Heat the oil in a pan or wok until slightly smoking then add the onions and fry gently until fragrant.
3. Then add the cumin seeds, coriander powder, one cinnamon stick, turmeric powder and curry powder to the onions and mix well. Turn down heat as the onions become transluscent.
4. Add in the cooled rice and mix all the ingredients with the rice.
5. When the rice is all coated and yellow, add the cashew nuts and raisin.
6. Spoon the rice into the Royal Selangor jelly mould and pack the contents tightly, then plate the contents in the centre of a dinner plate and garnish with extra cashew nuts, raisins and coriander sprigs.
1 cup basmati long grain rice
1. Cook the rice in one cup of water until soft then set aside and let it cool.
Makes approximately 2 – 3 moulds
Tip for this recipe: We have intentionally made this biryani rice to be vegetarian to enjoy the fragrant aromas of the spices. If required, small pieces of diced chicken can be added when frying the onions and spices.
So dear readers, what is your favourite Indian food?
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