Monday, November 23, 2009

Biryani semi-homemade style!

I am not into tedious cooking but sure love the food that taste this way. It can be assembled in the morning and then can be cooked in the evening.This is a very low-fat version of chicken biryani.

4-5 chicken drumsticks
small bunch of mint leaves(abt 15-20 leaves)
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup fried onions(store bought)
2 tsp ginger-garlic paste(store bought)
1/2 cup of chopped cilantro leaves
2 green chillies finely chopped
1 tsp biryani masala(any kind, store bought)
paprika as per taste
Salt as per taste

Marinate the chicken drumsticks in rest of the spices. Keep it marinated for 2-3 hours. For vegetarians, chicken can be substituted with canned raw green jackfruit pieces. If a jackfruit is used then there is no need of marination.

2 cups rice
1 tsp jeera
1 bay leaf
4-5 peppercorns
2-3 cloves
few drops of lemon juice
few strands of saffron

Cook the rices with the dried spices. For low fat version, I do not saute rice in oil or ghee, I just put everything in small amount of water and half-cook the rice in rice cooker.

For assembling: Spray some oil in oven-proof dish. Spread marinated chicken in the dish. Spread the half-cooked rice on top of chicken. Cover the biryani dish with aluminium foil. Cook biryani in 350 F oven for 25-30 minutes.

My family loves this biryani and I do not mind making it often as it is very easy to make and it is surprisingly low-fat. All the oil in the recipe is from the fried onion. I call it semihomemade style as there is not lot of prep and most of the things are storebought.

Enjoy veggie jackfruit biryani or chicken biryani this cold winter!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Prune Bread

This posting comes after a long time. We were busy moving, packing and then unpacking, arranging,.....While this was going on we fed ourselves well, I think. While unpacking I found Marlene Sorosky's "Cookery for entertaining" book. It is a neat little book with some amazing recipes. I like the Prune bread recipe from this book. It has been tried and tasted a few times at this new abode.

So starting with the recipe....

1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 cups chopped dried prunes
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp instant coffee
1/2 cup honey
2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts

Soak chopped prunes in boiling water. Once prune mixture cools, whip egg in this mixture. Mix all the ingredients together with the whisked egg mixture. Bake it for 50-60 minutes in a square pan. Let it cool and serve!

In the book, it shows a fun way to bake it in coffee cans. It makes a cute presentation.For us, there is no time for presentation, the hungry family is ready to eat anything off the plates as soon as it is served :)