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Lentil biryani

Main Dish
4 servings
10 min
30 min
Easy

Ingredients

Number of serving: 4
1.5 cup good quality basmati rice

4 cups water

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1 tbsp salt

2 black cardamom broken



Ingredients for lentil masala:

1 can lentil ( brown or green) rinsed and drained

1/2 cup sliced onion

1 tbsp each of finely chopped ginger and garlic

3 Thai green chillies

1 tomato chopped

1/4 cup yogurt

3/4 tbsp biryani masala

1 tsp cumin seeds

2 cloves

1 black cardamom

salt as per taste

3 tbsp olive oil

2 pinches of saffron soaked in 1/4 cup warm milk


To serve:

Raita

mint chutney (optional)

sliced tomatoes and chopped cilantro

Preparation

  • Dissolve saffron in warm milk. Rinse and soak rice for 15 minutes. In a heavy bottomed pot, boil 4 cups of water with salt, cumin, bay leaf and cardamom. Drain water from rice and add it to the boiling water. Bring it to boil again. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer till the rice is 85% cooked. It will take 5 minutes to reach that point. Drain rice in a sieve and keep aside. Remove bay leaf and cardamom shells. Add olive oil in the same pot used to boil rice back on heat. Add cumin, clove, cardamom. Fry for 30 seconds. Add sliced onion. saute until translucent. Add chopped ginger and garlic. Cook for another 1 minute. Now add chopped tomato and mint leaves till it gets soft. Beat yogurt until smooth. Add biryani masala, yogurt and lentils to the onion tomato masala. Mix gently and turn off the heat.

    Remove to dish and reserve. Put a layer of sliced potatoes in the pot.
    Top it with half of the lentil mixture and half of the rice.

    Repeat lentil and rice layer. You can add one more layer of potato if you want. Pour saffron milk over rice.
    Heat a cast iron griddle and place the pot on it. Cook covered on medium heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let it stay covered for 15 minutes. Remove lid and mix with light hand.Transfer in a serving dish. Garnish with sliced tomatoes and cilantro. Serve with raita and mint chutney.



Comments:

20/02/2013

Very good

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10/04/2012

This looks like a flavorful dish.

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