Biryani

Prep:25 minutes.                             Cooking time:30 minutes.                         Serves 6-8.

Biryani, Whoa if some one who was not in to cooking asked me what is that ,because it certainly doesn't sound like a tasty dish made with various meats and fish mixed with spicy rice ,and a blend of spices,

Greetings to all fellow home chefs here on the East Coast of Africa and around this beautiful world we live in.as mentioned above today I would like to spoil all ex pat South Africans by showing them how to make a delicious Fish Biryani,

This recipe can also used to make a Mutton, Lamb, Beef and Chicken.Spices and ingredients and cooking time differ a bit but method is basically the same, Check out our home page for other mouthwatering dishes.

Ingredients

Great lets start this delicious meal, we will need the following ingredients.
Today the fish we will be using is fresh Dorado (AKA Mahi-mahi).You an use fresh Hake or any other firm white fish 

  • 800g fresh Dorado.
  • Oil for frying.
  • 2 Tbsp.(30g) Fish Masala.
  • 750ml (3 cups)Basmati rice.
  • 250ml Brown Lentils.
  • 45m(3Tbsp.)Olive oil.
  • 4 Onions peeled and chopped.
  • Salt and Pepper.
    Marinade.
  • 250ml(1 cup)butter milk.
  • 1 can(410g)chopped tomato's.
  • 2 handful fresh Dhania(Coriander) chopped.
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks.
  • 3 Cardamom pods.
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled and chopped.
  • 1 Star Anise.
  • 2-3 whole dried red chillies
  • 7 ml(1½ tsp.)salt.
  •  ml(2 tsp.) chilli powder.
  • 30 ml(2Tbsp.)fish Masala.
  • 10 ml(2 tsp.)ground Cumin.
  • 1 ml(¼ tsp.)Turmeric.
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons.
    You will also need when its time to serve this mouthwatering Biryani
  • 45ml (3 Tbsp.)butter diced.
  • Fresh Dhania(coriander).
  • Plain Yoghurt Sambals.
  • Sambals of chopped spring Onions and Tomato's.

    Whoa, quiet a long shopping list hey ,but boy believe me its worth it.

    Time out sit back relax for a few minutes and enjoy a beverage of your choose, before we start  this once tasted never forgotten meal.

Method for Biryani

Great, did you enjoy your beverage? Now its time to wait for it.
                                  "Time to start a cooking".

  • Pre heat oven to 150°c(300°F).
  • Season fish with salt, pepper and fish Masala.
  • Shallow fry for1-2 minutes and then set aside.
  • Cook rice and lentils according to instruction on packet.
  • Using the Olive oil fry onions until translation.
  • Set aside for later.
    Marinade
  • Mix all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
    Putting it all together.
  • Assemble in a large oven proof dish.
  • Start by a layer of onions ,followed by Rice, Lentils, marinade and a few pieces of fish.
  • Repeat the layers reserving enough rice to end with a good cover of rice.
  • Randomly place the top with the butter.
  • Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 60 minutes.
  • Turn oven off.

Viola ,you have just completed a great meal.

You must be quiet hot now after being in the kitchen and seeing you have done such a great dish ,reward yourself and sit back turn the music on, and relax with a cool drink of your choice.  

Plating

Okey Dokey Quests have arrived time now to serve.

  • Using oven gloves remove the Biryani from oven.
  • Serve  with tomato Cucumber mixed salad.
  • Garnish with Dhania.
  • Serve with a dollop of plain Yoghurt and sambals.
  • Serve with Yoghurt and cucumber salad. 




We really hope that you will get great enjoyment out of cooking this recipe as well as eating it, and sharing the experience where ever you go.

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