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The Art of Making Hyderabadi Biryani

The Art of Making Hyderabadi Biryani

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The art of making Hyderabadi Biryani

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The making of 'authentic' Hyderabadi biryani they say is an art. I tend to agree with this concept since when I first started to make meself some Biryani, I was amazed at the results. I would not expound much on the results because I do not want to go over the horrors and spook myself once again. All I could say before I embark on this recipe is that I owe a heartfelt thanks to my dearest husband for always having been there for me. Some might say that it is easy to be there for a person you love, but let me assure you that even the strongest of loves would sway in face of a goeey mess that the 'better' half comes up with and serves you with Here's Hyderabadi Biryani for you. Can you imagine what must have gone through his 100% Hyderabadi brain where he must've devoured every kind of Hyderabadi Biryani from gosht to chicken to even Kalyani in his hometown? Full marks to him for gobbling it up with a 'Thoda gal gayee lekin maze mein bhoth achchi hain' trying hard to bite the gosht which was as hard as the rice was soft! The experiments did go on with various other foods papad like rotis, sheera less gulab jamuns, hard-as-rocks ras malais, the watery saalans, the missing chicken in the chicken korma and such stuff. So dearest, I owe it to you. OK now that the opening credits and also the special thanks section done with let's proceed to the opening scene. I gave up trying to make Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani after a couple of attempts. I did improve on the goeey-mess of the rice but the lamb would always remain undercooked. I had to watch DH struggle manfully to chew it without his strong jaw breaking. So I was very disheartened after a few attempts gave up altogether and stuck to making Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani that is so much more easier because chicken cooks in a jiffy and thus ends up being tender all the time. But I knew in my heart of hearts that to be able to ever call myself a good cook hailing from the Hyderabad area, I HAD to master the art of making the Hyderabadi Gosht ki Biryani. So started my research into this art form. The first teacher I sought was my Mother-in-law. She makes some elaborate Hyderabadi dishes and what better person to go after than an expert in the field. So I accosted her. She gave me lessons but somehow I failed again miserably. It was the same story. The meat was anything but tender. If I put in too much dahi(curd) for it to cook, then the rice would be too soft, if not, the biryani would get burnt. Once again I let it go. That is until I discovered something. Something labelled 'The Meat Tenderizer'. And the rest they say is history. Now, not a daawat goes by without the Gosht ki Biryani and I tell you nothing can beat the satisfaction of Hyderabadi's praising your cooking. OK now off to the recipe. The trick with gosht to be tender is that you need to marinate the lamb pieces at least a day earlier. I tend to use boneless meat since there is not much cooking time, there is not enough time for the bones to shed their flavor. So better used some place else, but you could use meat with bones too. I do not. So anyways, I clean the pieces, cut them into about 1 inch pieces, making sure that they are not very small nor evey big. The marinate consists of just ginger-garlic paste, haldi[turmeric powder] and the savior-indisguise meat tenderizer. The point to be noted here is that since the meat tenderizer already comes with salt, there is no need to add any salt to the marinate. You would

. Add saabit [whole] garam masala to it . Next add hara masala. chopped mint and chopped coriander. I have tried that ratio and no wonder the Hyderabadi's seem like such wonderful people . Next comes one of the most important ingredients . Once again DO NOT use the readily available Fried Onion that you get in the market. Now set the rice aside and take the marinate out. double it. Now wash the basmati rice and soak it in water for a couple of hours. Hara masala consists of chopped green chillies.add the same amount of meat tenderizer as you would do with salt. That shall make sure that your rice smells heavenly. That is it . Please to ignore any nightmares that have to do with either the Lamb. since the onions loose a lot of water when you fry them and err.that is the work for the night. take them out and spread them over a paper towel and let them cool. Next comes the hard part.. and how much you put in a curry of the same quantity... Keep a close watch on the onions. Hyderabad or whether the tenderizer would do its job or not. but if you enjoy the taste of biryani rice and the meat as you take a mouthful then 1:1 is the ratio to go for you. Just sleep. When you get up bright and early next morning. Depending on how much spice you eat. Make it a generous of mint and coriander since they also help with the aroma. you have to make sure that the mixture is really spicy so that the biryani does not turn out too bland. The story with the quantity of oil is the more the umm. it has not gone green!! Now mix red chilli in the mixture.. a few laung [cloves] and a stick of cinnamon.err gooey! So . Compared to that the basmati rice here is so bad that even when it is cooking you can smell nothing fragrant.tastier. Mix salt too. If they are of variable thickness when you deep fry them in the oil. Don't worry. Now in traditional Hyderabadi Birayni the lamb:rice ratio is like 2:1. the first thing you do [assuming you are making the Biryani for lunch] is to soak the rice.fry your own onions.so use it according to how fat-free or fat-full you want to make the recipe. since they tend to burn very easily and that is not going to do anything for your Biryani or the aroma in your kitchen. First slice the onions. you can smell it in the next room [ok ok some hyderabadi exaggeration here]. borrow or steal some appliance or person or knack to do this job. Since you are gonna have rice all over this marinate.. Keep stirring them constantly and once they start changing color to a reddish brown.. The basmati rice that you get here is nothing compared to what one gets in India.too much lamb in the system! Somehow that ratio seems like too much of meat in it.the yogurt! Now preparing yogurt . Take some of the oil that you have used for frying and mix it with the marinate. But we gotta do the best we can so that's what we shall do. Almost all of the brands have flour mixed into them and this will make your biryani .. The aroma of the rice is so wonderful that even when you are just washing the rice.ahem. some shall burn out fast while the others are still raw. But don't be too stingy with it since the biryani will turn out too dry. Now these slices should be really wafer like and also be of the same thickness [or is it thinness??]. deep fry them in lotsa oil.shrink.so please to plan accordingly]. So make sure you beg. The tali hui pyaaz. You could still keep the ratio if you are a big meat eater and nothing else. You put the marinate in the fridge and happily go to sleep trying to assure your husband [and more so yourself] that everything is going to turn out just fine.like 2 elaichis [cardamom]. Once you got a decent pile of onion slices [a big pile.

The quantity should be such that all the pieces of lamb are well coated. Now go and rest for a couple of hours. 3/4th of the fried onions to the marinate and congratulations . garnish with the left fried onions and serve! Your Hyderabadi Biryani is ready! . then you are very wrong. Use 1/2 of the 1/4th fried onions left [yep this art needs some math too]. If your stove top is too small and the base of the vessel too big then you need to keep rotating the vessel so that constant heat reaches it all over. Another art form takes over . You have to be very delicate about it so that the rice grains do not break. Another alternative and is to give this ‘dum’ in the oven. So if you are using fresh dahi you will be out of luck. Boil the water first and when it starts to bubble add the washed and soaked rice. remove the rice. Set it out atleast for 6-8 hours before you use it so that it has the requisite sourness. keeping the marinate outside to reach room temperature. On second kani i. chopped mint and coriander and some saffron dissolved in warm milk. serve.that of mixing the rice with the gosht. Make sure you can see the oil in the mixture. Pre-heat overn to about 450 deg F. This signifies that the meat has been done and so has been the rice. Switch off the stove once you see the steam appearing and let it sit [in what is called dum] for about 15-20 minutes.for the marinate is once again an art! It should be thick and creamy and just a little but sour. mix. After 5 minutes reduce the flame to less than medium and keep rotating the vessel from time to time. With the preperation that is.e. when the rice is starting to get soft but still has some hardness to it. transfer the marinate in a wide and thick bottomed vessel. but you have heard about what things happen to those who wait right? So thodi der intezaar and then carefully remove the lid making sure the escaping steam does not get you.you are done. I know you can't wait. In a tray put all the marinate in and then cover with the half boiled rice and proceed as above. Smooth the top with a ladle. In Hyderabad that is done by sealing the lid with some flour! But if you have a tight fitting lid. Add some more oil if that happens. Remove. Now use this in the marinate. not by a long shot. Now add some garam masala powder. Now cover the vessel and make it secure so that no steam escapes. If you think you are done. You need it! After the much needed rest. The idea behind this is that the flavor that the meat gives out while it cooks in the form of steam is used to cook the rice and that is what makes Hyderabadi Biryani so special. You need to cook until you see steam escaping from the vessel. Now on full flame cook for about 5 minutes. more lemon juice. Otherwise it is too dry. Simultaneously in another big vessel take lotsa water to cook the rice. drain the water and cover the marinate with this rice. Cook on 450 for about 10 mins and then reduce to 400 and cook for about another half hour. lemon jucie. Not too much but should not be sweet. then that will do its job. That will make the Biryani tasteless.

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