Ordering food from outside is my most common story on a hectic day. I sometimes feel my total food bill at the restros is more than the rent I pay for my apartment .( I wish I was kidding! ) Holidays are the only times of the week where the kitchen is somewhat blessed with my presence.
I have always made sure of one thing – if I cook, it has to be grand. I don’t care how many hours it takes for a single recipe, but my occasional day of cooking should never become another boring meal day. Last Saturday, the foodie and cook inside me was craving for some grand Bengali dish. So, I thought of trying out this ‘God level’ recipe of Chicken Biryani. This one is one of the most hyped dishes in India, and cooking the dish in the perfect Kolkata style could be a bit tiring, but definitely a must try for all the food lovers.
No matter what I eat, the taste of the Bangali dish always continue to linger on my taste buds. Blame it on my genes or my taste-buds, a recipe without a Bangali touch is just too bland for me. From childhood, I have felt Biryani in only one way – a faint juicy sweet taste blended with the magical taste of Basmati rice and some spicy potatoes. Though this grand recipe is somewhat over-hyped for its difficulty in cooking it perfectly, I have personally never felt that pain in delivering that Indian, alias Bong tasted Biryani.
After marinating the chicken in yogurt, spices and oil, I cooked the chicken slowly to get that dry gravy like sweet taste with onions, garlic, tomatoes and lots of spices. Cloves, Cardamoms, Cinnamons, Saffron and rose water are the main ingredients to impart that strong Mughlai taste to it. The rice is cooked with lots of butter, ghee and masala and the chicken is added as a layer below the rice. Potatoes are also added to give the unique taste of Kolkata Biryani. Finally the rice with potatoes and chicken gravy is steamed inside the pressure cooker. Once you open the lid of the cooker, the rich smell of the grand dish will make you feel intoxicated. Add some fried onions on top of the Biryani and you’re all set to rock it on a holiday afternoon.
This is definitely a very heavy, high on calorie item; but you deserve such grandeur in your meal once in a while. Afterall, people who love to eat are the best in the world! 🙂