Friday, March 14, 2014

Vegetable Biryani and Naan

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I love recipes where you realize you don't have the right ingredients and sub something else and the recipe turns out better.  This was one of them.  I made this naan recipe: 

4 cups all-purpose flour 
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup water
3/4 teaspoon rapid rise yeast
3/4 cup warm milk
1 cup greek yogurt
melted butter for brushing
I was out if yogurt but I had a tub of roasted vegetable Greek yogurt dip and subbed that and it added so much flavor.

Mix this into a ball, cover and let it rise about 45 minutes.

Break pieces off and roll them on a sprinkled surface until they are about 1/2 inch thick.

Cook them in  a very hot skillet that has been brushed with a coating of oil.

Flip after a couple minutes.

Brush with butter and sprinkle with garlic salt.

 Here are the ingredients for the biryani:

  • Basmati rice – 1 and 1/2 cups
  • Chopped onions – 2 cups
  • Tomatoes – 1
  • Vegetables – 2 cups (carrot, beans, peas, potato)
  • Green chilly – 2 (slit)
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Red chilly powder – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Biryani masala – 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon – 1″
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Cloves – 2
  • Small bay leaves – 2
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
  •  3 cups of chicken stock
  • A bunch of finely chopped cilantro
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
Saute' the spices in the oil and ghee for a few minutes until they give off their aroma. Throw in the vegetables, use any combination you like.  Stir around until they begin to soften and are coated with the spices. Add the rice. Add 3 cups of chicken stock, cover and simmer until the rice is cooked through.  Add more stock if needed.  Stir to fluff and add the chopped cilantro.

I always serve this with chutney and pickled lime relish.