It was tiring day for me as I had unexpected guests and then rushed to the meet.... I was 20 minutes late ;)
I got Dry Apricots from Sowmya. That was my SECRET Ingredient ;) so keep watching for the recipes.... ;)
Now to the recipe.............
Soya Nuggets Biryani (Arcot style)
Biryani is a recipe which is loved by everyone. I always try different styles so that I can get the best taste. While I was searching for one, I got this. But it was cooked with meat, I used Soya nuggets. It was very tasty and guess it would have been more tasty with meat.
Thanks to Malar for her recipe. Do visit her blog.... she has huge collection of recipes.
So now to my recipe with few minor changes.
Cinnamon sticks - 2, small sticks
Cloves - 5
Cardamom pods - 4
Bay leaves - 2
Aniseed - 1
Green chillies - 6-8, cut lengthwise (adjust according to spicy required)
Onion - 1, big, chopped
Tomatoes - 1, big, chopped
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tablespoon
Coriander leaves - few
Rice - 2 cups
Soya nuggets - 1 cup
Red chilli powder - 1-2 teaspoons
Cashew nuts - few
Salt to taste
Ghee - 2 tablespoons
Oil - 2 tablespoons
Boil 2 cups of water with little salt. Add soya nuggets to it and allow it to boil for 5-10 minutes.
Allow it to cool, wash them in cool water twice, drain water and keep aside.
Heat ghee in the pressure cooker and fry cashews in it until they are golden brown, remove them and keep aside.
Add oil to it and once it is hot, add cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaves, cloves, aniseed and fry for 2 minutes.
Then add green chillies, chopped onions and fry them until they golden brown.
Add ginger-garlic paste, fry them until raw smell goes off. Add chopped tomatoes and fry for 5 minutes.
Then add soya nuggets, chilli powder, washed rice and fry for 5 minutes. Add salt it to it, 4 cups of water and mix well.
Close the pressure cooker and cook until 3 whistles. Do not open the lid immediately, wait until the cooker releases all pressure.
Once it is ready, garnish with roasted cashew nuts and chopped coriander leaves.
Serve hot with Onion raita.
Cooking time - 45 minutes
Serves 3-4 persons