I have enjoyed a lot of varieties of biryanis, but never got a chance to eat this bombay biryani, till I made this. I got the bombay biryani mix from my husband’s cousin ( who is a good cook). They usually make this and when my husband visited them, she sent this mix with him. So I thought of giving it a try and made the biryani just as how it was written on the pack. The result was an amazing finger licking dish with a nice aroma that filled the house. One pack of this mix is required for one preparation (about 8 plates).
- Chicken- 500 gms
- Rice- 3 Cups
- Potatoes- 2 nos
- Onions- 4 nos
- Tomatoes- 4 nos
- Curd- 1 Cup
- Ginger and garlic paste- 2 tbsp
- Mint Leaves- ½ Cup
- Coriander leaves- ½ Cup
- Oil/ Ghee- 3- 4 tbsp
- Cloves- 4-5 nos
- Cinnamon Stick- 1
- Cardamom Seeds- 6- 7 nos
- Bay leaf- 2 nos
- Cumin Seeds- 1 tsp
- Fenugreek Seeds- ½ tsp
- Fennel seeds- 1 tbsp
- Red Chilli powder- 1 tbsp
- Coriander Powder- 2 tbsp
- Turmeric powder- ½ tbsp
- Pepper powder- 1 tsp
- Salt- as required
- Milk- ½ Cup
- Yellow Food Colour- ½ tsp
- Fry some onions, cashews and raisins and keep this aside.
- Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes. Cook the rice along with half of the cloves, cinnamon stick and cardamom till ¾ and drain and keep this aside.
- Boil the potatoes and cut it into cubes and fry in oil. Keep this aside.
- Heat oil/ ghee. Add the remaining cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamom, bay leaf, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, Stir well.
- In this add the sliced onions, when they turn translucent add the ginger garlic paste and mix till the raw smell disappears.
- Add the sliced tomatoes, coriander leaves and mint leaves. When they turn soft and mushy, add the red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder and salt. Mix well.
- Add the chicken, mix. Add the curd and fried potatoes, stir well. Close with a lid till the chicken pieces are cooked properly and till there is no water left.
- Mix the yellow food colour with milk and keep this aside.
- Pour little oil in a pan and first layer the chicken gravy, on to that layer rice and spread fried onions, cashews and raisins. Make 2- 3 holes in the rice and pour little yellow food colour mixed milk.
- Over this again layer the remaining chicken gravy then layer the rice and at last with fried onions, cashews and raisins. Pour the remaining yellow food colour mixed milk.
- Cover the pan with a wet cloth and then with a lid.Place this over a dosa tawa and put on a low heat on dum.
- Let this stay for 10- 15 minutes and switch it off. Serve this along with raita.