October 14, 2008
After the puja, we are still in the celebratory mood. And decided to make something special to go with it :) You can say this will continue till Diwali when family gatherings are highlighted with food, sweets, and games especially Wii. We have been honing our skills to play with our niece and nephews who says we are beginners. But we are improving :) Aswin says I am a mean bowler now, while I have a difficult time defeating him in tennis.
A few months ago, when our friends were visiting, we went bowling, actual bowling. Let me say I prefer Wii bowling anyday!
Before I digress further, we made vegetable biryani recently. It is my mother's recipe that she got from one of our close family friends. She prepares this special water by boiling fennel seeds, garlic cloves and coriander seeds together and then boils the rice in this water. It gives such a aromatic flavor to the biryani. It's unlike what I have tasted int he restaurants.
2 cup rice
1 cup vegetables - we used, carrots, beans, peas mixture
1 tspoon cumin seeds
1 black cardamom
2-3 green cardamom
1' cinnamon roll
6-10 black pepper seeds
1/4 tspoon turmeric water
1 small onion - chopped in thin slices
5 cups water
3-4 cloves garlic
2 tbspoon fennel seeds
2 tbspoon coriander seeds
1 tbspoon oil
salt to taste
Boil the water with salt, garlic, coriander seeds and fennel seeds for 10-12 minutes or till it mixes and concentrates down to 4 1/2 cups.
Take the garlic cloves out and strain the water. Keep it separate.
In a thick bottomed pan, heat oil and temper it with cumin seeds and bayleaves. Then add green and black cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper and saute for a couple of minutes. Then add the onion and saute it till it starts turning translucent. Then add the rice and mix it together and let it cook for another couple of minutes.
Then add the vegetables and turmeric powder. Mix it together. After that, add the specially prepared water (ratio is 2 cups water to 1 cup rice) and salt and let it cook on medium heat on closed lid till all the water evaporates and the rice is cooked. For me it takes about 18-20 minutes.
Take it off the heat and mix the biryani.
Serve warm with raita and pickle. We enjoyed ours with tomato, green chile and onion raita.