Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Indian Food: Veg Biryani and Raita

6 months after coming to India, I have finally learned how to cook Indian food. One dish at least. Biryani (minus copious amounts of chili powder) is one of the Indian dishes we've found that we like. I just fed the last of the leftovers to Dalton for lunch and he gobbled it down. There is a veg version and a chicken version. In one you use vegetables, in the other, chicken. Apparently, it's weird to mix the two, but I've been doing so anyway.

Veg or Chicken Biryani Recipe
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 bay leaves
2 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves
2 cardamom pods
1 small red onion, chopped

1 teaspoon garlic, minced or pureed
1 teaspoon ginger, minced or pureed
2 tomatoes, chopped

2 teaspoons plain yogurt
1 teaspoon coriander leaf (cilantro)
1 teaspoon mint leaf
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sliced carrot
1/2 cup sliced green beans
1/2 lb cubed chicken
1 cup rice
2 cups water

Cook the first set of ingredients in the oil until onion is soft. Add the ginger-garlic paste and tomatoes. Add the cilantro and mint, the yogurt, and the powdered spices. Stir in the veggies and chicken. Add rice and water. Cook until rice and chicken are done.

Raita is a condiment used to take the heat off some Indian dishes. It reminds me of eating sour cream, lettuce, and pico de gallo with enchiladas.

Raita Recipe
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 tomato, chopped
1/2 cucumber, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 t. cilantro, chopped
dash salt


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