They say that the key to a mans heart is through his stomach. And this, this is my honeys hands down no questions asked absolute favvvooorrrittte. Its my go to dish to show him how much I love him. It has taken time to perfect this recipe for me. As a newly wife and cook of Asian food, I plain and simple butchered it. Just the thought of making Indian food for me at first gave me anxiety attacks (not quite, but close). I found half of my challenge was locating the right spice in a cupboard full of them. Then I got creative with the spices and my cooking life got so much easier.
And it’s all about the spices in this recipe. I tend to prep everything first, putting the correct measured amounts in small little bowls. It helps me contain the mess and feel on top of the recipe.
Simply stated, biryani is just rice and chicken, but the spices… that’s what makes it oh so wonderful.
The beauty beyond the spices of this recipe is that it you use a crockpot. Yep, that’s right. Prep the items, throw them in the crockpot, let them cook and then chow time. That’s it! As a busy Mom with a newborn, this a very beautiful thing. And the smell…its beyond words.
I smiled as Satya kept on going back for more (I think 3 bowls it was) of this delicious biryani. It takes him back to India he said. I know that your taste buds too will be awaken to new flavors you’ve possibly never experienced before. Enjoy and let me know what you think!
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” Brian Tracy
- 1 lb chicken, cut into small cubes
- 4 tablespoons ghee or butter
- 1 green chillies, chopped.
- 1 cup mint, chopped
- 2 tablespoons ginger & garlic paste
- ½ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
- ½ teaspoon crushed black pepper
- 1 teaspoon black cumin
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chili powder
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 2 teaspoon coriander powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 mace
- 1 inch stick cinnamon stick
- 2 cloves
- 3 green cardamom
- 2 black cardamom
- ¼ cup fried onions
- 1½ cups yogurt
- 2 cups white rice
- 3 cups of water
- Cut chicken into large cubes
- Combine all ingredients besides the rice in a bowl
- Mix well
- Place chicken mixture on the bottom on the crockpot
- Place rice on top of it
- Let it cook for 3 hours on high or until chicken and rice are cooked
- Serve and enjoy
Basmati rice will give you a great flavor
Yogurt will take some spice off
This rice will work as a great stuffing for your turkey or our thanksgiving tandoori chicken