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Hi..Hello..another weekend is here..Officially Google has proclaimed pompously the first day of spring n all,n I am hearing that many of you are already experiencing the bliss..Well..lucky you ..We are not yet blessed,its more than usual dark n raining here today n heard its going to be down pour on this weekend too..sniff..sniff..n ..some people thinks I am frozen crazy n needs some sun.. ;) he he..Not frozen actually..Drenched would be the apt word..n I see that Pappu has gained more attention than my pudding in the last post, I have passed on everything to him and now he is a proud barking pup.. :D
Coming to today's dish,a Mughal Biriyani,I have so many associated memories twirling inside my mind.Let me tell the courtesy first.This is a specialty of a restaurant called Kream Korner in our small Alleppey town,back in Kerala.I guess I have mentioned about this place in my posts before,as my favourite restaurant still,after being to so many exotic places. :) ..There was a feature about this restaurant n the food there in the last edition of Vanitha magazine,n they had given the recipe of their specialty dish,Mughal biriyani there.I am sure they might have not blurted out all the details and revealed their secret.The recipe was asking for some Garam Masala,n I guess that's where the secret lies,hidden.. :P..Ha..I was so pissed off that I dint have the finest quality Basmati rice with me..I did'nt quite know ,which one was the best,n I picked up one which was seemingly the best.But It turned out to be not what I expected. :(..Have to check out next time..Which one do you think is the best n buy for your kitchen??
I have so many loving n nostalgic memories associated with this place..Now this going to be a bit digressed.So all busy people,scroll down to the recipe.When we were kids,our most awaited month was December..you know why..That is when the grand Mullackal temple Chirappu(festival) of 7 days is celebrated with all color n galore.Mullackal is a long street ,stretched in almost 5 kms,n the holy temple there is for Devi (goddess).Usually,when our X'mas exams are finished,the festival would start,and the whole street would be full of colors.Street would be decorated n busy with street vendors,with colorful bangles,rings,ladies stuffs ,then toys n plates n eatery nooks and what not..!! I used to buy so many lil things like these ,not only me,all gals would n then when school reopens,we all would proudly show off their new collection to each other..My all colorful memories are associated with this festival.We'd just die for the exams to finish,n then all evenings,we would rush to have fun..It just like total rush,n there wouldn't be an inch space in the street.Tourist's come to Alleppey in masses at this time.People walk all the way back n forth through the busy street,trying out n buying things from shops,eating fresh fried Bhaji's n pakoda's,and enjoying all the color around(This is the most fun time for guys,who get to see so many pretty gals at a time,without worrying about their dad n big bro's..he he).As for me,the best memory is the fragrance of hot popcorn's,the view of it spurting n popping out of the machine n filled into long plastic bags,still remains vivid in my mind.n also the picture of small bubbles floating all through the air(I used to fight with mom n dad for that small bubble maker,as they would refuse me, telling its for small kids)...During twilight time,the whole street would be lit with multi colored lights,n there would be these mixed noises of people,n kids' pom..pom's n the devotional songs n Ashtapadi's from temple,mixed fragrances of oil, Chandan,n popcorn n pakoda's, bubbles everywhere,n on the final night,colors in the sky too...Massive crackers would burst into the sky,producing so many colors that we would just yell out with joy..
At the end of the street,there is a nook n small entrance with the a board kream Korner,mostly unidentifiable for first-timers.But by the time you reach a Km away from the spot,the oh-so-tempting fragrance will hit you make your head turn towards it.Even though the entrance is almost hidden,once you reach inside its a vast space ,dim lit,with soft mellifluous tunes flowing from some unknown source, n full of mural n artistic paintings.At that time there were not much,but now they say it feels like you are more in an Art Gallery,than a hotel.This makes it the fav place of tourists and the tastes have no match.Everytime we kids use to fuss with our dad n mom to go there.Only problem was they took lil time to serve you,so that used to piss off the elders.But we were ready to wait for any long for the yummy food there.Honestly,I have not yet found any match for the Butter chicken they serve there.Many more in the list..Ha..all good ole' memories.Now no chirappu's n no gala's n no yum hot Bhajis or butter chicken's from KK..I am missing so many wonderful things..Now don't you think so?? December fun never ended there.On the final days of December there would be this Beach festival,starting at night n it goes on till early morning.We all ,cousins n elders n everyone,would go n sit on beach without any discrimination,n there would be these programs in stage.Famous singers n actors n all would come..Ganamela's(Concerts),dance, comedy shows...Non stop fun n none would even think of getting a wink of sleep..I still remember,even after Tsunami,there was beach fest,we went,all people were kinda scared ,still there was no end to fun.. :)
Woah..It went really loong..am sorry n thanks for being patient if you happen to go through it.Those are my most cherished n sweet childhood memories that I shared with you.. :) Lemme not waste more time n come to the recipe.But before that,
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This dish,I guess is a new addition to their menu,as I have'nt had it from there.They used to have specials everyday n we used to go for those ,all the time.. :)
For Mughal biriyani of Ratnagiri people,as told in Vanitha,you need to:
Fry 1/2 cup of thinly sliced Onions,1 cup of of Cashews ,Raisins n 1 Tbsp Poppy seeds in ghee n keep aside.
Heat ghee+oil n add a ground mix of 1 inch ginger piece,3-4 large cloves garlic, 1/2 cup sliced pearl onions /shallots n 7 -8 green chillies into it n saute till raw smell goes.
Throw in 1 cup of sliced onions and saute till soft.
Throw in 1 cup of small pineapple cubes,a bunch of mint n cilantro,1 large tomato cubes,3 Tbsp yogurt,1 tsp turmeric powder,1 tsp Pepper Powder( I added 1 more tsp pepper and 1 tsp chilli powder to make it more spicy),3/4 cup fresh grated coconut,1 tsp Garam Masala n enough salt. Saute until the coconut is slightly browned.
Mix well ,saute for few minutes n add cleaned chopped 1.5 lbs chicken.
Saute well to mix the chicken with masala,transfer to cooker(if u did everything in pan),close the cooker and let the chicken cook.
Mean while in a heavy bottomed pan add ghee n roast whole spices(cloves,cardamom,cinnamon,bay leaves n curry leaves).
Add 1/2 C sliced onions,some cilantro+mint,1 tsp sliced pineapple, n salt.Saute well.
Add 2 cups of rice,fry for a minute,add double the amount water with a pinch of saffron and bring to a boil.
Simmer n close to cook.
When the rice is still lil moist ,remove it from heat and keep aside.
Take a big deep n hard bottomed pan and spread a layer of chicken masala.
Spread a layer of rice over it.
Sprinkle all the fried onions,poppy,nuts n raisins over it..Sprinkle a tad of Garam Masala or any biriyani masala u are using.
Spread rest of chicken gravy n rice over it and sprinkle some ghee over it.Close tight with a lid sealed with some Maida
If you are using oven like me,Place this vessel covered with a wet towel in oven n bake at 200 F for 45 minutes or more.
After the time,open n sprinkle on top with saffron n mix well.
Serve with raita ,pickle n pappad.I had some chicken gravy as side too.. :)
Verdict is :The taste is lil sweet n sour because of the addition of pineapple.Its not very spicy.I felt it in the first stage itself.So while cooking the chicken,I added lil more pepper powder and lil chilli powder too..So it was ok for me.Adjust it as per your taste.. :)
Have a happy bright n sunny weekend.. :)