Aloo Biryani w/ Raita

The biryani recipe is adapted from Betty Crocker's Indian Home Cooking, I change very few things here and there...


Ingredients for potato dumplings:
  • 3 medium (1 pound) potatoes, peeled and cooked
  • 1/2 cup besan
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • handfull fresh cilantro, chopped
  • vegetable oil, to deep fry
Ingredients for rice:
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice, rinsed till water runs clear
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup whole, raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 6 inches of cinnamon stick
  • 6 cardamom pods, split open
  • 2 medium onions, halved and sliced
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
To assemble potato dumplings:

Mash potatoes in medium bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients except the vegetable oil. Divide into approximately 10 - 12 pieces. Shape each into a ball and flatten slightly. Set aside.

Heat oil in medium frying pan and drop dumplings into hot oil, frying, turning once, until golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.

To make rice:

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add cashews, fry 10 - 20 seconds till golden. Remove with slotted spoon, drain and set aside. Add raisins to pan, fry 20 - 30 seconds until raisins plump up. Remove with slotted spoon, drain and set aside. Add cumin seed, cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods to hot oil and sizzle 15 - 30 seconds. Mix in onions; stir-fry 3 - 4 minutes or until onions are golden brown. Add rice, stir gently, and add 2 1/2 cups cold water and salt. Heat to boiling, stirring once; reduce heat to medium-high. Cook uncovered, 5 - 6 minutes, until almost all the water has evaporated. Remove from heat. Divide partially cooked rice in half. Mix paprika into one half and turmeric into another. Set aside.

To assemble:

Heat oven to 350ºF. Spray a large casserole with cooking spray. Spread turmeric rice evenly in casserole. Arrange dumplings as second layer. Top with paprika rice as third layer. Sprinkle in a bi of water, cover, and bake 40 - 45 minutes until rice has finished cooking. Serve with roasted cashews and raisins.
For raita I combined fat-free yogurt with a few grated radishes (my new favorite addition,) some spring onions, cilantro, tomatos, salt, pepper, and water for the right consistency. I fry a bit of mustard seeds in oil and add that to finish.

And no recipe for the vanilla jamun's... Just a picture ;)

49 comments:

Cham said...

The aloo biryani with all the nuts and dry fruits- is quiet rich and perfect!
The last one is Gulab Jamun?

Priya said...

Just drooling over that plate..omg, wat a beautiful and delectable dishes..tempting tempting!

Swathi said...

Aloo biriyani sounds delicious, i need to try this recipe. Lovely dishes. vanilla gulab jamun looks awesome.

Di said...

Ohhh, super yummy. All of it!
Did you make the gulab jamun?

anu said...

The aloo Biryani looks yum.

Gulmohar said...

I couldn't stop drooling by the time I reached the end of your post :-) Such a perfect and rich biryani..

Pushpa said...

A perfect whole meal,looks delicious.

Divya Vikram said...

Biryani looks amazing. And gulab jamuns have turned out perfect. Happy Holidays!

Usha said...

Meeso , Absolutely delicious and rich Aloo Biryani, Great pictures and nicely written recipe.

Merry Christmas to you and your family. :)

Mriganayani said...

Lady! I want this meal. Love the layering of the aloo tikkis idea! How neat.

And please I just died with that pot of Vanilla jamuns! So craving this now.

Smita Srivastava said...

A very Happy new year to you n ur family , loved going thru ur wonderful blog !!!

- Smita
www.littlefoodjunction.blogspot.com
(fun foods for little eaters

Kevin said...

Look at all of the tasty food!

Happy New Year!

Mriganayani said...

Hey Dori - your Biryani inspired my cravings and I ended up making a kofta pulav and just blogged about it - thanks for the inspiration!

sinfullyspicy said...

This is new kind of biryani for me.Never seen potato dumplings and dry fruit combo with rice.Would be yum! Happy New Year!

Nammi said...

hi meeso, just popping in to wish you a very happy new year !! biryani looks delicious.

anubhavati said...

Wow.

Now thats a lovely biriyani. Heavy adn laden with the most awesome flavours ever possible!!! Crisp and smooth aloo dumplings and hte jamuns looks like you`ve really have a riot cooking all this up!!! ENJOY!!

Shobha

Noor said...

Those look good but I LOVE potatoes and fried foods soo lol.

Smitha said...

don't know y I havn't clicked on follow ...I thought I did before...
Anyways...clicking again...U cook delicious Indian food!! Do everyone in ur home enjoy Indian food?

honeybeecooksjackfruit said...

Wow, what is the occasion for such a special meal? And when should I be over? hehe

Looks delicious meeso.

Pavithra said...

OH my absolutely tempting meal..i am so much tempted..

Laavanya said...

That biryani sounds fabulous!! Must be really rich and the pictures are too tempting.

Adelina said...

you've taken so much care to make this classic dish look splendid- bet tasty too- and UNIQUE!

Bharathy said...

:) have never heard of aloo biriyani!!Sounds delicious!!!Girl you simbbbbly ROCK still amazing us with the interesting Indian recipes!!

Vanilla gulab jamuns look purrfect!!!:)

whatkateate.com said...

Wow! These dishes look fantastic. Ive been wanting to make biryani for ages, and this might be just the inspiration I need.

Uma said...

loved the aloo tikkis with rice.. innovative!

Chitra said...

looks so delicious as always. I just leraned to make the potato dumplings from my great aunt and so fun and tasty!

Soumya said...

wow...delicious dishes..irresistible pictures....loved ur space,happily following you

Soma said...

Biryani is always a very welcome one pot meal, and the most delicious. yours look really good, esp. the photo with the cashew and the raisins are calling my name. Vanilla Gulabjamun!! The recipe coming up?

meeso said...

Soma, I just added 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract to my sugar syrup in place of the rose flavor :)

Rumana Rawat said...

What a awesome dish:)

Sharmi said...

lovely treat! your biryani is drool worth. going to make some tomorrow:)

Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! You have made an complete Indian meal, looks very inviting. I'm just craving for this now..

Manju said...

Aloo biryani..now that sounds like something I would like to dig in to! The potato dumplings in biryani is such a genius idea :)

Angela said...

Oh my goodness! That looks super good! I wish I was having that for dinner.

Cynthia said...

Okay now you make me have to go in search of food! :)

Nammi said...

Hi meeso, long time no see:), so just checking in to see how you are doing, tc

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow, looks great' never heard of it before' absolutely inviting dish. Gonna make this for sure. And the jamuns look great as well.

LifenSpice said...

wow, what an array of dishes you have there!
I have never tasted aloo biryani. It looks great. Nice to see so many Indian recipes on your blog.

Cardamom said...

Everything on there is a favorite! I am so interested in Vanilla Jamuns...I am gonna try it. :)

Now Serving said...

Oh Woweee! That biryani looks sinfully delicious! Lovely blog and great recipe~!

SpicyTasty said...

Looking for a different recipe for biryani and found yours. Looks so delicious. Sure gonna try. Bookmarked.

Sowmya said...

Slurp....spicy aloos and yummy biryani....I'm all in!

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n33ma said...

Wow Messo,this is awesome.Biryani looks outta this world!

Nimi said...

Luv ur biriyani..real tempting:P

cheers
Nimi
www.nimisculinaryventures.blogspot.com

archana said...

Biriyani defanitely sounds delicious and different in a very interesting way. I am adding this to my must try collection. Your rice looks so prefectly cooked.

Rahin said...

looks delicious meeso, is the jamun recipe from betty crocker too ? they looks awesome

Padma said...

Hey Dori.... Biryani looks so yumm!!Why did you not post a single recipe this year??? waiting for more n more Indian recipes.....

love ya!!

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Unknown said...

Looks so so good...