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Dal Makhani

I Love Dal Makhani. It is my favorite among-st all the dals.. I can gorge on it anytime and every time :-). I think its very earthy and rustic in taste and that’s what I really love.

Here’s how I make it.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup whole urad (whole black lentil),
2 tbsp rajma,
3 tbsp butter,
1 tsp jeera,
green chillies, cut lengthwise,
1″ stick of cinnamon,
cloves,
cardamoms,
1/2 cup finely chopped onions,
1/2 tsp ginger-garlic paste,
1 tsp chilli powder,
1/4 tsp turmeric powder,
1 1/2 cups fresh tomato puree,
1/2 cup fresh cream,
2 tbsp chopped coriander,
1 tbsp fresh cream for the garnish,
Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Clean, wash and soak the whole urad and rajma overnight.
  2. Drain, add 2 cups of water and salt and pressure cook for 7 whistles or till the dals are overcooked.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  4. Whisk till the dal is almost mashed. Keep aside.
  5. For the tempering, heat the butter in a deep pan and add the cumin seeds.
  6. When the cumin seeds crackle, add the green chillies, cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, and onions and sauté till the onions turn golden brown in colour.
  7. Add the ginger-garlic paste,chilli powder, turmeric powder and tomato puree and cook over a medium flame till the mixture leaves oil.
  8. Add the dal, salt and approx 2 to 3 tbsp water if required and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  9. Add the cream and mix well. Simmer for 2 to 3 more minutes.
  10. Serve hot garnished with coriander and fresh cream.

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I must tell you, that the cloves really give a lot of heat to the dish. This dal tastes even better the next day, so if you really want the entire flavour to come through make it a day in advance. Just dont add the cream to the recipe. Add it when you heat it up before serving.

Serve it with hot roti

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Kheema Biryani

To show my love for you, I will learn, cook and share some biryani with you. That’s how deep my love is.

Everyone thinks that biryani is a very complex dish and very difficult to make, but trust me it’s the easiest and super delicious dish you could every make. So let’s go to the recipe.For this dish, you can use any kind of minced meet (lamb, chicken). Fragrant and spicy kheema masala are layered with the partially cooked basmati rice and garnished with saffron and nuts. Very easy to make and here are the steps to follow.

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Ingredients:

For Rice:

  • 2 Cups Basmati rice
  • 3-1/2 Cup Vegetable Stock
  • 1″ Piece of Cinnamon
  • 3-4 Cardamoms
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 3 Black Cardamom
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 4 Star Anise
  • 1-1/2 tbsp Clarified butter or Vegetable Oil
  • Salt to taste

For kheema Masala:

  • 1 Pound Minced Meat (I used Turkey)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 4-5 Green Chillies (sliced)
  • ¼ Cup English Peas
  • 1 tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tbsp Red Chilli powder (You can reduce the spice)
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Salt to taste

For Garnishing:

  • 1/3 Cup Milk (warm) and few strands of Saffron (Mix the saffron in warm milk and set aside.)
  • 1/2 Cup Cilantro, mint, green onion (Chopped)
  • Cashews (optional)

Method:

How to cook Kheema:

  • In a deep pan heat the oil at medium temperature, add onions, green chilles and fry them until the onion is translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder and fry them for few seconds.
  • Now add the minced meat, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder and mix it properly on a high temperature.
  • Once the lamb is fried to golden brown in color reduce the heat to medium temperature and add the garam masala, red chilli , cumin, coriander powder and green peas.
  • Cook few more minute over medium temperature and then keep it aside.

To Cook Rice:

  • Wash the rice thorougly couple of times and drain the water.
  • Now take a pan and heat the clarified butter, add all the ingredients except vegetable stock and salt and fry them properly.
  • Add the stock and 1/2 tsp salt and cook the rice until it is just half done. Drain out all the liquid and set it aside.

Setting the Biryani:

  • Pre heat the oven at 325 degrees temperature
  • Take a heavy bottom pan and first spread the thick layer of kheema masala in the pan, now add the rice on top of kheema.
  • You can do multiple layers or just two layers of kheema and rice.
  • Now add the saffron milk on top of the rice and cover it with silver foil.
  • Cook the rice in the oven for 20 minutes. Once it is done just garnish it with nuts and chopped mint,cilantro and green onion.

Serve the hot keema biryani with cold raitha or your choice of accompaniments.