Sitting in my bed swathed in blankets, I gazed at the downpour. Raindrops softly tapping the window, opened the door to a lot of memories.
I have always loved rain. I could gaze at it for hours and every time it would make me nostalgic, reminding me of the time when I used to make paper boat and put an ant inside it, setting it off on a sailing adventure.
Submerged in my thoughts, I accidentally glanced at the clock. It was already 12:30 pm, which reminded me that I have to prepare lunch.
Aren’t there days when you are too lazy to put too much effort into cooking, yet your taste buds crave for something delicious?? Well it was one such day when all I wished to do was sit in blanket with my favourite book listening to the rain singing a lullaby.
Anyways, I got up and decided to make the easiest biryani.
All you need-
Potato – 1 big
Rice – 2 cups
Onion- one big
Green chillies – 3-4
Biryani masala ( any brand) – 3 tbsp
Ginger- garlic paste – 2 tbsp
Yogurt- 1 tbsp
Bay leaf- 1
Cinnamon stick- 2 inch
Black cardamom- 1
Cumin – one tsp
Coriander and mint leaves.
Lemon- 2 tsp
Salt- as per taste
Orange food colour- a pinch.
Ghee (Clarified butter)- 1 tbsp (optional)
– Start by cooking the rice and keep it aside.
– Fry chopped onions and keep half of it aside.
– Add whole spices ( bay leaf, cinnamon, black cardamom, cumin) to the remaining onion and let it fry for one minute.
– Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté it for two minutes.
– Add potato, chopped tomato and salt and cook it for 2-3 minutes.
– Add the biryani masala and yogurt. Cover the pan and let it cook properly for 5-7 minutes.
Now comes my favourite part. “Layering”.
-Layer the cooked rice over the potato masala and top it off with the remaining fried onions, coriander-mint leaves, lemon juice, ghee and the food colour.
-Cover it and keep it on a low flame for 5-7 minutes.
Serve it hot with a raita of your choice.
What could be better than biryani on a rainy day? 😉