But if you feel it is a taboo, pls go ahead add some for taste!
This was a followup after the many recipes that the MW Chef showed us. Since I can't taste, I didn't know until I came back home and made it for the family that it was really good. Only I should have added ghee. What is a Biryani if it is not rich. Well Microwave Cooking is all about Low Calorie cooking using only tad bit of oil, but I was told that Biryani is not acceptable without being rich.
So this recipe goes without Ghee, but you can add it if you so wish.
I warn you ahead, it may appear making this in microwave is more time consuming and tedious than making it on the stove top or dum process. But you get to rest and do lots of other things during the cooking process. And making it in microwave is more for folks who can't make it on stove top!
Microwave Chicken Biryani in Step by Step
Microwave Cooking Mode
Cooking Time : 45 mins
Wash the chicken and keep it aside.
Wash and Soak rice for 1 hour.
Chop the onions, tomatoes and get all the spices ready on a plate.
In a microwave safe bowl, add the onions, green chilies, ginger garlic paste along with spices with 2 tsp of oil. Micro for 7 mins.
Keep stirring in interval of 3 mins
Then add tomatoes and micro for 5 mins.
Remove and mash well using a ladle.
Then add the red chili powder, Micro for 2 mins
Then goes the chicken, mix well.
Add the turmeric and mix well. Micro for 3 mins
Then add the chicken mix to the rice that you have kept soaking. Add 4 cups of water and micro for 25 mins.
Stir it couple of times in between.
When you reach the last 5 mins, add the salt.
Mix everything well.
Finally when it is done, remove from oven, keep a plate covered on the bowl for 5 - 7 mins. This ensures that it gets furthered settled well.
Rice - 2 cups
Chicken - 300 gms
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Onions - 3 big ( 1 & 1/2 cups)
Tomatoes - 2 big
Green chilies - 3 long
Red Chili powder - 1 tsp
Cloves - 3-4
Cinnamon - 2"
Cardamon - 2
Bay leaf - 1
Oil - 2 tsp (replace completely with Butter/Ghee or half oil & half ghee)
Salt to taste
Method to prepare:
Wash and soak rice for 1 hour.
Wash Chicken and let it stand on a colander.
Meanwhile in a big microwave bowl, take the onions, green chilies, spices, along with ginger garlic paste. Micro for 7 mins. Stir in intervals.
Once done, remove and add the tomatoes. Micro for 5 mins.
Remove and mash well using a ladle. Then add red chili powder, chicken, turmeric and mix well. Micro for 5 mins.
Add this chicken mix to the rice (I did this as that bowl was bigger)
Add 4 cups of water and micro for 25 mins.
First stirring is done at 10 mins. Continue stirring after next 10 mins. When you reach the final 5 mins, add the salt.
Once done, remove from oven, cover with lid and keep it aside for 5 - 7 mins.
- Please make sure the bowl you use is big enough to fit both the rice and chicken mix.
- Always add salt at the end, else proper cooking will not take place.
- With this amount it got perfectly cooked end of 25 mins, but if you increase, make sure you test the timing.
Sending this to Smitha who is guest hosting MEC this month themed on Festival Dishes, calling from all faith and culture!
Yes I am planning to send something more, hopefully so. Hope you have sent in yours!
Enjoy the weekends!