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MASOOR BIRYANI
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs
Total Time
1 hrs 15 mins
 

A tasty and nutritional main course

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Jyoti Shah
Ingredients
Ingredients for Masoor Curry
  • 1 cup masoor
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 10 curry leaves
  • ½ cup yoghurt
  • 1 tsp chilli paste
  • 2 tbsp fresh coconut
Ingredients for the rice
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
Ingredients for dry masala
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp dry coriander seeds
  • 4 black pepper corns
  • 1 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 tsp kus-kus
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 red chillies
  • 2 tsp aniseeds
Garnishing
  • 2 small onions thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Fresh coriander
Instructions
Method for rice
  1. Soak the rice for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil and add cumin seeds and fry rice without water for 2 minutes. Add salt to taste. Add 2 cups of water and boil. Once it starts to boil, reduce the heat and cover the pan and cook until all the water is absorbed. Switch off the heat and after 5 minutes use a fork to separate out the grains and then let it cool.

Method for dry masala
  1. Dry roast the spices till aromatic and let it cool and grind in the coffee grinder.
Method for masoor curry
  1. Boil the masoor and when cooked drain out the water if any left. To test if masoor is cooked squeeze some between thumb and finger.If they quash easily then masoor is cooked.

  2. Heat the oil and add curry leaves and add onion and cook till soft. Add ginger, chilli and garlic paste and cook for a minute. Add yoghurt, sugar, salt and fresh coconut and dry masala and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add boiled masoor and cook for 3-4 minutes for masala to mix. At this stage you can alter the taste to your liking.
How to proceed
  1. In an ovenproof dish apply ghee on bottom and spread half the rice and than make a layer of masoor curry and alternate this till the time rice and curry is utilised.
  2. Cover the dish with foil and cook in oven for 10 minutes.
  3. Mix oil, onion and sugar in a frying pan and cook on low heat till the time onion is caramelised.
  4. Garnish the biryani with onion and coriander before serving.
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MICROWAVE KHANDVI
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

These delicate gram flour rolls spiced with flavoured oil, coconut and coriander makes a really stunning cold starter of all age group. It is an acquired art, so if you do fail first time, please do not give up and try again. Once you have learnt the technique, this will become one of the most impressive dishes in your repertoire.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 persons
Author: Jyoti Shah
Ingredients
Ingredients for khandvi mixture
  • ¾ cup sieved gram flour
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup/250ml cold water
  • Pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1 cup/250ml live natural yoghurt ready-made
  • ½ tsp chilli paste
Ingredients for Garnishing
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander
Ingredients for Tempering
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • Pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
Instructions
Method
  1. Mix gram flour, water, yoghurt, oil and turmeric powder thoroughly with whisk and pour mixture in micro proof container. Cook covered for 4 minutes on medium high and stir with a whisk. Add salt to taste. Cook again for 2 minutes on high.
  2. Spread the mixture as quickly as possible and thinly with a flat spatula on a thin plastic sheet. Brush oil on khandvi and sprinkle coriander and coconut. Cut khandvi with a spatula 1 inch wide and roll and arrange beautifully on a serving dish.
  3. To prepare tempering heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Let it crackle and then add pinch of hing. Pour this over khandvi with a teaspoon and lastly garnish with coconut and coriander.

Recipe Notes

This khandvi is prepared in a 650 Watt microwave using a microwave casserole. If you have a high Watt microwave, reduce the time by half minute for every 100 Watt.