Tuesday 31 January 2012

Calicut Chicken biriyani

This is different from all other biriyanis.  It gives the complete aroma all the spices used in it. Though we have many varieties of Biriyanis available in market, Calicut Chicken Biriyani stands apart.   It is the Trade Mark of Calicut City alongwith Calicut Halwa and Calicut Banana Chips.  I leant this unique recipe from my neighbor and family  friend Shahida Aunty who used to prepare it in its best taste and texture.

Ingredients :-
Basmati Rice – 1 kg
Chicken cut into big pieces – 1 kg
Thinly Sliced Onion- 500 gm
Sliced Tomato – 250 gm
Ghee – as needed
Broken cashew nuts – 1/4 cup
Raisins – 1/4 cup
Curd – 1 cup
Lime – 1 big
Chopped Coriander leaves – 1 bunch
Chopped Mint leaves – 1 small bunch
Curry leaves-2 sprigs
Biriyani Masala Powder – 3 tsp
Rose water – 2 tbsp(optional)
Saffron – 1 gm(optional)
Boiled eggs – 2
Salt – as reqd
For Marinating Chicken
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
Salt – as needed
For Grinding
Green Chillies – 100 gm
Garlic – 50 gm
Ginger – 50 gm
Poppy seeds soaked in water for 5- 10 mts – 2 tsp
Grind them together to a coarse paste. Keep them aside

Mix together the ingredients for marinating chicken. Apply the mixture thoroughly on chicken pieces and allow it to stand for half an hour preferably in refrigerator.
Wash and drain the rice well. Heat little ghee in a pan, and roast the rice for 4-5 mts. Add necessary water(Usually the measurement is like, for 1 cup rice – 2 cups water) and salt into it, cook rice till soft and all the water is absorbed. Spread the rice in a flat serving dish, and sprinkle 3-4 drops of lime juice, allow it to cool.
Heat a little ghee in a pan and roast cashews and raisins till brown and keep it aside. Now add half of sliced onion and fry them until they are well browned. Add more ghee /oil if needed. Drain them into a tissue paper and reserve .Now into the same oil, add marinated chicken pieces and shallow fry them for a while. Shahidha aunty..says this can enhance the taste and also make the chicken pieces more firm.
Now heat another vessel and heat ghee/oil (preferably ghee for more taste, or you can combine ghee and oil together), add rest of the onions and  fry  them till translucent. Mix in tomatoes, salt and the ground paste and fry them for 2-3 mts. Stir in curd and lemon juice and fry until oil separates. Now add fried chicken pieces, mix well, cover and cook.
When it is half done, add Coriander leaves, Mint leaves, curry leaves and 2 tsp Biriyani masala powder. Mix and allow the chicken to cook well in medium heat, until all water is absorbed and chicken pieces are coated with gravy. Switch off the stove.
Take a big vessel, spread chicken pieces along with the gravy in the bottom. Now add one layer of cooked rice over chicken. Sprinkle a little biriyani masala powder, fried onions, cashews, raisins and saffron(mixed in rosewater).Repeat the same for 2 more layers with chicken ,rice and fried cashew-raisins-onions etc. Seal the vessel with aluminium foil and bake it for 15 mts. 150 degree celsius).Mix thoroughly and serve hot with whole boiled eggs (in the middle),Onion Raita ,Pickle(dates/lime)  and Pappad.

For  chutney
Pudina  leaves  -- 2 tbsp
Coriander leaves   -- 2 tbsp
Green chillies    --- 5-6
Grated coconut   --- 2 tbsp
Curd                     ---  2 tbsp
Ginger        1 inch

Grind all these into fine paste.