Friday, May 30, 2008

Joys of Grocery Shopping and Layered Biryani

Let me take a poll out here. How many of you enjoy, really enjoy your grocery shopping? Please do let me know because I would like to know if I am in the minority out here.

If there is one thing I really enjoy, I think it has to be grocery shopping. I get such immense pleasure in picking out the perfect fruit and vegetables. I drool at the sight of the piles and piles of fresh, glistening with goodness, produce. Can you imagine, I have the patience to pick out Ladies Finger ( should that be fingers? as I pick so many of them) one by one and I need little over 2 kilos each time to feed my large family who have a real weakness for the veggie. Anyway, I think foodie that I am, I can take any amount of time and it is never a pain for me to go veggie shopping. I pick each one up lovingly, take in its delectable aroma, happily contemplating what it will end up as.... It is just so satisfying.

Anyway now on to the Layered Biryani...

I have been in a culinary rut the last couple of months and have been sticking to "same ole same ole" ( my kids words, not mine). We are in that " Mom, dont we know any other type of vegetables to make for dinner?" refrain.

Anyway, thought why not make layered biryani. Always sounds so good and this was particularly easy to make (the final product looked like I had slaved over the stove though, which was a wonderful thing)


3 large onions, sliced finely and deep fried till golden brown.
2 teacups of mixed vegetables diced into big pieces ( you can use cauliflower, carrots, beans, potatoes, peas etc).
4 green chillis
1/4 cup chopped coriander
1/4 cup chopped mint leaves
2 teaspoons ginger/garlic paste
30 grams of Biryani masala powder
1 teacup curd

3 cups basmati rice
salt to taste
2 cloves, cardamom each
1 inch piece cinnamon
1 teaspoon jeera ( Cumin seeds)
2 bay leaves

3 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons Ghee

few strands saffron soaked in 3 tablespoons of hot water


Heat oil. Add chopped vegetables, 2/3 of the fried onions, chopped coriander leaves, chopped mint leaves, curd, biryani masala and salt to taste. Can add 1/4 cup water if required.

Cook well till the oil comes out on the sides and the vegetables are 80 % done but still have a crunch in them.

Simultaneously, heat the ghee in another pan. Add the cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, jeera and the bay leaves. Add the basmati rice, fry for a couple of minutes and then add 5 cups of hot water and salt to taste.

Cook till 80 % done. Drain extra water if there is.

Layer the vegetable mixture in the serving dish. Top with the rice. Sprinkle the saffron water over the rice to add a little colour. Sprinkle the remaining fried onions on top along with 2 tablespoons of chopped coriander.

Cover and bake in the oven for about 15 minute. This will result in the grains of rice getting cooked completely yet remaining separate.

Serve hot with raita of choice.


Namratha said...

Layered Biryani, hmmm very yummy!

Aparna said...

I enjoy the sight of fresh vegetables and fruit. And always end up buying a lot of it. But I do not enjoy lugging it back and then putting it all away.
And I absolutely hate grocery shopping. I like cooking and eating even more so I'll have to continue shopping! :D

delhibelle said...

Kamini, I'm here to give you company (& competition!) in the grocery shopping game! I can happily spend my mornings in the wet mkt-singaporean equivalent of sabzi mandi, admiring and picking my veggies out:)

Your layered biryani does sound and look like an elaborate & exotic dish !

Kamini said...

Namrata: It was really yummy

Aparna: I agree with the putting away part. It is quite painful but then it is compensated by the picking and chosing part.

Rashmi: I know the feeling of spending the morning buying fruit and veggies... It is such a fulfilling experience.

Laavanya said...

Kamini I'm right with you, I looove grocery shopping!! There's nothing more relaxing and enjoyable than going through aisle by aisle, looking at all the fruits, veggies and other groceries.

The layered biryani looks totally delicious.

Jayashree said...

Iam with you on this one, lady....I love shopping for my fruits and veggies....
The biriyani looks yum...