From my understanding, Biryani is a recipe that takes all day, (and then some) if done in the traditional manner! It is also a dish cooked with the bone in the meat, which naturally adds flavor as well as nutrition, the variety of spices used is wide and every region/family has its own version! I believe that cooking all day with love for the dish, the flavours and the potential diners is wonderful and there are occasions when I do that, but not tonight! At the risk of offending the true Biryani aficionados, and throwing caution to the winds and WAAAY too busy to spend a whole day on one recipe, armed with a trusty Thermomix…(what else??) this is my version. And damn delicious it is too…if I say so 'may-self'! You can use brown/red/white or black rice if you wish or a combo and if you are really going out on a limb, how about replacing the rice with quinoa….there are no bones, no layers of rice and chicken, it is simple in the extreme. So perhaps I should call it something else? Suggestions willingly accepted. (Oh and don’t forget the Naan)
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- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- 2 Tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 Tablespoon dried chilli flakes (or to taste)
- 1 Teaspoon Pink Salt Flakes BUY
- 10 cloves of garlic
- 4 red onions, peeled
- 1 brown onion (approx 80g)
- 20 Gram peeled ginger root
- 20 Gram Cobram Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil BUY
- 400 Gram liquid chicken stock
- 1200 Gram chicken thigh fillet, cut in large pieces
- 400 Gram water
- 200 Gram rice of choice
- 100 Gram dried currants
- 2-4 bay leaves
- 2 Teaspoon cardamom seeds
- 1 Pinch saffron threads
- 100 Gram butter or ghee
- Almonds pistachios, or other nuts of choice, toasted BUY
Place cinnamon, coriander, chilli flakes and salt into Thermomix bowl and mill 5 sec/speed 10.
Add garlic, onions, ginger and EVOO and chop for 2 sec/speed 6. Sauté 8 min/Varoma/speed 2.
Add stock and cook 6 min/100ºC/Reverse/speed soft.
Preheat oven to fan forced 200ºC.
Place chicken fillets into the base of a large baking dish with a lid. Pour aromatics mixture on top and stir through water, rice, currants, bay leaves, cardamom seeds and saffron threads. Cover and bake for 1 hour.
Check liquid and add more water if needed. (Rice will absorb more or less water depending on variety used.)
Taste and adjust seasoning if required. Stir through butter or ghee.
Serve with nuts and sliced chili's and garnish with fresh bay leaves. A dollop of natural yogurt is also nice.