Tried my hand on this typical kolkata style biryani — which you will not get anywhere else in India other than Kolkata — ( The City Of Joy )— which I love the most — but since I live in Pune — the saddest part is that -it is hard to get it here —
And finally I had to learn it to get a taste of this awesome biryani at the comfort of my home —
- 2 cups of Basmati Rice
- 500 gm of chicken ( cut in medium-sized pieces)
- 1/2 cup curd
- 3 tbsp of Ginger garlic and green chilli paste
- 5 big sliced onions
- 6 to 7 tbsp of ghee
- 4 big sized par boiled potato cut in medium-sized cube
- Vegetable oil for cooking
- 1 tsp of turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp of kewra water
- 2 drops Mitha Attar
Biryani Spice ( Most Imp)
- 1 tsp of shahi jeera
- 1 tsp of coriander seeds
- 1 tsp of black pepper
- 1 tsp of white pepper
- 2 to 3 black cardamom
- 5 to 6 green cardamom
- 1 whole nutmeg (jaiphal)
- 2 whole maces ( javetri flower)
- 5 to 6 cloves
- 1 to 2 cinnamon sticks
Dry roast all the whole spices on hot tawa , till they release their aroma , take off the heat let it cool for sometime and then grind them together to get a powdered spice
Soak rice for half an hour then to prepare the rice , boil required amount of water and drop some 4 to 5 cardamom , cloves and 1 cinnamon stick and then add in the rice to the boiling water , cook till it is three fourth done , drain it and spread it on a plate.
Marinate chicken pieces in ginger, garlic , green chilli paste , curd , some salt for 1 hour.
Fry the boiled potatoes and keep aside .
Soak some saffron in warm milk and add in the biryani spice , some kewra water and mitha attar, — keep it aside
Now heat oil in a kadai , add in the marinated chicken pieces , add in some salt , and turmeric powder and cook on low flame , till the chicken is done and oil oozes out.
Now that all the elements of biryani are ready we need to do the assembling.
Take a heavy bottomed vessel. on the bottom place 2 to 3 potatoes and some chicken then on top of it put a layer of rice , sprinkle some saffron and spice mix, some salt , some ghee and put in some of the caramelised onions.
Then repeat the same step with first the potaotoes and chicken and then topping it off with rice layer .
Last layer should be that of rice and top of it add again some onion , biryani spice mix , saffron milk and lastly a dollop of ghee.
Your Kolkata Style biryani is ready to be served with some raita —-
Note : Pudina leaves has been used only for decoration purpose.😊