Think indulgence, and you are sure to picture a plate of piping hot biryani at some point. For the longest time, biryani has been the highlight of our lavish lunch and dinner spreads. It is a hit among both children and adults. A Persian import, biryani is essentially a mixed rice dish with meat and masalas. In Indian subcontinent, the dish was popularised by the Mughals very early in their reign. Slowly, the obsession travelled across the country and now there are so many kinds of biryani around. Lucknowi biryani, Kolkata biryani, Hyderabadi biryani, Ambur biryani, Kozhikode biryani are some of the most iconic biryani preparations from the subcontinent.
Rice is an integral component of any biryani. If you ask seasoned chefs and cooks, they would even tell you the kind of rice, to the size of rice that can help you cook the most perfect biryani. But as we all know that rice is rich in carbohydrates, which is why it is not quite recommended in a weight loss, low-carb or diabetes-friendly diet. This is also the reason why a plateful of biryani may not find a place in your routine- unless you are counting the occasional cheat days. But what if we tell you that you can indeed make it a part of your diet, and not feel guilty about it either!
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This delicious chicken biryani replaces rice with quinoa. Quinoa has taken the world of health and nutrition by a storm. It is an excellent source of plant-based protein. Did you know 100 grams of quinoa contains about 14 grams of protein? Protein helps in suppressing hunger by inducing satiety. If you feel satiated, you would naturally binge less. Protein also helps regulate hunger hormone ghrelin and curbs cravings. In addition to protein, quinoa is also a good source of fibre. Fibre takes the longest to digest; since it stays in your system for a while, you do not feel like tucking into something heavy or greasy soon after. The super grain is also low in carbs, which helps maintain blood sugar level and lower high blood pressure and cholesterol. Quinoa is easily available in any major super market, and is easy to cook too.
The meat used in the biryani is chicken. Chicken is categorised under the category of 'lean meat', which makes it a source of good quality protein, but without the fat that you would find in red meat.
Here's a delicious recipe of chicken quinoa biryani you can try at home. Do let us know how you liked it.
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