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Handi Biryani Recipe

Handi Biryani
How to make Handi Biryani

About Handi Biryani Recipe:Rice cooked on a low flame with layers of healthy vegetables, a variety of masalas and chicken. A beautiful rice recipe that will win many hearts at the dinner table.

  • Total Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
  • Prep Time 10 mins
  • Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
  • Recipe Servings6
  • Difficult

Ingredients of Handi Biryani

  • For the rice:
  • 4 cups Water (boiling)
  • 1 1/2 cups Rice (washed)
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 2 Green cardamom
  • 1 Black cardamom
  • 2-3 Laung
  • 1 tbsp Cumin seeds
  • For the vegetable layer:
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 Onions, sliced
  • 1 Capsicum, sliced
  • 1 Potatoes (diced), boiled
  • Salt
  • For the chicken layer:
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 Bedki red chillies
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Zeera powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 Green chilli, chopped
  • 1/2 kg Chicken (seasoned with some salt)
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 2 Tomatoes, sliced
  • 3-4 tbsp Curd
  • For the milk layer:
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 3-4 Saffron strands
  • 2-3 tbsp Butter

How to Make Handi Biryani

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Prepare the rice:

Boil 4 cups of water in a pan.
In a saucepan, heat oil and add bay leaf, green cardamom, brown cardamom, cloves and cumin. Stir for 3 to 5 minutes.
Wash and soak rice in the saucepan and toast the rice before cooking it.
Add the hot water and bring it to a boil.
Drain the rice in a large colander, spread in a big plate, cool.

Prepare the vegetable layer:

In a pan, add 2 tablespoon of oil, few cumin seeds, chopped julienned onions and stir for 2 minutes.
Add chopped capsicum and toss for 2 minutes.
Add oil in the same pan and fry chopped boil potatoes.
Add salt for seasoning. Stir 2 minutes and keep it aside.

Prepare the chicken layer:

In another pan, heat oil. Add 3 - 5 bedaki chillies, cumin seeds, ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, cumin, coriander powder.
Add a couple of drops of oil and stir for 2 minutes. Season it with sea salt.
Add the chicken and stir for 2 minutes.
Add sugar and tomatoes. Cook for 10 minutes.

Prpeare the milk layer:

In a pan heat milk and add saffron and clarified butter. Stir for 2 mins.

To fill the handi (A handi is a round pot like vessel, with the neck narrower than the base):

In a handi, pour some chicken gravy.
Take half the rice and spread at the bottom, over the gravy.
Top with layer of chicken and a bit of the gravy.
Add most of the rice over this layer.
Top with layer of vegetables and spread over rice.
Sprinkle saffron infused milk and some lime juice.
With a spoon, draw lines across the layers.
Cover with lid and seal edges with dough.
Cook on a low flame for 30 minutes.
Serve hot along with a raita or salan.

Recipe Notes

Handi may be made of metal or earthenware. It must be heatproof though. If not available use a deep, heavy saucepan.
For a biryani with a stronger flavor, mix in some powdered mace, nutmeg into the rice before transferring to the handi.
To save time, prepare handi a few hours ahead, and bake just before serving,

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