I rarely make one pot meal, because I like elaborate meals always, rice, minimum two dry curries, one gravy, and pickle. Some time I also have fried chips to go with it. However sometimes when my laziness takes over me I will go for one pot meal. And when I make I am in good mood I love to make biryani. Yes it requires lot of preparation; I made this vegetable biriyani in my newly acquired Le Creuset dutch oven. Yes Kaikari biryani in dutch oven.
This kaikari biryani is a specialty of chettinad cuisine, I saw it in my friend Mullai’s blog Spiceindiaonline, and her recipes are always perfect. When it comes to biriyani India is known for its various type of biryani, every state has its own specialty biryani. The northern part of my home state Kerala also has a famous biriyani, and is my next list of dishes to make. The spices mix (masala) and the rice used for biryani varies from state to state. In northern Kerala, short grain rice called, Jeerakasala/Kaima rice is used. In Bangladesh, Kalijeera rice (small Bangladeshi biryani rice) which is short grain, thin not plum is used. It doesn’t require any pre-soaking like basmati also you don’t need to cook in boiling water. In north India basmati rice is used for their biryani recipes.
For this recipe you can use your favorite vegetables; I used whatever available in my hand. Also I used freshly powdered masala as Mullai suggested in the recipe. I reduced the amount of heat so that it will suit my kids too. I also like this recipe because it uses coconut milk, which imparts a delicious flavor. I used my dutch oven and slow cooked it instead of using pressure cooker.
When I finished biryani for the dinner I told hubby there is some leftover we can have for lunch next day, he agreed. Since it is not his favorite diabetic friendly red rice he took only small portion of it. But after lunch he called me and told me that it was so delicious and regret not bring some more to office for lunch. Yes by the next day flavor infused really well and is delicious. I am going to make this more often.
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Give it try if you like spicy rice dishes like biryani, pulav etc. Here comes the recipe.