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Classic Biryani Rice

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Ingredients
  Maple leaf duck/Chicken 5 Pound, cut into stew size pieces
  Cloves 5
  Cardamom 6
  Cinnamon sticks 2
  Salt 2 Teaspoon
  Shallots 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Butter stick 1
  Plain yogurt 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Turmeric 2 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 1 Tablespoon
  Lime juice 1 Tablespoon
  Whole black peppercorns 1 Tablespoon
  Garlic cloves 6
  Minced ginger 2 Inch
  Green chili 1 , chopped
  Mint 1 Bunch (100 gm), chopped
  Cilantro 1 Bunch (100 gm), chopped
  Onion 1 , chopped
  Golden raisins 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Cashews 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Coriander powder 2 Teaspoon
  Cumin powder 2 Teaspoon
  Star anise 1
  Fennel seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Chili powder 2 Teaspoon
  Saffron 2 Teaspoon
  Chicken bouillon 1
  Scallions 1 Bunch (100 gm)
  Bay leaves 2
Directions

Wash, Trim, and Cut the whole duck into stew sized pieces

In a skillet saute butter until slightly toasted

Add cashews and saute until toasted. Remove nuts from butter. Add oil and spices. Toast lightly until fragrant

Add duck meat, onions, chili pepper to skillet and toss to evenly coat meat with spices and oil. Add 1/2 of the cilantro, scallions and mint

Add yogurt. Allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes.

While duck is simmering, begin cooking rice in boiling salted water until 50% cooked, about 10 minutes. Drain rice.

Adjust the flavor of the duck with salt if desired. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a dutch oven, place 1/2 of the duck on the bottom of the pan. Add 1/2 of the rice. Sprinkle 1/2 of the remaining mint/cilantro, fried shallots, scallions, raisins, cashews. Drizzle with saffron water

Place the final layer of Duck on top. Add the final rice layer. Sprinkle remaining mint/cilantro, fried shallots, scallions, raisins, cashews. Drizzle saffron water over the top.

Cover top of pot tightly with foil. press lid firmly in place. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until rice is fluffy and fully cooked.

Serve with avocado and tomato salad drizzled with olive oil, salt/ pepper, and cucumber raita

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Fusion
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Spicy
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Rice
I grew up eating Biryani almost every Sunday afternoon. To me, this recipe looks closest to my grandmothers. Fragrant and sinfully flavored by those cheeky spices. This in my opinion is the ultimate dinner meal. You can learn how to pull of the classic Biryani Rice by watching this video. Good luck!

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