Yesterday was Independence Day. While I was reading newspaper the prominence of tricolour of our Indian flag in the paper just gave me the thought to cook something tri colour in kitchen today. So with momie’s help came up with the idea of cooking trirangi briyani.
I cooked this Briyani with a different style and a bit of lengthy process (but time and effort did paid off) then my earlier Briyani recipe. Using Spinach and Saffron as colouring agent gave it a colourful look. Coconut chutney made it extremely delicious. Let’s check on the recipe...
Preparation time: 35 minutes (25 minutes to cut vegetables, spinach & coconut side by side boil rice add 10 minutes to make coconut chutney and grind spinach)
Cooking time: 35 minutes (20 minutes to fry vegetables add 15 minutes to make briyani)
Serves: for 6 people
What goes in it:
Coconut, chopped- 1 cup
Onion- 2 small sized
Garlic- 4-5 cloves
Ginger- small piece
Green chilli- 6 chillies
Curry leaves- 1 sprig or 10-12 leaves
Pepper seeds- 5-6 seeds
Curd- 3 tbl spn
Ghee- 2 tbl spn
Cumin seeds- ½ tbl spn
Asafoetida (Hing)- ½ tbl spn
Basmati Rice- 2 cup
Divide this rice into three equal parts
For green coloured rice:
Spinach (palak), grinded- 200 gm
Salt- to taste
For yellow coloured rice:
Saffron (Kesar)- 8-10 threads
Salt- to taste
For white rice:
Carrot, diced & boiled- 2 tbl spn
French Beans, diced & boiled- 2 tbl spn
Peas, boiled- 2 tbl spn
Potato, diced & fried- 2 medium sized or ½ cup
Capsicum, vertically sliced & fried- ½ cup
Raisins (kismis), fried- ¼ cup
Cashew Nuts (kajju), fried- ¼ cup
Oil- to fry
Salt- to taste
How did I make it:
Wash and soak rice in water one hour before making the briyani. Boil the rice along with little salt in it in a cooking pot. This will take about 10 minutes. Drain off the water and let it cool.
Side by side cut carrot, french beans, potato, onion, capsicum & coconut. Also sort out spinach leaves properly. Boil carrot, french beans & peas in a cooking pot. This will take about 5-7 minutes. Drain off the water and let it cool.
After basic preparation is done, make coconut chutney. In a mixture grinder put chopped coconut, curd, onions, garlic, ginger, green chilli, curry leaves, pepper seeds and salt. Blend it properly to make a thick paste. Take it out in a bowl.
In a small frying pan, put oil and let it heat. After it heats up, put cumin seeds and hing to it. Let it pop properly. Switch off the stove and add this to the chutney. Mix it well.
Grind spinach in the mixture grinder. Take it out in a bowl. We will use this for adding green colour to the rice.
Also take a small bowl, put little milk in it and kesar in it. Grind it in traditional way. This syrup will be used to give yellow colour to the rice.
Take a kadai. Put oil in it and switch in the gas. After oil heats up fry diced potato, onion rings, sliced capsicum, raisins & cashew nuts one by one. This will take about 25 minutes.
Let’s begin giving different colours to our rice.
In case you have not divided the boiled rice in three equal parts. Do so now.
To one part of the rice, add spinach paste and salt. Mix them well. This readies green coloured rice.
To second part of the rice, add boiled and fried veggies and dry fuits and salt. White coloured rice is ready.
To the third and last part of the rice, add kesar and salt to the rice. With this, giving three different colours to rice is complete.
Finally assemble the briyani in a cooking pot. First make a layer of palak rice (green colour) at the bottom of the cooking pot. Then spread out a layer of coconut chutney on it. Now make a layer of white coloured rice on it. Again evenly spread out a layer of coconut chutney. Lastly make a layer of kesar rice (yellow colour).
On a low flame, heat the cooking pot with the lid closed for about 5-7 minutes. Leave it for some time.
[Foodies’ Note: Do ensure you heat the briyani and keep it closed for another 7-10 minutes. This will give add delicious taste to your briyani.]
Serve yummy tri- colour briyani in a plate.