Handi Biryani

Use flamboyance when you serve handi biryani…open the seal with a little bit of drama as the aromas that escape foretell the wonderful contents.

Cooking Time: 50-60 minutes Servings: 4  Preparation Time: 20-30 minute

What You Need: 
Rice,soaked and drained 1 1/2 cups Carrot,cut into ½ inch cubes 1 medium French beans,cut into ½ inch cubes 10-15 Cauliflower,cut into florets 1/4 medium Green peas 1/2 cup Green cardamoms 2-3 Black cardamom 1 Clove 2-3 Cinnamon 1 inch stick Bay leaf 1 Salt to taste Oil 2 tablespoons Caraway seed (shahi jeera) powder 1/2 teaspoon Onion ,chopped 1 medium Green chillies,chopped 4-5 Ginger paste 1/2 tablespoon Garlic paste 1/2 tablespoon Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon Coriander powder 1 tablespoon Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon Tomato,chopped 2 medium Yogurt 3/4 cup Saffron (kesar) few strands Kewra water a few drops Fried onions 1 cup Fresh mint leaves a few sprigs Fresh coriander leaves a few sprigs Ginger,cut into thin strips 1 inch piece Ghee 2 tablespoons Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon
Instructions: 

Cook the rice in four cups of boiling salted water with green cardamoms, black cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf, until three-fourth done. Drain and set aside. Mix together the carrot, French beans, cauliflower and salt and boil in three cups water till three-fourth done. Add the peas and cook for a couple of minutes. Drain and refresh under cold running water. Set aside. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a non stick pan and add the caraway seeds. When they begin to change colour, add the onion and sauté until golden brown. Add the green chillies, ginger paste and garlic paste and stir. Add a little water so that the mixture does not burn. Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder and mix well. Add the tomatoes and cook they are soft. Add half the yogurt and salt and mix well. Add the boiled vegetables and mix well. Mix the saffron in kewra water. In a handi, arrange a layer of the vegetables and top it with a layer of rice. Sprinkle fried onions and a little salt. Sprinkle torn mint leaves, torn coriander leaves, ginger strips, a little saffron-kewra water and ghee. Spread another layer of vegetables, rice, fried onions, torn mint, torn coriander, ginger strips, saffron-kewra water and ghee. Sprinkle garam masala powder and the remaining yogurt. Cover and place over a hot tawa. Cook for fifteen to twenty minutes. Serve hot with a raita.