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A lot of newspaper articles in the recent past seem to talk a lot about Ambur Biryani as one of the must have Indian style biryanis. A recipe on kannammacooks.com caught my eye and I decided to try it out. A very easy biryani to make, with easily available ingredients. This one was an instant hit!

Ambur biryani

This is what you’ll need

Mutton: 500gms

Seeraga Samba or Basmati Rice: 500gms

Refined Oil: 1/2cup (125ml)

Garlic paste: 50gms

Ginger paste: 50gms

Onions: 2 (sliced)

Tomatoes: 2 (chopped)

Dried Red chillies: 8-10, ground to a paste

Cloves: 3

Cardamom: 3

Cinnamon: 1″ piece

Coriander leaves: 1/2 vati/ katori (finely chopped)

Mint leaves: 1/4 vati/ katori (finely chopped)

Yoghurt: ¼ cup (60 ml) plus 1 tablespoon

Juice of 1 Lime

Salt to taste

Let’s get cooking

1. Soak the rice in lots of water. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan and add a table spoon of yoghurt. Add in the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Fry for 10 seconds. Add in the garlic paste. Fry for 2-3 minutes on medium flame.

3. Add in the ginger paste. Fry for another 2-3 minutes until the raw smell of the ginger goes off.

4. Add in the chilli paste, mutton, the mint and coriander leaves, onions, tomatoes, salt, yoghurt and lime juice. Add in a cup (250 ml) of water. Mix well to combine.

5. Cover and pressure cook everything for 10-12 whistles on medium flame. Switch off the flame and wait for the pressure to release naturally.

6. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add in the soaked rice. Add in the salt. Cook until the rice is half done.

7. Drain the water and add the rice to the mutton pan. Mix well to combine. Empty into an oven proof dish. Cover the dish with foil and cook the biryani in the preheated 200 deg C for 30 minutes. If you don’t have an oven, heat a dosa pan on the stove and put the mutton biryani pan / vessel on top of the dosa pan and allow it to cook on low flame for 15 minutes.

8. Once the dum cooking is over, open the lid and gently fluff up the rice to mix. Serve mutton biryani hot with raita.

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Approximate preparation and cooking time: 1 hr 15 minutes

Serves: 4

* The mutton can be substituted by chicken



Even though Arbi is one of my favourite vegetables, I rarely buy it because at home nobody relishes it as much. After a very long time decided to buy it and made this easy kalvan (gravy) that goes well with rice.

This is what you’ll need

Arbi: 200gms

Dahi (yoghurt): 1 cup

Cumin seeds: 1tsp

Chilli powder: 1tsp

Turmeric powder: 1/4tsp

Dhania jeera powder: 1tsp

Hing: 1/2tsp

Amchur (dry mango powder): 1/2tsp

Oil: 1tsp

Rock salt: As required (or use regular salt)

Coriander leaves: To garnish

Let’s get cooking

1. Pressure cook the arbi for 2 whistles. Peel, cut into roundels and keep aside.

2. Whisk the dahi along with a glass of water and keep aside.

3. Heat the oil in a pan and season with cumin seeds and hing.

4. Add the chilli powder, turmeric powder, dhania jeera powder and amchur. Mix for 30 seconds.

5. Toss in the arbi and stir fry till the powders coat it well.

6. Gradually add the whisked dahi stirring continously, taking care that it does not curdle. Bring the mixture to a boil.

7. Add the rock salt and chopped coriander leaves.

8. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 2-3


During my visit to India this time my nephew mentioned about Bhatkali biryani and it was something completely new to me. Listening to the way he described it, I insisted that we order some so that I could taste it and without doubt it was probably the best biryani I have had in the recent past. I had made up my mind that I would definitely try it out once I got back. Finally ended up making it today! Thanks to the recipe by Chef Thimma of vahrehvah fame.

This is what you’ll need

Rice: 2 cups

Chicken: 1kg

Onions: 2 (big)

Tomatoes: 2

Ginger garlic paste: 1tsp

Green chillies: 6-8

Coriander leaves: 1/2 bunch (chopped)

Mint leaves: 1/2 bunch (chopped)

Turmeric powder: 1/4tsp

Chilli powder: 1tbsp

Garam masala: 1tsp

Whole spices: 3 each (cloves, cinnamon and cardamom)

Oil: 4tbsp

Ghee: 1tbsp

Saffron: Few strands dissolved in 1 tbsp of warm milk

Lime juice: 1tsp

Salt to taste

Let’s get cooking

1. Soak the rice in water for 10 minutes.

2. Slice the onions, tomatoes and green chillies.

3. Heat the oil in a wide pan and add the whole spices.

4. Add the onions, turmeric, ginger garlic paste, green chillies and salt. Saute for 2 minutes.

5. Add the tomatoes, coriander leaves, mint leaves, chilli powder and garam masala.

6. Add the chicken pieces and mix well. Add one cup of water and cook on a low flame until half done.

7. Prepare the rice by boiling water with salt in a big pan. Add the drained soaked rice and boil until 75% cooked.

8. Drain and spread on the chicken.

9. Add the ghee, saffron milk and lime juice.

10. Place the lid on the wide pan, cover with dough and place on an iron tava. Cook for 10 minutes.

11. When cool remove, mix well and serve hot with onion raita.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 1 hour

Serves: 6





Another one of those days when you are lazy and to make it worse haven’t decided what to cook!! I had a bunch of fresh spinach in the fridge and the first thought that came to my mind was Palak Khichdi, a perfect one pot healthy and nutritious meal, packed with fibre, proteins, vitamins and minerals. The recipe is adapted from Rajshri Food video on your tube, by Chef Ruchi.

This is what you’ll need

Rice: 1 cup

Moong dal: 1/2 cup

Turmeric: 1/4tsp

Salt to taste

Palak: 1 and a half cups (ground to a paste with a little water)

Onion: 1 (finely chopped)

Tomatoes: 2 (finely chopped)

Ginger: 1tsp (finely chopped)

Garlic: 1 tsp (finely chopped)

Green chillies: 5 (finely chopped)

Garam masala: 1/2tsp

Ghee: 1tbsp

For the seasoning

Cumin seeds: 1tsp

Cloves: 3

Cinnamon: 1/2″ piece

Hing: 1/2tsp

Red chillies: 4

Coriander leaves: 1tsp (finely chopped)

Curry leaves: Few

The rest of the chopped ginger garlic: 1tsp

Ghee: 1tbsp

Let’s get cooking

1. Wash and rinse the rice and dal.

2. In a pressure cooker, add the rice, dal, turmeric powder, salt and 3 cups of water.  Cover the prssuure cooker and cook for 2 whistles. Switch off the cooker, open the lid and keep aside.

3. In another pan heat 1 tbsp of ghee and add half tsp each of the finely chopped ginger and garlic. Fry for 30 seconds.

4. Add the onions and green chillies and fry until the onions are transparent.

5. Add in the tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are pulpy.

6. Add the palak puree along with the garam masala, salt and on a low flame cook until the palak is cooked. (Around 5 to 6 minutes)

7. To the palak mixture add the khichdi (rice and dal mixture) and mix well.

8. Add a glass of water if the consistency of the khichdi is too thick. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it boil for 3 to 4 minutes.

9. In the mean time prepare the seasoning.

10. Heat the ghee is a small pan. Add the cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves, hing, red chillies, ginger, garlic, curry leaves and coriander leaves. Fry for 30 seconds.

11. Pour on the khichdi, mix well and serve hot.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4

Dietician’s Note

Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin K and magnesium and iron. It is rich in fibre and low in calories. A good choice for people with anaemia and those on weight reducing diets.

This dish is a cereal pulse combination, making it rich in proteins.

Minimal amount of oil can be used if you want to avoid using ghee.

Moong dal is a good source of fibre, making this a good choice for people with constipation.



It has been ages since I posted a non vegetarian recipe and this urge to make a biryani tempted me to make this dum biryani. What pleased me even more was not only did this biryani turn out tasty, but looks like I finally managed to figure out the knack of cooking the rice perfectly too. 😀

This is what you’ll need

For the chicken

Chicken: 800gms (1 medium sized chicken cut into 8-10 pieces)

Chilli powder: 1tbsp

Turmeric powder: 1/2tsp

Onions: 2 (large and thinly sliced)

Ginger garlic paste: 2tbsp

Yoghurt: 1/2 cup

Green chillies: 5

Cinnamon: 1/4″ piece

Cloves: 2

Cardamom: 3

Bay leaf: 1

Star anise: 2

Coriander leaves: 1/4 cup (finely chopped)

Mint leaves: 2tbsp (finely chopped)

Ghee: 3tbsp

Salt to taste

For the biryani masala

Cashew nuts: 15 (soaked in water for 10 minutes)

Poppy seeds: 1tsp

Red chillies: 8

Coriander seeds: 2tbsp

Cinnamon: 1/2″ piece

Cloves: 3

Cardamom: 3

Pepper corns: 1tsp

For the rice

Rice: 2.5 cups

Cardamom: 3

Cinnamon: 1/2″ piece

Cloves: 4

Vinegar: 1tsp

Food colouring (optional)

Saffron: Few strands dissolved in 1/4cup of warm milk

Rose water: 1tsp

Dough to seal the biryani handi

Fried onions, cashew nut pieces and raisins for garnishing (optional)

Salt to taste

Let’s get cooking

For the Chicken

1. Marinate the chicken with chilli powder, turmeric powder, 1/4 cup yoghurt and salt for an hour.

2. Dry roast the ingredients mentioned under biryani masala, except the cashew nuts and when cool grind along with the cashew nuts to a fine paste. Keep aside.

3. Heat 2 tbsp of ghee in a wide pan and season with the cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, bay leaf and star anise.

4. Add the sliced onions and whole green chillies. Saute until the onions are transparent.

5. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry until the raw smell disappears.

6. Now mix in the cashew paste and fry for 2 minutes. Soon after add the remaining yoghurt and fry again.

7. Add the marinated chicken and fry well for 3 to 4 minutes.

8. Add 1/2 a glass of water (maybe even less) and let the chicken cook well. Let the gravy become thick and coat chicken pieces well.

9. Keep aside for later to assemble the biryani.

For the rice

1. Wash and soak the rice for at least one hour. Drain well and pat dry.

2. In a large pan add water along with the whole spices, vinegar and salt. Bring it to a boil.

3. Add the drained rice to the boiling water and cook until half done. (If the rice has been soaked well, it takes just about 5 to 6 minutes for it to be half cooked)

4. Drain out the water and spread the rice on a wide plate to cool. If using food colouring, add it to half of the rice.

To assemble the biryani

1. In a non stick biryani handi (which is what I used) spread a layer of the rice at the bottom.

2. Over this layer of rice spread the chicken curry evenly.

3. Sprinkle half of the coriander leaves and mint leaves over the chicken layer.

4. Finally, top the chicken layer with the remaining rice.

5. Sprinkle the remaining coriander leaves, mint leaves and pour the saffron milk along with the rose water evenly around.

6. Pour the remaining ghee and cover the handi. Seal well with the prepared dough making sure there are no openings.

7. Place a big tava on the gas and on that place your biryani handi. Let the biryani cook for half an hour.

8. Switch off the gas, remove from flame and let it cool down.

9. Open the lid, mix gently and garnish with onions, cashew nut pieces and raisins.

10. Serve hot with raita.

Approximate preparation and cooking: 1 hour (excluding chicken marination time and rice soaking time)

Serves: 6






Most commonly with black chana we konkanis make a popular dish called Chana Ghashi, which is a curry made using coconut and chillies. There are many more dishes in which this pulse is used and this time I tried making a pulao with it referring to a recipe from sharmispassions.com. It turned out quite tasty and it was the star anise that gave this pulao a distinct flavour.

This is what you’ll need

For the pulao

Basmati rice: 1 cup

Water: 2 cups

Black chana: 1/2 cup

Onion: 1 (big, chopped)

Ginger garlic paste: 1tsp

Chana masala: 1tsp

Coriander powder: 1/2tsp

Amchur: 1/2tsp

Lemon juice: 1/2tsp

Ghee: 1tbsp

Coriander leaves: 2tsp (chopped)

Salt to taste

For the tempering

Oil: 2tsp

Ghee: 1tsp

Cinnamon: 1/2″ piece

Cloves: 3

Cardamom: 2

Star anise: 1

Let’s get cooking

1. Soak the chana overnight and pressure cook in enough water the next day. Around 4 to 5 whistles. Drain and keep aside.

2. Soak the rice for 30 minutes.

3. Heat the oil and in a pan and season with the ingredients listed under tempering.

4. Add the onions, ginger garlic paste and fry until the onions are brown.

5. Add the chana masala, coriander powder, amchur and mix. Add the chana and mix well, Cook for a couple of minutes.

6. Add the rice, along with the water, lemon juice and salt. Bring to a boil.

7. Reduce the flame, cover and cook until the rice is done.

8. Top with ghee, mix well, garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with raita.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 1 hour (excluding chana soaking time)

Serves: 3 to 4







Gatte Ka Saag, a traditional Rajasthani dish is what I remember amma making. Everyone at home absolutely relished it. I was reading an article online about Rajasthani food and in that was a list of must taste Rajasthani dishes. Gatte Ka pulao was one of them and I had never heard of it before. As usual the name intrigued me and on browsing the net looking for recipes I decided to try out the one from Tarlal Dalal’s website. It was a good change from the usual Gatte ka saag and tasted delicious too.

This is what you’ll need

For the gattas

Besan (gramflour): 1/2cup

Chilli powder: 1/2tsp

Badishep (fennel seeds): 1/2tsp

Ajwain (carom seeds): 1/4tsp

Yoghurt: 1/2tbsp

Oil: 3 1/2tsp

Salt to taste

Oil to deep fry the gattas

For the pulao

Cooked rice: 2 1/2cups

Oil: 1tbsp

Cloves: 2

Cardamom: 1

Cumin seeds: 1/2tsp

Mustard seeds: 1/2tsp

Asafoetida: 1/4tsp

Fried onions: 1/2 cup

Chilli powder: 1tsp

Turmeric powder: 1/4tsp

Garam masala: 1/2tsp

Salt to taste

Coriander leaves: To garnish

To be ground to a paste

Sliced onions: 1/2cup

Garlic: 4 cloves

Green chillies: 3

Ginger: 1″ piece

Let’s get cooking

For the gattas

1. Combine all the ingredients listed under gattas, except oil for deep frying and knead to a firm dough, using 2 tbsp of water.

2. Divide into small portions and roll into 6-8″ long pieces.

3. Cut these rolls into 1/2″ pieces.

4. Boil plenty of water in a pan and cook the gattas in boiling water for 5 to 7 minutes.

5. Drain out all the water and let the gattas cool.

6. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the gattas, until light brown in colour. Drain onto a kitchen towel and keep aside.

For the pulao

1. Heat the oil in a pan and season with cardamom, cloves, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and asafoetida.

2. Add the ground paste and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Add the cooked rice, fried onions, gattas, chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and salt. Mix well and cook for another couple of minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with boondi raita or a raita of your choice.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4





I was looking for unique ways to serve Falooda on the internet when this recipe from aaplemint.com caught my eye. The picture on that website was just too pretty and I could not resist trying it out myself. When I went through the list of ingredients I realised that I had everything except the khus syrup. Could not wait until our next trip to the Indian grocery store, so used green food colouring insted, hence the difference in the colour.

This is what you’ll need

Toned milk: 1 litre

Basmati rice: 3 heaped tbsp

Sugar: 4tbsp (adjust according to how sweet you like it)

Kewra essence: 1/2tsp

Sevaiya: 1 cup (cooked)

Cardamom powder: 1tsp

Almond slivers: To garnish

Let’s get cooking

1. Soak the rice for at least 3 hours. Grind coarsely with a little milk.

2. Add the ground rice, milk and sugar to a pan and let the mixture come to a boil. Cook until the mixture reduces to half and it thickens.

3. Add the cardamom powder and kewra essence. Mix well and let it cool and set in the fridge for a few hours.

4. Divide the cooked sevaiya into two equal portions and soak one half in rose syrup and the other in khus syrup for at least 2 hours.

5. To assemble the phirni falooda, put a layer of the phirni in a tall glass, top it with the rose sevaiya. Add another layer of the phirni and top with the khus sevaiya. Continue preparing the rest of the glasses in a similar manner.

6. Garnish with almond slivers and serve chilled.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 35 minutes (excluding soaking time)

Serves: 4


I always have tinned sweetcorn at home and when I cannot decide on what to cook, I look for recipe ideas on the internet. Today was one such day and werecipes.com had this Rice sweetcorn bites recipe which sounded interesting and the picture impressed me so much that I tried the same idea when trying to present mine too! I did make a few changes to the original recipe however.The bites were delicious, a perfect snack. Thanks Gopi!. 🙂

This is what you’ll need

Butter: 2tbsp

Flour (Maida): 4tbsp

Milk: 1 1/2 cups

Sweet corn: 1 cup ( I used a small tin of green giant sweet corn 165gms)

Cooked rice: 2 cups

Green chillies: 4-5 (finely chopped)

Coriander leaves: 2tbsp (finely chopped)

Bread crumbs: To coat

Salt and pepper to taste

Oil to shallow fry

Let’s get cooking

1. Coarsely grind the sweet corn and keep aside.

2. In a pan melt the butter and add the flour. Mix well.

3. Gradually add the milk, mixing well continuously, until the mixture becomes a thick dry paste. It should resemble mashed potato.

4. To this add the corn, cooked rice, green chillies, coriander leaves, salt and pepper.

5. Shape into small squares or circles, coat with bread crumbs and shallow fry on both sides until evenly brown.

6. Serve hot with ketchup or chutney.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4

* The original recipe asked for more milk, but used less milk to prepare the flour mixture.

* If you think the mixture is not dry enough to form shapes add a little bread crumbs to the mixture and then shape them.


On my recent trip to India, my sister in law asked me if I had the recipe for Spinach Biryani on my blog. Apparently she had tried it at some restaurant and it was delicious. I have never eaten it at a restaurant before, so thought I will try making it at home. Thanks to her another new recipe added to my collection!

This is what you’ll need

Basmati rice: 1 cup

Palak (spinach): 1 1/2 cup

Coriander leaves: 1/2 cup

Green chillies: 2

Ginger garlic paste: 1tsp

Onions: 2

Tomatoes: 2

Chilli powder: 1/2tsp

Turmeric powder: 1/4tsp

Coriander powder: 1tsp

Cumin powder: 1/2tsp

Garam masala powder: 1tsp

Cloves: 2

Cinnamon: 1/2″ piece

Cardamom: 3

Cashew nuts: 1tbsp (fried, for garnishing)

Oil: 3tsp

Salt to taste

Let’s get cooking

1. Soak the rice for half an hour. Drain and keep aside.

2. Roughly chop the palak and coriander leaves. Grind them to a smooth paste, along with the green chillies.

3. Slice the onions and keep aside half of it to fry and use for garnish later.

4. Chop the tomatoes finely.

5. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the cloves, cinnamon and cardamom.

6. Add half the onions and saute until light brown.

7. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry again for another minute.

8. Add the dry powders, along with the tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are soft and pulpy.

9. Pour in the ground spinach paste and fry well until almost dry.

10. Add the rice along with salt and 1  3/4 cup of water. Cover and bring to a boil.

11. Lower the flame and cook until the rice is done.

12. Garnish with fried onions and cashew nuts. Serve hot with a raita of your choice.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 50 minutes

Serves: 4

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