Hyderabadi Kheema Biriyani

  I normally don’t post on Fridays unless they are challenge posts. But this time, thought of giving that rule of mine a little miss. 🙂 Today is our anniversary #13. This is the fourth anniversary we are celebrating on the blog. 😀 At times I really wonder how much effort it takes to make a marriage work. One or the other spouse does a lot of adjustments, forgiving and forgetting the small and large mistakes. Why do we do it? There is something more than love that keeps a marriage going. I have realised that every day of my life. I am quite a moody person and one small thing can push me off a corner. HD is just the opposite. Maybe that’s why we are still together in it despite every odds. He is not a romantic that gives me surprises off the hook, or makes me feel… 

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Thalassery Chemmeen Biriyani ~ Thalassery Style Prawn Biriyani

  The feeling of achievement is immense, isn’t it? I am glad that my little attempt to bring together a small group of bloggers is faring fairly well. We are in the third month of our challenge and I am sincerely hoping that we continue moving forward well, InShaAllah… 🙂   For this month’s Muslim Food Blogger Challenge, the challenge was to make “Biriyani”. Alhamdulillah, after trying so many versions, I can confidently handle a biriyani, though there are times when I conveniently screw it up too. 😀 Those are called “bad biriyani days (BBD)”. 😉 A biriyani is usually a very intimidating dish for many, but let me tell you, once you get a hang of it, it is quite easy to make. One major thing you need to learn is to how much to cook the rice. The rice is never cooked fully in the first stage, it… 

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Nawabi Qabooli Biriyani ~ Chickpea Lentil Biriyani

  Alhamdulillah, today is the day of Arafah. For the people who are Makkah for the pilgimage of Hajj, they will all assemble in the vast ground of Arafah, continuously supplicating and praying to the Almighty for themselves and for all of the others. The Prophet (SAW) said, ‘There is no day on which Allah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ’Arafah), and then He revels before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” (Tirmidhee). It is said that He forgives all their sins, even if it is as much as the foam on the surface of the sea, SubhanAllah! How can we count foam? To read more about this day, you can check out this link. For those not on Hajj, it is highly recommended to fast, since fasting on this day with sincere intentions… 

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Ambur Chicken Biriyani

  As Ramadan draws to the end and Eid gets closer, many households slowly start the preparation for the festivities. InShaAllah, we are looking forward to a wonderful Eid, with the whole family in place and I guess we are having it this way after many years, so you can imagine the excitement. 🙂 Once we are done with our Eid prayers, we all gather at my aunt’s place to gorge on ela adas, cutlets, continuous cups of tea and unlimited chatter. This is followed by quick trips to my cousin’s place and then we come back to biriyani (mostly this one) and some paal pizhinjathu. We also catch up on some sleep since the previous night is always hectic and we wake up really early to get going to the Eidgah, the big ground where the special Eid prayers happen. The first day of Eid is always within the… 

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Malabar Chemmeen (Prawn) Biriyani

It has been more than a week since my vacation ended and still I get questions like, “You must be still in that hangover!” Being a working mother who arrived the previous day before the school opens, I do not have the option to stay in the hangover for too long! The most interesting fact is that kids get adjusted to their life much faster than we adults do. We tend to sulk a lot when our situation changes. Yes, it did take me a couple of days to sink into reality but the four days I had before the start of work helped me a lot to get back to work much faster than I expected, Alhamdulillah. Yes, I still go into the hangover at times, thinking how alone my parents must be feeling and getting that pinch that every grown-up child must be facing thinking of that situation…. 

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Travancore Style Chicken Biriyani

Following yesterday’s Pineapple Sago Kheer, I have to post a biriyani, right? Eid is never complete without a biriyani. How much ever tired we may be, we still put up a lavish biriyani lunch, which will be finally washed down by cups of paalu pizhinjathu… This time, I am coming with you with a very interesting biriyani, which I had bookmarked ages ago, but once I got the chance to try it, I was wondering why I had not tried it earlier! The ingredient list may look really long – I mean, really really long, but believe me it takes more or less the same time as every other biriyani tastes and I must say that making the garam masala from scratch in this recipe makes it “a-must-try-at-least-once” biriyani!   Travancore or “Thiruvithankoor”, if you want the tongue twister name in Malayalam, is the southern part of Kerala just like how… 

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Malabar Vegetable Biriyani – My 33rd guest post for Merry Tummy

                                  My interaction with Shweta started with my participation in the Saturday Snapshots. From then on, it has been a very cordial and warm relationship. I have always liked her frank comments for my photographs, whether positive or negative. She always would give ideas to improve on the overall blogging experience. I was very happy when she asked me for a guest post – especially when I love her pictures and I feel inferior as far as mine is concerned! I always feel that my pictures are very normal, especially knowing how lazy I am to improve on them. I know that if I put my heart in, I would be able to improve quite a bit but somehow my laziness and lack of time creeps in. So when she asked me for a guest post, I was determined to try to do the… 

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Chicken Masala Biriyani – My 29th guest post for My Kitchen Odessey

I was having a casual chat with Priya a couple of weeks ago. It just happened all of sudden, I whatsapped her (where is English going to??? Hehe…) and she called me back. We spoke for quite some time. She, along with her co-blogger Tessa, seem to be a big fan of my biriyani collection and she was quick to mention to me that it had been long since I had posted a biriyani on the blog. And she was true! The last biriyani that I posted was this one, which was way back in November. Yes, I have been a bit away from biriyanis, not because I lost my interest in them but because the new kitchen was making me so fidgety that I was taking much longer to finish the whole process. It was really frustrating me to say the least. When we had guest over when my… 

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Malabar Mutton Biriyani

Yikes! Another biriyani??? I sometimes feel I am overdoing the biriyanis on my blog… or is it just a thought? Just to let you know that this was the last biriyani I made in our old home… and I have no more biriyanis pending in my drafts, so maybe you don’t get to see another biriyani recipe at least for another month! Hehe…I have already posted a Malabar Chicken Biriyani on the blog before. This one with mutton is slightly different from the chicken version. At home, umma makes mutton the same way she makes the chicken, with the variation only in the cooking time. When I saw a different version in one of the cookery books, I wanted to try it. This is a very simple biriyani, with ingredients in your pantry and does not take much time. That is what I like about this recipe. So when you… 

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Malabar Chicken Biriyani – My 14th guest post for Priya’s Versatile Recipe

  Again, back to back guest posts!!! 🙂 🙂 At this moment, I should tell all of you that I am on cloud nine. Being a fairly new blogger, when Priya akka, who blogs at Priya’s Versatile Recipes started her series “Rendezvous with a Foodie”, I just thought of asking her if I could be a part of it. The humble person that she is, “yes!” came the immediate reply and here I am being featured on her space! I don’t think akka needs any introduction – she is an inspiration to all the foodies, who are in awe with her cooking skills, and more than that, her blogging skills, especially with the ease she publishes her posts every day without missing on any challenge. I have to really say that I really admire her time management skills and envy her family who get to eat such lovely food featured on her blog on a daily basis!   When it… 

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Palakkadan Biriyani

I am actually in no mood for a post. But then I am neither in a mood to leave my blog blank for today. So I thought I would just go straight on to the post without any ramblings for today.I have saved all of you from reading my lecture, haven’t I? 🙂   The list of biriyanis I have featured on my blog is proof enough that I come from a biriyani mad family. Today I am sharing one biriyani that I had tried from a magazine called “Ruchi”, which I wouldn’t call it the best. It was quite a blank biriyani from the many I have tried. So why am I sharing it here? Because, this is actually a super easy biriyani, with very limited ingredients. I served it with just pickle and raita but after having it, I thought I could have had some simple saalan to… 

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Roasted Whole Chicken Biriyani

I was just checking my list of posts and was kind of surprised that I have been posting snacks more than proper meals. I guess it has been more to get myself out of my lazy bout more than anything else. Soon, I should be able to be back to blogging on a scheduled basis, hopefully that is!!!   I really don’t know why people get intimated of making a biriyani, but I would say that it is a joy to make! Yes, maybe the first three times, you may find it difficult, especially due to the steps, but a little bit of time management and you can finish making a biriyani in flat one hour! Not this one though, as I roasted the chicken instead of frying or cooking it in the pressure cooker, it did take a little bit more time, but still I didn’t have to slog… 

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Thalassery Mutton Dum Biriyani – My 10th guest post for Simply Sweet N Savory

This week, happens to be just like that week in July, where I had two back to back guest posts!!! 🙂 At the beginning of the week, it was for Avika and again now I have another blogger whose name starts with A – Ambreen!!! Is it some kind of a coincidence? I really don’t know! 🙂 When Ambreen emailed me with a request for a meat related delicacy served during Eid, I just couldn’t resist her offer. Who would be able to say “no” to the simply sweet Ambreen?  Amid short notice, though I rummaged through my drafts, I was not able to find much of recipes related to mutton or beef, mainly because it is something cooked when I am really in a mood to or there is an occasion, and yes, occasions like Eid which call for some grand food! So a couple of weekends back, I made it a point to… 

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Biriyani – Chettinad Style

    My head is literally drained these days. Must be because of the way my days are moving. Everything is moving at such a fast pace that I am not able to comprehend things properly. However, Alhamdulillah, things are good. I guess without straining myself too much for today, I will leave you all with this lovely set of rules, for you to read and ponder:   All of you who frequently read this blog of mine do know how biriyani mad our family is. Fridays are not complete without a meal of biriyani. If it is not biriyani, then it has to be Neychoru with some non-vegetarian fare. A normal rice and curry meal is strictly forbidden on a Friday! Somehow, I seem to like that schedule too. Having normal food throughout the week does entail for some celebration over the weekend, right? I am always on the… 

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Bhatkal Biriyani

  Hmmm…. again a day when I am suffering from a mental block!!! I thought I could sleep right through the day, but then I ended up waking up quite early (by my standards, that is!!!) and staring at the sleeping kids. Parents will definitely agree that there is something lovely in watching sleeping children. They look so angelish then… they must have gone off to sleep after all their mischief, but when they sleep, there is nobody in the world as cute as they are!!! 🙂   Since my head is blank with nothing much to blabber about, let me go straight to today’s recipe. Oneconfession I have to make – this is the first picture on this blog for which I am doing a touch up by myself. I do understand that my pictures are sometimes really substandard, thanks to a lot of restrictions I have. I don’t… 

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