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  One of the main attractions of Eid is Biryani, well at least for me 🙂 In biryani, meat and flavourful rice are combined together and is served with raita, salad, pickle etc. For me, Eid is not complete without biryani, it’s the ultimate food for celebration. For making biryani, chicken, mutton (goat), lamb etc can be used. Fish and beef are not commonly...

A Biryani that is dear to the people in Thalassery- a city in Kannur district… Hope everyone who celebrated Eid had a wonderful celebration with friends and family. Honestly, I cannot think of an Eid without Biryani. A plate of biryani can bring so much happiness and celebration to me and to anyone who loves biryani. Every Eid, I try to make a different kind...

Mandi, a traditional dish of Yemen made either with chicken or lamb… Mandi is now popular among other Arab countries as well. Traditionally, the meat is slow cooked in a tandoor which makes the meat extremely tender and delicious, and served over aromatic rice. I’ve tasted Mandi at an International food festival in my city, since then I’d been...

Kabsa is the national dish of Saudi Arabia, it’s a rice-based dish made by combining rice and meat (chicken, lamb, camel, beef, etc)… While browsing through my Picasa album, I came across the pictures for Chicken Kabsa. I’d made this last year for Eid. For Eid, biryani is an unavoidable dish in my family. However, for last year’s Eid, I wanted...

Absolutely delicious and refreshing biryani… Goat meat is known as mutton in India, mutton is more popular than lamb over there. However, in North America lamb is popular, it’s very hard to find really good mutton over here. Well, I am not a huge fan of mutton and lamb. For this reason, I seldom cook mutton. When I visited my parents in India last year,...

Here are my top 10 tips to make your Biryani taste better: Use fresh ingredients – onions, ginger, garlic, green chilies, cilantro, mint and curry leaves. Allow the meat to marinate overnight in the refrigerator so that all the flavors and spices will get into the meat. Shallow fry the marinated chicken/meat before combining with the onion masala. When you...

I hereby declare that “this is the best biryani I’ve ever tasted“… Yeah, I am bragging! I usually find faults after tasting most of my dishes, even after being approved by the panel of judges. I would always be left with the feeling that I could have done better. But this time, after tasting this biryani, I was seen bragging non-stop about...

“WoW” was the first word that came out of my husband’s and my mouth after tasting this biryani… There was no special occasion nor any particular reason for me to make biryani, yet I made biryani and made an ordinary day very special. When I was with my mom I got to eat biryani almost every week, each time she made it in a totally different...

A biryani made on a not-so-special-day which turned the day into a special one… Biryani and special occasions are inseparable, at least in my home. If there is any special occasion, you are guaranteed to get a plate of biryani from my kitchen. The aroma of the biryani spreads in such a way that forces anyone going through that way to pause and take a deep breath...

I am still in the Eid celebration mood, before it fades away I wanted to blog about the big feast I had for Eid, and so here I am blogging, even after feeling exhausted. I am up for any kind of celebration any time of the year. Before, when there were any celebrations, I would look forward to the special dishes my mom would make for us. Now, I would look forward...