Kofta biryani

I saw this recipe in one of the cooking shows. As usual I had written down but never tried. Few days back, I was going through my recipe diary and I found this. I was not having soaked chana(chick peas) or spinach. But I was not feeling like going to shopping for just two things. So I used potato instead of chick peas and coriander leaves instead of spinach. I haven’t tried the original recipe, but still mentioning here for reference.

1 cup basmathi rice
1 cup cooked chick peas(chana) 1 cup or 2 boiled potatoes
2″ piece ginger
2 big cloves of garlic cloves (4-5 if Indian garlic is used)
1 cup onion
3-4 green chilies
1 tea spn lemon juice
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup tomato puree
6-7 strands of coriander leaves ground to smooth paste
A pinch of turmeric
2 tbl spns cream(optional)
1/2 tea spn chili powder

Heat oil and add bay leaf. Add basmathi rice and fry till a nice aroma comes out of it. Add 2 cups of water, a little salt and cook till rice is done(take care the grains should be separate after cooking).
Grind 1″ ginger, garlic, 1/2 cup onion, green chilies, lemon juice into a paste. Add this to mashed chana or potato. Mix well. Make small balls of this mixture and deep fry them in oil (alternatively, bake them in oven like this).
Heat oil and add remaining ginger(grated), finelly chopped onion. Fry till onions turn slightly brownish. Add coriander paste, tomato puree, chili powder, turmeric, cream and salt. Mix well and cook for around 5-10mins or till the gravy thickens.
Just before serving, take a serving bowl, spread one layer of rice, then one layer of gravy, followed by one layer of kofta.

Repeat this till all the rice, kofta and gravy is finished. The top layer should be rice. Serve hot.

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 30-40mins

Note: Arrange the layers only few minutes before serving, otherwise the koftas become soft and taste reduces.
The potato koftas does not become crunchy since we are not adding anything extra to make them crunchy.
While serving, take care not to break the koftas.


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