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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.

Ingredients:
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
Oil/ghee
Salt

Method:
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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{ 12 comments… add one }

  • usha November 21, 2006, 12:45 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    This is really new,becoz ususally they combo kofta with chappathi or naan….This koftabiriyani seems something new ,good idea……let me try in short.

  • supriya November 21, 2006, 1:54 pm
  • Manjusha November 21, 2006, 1:59 pm

    Hey Shilpa,

    Kofta Biryani looks simply amazing !!!
    Nice one.
    Happy Thanksgiving !!!

  • lakshmi November 21, 2006, 4:59 pm

    Shilpa, Biryani…mouth-watering.

  • Vaishali November 22, 2006, 6:02 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    I am here after several days. I hate missing out on your posts. :(
    The new look of your site is great. Very refreshing and organised.
    Kofta Biryani looks sinful.

  • Lakshmik November 22, 2006, 6:15 am

    New recipe. I have only heard of biryani with soya chunks. Will try this out.

  • Linda November 22, 2006, 9:35 am

    Hi Shilpa, kofta biryani looks scrumptious, and so does breadfruit and peas. Will have to look for breadfruit :)

  • Meeta November 23, 2006, 5:48 am

    Shilpa,

    Thanks for your kind ans sweet comments on my blog. This kofta biryana looks really great. I hope I get a chance to make it. The original recipe with palak would be what I would be going for.

    PS Nice clean layout to your blog.

  • jyotsna August 7, 2007, 6:11 am

    Hi shilpa, i recently got married, yesterday i was searching for the recipes in google, i came across your recipes which are very interesting and yammy, i really liked your Kofta Biryani, yes today i am going to try it and present it to my hubby for the dinner.

  • Chandrika S October 10, 2007, 8:17 am

    Hi,
    I made this last night , with palak and it came out excellent.
    I had some left over tomato saru , that I used instead of making fresh puree.

  • Lakshmi Rallapalli June 17, 2008, 6:48 am

    I like Kofta dishes very much beacuse of thier sublte(though little) sweetness. But know I found your kafta biryani to be very good. I prefer coriander only.

  • pragyan@espicycooking.com October 23, 2010, 9:23 pm

    Your biriyani is looking awesome. As biriyani is my favorite dish i always keep trying to make different kind of biriyani. your recipe really helped me a lot..Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe.

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