Introduction: Veg Dum Biriyani With Paneer Tandoori
All weekdays hurry, running to office, half bites in the morning, skipped lunches and a lousy dinner. That's what makes weekends as a blessing to cherish and enjoy by eating the dishes we like. Of course it can be bought outside but still our own preparation makes it extra special as we know our family members exact way of liking the food and adjustments are made in such a way that it makes a perfect family lunch
Weekend Lunch Menu
Starter - Paneer Tandoori
Main Dish - Vegetable Dum Biriyani
Side Dish - Raita
Dessert - Mix Fruit Custard
Step 1: Ingredients for Starter
- Paneer - 200g (cottage cheese, a diary product. For vegan style you can use tofu, which is made from soya)
- Thick Curd / Yogurt - 100g
- Onion - 1
- Capsicum - 1
- Oil - 1 Tbsp (I used sesame oil for flavouring, olive or coconut can also be used)
- Coriander powder - 2 Tsp
- Chilli powder - 2 Tsp
- Turmeric powder - 1 Tsp
- Black salt - 1/2 Tsp
- Table salt - 1 Tsp (Not shown)
- Garam masala - 1 Tsp
- Chat masala - 2 Tsp
Step 2: Yogurt & Oil
Pour the yogurt into a container, give a good whisk and add oil
Step 3: Combine All Powder/Masala
Add coriander powder, Turmeric powder, Black & Table salt, Chilli powder, Chat Masala and Garam masala, Whisk it well, make sure all are mixed well
Step 4: Paneer / Cottage Cheese
The preparation of cottage cheese is very easy as it requires only 2 ingredients. Milk and lemon if anybody require detailed version ping me and I'll provide it. But this is store bought one.
Cut them into cubes, not so small not so big but they have to fit into your skewer, small will break when you are putting in skewer, big size will cause trouble while you are putting on iron pan. so all cube must be approximately same size.
Put the cubes into yogurt base
Step 5: Adding Veggie
Cut the onion into 4 pieces, Start peeling a layer of the onion, so that you can get onion peels in almost cube-ish shape
Vertically slice the capsicum, cut that into cube pieces.
Why cube is preferred ?
Easy for frying purpose, or else they might be not proper heat distribution
Add veggie, along with yogurt and paneer
Step 6: Marination
Mix veggie and paneer (they are spongy but not be elastic, they can be easily broken) with hand, as it is important not to break them.
This marination is very important part of the recipe, as it will determine the actual flavour of it.
Some say immediate, 20 mins , 1 hour or even 4 hour. but you know what I did, I kept for one night. prepare everything and put them in refrigerator. Actually it turned out well
Next day I took out of refrigerator one hour before using it, kept in room temperature.
Added Onion, Paneer, Capsicum in sequence and then repeat, I added 4 sets in one skewer
Step 7: Keep Iron Pan Ready
I made two skewer, once arrangement is done, kept in plate in air if excess is present then it will drip.
Add oil in hot pan (I used coconut oil, smelled heavenly), put the skewer
My pan is little curvy in the centre, I can't touch my skewer as it a metal one, I used a wooden spoon to rotate the skewer in meanwhiles
You can make this in oven too.
Step 8: Fry It Good
I was giving, one minute for one side and kept in rotation, as I don't want to overcook it. We have to be careful as periodic rotation is necessary to avoid paneer sticking to pan and it leads to breaking. Continue the procedure till outer layer looks golden brown (my case little blackish ;P) but it was really good
Step 9: Ingredients for Main Dish
1) Rice - 250 grams (Image in upcoming steps)
2) Soya chunks (vegan) - 20 grams (Image in upcoming steps, they are very light weight in nature)
3) Carrots - 100 Grams
4) Green peas - 1/2 cup
5) Beans - 100 grams
6) Potato - 100 grams
7) Green chilli - 3 Nos
8) Mint leaves - Few leaves
9) Coriander leaves - Few
10) Onion & Lemon - each 1
11) Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
12) Garam masala - 1 tsp
13) Salt - 2 tsp (+ or - suited to your requirement)
14) Ghee (Clarified butter) - 2 tsp (oil also can be used)
15) Bay leaves - 4 to 5 leaves
16) Cinnamom - 1/2 bark
17) Cloves - 1 tsp
Step 10: Soaking
Before start cutting the vegetables, soak the rice in water (approx 20 mins). Add necessary water which means water should be above the rice.
why we are doing this?
It makes the rice soft and it helps to cook faster
Now coming to the Soya chunks,
Add 3 times water to the amount of chunks added. 60 ml of water have been added for 20 grams of chunks and let it soak
Step 11: Ginger - Garlic Paste
of course ginger garlic paste can be bought from outside, but whats the point if there is no aroma in it. homemade ginger garlic are rich in flavour , no preservative and so darn easy to make it.
I have a small mortar, Just peel the skin of garlic cloves and add piece of ginger, smash it well
There you go, your ginger garlic paste is ready.
You can also use mixer, since the quantity is very less it might not grind it properly.
Step 12: Slice, Slit, Cube
Slit the green chilli
Vertically chop the onion
Cut the potato, carrot as cubes
Cut the beans horizontally
Step 13: Tempering
I have cooked in pressure cooker, heat up your cooker add ghee/clarified butter and melt it
Add in the spices bay leaves, cloves and cinnamon (break into little pieces)
you can add other spices like star anise also
Step 14: Saute
Add first onion, saute them for a minute, then add slitted green chilli
Saute them until onion becomes transparent and gives a good aroma.
Add ginger garlic paste
Keep sauting it, so that it doesn't get struck below
Step 15: Add Veggie
Add one by one,
First add green peas, then potato, carrot and beans
In between adding each vegetable, saute them
Step 16: Water It
Add 250 ml of water, give it a good stir
Add Mint leaves, Salt and garam masala
Step 17: Final Stage
Give it good 5mins boil, once water starts bubbling add in the soaked rice and slowly add water, if you add more water, it becomes mushy , if you add less you'll end up with half cooked rice with black stain at the bottom of cooker, we don't want that don't we !!
In my experience, adding 250 ml will provide perfect result, you can also use the water used for soaking the rice.
Add in the soaked soya chunks, 90 - 95% water would have been absorbed by the chunks. Remaining can be included as part of 250 ml
Step 18: Well Cooked
close the lid of the pressure cooker, add the weight, follow either of these step
1) Three long whistles
2) Ten minutes time
Once done, don't open immediately, lot of pressure will be there first thing and second since this is dum biriyani, give it sometime (20mins) and them open
Squeeze lemon on biriyani and mix well.
Step 19: Ingredients for Side Dish
1) Curd/ Yogurt - One cup
2) Chat masala - 1 tsp
3) Black salt - 2tsp
4) Onion - 1/2
5) Chilli - 1
6) curry leaves and coriander leaves - few
Step 20: Mixing
Add curd in a bowl and add 1 cup water, whisk it well. add onion and chilli
Step 21: Raita Ready
Add chat masala, salt, leaves and give it good stir
Step 22: Ingredients for Dessert
1) Milk - 2 Cups
2) Custard powder - 3 tsp
3) Red banana
4) Green grapes
7) Sugar (not shown)
Step 23: Custard Powder + Milk
Add the custard powder and add 3 tbsp milk and stir it well without lumps. Set aside
Step 24: Milk+sugar
Pour milk into a thick bottomed pan, add in sugar (as per sweetness needed), I added 2 tsp. keep stirring for sugar to get dissolved
Step 25: Custard Milk
Once milk started boiling up and raising add in the Custard+Milk portion and stir continuously
Keep stirring, Keep stirring, Keep stirring !!!
Quantity will start reducing, thickness starts increasing
final result will be half of the initial quantity, then you are done
Cool it to room temperature
Step 26: Toppings in Bottom
Add the fruit in the you want, fruit can be customised as per your person's suiting, Combination of three berry - Strawberry, blue berry and black berry .chose your way
First layer(bottom) - grapes
Second - pomegranate
Third - Banana
Fourth - Apple
Step 27: Mix Fruit Custard
Add in the cooled custard milk, you can even refrigerate and then pour or pour and refrigerate the entire combination and serve chill, whichever works
Step 28: Bon Appetit
So who's hungry after watching this instructable
What are you waiting for, make it and let me know your thoughts on it.
Would love to see other's work on this
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