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6th May 2016

Biryani: The Ultimate Guide to the King of Curries

Food: not only does it nourish and sustain us, it also has the power to spark our memory and our creativity in a way that few other things can. As we all know, though, not all meals are made equal and there are some that stand head and shoulders above the rest and become so much more than the sum of their parts.
A biryani is one such meal, and despite not being the most popular curry, it may very well be the best when done expertly. But what makes it so great?

History of Biryani

Despite its history and exact origin being a mystery, this incredible dish stretches all the way back to the 2nd century and has been adapted to become the personification of culinary perfection that it is today.
The essentials of the dish haven’t changed much in centuries though, and the basic meat and rice, one-pot style meal has remained the same.

The Meat

There are several options for meat in a biryani but it is worth remembering that this dish is cooked for over an hour so you need a relatively high fat content to keep it moist and tender throughout.
Chicken thighs, lamb leg steaks and beef are all perfect for a rich and tasty biryani as they can stand up to longer cooking times.

The Rice

There isn’t very much to say about the rice other than it should be basmati and it’s always best to parboil the rice to ensure it is cooked perfectly when removed from the oven.

The Herbs and Spices

This is the important part, as it is where most of the flavour and excitement comes from in this dish, so here are what we think are the essentials;

  • Garlic
  • Green Chilli
  • Chilli powder (preferably kashmiri)
  • Turmeric
  • Coriander
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Bay leaves
  • Cardamom pods

The Extras

As with most dishes, those little extra added ingredients can be the factor that takes it beyond good and on to the realms of food perfection! Here are the extras we think you need to add to really step up your biryani game;

  • Rose water (trust us, this floral remedy gives a wonderfully delicate undertone to this spiced dish
  • Crisp fried onions – A little trick from this Rick Stein Recipe
  • Cashew nuts – Add a lovely little crunch

So there you have it, everything you need for an absolutely perfect biryani. Oh and you’ll also need about 4 hours to get it just right. Don’t worry; there is an easier option, one that involves no washing up, no peeling or chopping and no effort at all. Our selection of biryanis are all delicious and available in our luxurious restaurant setting, so simply contact us today and get your first taste of perfection.