Chicken Briyani & Onion N Carrot Raita

Just few days back, while i was uploading my recipe index, i saw that i didnt post my usual way of making out briyanis with chicken, dunno how i missed our family's favourite, the most favourite sunday special dish...So i prepared today and clicked some pictures, atlast my chicken briyani gonna be posted in my space...Learned this chicken briyani from my mom, whenever i make them at home, everyone will be excited and will wait eagerly to be served..My most favourite dish which is also my dad's favourite, he love to have this briyani with onion raita, boiled eggs and brinjal masala, my mom makes excellent brinjal masala almost every sunday whenever she makes this briyani, we love it...This delicious briyani is quite a feast for non vegetarians especially chicken lovers..Yummyilicious briyani prepared with marinated chicken and cooked with spicy masala paste prepared with shallots, green chillies, whole spices finally with coconut milk..Happy Father's Day to all the father..Voila am dedicating this chicken briyani to my wonderful father who is an inspiration for me and my siblings..

Chicken Briyani & Carrot N Onion Raita

2cups Basmati rice
3cups Coconut milk
1/2kg Chicken (chopped as medium size pieces)
2nos Onions (chopped lengthwise)
3nos Tomatoes (big & chopped finely)
1tsp Ginger-garlic paste
Few pinch Orange food colour
2nos Whole spices (bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamom)
1cup Mint leaves (chopped)

For marination:
1cup Yogurt
1/2tsp Red chilly powder
1/2tsp Ginger garlic paste
1/4tsp Turmeric powder

For masala paste:
15nos Shallots
3nos Green chillies
1tsp Fennel seeds
1tsp Garam masala powder
1tsp Coriander seeds

Marinate the chicken pieces with ginger garlic paste, red chilly powder, turmeric powder, salt and yogurt and let them sit for an hour..meanwhile grind all the ingredients given in the list 'for masala paste' with enough water as thick paste...Soak the rice for 15 minutes, drain the water..fry the rice with a some oil until they get a shiny texture, keep aside..

Heat enough oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add the ghee and oil, fry the whole spices until brown, now add the chopped onions, chopped tomatoes and ginger garlic paste with salt, saute until the raw smell goes add the grounded masala paste,chopped mint leaves,orange food colour and marinated chicken pieces, saute for few add the coconut milk, bring everything to boil...Now add the already prepared rice, cook in medium flame for few minutes and put the flame in simmer,close the vessel with a lid ,cook until the rice gets well cooked..

Onion N Carrot Raita:
1cup Carrot (grated)
1/2cup Onions (sliced thinly)
1cup Yogurt
Few coriander leaves (chopped)

Take the grated carrots, sliced onions, salt, coriander leaves in a bowl, add the yogurt ,mix everything well and serve along with briyani..

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