Chinese biryani ?

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Chinese biryani?????

Biryani ,as we all know is a one pot rice and meat dish which has its roots in South Asia. There are different theories regarding the origin of Biryani, with the most popular being that it was brought to India by the Mogul rulers.However, the fact remains that Biryani is the most popular dish served during parties and festive occasions , especially in India and Pakistan. So much so that a dinner party  whatever the occasion ,without Biryani as the main course is considered incomplete.

Pilaf, Pilao or pulao are the lighter versions of biryani. We are all familiar with Hyderabadi biryani, Pakistani biryani, the Burmese danpauk,Middle eastern kabsa or Singaporean Nasi Beriani Gam.

But ‘Chinese biryani’ is one version which I am sure even the Chinese have never heard of. This recipe is little known outside our family. I am sharing this awesome dish with you today. It is easy to make and not one bit spicy despite the amount of green chilli (mild and sweet peppers deseeded) added to the dish.I don’t know how this dish got it’s name, but you have to try this in your kitchen to experience this amazingly delicious version of biryani. But if you happen to share this,please remember to say you got this recipe from this blog 🙂

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          Recipe: Chinese biryani

Aromas and Flavours from my Kitchen

Difficulty             :Easy

Spice level           : mild

Quantity              : Serves 6-8 persons

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What you need:

  • 1 kilo/2.2 lb aromatic long grain rice (Basmati) soaked for half an hour
  • 1.5 kilos/3.3 lb Lamb or chicken pieces
  • 200 g long green peppers slit and deseeeded completely
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 each of cloves, cardamom and cinnamon( 1 inch each )
  • 1/4 cup black cumin seeds
  • 4 tsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. ajinimoto/chinese salt  😉
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups grated onions
  • 1 cup chopped mint and cilantro leaves

Step 1:

Add 2 tsp. ginger garlic paste , salt and enough water to the meat and cook till tender. I like to cook it in a pressure cooker. Keep aside.

Step 2:

Heat oil in a deep bottom vessel and add cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and black cumin seeds in the same order. Saute them lightly making sure they don’t burn. This process releases a beautiful aroma from the spices. Now add the green peppers and fry them lightly in the oil till they turn slightly translucent. Now add the remaining 2 tsp. ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute. Now with the help of a flat ladle remove the peppers from the oil and keep aside.

Step 3:

Now add the grated onion to the oil and fry lightly till they turn translucent. Add the soaked and drained rice to the onions and fry for a couple of minutes. Keep stirring.Make sure the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the vessel.At this point add the peppers and mutton which were kept aside from step 1 and step 2. Add 4.2 pints of water ( the ratio of rice and water should be 1:2 ), Ajinimoto, salt to taste ( you can taste the water to assess how much more salt you would want to add) and the fresh herbs.Cover the vessel with a lid and cook till water is almost drained on high heat. When little water is left, lower the heat and continue cooking till water is completely drained and the rice grains have become long and done.

Serve hot.This dish can be served alone or with some yogurt. If it is an elaborate meal  the ideal accompaniment to this dish would be ginger chicken ( my version) which I will feature soon.

I am taking the Chinese biryani to FF 43 hosted at The Novice Gardener. This week we have the same wonderful hosts alongside Angie,  Tracy @Scratch It and Stephanie @The Cozy Cook. I am already late and I am rushing to the party because beautiful Angie has steamed delicious Corn Pudding. as I have said before corn is my favorite and I have to try this pudding while still hot. FF 43, here I come 😀

Long green chilli sweet when deseeded
Long green chilli sweet when deseeded
tender lamb pieces
tender lamb pieces
basmati rice
basmati rice
black cumin seeds
black cumin seeds
Chinese Biryani
Chinese Biryani
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43 Comments Add yours

  1. andy1076 says:

    Looks and sounds super yum with the ingredients 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you 🙂 for the nice comment.

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      1. andy1076 says:

        Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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  2. jaznajalil says:

    On the lunch menu for the coming Friday Insha Allah! Thank you!

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    1. skd says:

      Most Welcome 🙂 InshaAllah you will love it. Make sure you deseed the chillies well.

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      1. jaznajalil says:

        I am the family’s spice champion, I might just keep them !

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      2. skd says:

        Well then. Actually I leave a few seeds in 😀

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Arl 🙂 It turns out real tasty..

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  3. Tracy says:

    I’ve never heard of biryani before so thank you so much for bringing it this week to FF! It looks lovely!!

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    1. skd says:

      Biryani is an Asian version of Paella or Jambalaya. This version of biryani is my family’s own. Thank you for liking it 😀

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  4. Rana Darvesh says:

    Definitely a delicious dish! Goes great with baked chicken. Yum.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much 😀 And baked chicken just like yours. Yummm….drooool .Can’t forget that recipe 😉

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  5. ninoalmendra says:

    I use to sail with Indian crew onboard. Our Indian Chiefcook always serve Biryani with Raita for Sunday Lunch. And I must say, this is my first time for Chinese Biryani.
    It is so nice of you to share it and bring it to the party.
    Happy Fiesta Friday!!!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. Actually Chinese biryani would go well with raita too.
      Happy FF to you too 🙂

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  6. What a great dish, I love rice and rice dishes and this is wonderful. It’s making me really hungry.

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    1. skd says:

      Thanks dear 🙂 This recipe is relatively easier than the traditional biryani.

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  7. Fazak says:

    Wow
    We are fond of Biryani
    It is nice to know that chinese liking the dish
    I have tasted and is good dish for health concious persons because it has least oil and spices

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much. I would love to make it for you 🙂

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  8. Sounds and looks delicious. I am a big rice fan and I would love this with lamb 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you 🙂 It tastes best with Lamb. Chicken should be the second option 🙂

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  9. This sounds delicious! I bet it is aromatic too with the wonderful spices you used.

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    1. skd says:

      It really is aromatic and flavorful 🙂 plus it is light on the palate. You will enjoy it, I am sure

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  10. It looks excellent with the addition of black cumin seeds, SKD 🙂 I love cooking with lamb 😉

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    1. skd says:

      Thanks Linda 🙂 It tastes best with lamb. And the flavor of black seeds in this dish comes out very well.

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  11. Lily says:

    Looks delicious, my kind of meal, yum!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Lily 🙂 That’s so nice of you…

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  12. ooh what a fab idea, looks really yummy!!

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    1. skd says:

      Thanks a lot Michelle. Its really encouraging ☺

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  13. acasadisimi says:

    good recipe! thanks for sharing!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Simi ☺

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  14. Reblogged this on cookwithsingh and commented:
    Now this is something worth trying out. Looks quite interesting!

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    1. skd says:

      Oh sure you must. Wouldn’t be disappointed at all 👍

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  15. I absolutely LOVE making and eating Biryani! The Chinese Biryani sounds intriguing! Definitely need to give this a try! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      You must try it. You will be glad you discovered it . Thanks for the kind comment 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you 🙂

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  16. muthahar says:

    Looks yummy must try

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you 🙂 You should then and maybe call me to dinner 😀

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