Ramzan or Ramadan is the ninth and a holy month in Islamic Lunar calendar. Ramzan (written as Ramadan) is derived from the Arabic root word ‘ramida’ or ‘arramad’ that means intense scorching heat and dryness, especially of the ground. Ramadan is so called to indicate the heating sensation in the stomach as a result of thirst.During Ramadan the people who fast are not allowed to eat or drink anything (including water) from dawn to after sunset. Iftar refers to the evening meal when muslims break their fast during the Ramadan. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is done right after sunset. So now that Ramzan is here lets have a feast…… so what better than a yummy Biryani.
Roast all the ingredients for the masala and grind them finely.
Prepare the marinade but mixing together the curd, chopped pudina leaves, dhania leaves, choped green chillies, ginger garlic paste, salt, haldi and the ground masala. Add the chicken to the marinade and marinate for atleast 4 to 5 hrs. Ideally it sh
For the rice: Wash the rice. In a large vessel, boil 5 to 6 cups of water. Add the whole masala, salt and the rice to it. When the rice is nearly done, drain the water and spread the rice on a plate. You can add a little ghee to the rice to prevent i
For the gravy: In a heavy bottomed vessel, heat the oil. Add the chopped onions and saute till brown. Now add the marinated chicken and cook covered till the chicken is done and the gravy is thick. This will take about 1/2 an hour to 40 mins. Check t
For the garnish: Heat the oil in a kadhai. Cut the onions lenghwise and deep fry till golden brown and crisp. Drain and remove. Cut the potatoes into finger chip. Deep fry and keep aside. Similarly fry the cashews till golden.
To assemble the Biryani: Take a little milk in two different bowls. Add lemon yellow color in one and kesari in another. In handi or a flat bottomed vessel, put a layer of rice just drizzle a little colored milk. Add a little fried onions and potatoe
Hi! I am Sonali, mom to a fast growing teenager and a homemaker.I love to cook, read and travel ( and in that order). I believe that travel keeps the cook ever so innovative. Each time I travel, I scourge the market places and eateries for some new ingredient or recipies. I believe that every type of cuisine has its own story to relate……One that’s fascinating.Being born and brought up in Mumbai which is often called “a melting pot of culinary delights” helped me explore and experiment with a wide range of cuisines.So come share with me the tang of lime, the bite of chilli, the fresh herbs, the crunch of raw veggies and experience the wide spectrum of textures and sharp flavours of different cusines.
I’m Harshada Sandhan and welcome to NamakShamak.com..my little world of culinary adventure ,where I pour my successful kitchen experiments,rustic learnings and travelogues into systematic ,easy to follow recipes and fun to read blogs.
I hope you find my recipes helpful and my blogs as interesting as much as I ve enjoyed Cooking ,Clicking and Writing them.
Working professional turned Food Blogger, Harshada Sandhan discovered her passion towards cooking after the birth of her son. The numerous recipes, tried and tested in her kitchen soon found their way on her food blog NamakShamak.com, run by Harshada and her sister Sonali. Mumbai born Harshada is Married into a Maratha Family, and is known for her unique Khandeshi Recipes and Rustic Mumbai Vadvaali Cuisine. She was also featured in online magazines like Salt(Ezine by Food Bloggers Association of India), in editions of Pune and Mumbai Mirror (Times of India). Namakshamak.com and has also won an award for Regional Blog (Awards by the Food Blogger Association of India) in 2016.
Harshada is a self-confessed bakeaholic and enjoys baking treats for her kids and fmaily. She also retails her Baking ,Gourmet Chocolates and Confectionery under “Angel Delicacies”, a venture she started with her friend Sangeeta and Sister Sonali. Angel Delicacies currently operates in Thane and Mumbai and works with individuals and corporates on customised gifting solutions.
Harshada also likes developing fusion recipes with nutritious Indian ingredients in her kitchen.
She’s a kitchen gadget freak, and loves working with modern kitchen tools and gadgets. She’s always on a look out for online websites offering gourmet food ingredients and learning newer kitchen trends. An avid reader, Harshada also loves writing about food and culinary travel. Harshada is currently based in Thane ,Mumbai with her husband and two Sons.
Most of us Ubanites have this new found love for a space that’ll give us some “space”..Literally!
A place outside the boundaries of your home or workplace where you can be alone or with your friends and not be bothered with the hovering staff to take your order, execute and slap a bill and wait for you to empty space. I love my personal space and I’m very protective about it. So when the saturation sets in, ( being a mom to two naughty boys, I need to reset myself very often) I head to a nearby cafe just alone or with my bestie to spend next few hours in peace.