Sunday, June 10, 2012

Chettinad Kola Biryani(Veg)

For Biryani
Basmatic Rice-2 cups
Ghee-1 tbsp
Coconut milk-2 cups
Water-1 cup
Mint leaves-1/2 cup
Coriander leaves-1/2 cup
Tomato-3,medium size
Onion-3,medium size
Ginger Garlic paste-2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Cinnomon stick-1" inch
Green chillies,slited-6
Oil-3 tsp
Salt to taste

For Kola
Pudalangai/Snakegourd-1/4 kilo
Coconut,grated-1 tsp
Sombu/Fennel seeds-1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves-1/2 cup
Bengal gram dal-1/2 cup
Garlic cloves-5 cloves
Green chillies-2
Red chillies-2
Small Onion,peeled-5
Oil to deep fry


Cut the snake gourd horizontal into 4 long slices...Discard the white pulp and seeds in the center..Grate the snake gourd in chips slicer....Sprinkle half tsp of salt and mash it.Set aside for 10 minutes

Wash Basmatic rice and soak it in coconut milk

Squeeze the snakegourd until all the water drains out

Soak the bengal gram dal for an hour...Prepare the ingredients for kola

Grind them into fine paste without adding water

Make the paste into balls and deep fry them in medium flame

For Biryani,Add the ghee,oil dry spices in the pan
Add the Onions,tomato and Coriander and mint leaves and saute them well

Add salt and turmeric powder ,saute till the tomatoes is semi cooked

Add the rice, the coconut milk and the water (washed out from the kola paste mixie)

Add the kola to the rice and cook it for 3 whistles

Ready to serve

The usual chettinad recipe uses roasted channa dal(Pottukadalai) instead of channa dal ......The kola made with snake gourd is simply out standing in taste...

Please try this recipe and let me know how you liked it..
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