Monday, December 30, 2013

Vegetable Biryani with Salan

I never had biryani with any gravy, we used to have it with spicy dal or raita. But after coming to the US , came to know that in South India, biryani is served with gravy called Salan. Correct me if I am wrong. so I had my biryanis with dal and raita so this time I thought to make salan, since I love the taste of salan and I was trying that gravy to make different dishes. This time I didn't layered my biryani just roughly mix it with cooked rice so I can get all the cooked vegetable flavors in it. Take your family's choice of vegetables.

Ingredients :

4 cups cooked Basmati  rice (3/4 cooked)
1 onion
2 tomatoes
5 big pieces of cauliflowers florets
1 big potato (in cubes)
half each red and green capsicum
1/4 cup pigeon peas
1 cup soaked and drained soya chunks
each of whole garam masala ( bay leaf, star anise, big and small eliachi, few black peppercorns, few cloves)
salt to taste
2 tbsp. each grated ginger, garlic
2 chopped green chilies
few strings of mint leaves
3 tsp. Ghee
1 tbsp. turmeric powder
1 tbsp. red chili powder

cook rice in lot of water, add one green cardamom to flavor it and salt till its fully cooked
Drain it and keep it aside.
In a big pot, add ghee and when it hot, add whole spices, when you get nice aroma, add chopped onion.
Cook till it changes it color and then add ginger and garlic and chilies along with powder masala.
Add vegetables and soya.
Add cup of water and mix it and add salt to it. cover it and let it cooked till all vegetables cooked.
Add cooked rice in it and mix it gently so rice grains stay whole.
Add few strings of mint in it.

Salan :
2 tbsp. sesame seeds
2 tbsp. grated coconut
2 tbsp. raw peanuts
1 tsp. chopped ginger
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 tbsp.. turmeric powder
1 tsp. coriander and cumin  powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. tamarind pulp

Combine the sesame seeds, coconut, peanuts, ginger, garlic and onions in a pan and dry roast them over a slow flame till the flavors are released and the ingredients are lightly browned.

Add the turmeric powder, coriander  & cumin powder, chili powder and tamarind paste and grind it to a smooth paste using ½ cup water. Keep aside.

To Serve :

Take a bowl , add biryani in it and pour as per your choice salan on top of it.

Serve hot and enjoy.
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  1. my all time fav combo biryani with salan :) very inviting and colorful biryani and yummy salan to accompany :)

  2. I love biryanis...looks so amazing with salan...

  3. Never heard of salan but I can see that its loveable when paired with this vegetable biryani. I shall try the biryani first because I like that it can be done with cooked white rice.

    1. Thanks Nava, yes if you have cooked rice then cooking with vegs and spices its not big deal.

  4. not all in south have it with salan, linsy, it's mainly towards andhra side... we always have our biriyanis with raita and pickle... the veg biriyani and salna looks delicious...

  5. Looks wonderful- I will try that salan for sure. Happy New Year :)

  6. Ah super tempting rice... Happy new year

  7. I think u mean salna ?Salna means it pairs very well with parotta .These combo look super delicious linsy ...Love to grab the whole plate .

  8. tasty combo. Love the way u served like restaurant style.

  9. I had my first biriyani with salan after moving to hyderabad!! Nice recipe!!

  10. Love the shape you did, :) Awesome biryani with salan, happy new year :)

  11. This looks so yumm!! Sorry for being MIA for so's been hectic at vacation, with us barely getting shut eye. Happy New Year Linsy!

    1. No questions asked, I know we have to be active on every front, but few posts here and there its fine, hope you had nice vacation. Happy New Year to you and your family too.

  12. Wishing You and Your Family a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2014
    Yummy biryani with salan.

  13. wishing u a very happy new yr Lincy.. Yummy dish to start the yr with

  14. Happy New Year, Linsy! Great recipe. It's been too long since I've made a good salad.


  15. Absolutely delicious extra long grain basmati rice,classic recipe..looks divine.

  16. Delicious biryani.. looks so tempting..


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