This recipes serves two and I used 3 sticks of soy chap. You can always adjust the quantities as per your taste and quantity. Biryani has just two steps, make rice separately and make masala separately and then cook it in layers and done. If you have time, you can give dum too otherwise perfectly layered one is fine to eat it. I had it with Raita and papad.
3 soy chap stick in brine from can
2 cups basmati rice
2 big onion finely sliced
1/2 cup tomato puree
1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
2 green chilies slit
whole spices - cinnamon stick , cloves, black and green cardamom, star anise, bay leaves
2 tbsp. biryani masala
1 tbsp. turmeric powder
1 tbsp. cumin coriander powder
1/2 tbsp. red chili powder
2 tbsp. Kashmiri red chili powder - its not spicy but for the great flavor
1/2 cup coriander and mint leaves chipped
Salt as per taste
3 tbsp. ghee
1 tbsp. oil for frying chap
In big pot bring water to boil. Add salt, whole spices and add soaked and washed rice in it. Cook till the rice is done 85-90%, I personally like 80% since it will get more flavor in it while cooking with masala.
When rice is done, drain the extra water and keep it aside. I like to take out whole spices too since my kids don't like to eat those masala by mistakes and any ways, you got all the flavor in rice so you don't need it now.
Now let's prepare masala,
First take the sticks out of the chap, cut it from middle and make 3 inches long pieces.
Heat the oil and fry those pieces till its golden brown in color.
Keep it aside.
In the same pan, now add ghee and fry the onions till its golden brown. Take it out 2-3 tbsp. of onion to garnish on the top.
Now in the leftover onions, add ginger garlic paste and chilies and cook till its raw smell goes away.
Add the tomatoes and cook till its cooked perfectly and masala is dry.
then add all powder masala and salt and mix it. Add fried chap pieces and water just to coat the masala.
Cook for 2 minutes.
Add cooked rice on top of the masala, then chopped coriander and mint leaves and leftover fried onions on top.
Sprinkle biryani masala on top and my secret yellow curd mix and cook it on low flame with cover for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and keep it aside for 10 minutes. DONT TOUCH THE HOT RICE, you don't want to break it. have patience.
Once its little cool down, mixed gently to serve it and enjoy it with raita, dal, papad or as it is.