Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Veg Dum Kofta Biryani

This is yet another recipe I got from my Bhabhi. I have made some slight changes for my convenience. It has become my favorite biryani now! It does take time to prepare but you will find effort is surely worth. Basic ingredient in its gravy is spinach. For making koftas we will use kabuli chana (Cheakpeas). So this is surely very nutritious too.

Ingredients for Gravy:
1 big bunch of spinach/palak cut lengthwise
2 tomatoes finely chopped
1 big onion finely chopped
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp dhania powder
2 tbsp oil

  1. In kadhai heat oil. Add cumin seeds.
  2. When they splutter add onion. Fry for 3-4 minutes till they turn golden.
  3. Add tomato,ginger and fry till they become nice tender.
  4. Add spinach, red chilli powder, dhania powder, garam masala and salt.
  5. Add a cup of water. Let this simmer for 4-5 minutes till nice gravy consistency is formed.

Ingredients for Koftas:
1/2 cup kabuli chana/cheakpeas soaked in water for 5-6 hours
1 onion finely chopped
1 cup coriander leaves
3-4 green chillies
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
3-4 cloves of garlic
3-4 tbsp besan
Oil for shallow frying

  1. Boil soaked kabuli chana till they are cooked.
  2. Spread chana on a cotton cloth for 30-40 minutes till they become dry.
  3. Grind kabuli chana with coriander leaves, green chillies, garlic to a coarse dry powder.
  4. To this coarse powder add onion, lemon juice, salt. Add water just enough to make it moist.
  5. Add besan for binding this whole mixture.
  6. Make small flat koftas with this. Shallow fry them on both sides till they become golden.

Ingredients for preparing Biryani:
1 cup rice
1 tbsp oil
2 cloves
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp cardamom powder

  1. Soak rice in water for 1/2 an hour. Drain water and keep aside rice.
  2. In pressure cooker heat oil. Add clove, bay leaf. When nice aroma comes out add rice. Fry for a minute.
  3. Add water salt and pressure cook the rice.
For layering Biryani:
  1. Heat butter. When it melts add milk and cardamom powder. Bring milk to boil. Keep this aside.
  2. Now for making different layers of biryani take a deep kadhai.
  3. First take small amount of rice and add a layer of rice on the bottom. On this layer make a layer of some koftas. Add a layer of gravy over this. It should cover all the koftas.
  4. Repeat this with a layer of rice, koftas and gravy. Finally on top add again layer of rice.
  5. On the top add milk boiled earlier.
  6. Cover this kadhai with aluminium foil.
  7. Heat pan. Keep this kadhai on pan and heat pan on low heat for 25-30 minutes.
Before serving you can mix all layers in kadhai. But this way your koftas will be broken. So if you like you can also server without mixing.

Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes


Preety said...

kofta biryani is new recipe to me..sounds interesting

Sushma Mallya said...

sounds good,nice way to have healthy and filling meal this way...looks delicious renuka

Suparna said...

hi renuka,
dum kofta biryanis taste awesome but I havent made it at home since it takes a long time :) reading ur post inspires me to shoo the laziness away ;)

Pari said...

Nice twist to the regular version, sounds so tasty..

Aparna said...

yummyyyyyy:)new to me:)

Suma said...

Interesting and sounds very tasty... Must make a very special and satisfying meal...

Priya said...

Such an interesting and tempting briyani, suits prefectly for a sunday special lunch..will try..

Jagruti said...

Biryani looks so delicious!! my daughter loves this one..I make exactly the same way...I followed recipe from Tarla Dalal...such a rich and royal..

BeenaShylesh said...

sounds interesting dear..and nice click tooo...

AshKuku said...

Awesomely prepared to make us feel 'J'..... I would also try & savor it like you..... Loved it...Totally yum!!!!! it looks....


Rachana Kothari said...

A very interesting and yummy biryani!

Sarah Naveen said...

Wow!! Superb...looks absolutely delicious..

Pavithra said...

LOok sooooooooooooo yummy... wish I could have some now.

Gulmohar said...

Fabulous..If I make this , I don't think that there will be enough kofta balls left for the biryani...lol..

ruchikacooks said...

very healthy and filling..looks yummy.

Haddock said...

As it is I like Kofta, and with Biryani....... yum

Swarna said...

wow.. biryani is very rich dish and made more richier by using kofta ..great job dear.

J said...

thats lovely. innovative use of kofta.. cheers

Subhashini said...

Very good presentation and two in one.

Siddhi S said...

wow this kofta birynai looks very tempting,nice combo of chikpeas kofta n spinach gravy vl taste yumm

kothiyavunu said...

Omg, this briyani sounds & looks tremendous renuka...makes me hungry..:) I am drooling over it just thinking about how tasty it will be.

Gita said...

Briyani looks so good dear..I am bookmarking this one :)

Priya Narasimhan said...

too good..palak in biryani!!!sounds novel..and the koftas look really healthy..very nice recipe.

Ramya Manja said...

Wow Never tried biryani this way,looks amazing and sounds yummy and spicy...Great entry dear...

Meena said...

Love this biryani especially because it is a dum biryani!!!

New to your blog...good collection of recipes you have here...keep posting!

Deepa G Joshi said...

such a nice combination of rice and koftas..totally delectable..love it.

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

Thanks alot everybody for your sweet comments!

Daisy Blue said...

This is new dish to me...looks lovely..looks like we both are from the same state Michigan :)
And following you,...

Rekha said...

Looks amazingly delicious, I am sure it's worth all the time and effort u put in making this.

Sarah Naveen said...

Kofta Biryani....Wow!!! yummy yumm!!!!

Babli said...

Wish you and your family a very Happy Holi.
Kofta biryani looks spicy, delicious and mouth watering.

Dipti said...

Hey.. I made it.. it tasted awesome..I read your recipe the other day and got inspired to do it instantly..but I didnt have chickpea at hand..so substituted it with bottle gaurd..the normal kofta stuff.. it turned delicious.. keep up the good work dear!!

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