Saturday, October 26, 2013
Recipe : ITC "Kitchens of India" - Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani
I love the food at most of ITC's restaurants, I have also tried their ready to eat Dal Bukhara which was quite good and the Mirch Ka Saalan which was ok.
So with the new range of pre mixes out, I picked up the Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani mix.
What i really loved about this premix, was that there was absolutely no chopping to be done. The recipe was extremely simple.
Add the pre-mix to curd/yoghurt, add the meat. Marinate.
Cook separately, layer with cooked rice and serve.
The meat was marinated overnight and I was really excited. I'd used my hands to mix the masala, yoghurt and meat and the fragrance of spices on my fingers were extremely enticing and lasted long after I had washed my hands, done the dishes and had a bath. So I was really, really looking forward to the end result.
As usual, I skipped the layering and cooking separately and went my most comfortable way (less washing up, faster production) of semi cooking the met in the pressure cooker. Add rice and water, stir and cook for 3 whistles, letting the steam escape on its own.
However, the final biriyani, did not have half the taste, that the original masala promised. I'd added a couple of chillies, but the biryani still wasn't spicy enough. The flavour did not penetrate either the rice or the chicken.
It did look and smell good, but the taste wasn't up to the normal ITC standard. This is not a product that I would buy again. Shaan Memoni Mutton biriyani mix is still firmly my favourite so far.