Bread Kofta Biryani

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Rice cooked with whole spices on a bed of tangy-tomato gravy, topped with scrumptious bread koftas. Doesn’t that sound like a super special main course? Well, it is. The Bread Kofta Biryani is a choice that tops the chart with people of all age groups. Interestingly, this flavourful biryani does not require baking. You can prepare the gravy and rice earlier on, heat them before serving, and arrange them with the koftas on a serving bowl, as described in the recipe. This dish is kind of self sufficient in flavours and on a busy day you can just serve it with raita, but it gets all the more special when it is a part of a complete dinner menu that starts with Phudina Lassi and Hare Bhare Kebab followed by Quick Vegetable Korma , Kofta Biryani and Kale Angoor ka Raita and ends with Seb ki Jalebi .

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 4 servings
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For The Bread Koftas
4 bread slices
2 tbsp finely chopped onions
1 1/2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
1 tbsp curds (dahi)
a pinch soda bi-carb
1 tsp garlic (lehsun) paste
salt to taste

For The Rice
1 cup long grained rice (basmati) , soaked for 15 minutes and drained
1 bayleaf (tejpatta)
1 stick cinnamon (dalchini)
2 cardamoms (elaichi)
2 cloves (laung / lavang)
salt to taste

For The Gravy
1 tbsp oil
2 cloves (laung / lavang)
1 stick cinnamon (dalchini)
1/2 cup sliced onions
2 tsp garlic (lehsun) paste
1 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
4 sliced tomatoes
1/2 cup curds (dahi)
1/4 cup boiled green peas
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
oil for deep-frying

To Be Mixed Together
1/4 cup fresh curds (dahi) , whisked
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
2 tbsp finely chopped mint leaves (phudina)

For the bread koftas

  1. Combine all the ingredients except the oil with approx. 2 tsp of water in a bowl and mash very well.
  2. Divide the mixture in 20 portions and shape each portion into a round ball.
  3. Heat a kadhai, deep-fry the bread koftas a few at a time, till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides.
  4. Drain on absorbent paper. Keep aside.

For the rice

  1. Heat 2 cups of water in a deep pan, add the rice, bayleaf, cinnamon, cardamoms, cloves and salt and cook on a medium flame for 8 to 10 minutes or till the rice is cooked. Keep aside.

For the gravy

  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and add the cloves and cinnamon and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  2. Add the onions and sauté till they turn translucent.
  3. Add the ginger-garlic paste, chilli powder, coriander-cumin seed powder and turmeric powder and 1 tbsp of water, mix well and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes and salt and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove from the flame add the curds and mix well.
  6. Add the green peas and mix well. Keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Heat the gravy and the rice separately.
  2. Arrange the gravy at the bottom of a serving bowl.
  3. Top with the bread koftas and cover with the cooked rice.
  4. Top with the curds mixture.
  5. Serve immediately.

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 on 14 Aug 15 12:04 PM

I love bread koftas and combining it with this biryani was awesome. The gravy is really quick and the most important thing is it does not require any exotic ingredient. Just made with the common ingredients which is easily available at home. After microwaving it, the tastes of all the layers blend really well into one another. The curd dressing gives a nice twist in the taste from koftas and gravy. Wonderful..
 on 31 Mar 14 05:45 PM

i never thought that making a Biryani could be that easy... i always indulged in making those long recipe Biryanis which got me to a point where i even stopped think of making them... but after making this one... i can gladly say I LOVE MAKING BIRYANI and eating it too...
 on 03 Jan 13 09:57 AM

Excellent biryani.
 on 02 Jun 12 08:53 AM

I was pretty excited about the turn up of kofta in biryani, when I read the recipe. But was frankly disappointed with the koftas. It ( bread) gives a messy texture and odd taste in between the rice. My husband even refused to eat it, becoz it looked like meat! The rice was good like the regular veg biryani I do.
 on 13 Oct 12 10:43 AM

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