Korma Biryani

Korma Biryani

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Korma gravies are very popular with most people, thanks to their intense flavour and rich aroma. While you might have seen korma gravies combined with a range of veggies, paneer, etc., here we present an innovative, layered biryani made with korma gravy and rice that has been flavoured aesthetically with whole spices and saffron. So delicious, the Korma Biryani does not even call for a special side-dish, and tastes exciting with just a cup of curds or Raitas / Kachumber .

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Korma Biryani recipe - How to make Korma Biryani

Soaking time:  15 minutes   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Baking Time:  20 minutes   Baking Temperature:  180ºC (360ºF)   Total Time:     Makes 4 servings (4serving )
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For The Rice
1 1/4 cups long grained rice (basmati) , washed , soaked for 15 minutes and drained
a few saffron (kesar) strands
2 tbsp ghee
2 bayleaves (tejpatta)
1 small stick cinnamon (dalchini)
2 cardamoms (elaichi)
2 cloves (laung / lavang)
salt to taste

For The Vegetable Korma
3/4 cup blanched , deseeded and chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp ghee
1/2 cup grated onions
1 tsp ginger-garlic (adrak-lehsun) paste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
2 tsp coriander (dhania) powder
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
salt to taste
1 1/4 cups mixed boiled vegetables (carrot , french beans , green peas , potatoes etc.)
1/2 cup milk
3 tbsp fresh cream
For the rice

    For the rice
  1. Combine the saffron strands and 2 tsp water in a small bowl, mix well and keep aside.
  2. Heat the ghee in a deep non-stick pan, add the bayleaves, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the rice, saffron-water mixture, salt and 2½ cups of hot water, mix well and cover and cook on a medium flame for 13 to 15 minutes. Keep aside.

For the vegetable korma

    For the vegetable korma
  1. Heat the ghee in deep non-stick kadhai, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala and salt, mxi well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the mixed vegetables, milk and fresh cream, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Divide the rice into two equal portions and place one layer of the rice in an oven safe baking dish and spread it evenly.
  2. Top it with vegetable korma and finally with the remaining portion of rice and spread it evenly.
  3. Cover and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180ºc (360ºf) for 15 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately.

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Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy400 cal
Protein6.7 g
Carbohydrates50.4 g
Fiber4.7 g
Fat18.5 g
Cholesterol4 mg
Sodium26.3 mg
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Korma Biryani
 on 23 Aug 15 10:13 AM

Hi my query is, should the rice be raw? or have you parboiled it before baking?
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Tarla Dalal    the rice has been cooked before baking.
24 Aug 15 05:21 PM
Korma Pulao
 on 03 Aug 15 04:57 PM

Woow.. this is what i call a royal korma biryani.. the korma itself is infused with so may flavours.. and aromas.. with lots of vegetables added.. and the saffron based rice with whole garam masala enhances the taste of the biryani.. the long rice perfectly cooked without sticking to each other.. the baking process gives the biryani a perfect DUM effect to the biryani.. Its finger licking good..
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Korma Pulao
 on 11 Mar 13 11:04 AM

Lovely pulao with mixed vegetables and a tasty masala.