Sunday, November 25, 2007

Lucky's Biryani

Few years back, Times of India (the city supplement, Bombay times to be precise!) ran the series "Your Speciality". The readers used to request their favorite restaurant recipe and the owner/chef of that restaurant would oblige with their signature recipe. I had clipped all those recipes. I was still studying then, and I couldn't try any of those recipes. Today, while going through that collection, I decided to try these recipes that now make me nostalgic of my city - Mumbai.

Bandra's Lucky restaurant is famous for its Chicken/Mutton Biryani. Lucky restaurant is situated at S.V. Road near Bandra Station and is a landmark. Their biryani is really to die for.

As per my collection of Bombay Times recipes, the proprietor of Lucky, Mr. Mohsin Hussaini has shared this recipe.

Lucky's Chicken Biryani
1 kg Chicken
1 kg Rice
1/4 kg Yogurt
1/4 kg oil
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp red chili powder
6 cloves
1" Cinnamon
6 cardamoms
1/4 kg onion, finely chopped

Salt to taste

Grind to fine paste
1 1/2 " ginger
5-9 green chilies

Grind to fine powder
1" Cinnamon
6 cardamoms
6 cloves
1. Heat oil. Brown onions.
2. Mix browned onions with garam masala powder, green paste, turmeric powder, chili powder, salt, and whisked yogurt.
3. Add chicken pieces. Mix well. Marinate overnight.
4. Boil rice adding little salt and whole spices. Drain.
5. In a deep bottomed vessel, first place marinated chicken. Then layer a rice on top. Put some oil over it. And allow it to be cooked "Dum Pukht" way. for an hour.

Tips -
1. Gas should be on the lowest possible number
2. Ideally, heat should not be direct. So first place a tawa on the burner and then put the vessel. Keep turning the vessel at short intervals.
3. Leave the vessel untouched for another one hour, before opening. (after cooking for an hour)
4. Serve hot with curd raita.
Note -
1. The proportions were given in gm like 5 gm cloves etc. I changed them to suit our taste.
2. If I remember correctly, Lucky's Biryani also used to have big chunks of potatoes. I added them along with chicken for marination.
For more information about Lucky restaurant, click here.


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