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Tofu Biryani

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Ingredients

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Prepare Rice
1 Cup Basmati Tice
2 Cups Water for cooking
1/2 TSP Salt
3 TBSP Butter 1 TBSP Each for rice, tofu and gravy
6 Bay Leaves 3 for Rice 3 for Gravy
5 Cardamom
5 Cloves
10 Pepercorns
1 Star Anise
1/4 Cup Fresh Mint Leaves
1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro
1 Pinch Saffron
Prepare Tofu
1 Brick Tofu
2 TSPs Biryani Spice 1 each for Tofu and Gravy
1/2 TSP Salt
Prepare Gravy
1/2 Red Onion Sliced
1/2 Bell paper Sliced
2 Tomatoes Sliced
1/2 TSP Cumin
1 Green Chilies Chopped (Optional)

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Tofu Biryani

Basmati Rice in Eastern Spices

Features:
  • Gluten Free
  • Spicy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Cuisine:

    This version of aromatic Biryani uses Tofu instead of meat.

    • Serves 4
    • Medium

    Ingredients

    • Prepare Rice

    • Prepare Tofu

    • Prepare Gravy

    Directions

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    Biryani is one of the most flavorful way of preparing a rice dish. Basmati, long grain rice is a must. You can’t make Biryani with sticky rice. Upon cooking, each grain has to separate nicely.

    Traditionally Biryani is made with mutton – goat meat. But one can make it many different ways, with lamb, chicken, shrimps, fish, or even without any meat such as vegetables. I am presenting a simple step by step (three step) way of making a Tofu Biryani. Once can use my recipe and timings to make it with Poratbella Mushrooms, Cauliflower/Broccoli florets, or shrimps using similar timings. For Chicken, goat, lamb os other meats, you need to use different cooking time.

    This is a Mughlai food, very popular in India and Pakistan. In Indian city of Hyderabad, there is famous place called Paradise Biryani. This place used to be a movie theatre called Paradise. There was a food stand outside it. Biryani on that food stand was so good that more people showed up there to eat Biryani then watching shows at the theatre. Ultimately, the food stand guy bought the theatre and converted it into a restaurant. If you ever go to Hyderabad, this is one place you do not want to miss.

    My wife is vegetarian. Hence I get browny points with her and her family when I concoct a great vegetarian recipe. On any case I like this recipe because it has proteins (Tofu), carbs (rice) and it is very flavorful. In order to make is vegan, please use vegan butter or margarine. My covering the pot with bread dough may introduce gluten. This is totally optional. For gluten-free version, please use plain aluminium foil to cover.

    Flavors come from eastern spices – saffron, mint, cilantro, cardamoms, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, bay leaves and from Basmati rice itself. You cannot ever imagine how great the whole house smells the day you cook it. You have to cook it to experience it.

    All these flavors go very well together and make a very balanced symphony of aromas.

    Steps

    1
    Done

    Prepare Tofu

    Pan fry Tofu in butter, salt and Biryani spice until brown all around, set aside.

    2
    Done

    Make Gravy

    Sauté cumin and bay leaves in butter, add onions, tomatoes, green peppers, add Garam Masala. Cook for 10 min on low. Add to Tofu.

    3
    Done

    Half Cook Basmati Rice

    Wash rice add twice the amount of water. Add butter and dry spices - Bay leaves, Cardamoms, cloves, peppercorns, salt. Cook for 9 minutes (half way)

    4
    Done

    Layer Biryani and Bake

    Layer half of half-cooked rice, tofu, gravy, remaining rice. On top layer of rice add delicate spices - mint, saffron, cilantro. Cover and bake for 2 min at 375 degree F, covered.

    Serve with Raita: Add salt, grated cucumbers, cumin powder and white pepper to 1 cup of plain yogurt, mix and serve.

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