from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An Indian dish containing meat, fish, or vegetables and rice flavored with saffron or turmeric.
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- n. A dish of spiced rice with meat and/or vegetables.
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- n. an Indian dish made with highly seasoned rice and meat or fish or vegetables
A synopsis of a complicated recipe: The typical recipe for a biryani is a mile-long and quite intimidating, but if the recipe introduction says something like, "Saffron-flavored rice is layered with spicy vegetables and fried onions", it suddenly makes the recipe more approachable.
Arundathi said ... oh wow that looks fantastic. a vegetarian biryani is so difficult to find! thanks for this link.
FWIW I tried the goat biryani from the non-veg Indian station in this place the other day, and it was ok.
Traditionally, biryani is layered in a metal pot and heated through until the rice at the bottom becomes crispy and delicious, but I am forgoing that for the convenience of using a glass dish.
Making chicken biryani is a breeze after coming to the US.
Next to Turkish pilaf, biryani is perhaps rice's highest calling.
Cover the Dutch oven tightly and place it on low heat till biryani is steaming hot.
These days biryani is available almost everywhere and there are restaurants totally devoted to biryani.
From the northernmost reaches of India, to its southernmost shores, and from its eastern corners to its western boundaries, biryani is cooked everywhere, taking in the spices, cooking styles, and flavours of the regions where it's prepared.
If the rice and meat are prepared separately and then layered to finish up the cooking, it is called a biryani and if the rice is cooked along with the meat, it is called a pulao.
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