If you're into making authentic Indian food from scratch then I recommend you make a Indian biryani masala mix! Super easy-to-make, the fabulous flavours and aromas that it'll add to your dishes has to be tried to be believed! There are many variations and this one is fairly mild and complements chicken nicely. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)
What You'll Need: (makes about 7-8 tablespoons)
2 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp green cardamom pods
1 tbsp white peppercorns (or black)
4 tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp whole cloves
3 inch piece of cinnamon
6 dried bay leaves
2-3 mace blades
2 tsp caraway seeds
2 tsp salt
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store your biryani masala powder in a cool place in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making a fresh amount.
Note: You can dry toast the cardamom pods, peppercorns, cloves, coriander, cumin and fenugreek seeds before grinding for even more flavours and aromas.
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Ingredient Note: This biryani powder uses quite a few whole ingredients. And whilst these give the best flavours, you can swap with pre-ground spices if that's what you have available. Just reduce the amount the recipe requires by half. So instead of 4 teaspoons of cumin seeds you would use 2 teaspoons of ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.
Of course it's convenient to pop to the store and pick up a jar of commercially made powder; but if tastier, healthier dishes are your aim here's why I recommend you do it yourself...
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