Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Ambur Mutton Biriyani


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When it comes to Biryani the first thing that comes to our mind is "Hyderabadi Biryani". In case you don’t know what biryani is all about? Well, it is a South Asian mixed rice dish with its origins among the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. It is a very popular recipe in the subcontinent. Everyone just love biriyani irrespective of gender, color, race, religion, region, language. Biriyani has somehow united the entire subcontinent in its own way. No doubt that Hyderabadi biryani is one of the most popular dishes, not only in south India but across the country. The dish is basically from Mughlai cuisine, and is quite a challenge to prepare, as it has some unique ways of spicing it up. Apart from Hyderabadi biriyani there are also different other varieties of biriyani which are equally tasty. One of my favorite is  "Ambur Mutton Biryani".


Ambur is a town in the Vellore District of Tamil Nadu, India. It is located on the banks of the Palar River on the Chennai-Bangalore National Highway. The place is quite well-known for its biriyani. I have been preparing Ambur Mutton Biriyani for quite some time now. It was Mr Viswanaathan Ramaseshan who introduced this recipe to me. Soon, I became a fan of it. I just thought to share this amazing dish to everyone.


Ingredients required (Preparation for 4 people) {
  1. 500 grams Mutton
  2. 500 grams Seeraga Samba Rice (One can use some other rice as well. But Ambur briyani comes out really well with Seeraga Samba Rice. Samba is a variety of rice grown in Tamil Nadu, also some other parts of India and Sri Lanka, and has a small ovular grain, compared to the long grain of basmati rice.)
  3. 2-3 tablespoon of refined oil.
  4. 50-100 grams of Ginger-Garlic paste (Freshly prepared, highly recommended)
  5. 2 sliced onions
  6. 2 Tomatoes, chopped (I prepared it with and without tomatoes. Without tomatoes also it is equally tasty)
  7. 10 – 13 Dried Red chilies ground to paste 
  8. Few pieces of cloves, cardamom and cinnamon sticks
  9. Coriander leaves
  10. Mint leaves
  11. 2-3 tablespoon of card
  12. Juice out of one lemon
  13. Salt (According to taste, preferably 1 to 2 tablespoon)


Instructions:
  1. Soak the rice in lots of water. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan
  3. Add spoon of curd. Add in the Cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Fry for 10 seconds. Add in the garlic paste. Fry for 2-3 minutes on medium flame.
  4. Now, add in the ginger paste. Fry for 2-3 minutes until the raw smell of the ginger goes off.
  5. Add in the chili paste, mutton, the mint and coriander leaves, chopped onions, tomatoes, salt, curd and lime juice. Add in a cup (250 ml) of water. Mix well to combine.
  6. Cover and pressure cook everything for 5-6 whistles on medium flame. Switch off the flame and wait for the pressure to release naturally.  
  7. Add in the soaked rice to the mutton gravy. Add in extra water, salt if necessary. Cook of another 3-4 whistles on medium flame. Switch off the flame and wait for the pressure to release naturally.
  8. Open the lid and gently fluff up the rice to mix. Serve the mutton biryani hot.  







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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Paanch Pandav



In the Mahabharata, a Hindu epic text, the Pandavas are the five acknowledged sons of Pandu, by his two wives Kunti and Madri. Their names are Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva. The Mahabharata is the longest epic poem known and has been described as "the longest poem ever written". These 5 brothers are the life and soul of this epic. Yudhishthira was the eldest of them, and the other four respected him a lot. All the five brothers always remained together, loved each other, they shared everything among themselves. Later, all five brothers were married to the same woman, Draupadi. But all of them also had multiple other wives.

Due to some unavoidable circumstances the Five brothers had to leave their kingdom and lived in the forest for many years. They got to know from some travelers that a big Swayanvara (kind of contest) was to be held in the kingdom of Panchaal. The winner of the competition was to be offered the princess Draupadi's hand in marriage. It turned out that the winner was to be decided on the skills of archery. Arjuna was extraordinarily talented with shooting arrows. He entered the competition and won. The brothers took Draupadi and introduced to their mother, Kunti. They told mother that they had own a competition and received priceless alms. Mother Kunti was busy with something, and without looking at Draupadi she just casually ordered their sons to equally share the alms among the Five brothers. Their mother's order was supreme for the Pandavas, and they all agreed to share princess Draupadi among themselves.

The "Paanch Pandav" name was quite famous within our school, perhaps beyond the school boundaries as well. "Paanch Pandav" was the name given to a group of girls, all of them our classmates. They were very good friends, so called true friends. Friendship takes time, to know each other well, to share secrets without the worry that it could be leaked. They grew up together right from the start. Everyone admired their friendship. It was difficult to spot any of them individually, they would always be in group. During the breaks they would be together, gossiping, playing eating, everything together. They even visited the bathroom together. Even after school hours people used to see them together. They shared everything among themselves. Fortunately none of then had boyfriend that time, or things could have been different. Even after so many years, not only our classmates, but the juniors, seniors, everyone who passed out of KV BRPL still remembers the "Paanch Pandav". 

I don't know why but our "Paanch Pandav" always reminded me of The Spice Girls. Well, Spice Girls are an English pop girl group formed in 1994. That was the time when they were becoming very popular. Spice Girls were also a group of Five girls, all gorgeous, just like the Paanch Pandav.


The "Paanch Pandav" :

Arundhati
Pallabita
Neena
Anurupa
Anusuya 




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