Gobhi Aaloo Biryani

BM # 48  Week 1  Day 3

Gobhi Aaloo Biryani is my Day 3 post under the theme Biryanis. This is a Biryani which is very different from the regular Biryani's. Normally the Biryanis have a medley of vegetables, along with some paneer at times, but this one is absolutely different. It has just cauliflower and potatoes along with loads of onions. My DIL made this Biryani and served it with boondi raita.

The cauliflower and potatoes both are deep fried , but I am sure you can shallow fry them as well, The Biryani looked pretty as well as there were specs of red colour She used some red food color. Personally I do not add any color to food, prefer to add natural colors, so you could substitute the red color with a wee bit of beet root .
Here is the recipe...

Gobhi Aaloo Biryani
500 gms cauliflower, cut into flowerets
4 potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
6-8 finely chopped onions
2-4 green chillies
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
12 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp garam. Masala
1/2 tsp dry mango powder
1 small piece grated ginger

Sprinkle salt on the washed cauliflower and potatoes.
Leave it till the oil for deep fyring is being heated.
Once the oil is hot fry the cauliflower and then the potatoes.
Drain on a kitchen towel.
In a pan add oil.
Add cumin seeds, and rest of the whole spices.
Add onion and cook till pink.
Add the grated ginger and green chillies.
Add the fried potatoes and fried cauliflower.
Add salt and the dry spices.
Mind you we have already added salt to the fried veggies and even our rice is cooked with salt.
Place the vegetables to cook on very slow fire for a few minutes, till the oil separates.

Layering the rice
Remove 1 small bowl of rice and add beet root juice to it this will give a beautiful hue to the rice.
Alternately you could add good quality food color.
After the first layer of rice, sprinkle some of the colored rice over the plain boiled rice.
Spread a layer of the vegetables.
Again sprinkle the colored rice and finally the regular rice.
Sprinkle some milk or water on top.
Cover with a foil and bake for about 15 minutes.

Some other Biryani's which might interest you..
Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani
Mughlai Biryani
Qubooli.. A Biryani from Hyderabad
Peas, corn and Paneer Biryani
Pakistani Biryani
Kabuli Pulao..Jodhpur Special
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