Use of whole masalas (garam masalas)
Use of Basmati Rice
Use of dry fruits ( cashew and almonds)
Use of milk
Sauté the masalas on high flame to add more color and flavor
Use of different kinds of masalas gives the authentic taste
Preparing Lucknowi Biryani can be fun. Lucknowi Biryani one of the most popular dishes can be easily prepared at home.
Mainly two different types of masalas are used while preparing Lucknowi Biryani. One is whole masalas are other is masalas grind into fine paste. For the whole masalas all you need is Cardamom, black pepper, cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon, onions thinly sliced, and Kashmiri red chilies. Deep fry all these masalas till they turn brown.
The ingredients for the second type of masalas used in Lucknowi Biryani are onions, ginger, garlic, green chilies, coriander leaves, cashews and almonds. All these ingredients are grind into fine paste. Then deep fry this crushed masala by diluting it with some water. The other ingredients that can be used to garnish Lucknowi Biryani are dry fruits (almonds and cashew), fried onion rings, milk, lemon juice, food color mixed with milk, and basmati rice. Lucknowi Biryani can be made either with chicken or mutton. For preparing Lucknowi Murg Biryani or Lucknowi Chicken Biryani marinate the chicken with salt, lemon juice, whole garam masala, clove, small cardamom, cinnamon, hung curd, red chili powder, garam masala and big cardamom.
For Lucknowi Mutton Biryani, marinate mutton with the same ingredients as above. The rice used in Lucknowi Biryani has to be prepared separately. Rice has to be soaked beforehand and added to boiled water using a large vessel. Other ingredients used in rice are cinnamon, milk and ghee. For the final preparation heat oil and ghee in a vessel, fry both the masalas till they leave oil, add the marinated chicken or mutton. For Lucknowi Mutton Biryani marinated mutton has to be cooked in pressure cooker for 15 minutes then used for layering. Remove the mutton or chicken after cooking them with masalas. After that add ghee to another vessel and add whole garam masalas, add a layer of cooked chicken or mutton and then add a layer of parboiled rice and also friend onions, dry fruits, food color and lemon juice. Continue making layers till all materials are used up. Leave it to steam for sometime.
You are ready with Lucknowi Biryani and can enjoy the authentic flavor and taste.