Biryani: A centuries-old dish originating from South Asia, combining fragrant basmati rice, aromatic spices, tender meat (chicken, lamb, or goat), and sometimes vegetables. Its rich history and diverse variations make it a beloved culinary tradition worldwide.

Ingredients:

- 2 cups basmati rice

- 1 lb chicken, lamb, or goat meat, cubed

- 2 onions, thinly sliced

- 1/2 cup plain yogurt

- 2 tomatoes, chopped

- 2 tablespoons biryani masala

- 4 cups water

- 4 tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil

- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves

- Salt to taste

Method:

1. Rinse the basmati rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes, then drain.

2. In a large skillet, heat ghee or oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook until golden brown. Remove half of the onions and set aside for garnish.

3. Add the cubed meat to the skillet and cook until browned on all sides.

4. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, biryani masala, yogurt, half of the chopped cilantro, half of the chopped mint, and salt. Cook for 5 minutes.

5. In a separate pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add the drained rice and cook for 5 minutes, then drain.

6. Layer the cooked meat mixture and partially cooked rice in a large pot, alternating layers. Top with the reserved fried onions, chopped cilantro, and mint.

7. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and cook on low heat for 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is tender and cooked through.

8. Once done, gently fluff the biryani with a fork and serve hot with raita or yogurt on the side. Enjoy your delicious homemade biryani!

Nutrition Value:

1. Basmati Rice:

  - Calories: Approximately 200 calories per cup (cooked)

  - Carbohydrates: Provides energy, around 45 grams per cup

  - Protein: Small amount, about 4 grams per cup

  - Fat: Very low, less than 1 gram per cup

  - Sodium: Minimal, less than 5 milligrams per cup

  - Cholesterol: None

  - Vitamins & Minerals: Contains B vitamins, including niacin and thiamine, as well as some iron and magnesium

  - Nutritional Benefit: High in carbohydrates for energy, low in fat and sodium, and a good source of some vitamins and minerals.

2. Chicken, Lamb, or Goat Meat:

  - Calories: Varies depending on the type of meat, approximately 250-300 calories per 4 oz serving

  - Carbohydrates: Negligible

  - Protein: Rich source, around 25-30 grams per 4 oz serving

  - Fat: Varies, with lean cuts having less fat and fatty cuts having more

  - Sodium: Depends on preparation, usually low to moderate

  - Cholesterol: Higher, especially in fatty cuts

  - Vitamins & Minerals: Good source of protein, B vitamins (especially B12), zinc, and iron

  - Nutritional Benefit: Provides high-quality protein and essential nutrients like B vitamins and minerals, but can vary in fat and cholesterol content depending on the cut.

3. Onions:

  - Calories: Approximately 40 calories per medium-sized onion

  - Carbohydrates: Around 10 grams per onion

  - Protein: Small amount, about 1 gram per onion

  - Fat: Minimal, less than 1 gram per onion

  - Sodium: Low, less than 5 milligrams per onion

  - Cholesterol: None

  - Vitamins & Minerals: Good source of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants like quercetin

  - Nutritional Benefit: Low in calories and fat, but rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which may have various health benefits.

4. Plain Yogurt:

  - Calories: Approximately 100 calories per half-cup serving (whole milk yogurt)

  - Carbohydrates: Around 10 grams per half-cup serving

  - Protein: Provides about 5-6 grams per half-cup serving

  - Fat: Varies depending on type, with whole milk yogurt having higher fat content

  - Sodium: Low, typically less than 50 milligrams per serving

  - Cholesterol: Depends on fat content, typically low

  - Vitamins & Minerals: Contains calcium, vitamin D, and B vitamins

  - Nutritional Benefit: Good source of protein, calcium, and probiotics, which promote gut health.

5. Tomatoes:

  - Calories: Approximately 25 calories per medium-sized tomato

  - Carbohydrates: Around 5-6 grams per tomato

  - Protein: Small amount, about 1 gram per tomato

  - Fat: Minimal, less than 1 gram per tomato

  - Sodium: Low, less than 10 milligrams per tomato

  - Cholesterol: None

  - Vitamins & Minerals: Excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and antioxidants like lycopene

  - Nutritional Benefit: Low in calories and fat, but rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

6. Biryani Masala:

  - Calories: Varies, but typically negligible per serving

  - Carbohydrates: Minimal

  - Protein: Negligible

  - Fat: Varies depending on ingredients, often from spices and herbs

  - Sodium: Depends on ingredients, may contribute to overall sodium content

  - Cholesterol: None

  - Vitamins & Minerals: Contains various spices and herbs, which may provide small amounts of vitamins and minerals

  - Nutritional Benefit: Adds flavor and aroma to the dish without significant calories, but may contribute some antioxidants and potential health benefits from spices like turmeric, cumin, and coriander.

7. Ghee or Vegetable Oil:

  - Calories: Approximately 120 calories per tablespoon (ghee), 120 calories per tablespoon (vegetable oil)

  - Carbohydrates: None

  - Protein: None

  - Fat: Saturated fat (ghee) or unsaturated fat (vegetable oil)

  - Sodium: Minimal

  - Cholesterol: Contains cholesterol, more in ghee compared to vegetable oil

  - Vitamins & Minerals: Ghee contains small amounts of vitamins A, E, and K; vegetable oil may contain vitamin E

  - Nutritional Benefit: Provides flavor and moisture to the dish, but should be consumed in moderation due to its high calorie and fat content.


8. Fresh Cilantro and Mint Leaves:

  - Calories: Very low, approximately 1-2 calories per tablespoon

  - Carbohydrates: Minimal

  - Protein: Negligible

  - Fat: Minimal

  - Sodium: Low, less than 5 milligrams per tablespoon

  - Cholesterol: None

  - Vitamins & Minerals: Good source of vitamin A, vitamin K, and antioxidants

  - Nutritional Benefit: Adds freshness, flavor, and small amounts of vitamins and minerals to the dish, along with potential health benefits from antioxidants.

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