Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Today I had a small gathering at my place for celebrating REPUBLIC DAY and this is the dish which I was forced to make by my family to give a sense of nationalism. As this dish of mine comprises of three colors of our NATIONAL FLAG. So here I go......

Basmati Rice     2 cups
Mashed Paneer     100 gm
Boiled Peas    1/2 cup
Chopped Beans And Cauliflower     1/2 cup
Small Carrot(chopped)     1
Chopped Onions     2
Diced Onions
Small Capsicum(chopped)     1
Ginger     1 small piece
Black Peppercorn     3-4
Bay Leaf     1 
Cardamom     6-7
Cloves     2-3
    1 small stick
Degimirch Powder     1 tsp
Chicken Masala     1 tsp
Tomato Puree     1 Tbsp
Tomato Ketchup
    2 tsp 
Cream     2 Tbsp 
Oil     3 Tbsp
Garam Masala     2 tsp
Biryani Masala
    2 tsp
Milk     1/2 cup
Cashews     15
Almonds     10
    2 tsp 
Tomato(lengthwise cut)     1 
Sugar     1 tsp
Kesar/Saffron     2-3 threads
Yellow Color
    a pinch
Green Color(opt.)     a pinch
Coriander Leaves     chopped
Salt     to taste

Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes.
Cook the rice and keep aside.

 For the Orange layer:
For the orange gravy:make a paste of 2 onions,green chilli, ginger,bay leaf,black pepper corns, cinnamon, clove in grinder.
Heat oil in a pan.add paste, saute until the paste is golden brown in color. Add degi mirch powder,tomato puree, salt and cook for 2 min..
Add dhaniya powder,garam masala and tomato sauce. add cashew paste and cream. turn off the gas.

For the Green layer:
Take 2 tsp oil in a pan and chopped onion saute it for 2 to 3 mins then add boiled peas,haldi,salt,degimirch, garam masala and mashed paneer.mix it very well.then add biryani masala. turn off the gas.
For vegetables:Take 1 tsp oil add diced onions saute it for2 to 3 mins then add chopped beans,carrot and cauliflower, add salt and cover it for 5 mins.remove the lid and add biryani masala, garam masala red chilli powder and chopped capsicum.mix well. Add a drop of green color.

For yellow layer
Mix 2-3 threads of kesar soaked in 1/2 cup of milk.
Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan, then add dry fruits, fry for 2 min. Add kesar milk and boil for 2-3 min.. Then add a little drop of yellow color, sugar and cardamom powder.

Divide the cooked rice into 3 portions. Mix 1st portion of rice in Orange Gravy. Mix 2nd portion of rice with vegetable and paneer layer and 3rd with yellow layer.
Take a deep glass bowl and evenly spread the 1st portion of rice at the bottom. Next spread the 2nd portion of rice over the 1st portion and at the top spread the 3rd portion of rice and garnish it with tomatoes, fried almonds, cashews and chopped coriander.
 Serve with raita.

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