A day ahead, marinate a package of skinless chicken legs (between 6-8 legs) in a mixture of:
1 Cup yogurt (I use Dannon fat free)
Juice of 1/2 Lime
2 Tablespoons of TANDOORI Spice (I have Rajah brand on hand; however my
first choice is ALWAYS Penzeys! Check out sidepanel for link!)
- Cook chicken legs in a shallow baking dish in a preheated 500 degree oven for about an hour. They should look bright red and dry on the surface.
Kitchen Sink Biryani (Everything in it except the kitchen sink...)*
Into your rice cooker add:
1 Cup Basmati Rice
2 Cups water
Big pinch of salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 smallish bay leaves
Into a wok or skillet while rice is cooking add:
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons chopped cashews or pistaschios
1 Tablespoon dried, split moong or other smallish lentil
1 teaspoon Cumin seed
1/2 teaspoon dark mustard seed
1 Tablespoon dried, ground coconut
1 Tablespoon Seasoned Pioneers Sri Lankan Curry Powder (THIS STUFF ROCKS!!!)
- Over medium heat, stir A LOT to keep from burning. The idea is to TOAST all of the above!
- To spice mixture add a diced up medium red onion and cook until golden. Then toss in a chopped plum tomato and a cup of frozen green peas and a handful of golden raisins.
- Once rice cooker is done, add rice to spice mix. Stir a lot. Add more butter if you wish. Add a few pinches of ground cardamom, salt and black pepper to taste. Garnish with cilantro leaves
Tomato Onion Raita
1 Small red onion, finely minced
1 Plum tomato, diced
Finely mince about 1 inch's worth of stems off a bunch of cilantro (don't toss out your stems, there's plenty of flavor in them! Save leaves for garnish)
1 Cup Yogurt (I had Greek styled Fage on hand)
1 teaspoon of lemon juice (if yogurt is mild)
Salt and pepper to taste
If available, toss in a handful of BOONDI right before serving
- Mix all of the above ingredients well and put in a container and in the fridge so flavors can meld.
I couldn't have timed this more perfectly. The chicken legs had five more minutes to go, the biryani and raita were done, and he finally came home after a long-assed day, where he had to drive 200 miles to someplace out past Lancaster, PA for a meeting; and of course 200 miles back home. Long day for him, and glad, for once, I had a hot meal waiting for him when he got home.