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Saffron Infused Rice Speckled with Tangy Barberries-Zereshk Polo:A Persian Delight

Having lived for fifteen wonderful years in the Dubai and now currently in India,my taste buds have been hankering for some Middle Eastern flavours. Yes we did make a couple of short trips last year and revelled in all our favourite haunts. Especially the Lebanese,Persian and Moroccan ones.I’m very fond of Iranian cuisine ,especially the varied assortment of flavourful kebabs and the buttery,crispy rice that is an accompaniment with them.An all time favourite over the years has been the Pars Iranian cafe that served some of this deliciousness.This Persian  rice is termed as a Zereshk Polo or very simply put-a Saffron and butter infused rice and garnished with some sweet and sour Barberries,which are ever so popular in this cuisine. A family dinner a couple of weeks ago got me making up some aromatic chicken kebabs and I thought I’d delight them all with a lovely Iranian rice dish.  Zereshk translates into the Barberries and Polo is the rice in Farsi.So it was decided I would go ahead and serve this rice. It was just as …

Eid Mubarak: Easy Bombay Biryani

Eid Mubarak dear readers! This post comes just in time for your Eid celebrations! Now who can resist a delicious Biryani and that too one that is fuss free and easy to put together? This recipe here is a favorite with my family and I usually make it on weekends or while entertaining.Now if you are wondering what’s the big deal about the Biryani making process and what really are the secrets? Fret not as I guide you through a wonderful recipe.Do follow it step by step and I can assure you of a delightful Biryani full of flavor and aroma. The key ingredient of course is the use of a good quality long grained Basmati rice.I recently received a trial pack for some fragrant Basmati rice from Rymah. Their promise being: “Providing an irresistible flavor that will give every rice dish an added dimension of delight!” And true to their word indeed,my recipe for this easy Bombay Biryani turns out every bit a finger licking good one! Thank you Rymah!For more information on their …

Easy Mushroom Risotto

What’s your favorite Italian dish? Mine’s certainly a good Risotto any day. It really is the essence of Italian cooking. Tricky and time-consuming??? Well not really if you  just follow a few important steps while making Risotto.The key of course is  patience and yes it does need your undivided attention throughout the entire process. Now the main ingredient of course is rice. I’ve used a good quality Arborio rice and the brand name is Gallo. It is short grained and a starch variety, just perfect for Risotto making. The main step is getting the Risotto to a perfect consistency.To get this you would need to keep adding some stock a little at a time and stir it. The rice cooks in this stock it releases starch and imparts a wonderful creamy texture to the Risotto. This should ideally take no more than 20-24 minutes.The important tip is to ensure that the rice grain is al dente, which really means that it should be cooked yet have a firm bite to it. The following recipe is a step by …