Several months ago, my friend Ben made me sit with him in a bookstore while he scoped out Indian cookbooks. I couldn't complain, because the cookbook section is really the best section of the bookstore. He ended up picking a book by the goddess of Indian cooking, Madhur Jaffrey. He has raved about every recipe he has made from it. A while later, Serious Eats posted this recipe for Shrimp Biryani. I really like Indian food and don't eat it nearly as often as I should. I had also never tried cooking it and this recipe seemed like a straightforward recipe for my first attempt. Soaking the rice keeps it from getting soggy while cooking. The spices are simple, but potent and a spritz of lemon juice keeps this fresh. I loved the simple flavors in this biryani and it was much more cost-effective to make it at home versus spending a bunch of money on takeout.
This recipe comes from Madhur Jaffrey's book, At Home with Madhur Jaffrey (links to Amazon, I'm no longer a part of the affiliate program) and can be found on the Serious Eats website here.
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