Monday, June 25, 2012

Shrimp Biryani

Shrimp Biryani

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.

One year ago: Blueberry Pomegranate Donuts
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Four years ago: Pan-Seared Steak with Salsa Verde

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14 comments:

marla said...

I have been craving Indian food like crazy ~ this is a MUST try!

Maria said...

What a great dish!

Shannon said...

looks fantastic! and also makes me wish it was lunch time :)

vanillasugarblog said...

Totes: I will say more than four words about this fabulous dish. I mean a dish like this needs more than four words to describe how fabooosh it is.
;-)

aida mollenkamp said...

I'm a fan of a good biryani. Thanks for sharing, Esi!

Lucy Lean said...

Love Love Love Indian and this looks mouthwateringly tempting for dinner tonight. Other Indian cookbooks you should check out - Vij's and also 1000 Indian recipes by Neelam Batra - she's hands down the BEST cook I know.

Joanne said...

I could sit in the Indian food section of the bookstore for hours also! Mmm loving this.

Esi said...

Thanks everyone!

Lucy, thanks so much for the recommendations. I will check them out!

Lorraine Joy Alegria-Vizcarra said...

The dish looks wonderful.

Val @ Tips on Healthy Living said...

Love biryani but have never tried to make it at home. This is great inspiration!

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

this recipe looks incredible! i sooo can't wait to make this for dinner R is going to be so excited!

Gastronomer said...

The ingredient list isn't too crazy as far as Indian recipes go, so I'm totes gonna make this!

Kristina Vanni said...

I am always interested in trying a new Indian dish. Love your use of ingredients. Looks great!

Aggie said...

What a beautiful dish! I have one of her cookbooks, need to look through it again!