So yesterday we took ourselves off to Yandina Markets. I’d heard (and read) great things about this market and am sure we would have enjoyed it more if we were there to buy plants or look at bric-a-brac…but we weren’t. We were there for fresh produce.
I ended up buying some lovely young ginger and a bulb of garlic, and Miss T indulged in a donut, but we all voted to head back to Hinterland Harvest for our veggies.
Anyways, I’ll tell you more about Yandina next time.
Aside from dumplings for breakfast (yum), my star ingredient this week was a premixed Biryani spice mix from Di 4 Spice. You can find her on Facebook here.
Biryani is something we all enjoy – and that I especially love the next morning for brekky. With a fried egg on top, it’s a little like kedgeree, but with chicken.
Anyways, this spice mix was a great short-cut – I can’t wait to try some of the other mixes. Oh, if you want the original recipe, you’ll find it here.
What you need
300g (1 ½ cups) long grain rice. We use basmati as it’s lower GI
2 tbsp olive oil or rice bran oil. You can also use coconut oil if you like.
1 onion, finely sliced.
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
Diced chicken thighs- say 600-650g.
1 chopped birdseye chilli. We like it hot & left the seeds in. You might find the spice mix has enough heat for you.
1 ½ – 2 tablespoons biryani spice mix
200ml thick plain yoghurt
1 tsp sugar (I’m sugar free, so leave this out)
a handful of toasted slivered almonds…or cashews… to serve
1/3 cup roughly chopped coriander leaves to serve
What you do with it
- Cook the rice in boiling salted water for 8 minutes, then drain and set aside. The rice will continue to cook later…
- Heat the onion in a large frypan over medium heat, add the onion and cook for a few minutes until they soften.
- Add the garlic, ginger and the spice mix and stir it all through.
- Add the chicken and cook for about 3 minutes
- Spoon in the yoghurt, stir it all through, then reduce the heat to very low.
- Carefully spoon the rice on top of the sauce. Cover it with a (clean) tea towel, then place the lid on top. This sounds strange, but it keeps it all steaming nicely.
- Cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it sit for a further 10 minutes. Refrain from the temptation to take the lid off and have a peek- and smack his knuckles (softly, of course- we don’t tolerate violence of any sort here) when your husband tries to do that.
- Remove the lid, add the nuts and half the coriander and stir well to combine.
- Garnish with the remaining coriander.