This Spice Delight simple, easy and tasty biryani recipe is in honour of my parents Premla and Deena Moodliar from RA Moodley’s Mr Curry in Victoria Street Market. The recipe is just like a wedding biryani in five simple steps, layered in six.
Add less if you don’t want spicy but key is to add extra masala as the curry gets mixed in rice, potatoes and lentils so you want to spice it nicely
- Boil lentils with salt to taste until soft or one boil, set aside
- Boil rice with salt to taste until nearly cooked or one boil, add 1 cinnamon stick, and cardamom for flavour. You can add a little tumeric if you want
- you can roast in oven with sprinkling olive oil, tumeric and jeera seeds
- or boil and fry
- either way once almost done, mix a little food colouring and colour half the potatoes
- Fry onions in oil
- Take out half the onions when cooked and set aside for your vegetables
- Fry the rest of the onions until golden brown and crispy -set aside to add for the topping of the breyani
- I usually add 1 cinnamon stick, bay leaf, somph seeds as well when frying onions for extra flavour
- Preparing the vegetables
- Night or 30 mins before making breyani you can marinate your vegetables with half the quantity of masala and yoghurt. My twin Sanusha Moodliar from a Thirupathi spices in Victoria street suggests adding a sprinkle of grated nutmeg to this mixture
Omit yoghurt if you don’t want to add.
- Add oil and ghee to pot
- Add in the onions set aside, curry leaves, and Breyani mix herbs -cinnamon stick, star aniseed, fennel, bay leaf
- Add ginger and garlic
- Add little water and then vegetables
- Add saffron and milk mix
- Add tomatoes and salt to taste, mint, coriander leaves and thyme all chopped up
- Cook for 20 minutes until vegetable soft and add salt to taste
Dr Seshni Moodliar
Dr Seshni Moodliar is a psychiatrist qualified in south Africa as a doctor and then in UK as a psychiatrist in learning disability. She has over 20 years experience in psychiatry and work in private, NHS, medico-legal and corporate wellbeing in companies and the UK government. Sheshni has completed 2 books 'Pass the CASC' and 'Core psychiatric interview skills' that are used worldwide by over 50 countries for the final clinical exams for psychiatrists and health care professionals like nurses, psychologists , occupational therapists, physiotherapists, health care assistants, teachers and carers.