My blog would be incomplete if I did not mention the famous biriyani of Hyderabad!
Biriyani is a rice dish traditionally made with meat (chicken, mutton, or lamb) and spices. The way I understand it, the meat is marinated in yogurt and spices overnight. Then the meat is layered with long-grain basmati rice and cooked in a sealed vessel.
It is a delicious concoction as saffron, cardamom, and coriander infuse their fragrances throughout the tender meat and rice. The dish is served with a spicy gravy called mirchi ka salan, made of curried chili peppers, peanuts, ginger, garlic, and spices. Raita or yogurt sauce is served as well to add a nice cooling effect.
The final perfection, eating biriyani with raw red onion and lemon juice!
In Hyderabad there is a restaurant called “Paradise” that is known to have the best biriyani in town. Therefore, as a final hooray, I planned a dinner for all of the students of Tagore to convene at Paradise for a “final meal” before people begin heading home.
There were almost 30 of us that packed into cabs and headed to the restaurant draped in saris and bangles!
Brooke, Anna, and I decided to split the Chicken Biriyani, and I am glad we did. We each received portions of this size:
We spooned mirchi ka salan and raita over the steaming rice and dug in, hands first of course. Wow- that is good biriyani folks, however, I must stay that our hostel has a recipe that is just as good.
This recipe looks pretty authentic if you want to try it out at home: http://www.sailusfood.com/2010/02/14/hyderabadi-chicken-dum-biryani/
The heart was filled with joy as I enjoyed an fantastic meal with the people that have made this semester worthwhile! Yet, I could not help but feel a touch of sadness that these meals and times of laughter are coming to a close. Regardless, our memories will live on!
Harper and I
Harper, Maria, Emily, Brooke
Me and the boys: Julian & Connor
Brooke, Maria, Rachel B
With Brooke…what babes 🙂
Rachel B & I