Whole Brown Lentil – Masoor Dal Biryani

Serves 12
½ cup oil or ghee
7 oz. or 1/2 package Ajika Masoor Dal washed and rinsed with 2-3 changes of water and semi-boiled in 2 cups of water for 15 minuies, drained and kept aside.
1.5 cups basmati rice
1 large red onions sliced lengthwise and fried brown in a wok or a small pan

Spices and nuts to be fried:
1 tbsp. raisins
1 tsp. cumin
1” piece of cinnamon
6-10 peppercorns
6 cloves
6 green cardamom

Spices and Seasonings:
2 tsps ginger garlic paste
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp salt
½ tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. garam masala

Fry whole spices/raisins in a large deep pot with a tight lid. Add the a ginger garlic paste and stir. Next add the salt, chilli powder and turmeric. Now put in the washed rice, boiled lentils and 4 cups of water. Stir in 1 tsp garam masala and fried onions.
Put the lid on and cook on a low flame for 20 minutes or till all the liquid is absorbed by the rice.



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