Hello and Salaam!
My absence from the blog-sphere has been far longer than I had anticipated or ever had wanted to be. The reason for my absence has been my laptop keyboard, which isn’t working (and still hasn’t been repaired, mind you). The reason its taking so long to solve the issue is because me and my husband are still undecided about whether we want to repair this laptop or buy a new one…but I’m still trudging forward and punching out this long awaited recipe, one which has been a lifesaver ever since I started work two months ago.
First, lets imagine a traditional Biryani made from scratch (RECIPE: Sindhi Lamb/Mutton Biryani). We make the masala from scratch using fresh, whole spices and we simmer the masala slow and low for often an hour, sometimes more. Then we cook white basmati rice separately, layer the two and finally finish off with a flavoursome and colourful garnish. Not exactly a quick, no-fuss dinner, is it?
Well, imagine you could knock the cook time down to under 40 minutes, half of which is passive time? Imagine you could also use up those leftovers that you just don’t want to be eating a 3rd night in row whilst not sacrificing flavour and yum-factor?
It’s possible, lovelies.
Enter Leftover Curry Biryani
It’s such a cheat that often I refrain from telling my husband what I’ve done! (He never notices, mind you)
In this recipe, we skip cooking the Biryani curry as we already have last night’s curry we can use. All that’s left is boiling some white basmati rice, frying onions and simply assembling the Biryani. If you like your Biryani HOT, you have the option to add a tsp of red chilli powder to your leftover curry, or a tsp of Biryani masala if you have that on hand.
Whats brilliant is that you aren’t limited to just using leftover bone-in meat curries. You can use whatever you have! I’ve made a leftover keema biryani, leftover paneer biryani and I’ve also combined curries too, leading to some very interesting combinations (paneer and lamb karahi biryani, anybody?)!
All in all, this recipe is definitely one you should have on standby for those busy days. Sometimes, I’ll cook extra curry so I have some for this biryani the next day. I have less to do the next day, I have no leftovers and I also get to have biryani on a weekday. We all win.
Enjoy, with love x