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South Africa : Biryani

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Created: 8th Jul 2009
Modified: 8th Jul 2009
The Africa NEws Cookbook

This is a simpler version of the special-occasion biryani.
  • 1 lb. beef
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. cumin
  • 3/4 tsp. coriander
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 large onionm thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup oil or clarified butter
  • 1 1/2 cups long--grain rice
  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • sprigs of parsley or coriander leaves, chopped

Combine meat with yogurt and all the spices and leave to marinate for 2-3 hours. When you're ready to cook, fry the onion in a large stew pot with half the butter. Add the marinated meat mixture and simmer until liquid is slightly thickened. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in separate pots, using enough eater to cover , boil rice and lentils for about 15 minutes. Drain. To assemble the biryani, layer the ingredients in the pot : rice first, then meat, more rice, lentils, and meat again. Continue in this pattern until everything has been used. Melt the remaining butter and pour over the mixture along with 1/2 cup water. Cover the pot and simmer on lowest heat for one hour. Serve on a platter, garnished with parsley or coriander and egg slices.

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