Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Red Kidney Bean & Mint Biryani and A Product Review

Chandrika Masala company is based out of Texas. They prepare all flours & masala in a hygienic way. They also offer variety of healthy products for people who have high allergies or diabetes, cholestrol. I feel that this is a boon to people like us living here in US. They sent me a pack of Biryani Masala to do the review. I prepared this Red Kidney Bean and Mint Biryani using their masala. We really loved the flavour of the masala.

Ingredients :

1. Basmati Rice - 1 Cup
2. Onion - 1/2 Cup (Chopped)
3. Tomato - 1 (Chopped)
4. Mint Leaves - 1/2 Cup
5. Green Chilly - 3 or adjust to you taste
6. Red Kidney Bean - 1/2 Cup (Soaked and Cooked)
7. Ginger-Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
8. Chandrika Biryani Masala (or any Biryani or Garam Masala) - 1 tsp
9. Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
10. Salt - Needed Qty
11. Oil - 1 tbs
12. Coriander Leaves - 1/4 Cup (Finely Chopped)

Procedure :

1. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan. Fry green chillies and mint together. Cool, grind and keep aside.

2. Add remaining oil in the pan. Fry ginger-garlic paste till golden brown. Add onion and tomato. Fry till onion turns golden brown.

3. Add cooked Red Kidney Bean, Chandrika Biryani Masala, Turmeric Powder and Salt. Mix well.

4. Now, add the ground mint and green chillies. Mix everything together and keep the contents in medium flame for 5 minutes. Put off the flame.

5. Add washed basmati rice. Mix well and cook in rice cooker.

6. Garnish with coriander leaves.

7. Serve hot with raitha and chips.




In general, I used to add whole spices along with garam masala in Biryani. But this time, I just avoided all those spices and used Chandrika Biryani Masala alone. Just a teaspoon of this Biryani Masala did the job of all the whole spices and the Biryani filled our whole house with nice aroma. Chandrika Biryani masala is a perfect blend of spices like Fennel, Nutmeg, Mace, etc... Also, I felt that the cost of the masala is not too high. They offer 100gms of Biryani masala for $3. They sell masalas in neat packs with proper label. Personally, I'm satisfied with their Biryani masala and hope to try out few products from them soon.








Disclaimer :
I received their product to do the review. I was not compensated in anyway for this post. All the opinions in this post are 100% mine.

21 comments:

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Hey, that looks great !!!

Happy Cook said...

I don't think we get this masala but next time when i am in the indian shop going to buy other bitiyani masala and make this rice.

CHANDRIKA MASALA INC said...

We have a website also you can order online, we ship all over US and if you have any special recipe we can also grind that too.

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Lovely briyani !! Homemade masala wow good to know.. I bring packs of masala from India and when I run out of stock buy the ones here. Will try these !!

Kamalika said...

Lovely dish...thanks for sharing the info about the masala...I am always in search of this kind of biryani masala..will tyr this...

Satya said...

yummy biryani ...looks very tempting

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Kiran said...

Nice biryani and a great review.Would try them both.

Jay said...

wow...well done dear, wonderful presentation....! beautiful click.

Rachana said...

Delicious biryani! This brand of biryani masala isn't available here :-(

meeso said...

Nice presentation, looks tasty :)

swapna said...

Looks good...will sure give a try!!!

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Chitra said...

Looks good.

sonu said...

that is looking yum nithu !

Sadhana said...

Very tempting briyani dear!!!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

NIce briyani Nithu,never tried with red kidney bean!

Sarah Naveen said...

looks so delicious...
and btw..where in Nj do you live?

Ragini Miranda's Kitchen said...

Delicious recipe and thanks for intoducing us to this brand

NIDHYA said...

Nice one. Never tried with red beans, though.

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women-wisdom.com said...

Great Briyani. Its yummy and healthy.

Susan said...

With mint? How gorgeously aromatic a dish!

Thank you, Nithu, for another great MLLA recipe!