It was a pleasant winter morning in Kolkata. We were enjoying our vacation doing almost nothing. Mom took a break from cooking, Dad was busy with his garden and my brother took complete charge of the kitchen. Yeah! He usually does that on his day off. I wanted to help him but he wished to do it all on his own. The curious me had to peek in the kitchen and among all the chaos, I spotted the marinated chicken in one bowl and white rice soaked in another bowl.
He looked at me and said, “I am making chicken biryani and it will be nice”.
I liked his confidence except for the fact that Biryani has never been one of my favorite dishes and I have annoyed a lot of my friends with this exact statement. How could someone not like the idea of rice and chicken cooked together with lots of spices? How could someone not enjoy the rich flavor? I never had any answer for these questions.
As a kid, I remember my brother would spend more time in the kitchen than I would but this time, he totally impressed me with his cooking skills.
When he started preparing the biryani, I could smell it from upstairs. The strong aroma and the warm flavor made me crave for it more than ever! It was funny that I enjoyed Biryani so much for the first time. And then I figured, maybe I enjoy Biryani prepared at home and maybe it’s the fresh flavor that I crave more than the spicy taste.
After coming back from the vacation, I made chicken biryani several times and it only got better with practice. And even today, I enjoy homemade biryani more than the restaurant ones. I guess it’s just a weird taste bud I have built when it comes to biryani!
Today, I am sharing this chicken biryani with my lovely friend Cristina from Pinay In Texas Cooking Coner. She stays in Texas with her husband and two adorable kids. If you want to learn about Filipino Cuisine, her blog is the place to be and the detail step by step instructions on her blog makes it all the more easy to learn.
Recently, she started a series where she is sharing her favorite dishes from Around The World and it was my pleasure to prepare chicken biryani for her! Head over to her blog to see the detailed recipe.