Kheema/Minced meat Biriyani (Kannur style)

Kheema/Minced meat Biriyani (Kannur style biriyani)

Biriyani is the most famous festive dish in India, especially amongst muslim society. And biriyani varies in its tasts, texture and the method of cooking from region to region. Malabar style biriyani is one of the famous biriyani and its taste and method also differ slightly from different disctricts of malabar. Its a most aromatic rice with juicy and tendary meat or fish. And some makes it even with vegetables also.

Biriyani is the main dish in Kerala muslim wedding.Traditionally it used to be served with Alsa/Alisa(wheat is cooked with meat and spices) and accompanied by chicken/beef fry and some pickles and raitas.But now a days for wedding back home, you can’t count the number of dishes served. We will feel full after seeing all those mouth watering menu. Even then there is no game without biriyani . Biyani is the king and Alisa is the queen of all festive menu back home.

I must say, in our place people celebrate with food on wedding….all kinds of starters, main meal and desserts.When we go home for vacation, we will be surprised to see many innovative dishes with the base as authentic malabar taste especially snacks. People are getting more creative now a days 😉

Biriyani is one of my favorite dish. As I told, its taste differ from region to region, I love the way my mom and sis makes. Even my hubby’s place biriyani taste little different…but my mom’s is the best ;)….

I still remember the day I prepared my 1st biriyani after coming here in Tashkent. It was on a Eid day.Even though I know all the steps and process, I never made it all alone before. On that day I thought I made good biriyani ;)…… but now I realised it wasn’t…. practice makes everything perfect right?! After so much of trial and fine tuning….my biriyani came to perfection :)…. Today I made kheema(ground meat) biriyani, which is prepared our own kannur style. Rarely we make biriyani with kheema, but it taste lovely.

We make biriyani by putting on Dum with layers of ghee rice and meat masala. Lets see how its made…..


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Uzbek Plov (Pilaf)

Uzbek Plov (Pilaf)

Uzbek plov/Pilaf is a famous national food of Uzbekistan. They make this for all the special occasions, like we make Biriyani in India. Initially, the taste and flavor of food we get here – especially uzbek/russian cuisine was not so appealing to me. Whenever we go out, I used to fill my self with salads and uzbek bread called lipiyoshka and black tea. But now I am in love with uzbek food. Here as wedding celebration, there is a tradition of serving the plov to guests, that too early morning starts around 5 ‘O clock. I was like “what!!!!” when I heard this first time. I never been for such function, but I still wonder how people can have such a heavy meal early in the morning.

This plov first I had from Karshi (a city in uzbekistan) my hubby’s one of colleague made it for us. At that time I felt its not so bad. Then again we bought from a plov centre here in tashkent, which was also tasty, but very heavy. Then i came to know that they use animal fats instead of oil to make the food rich and tasty, thats why it is very heavy. Here uzbek people are meat and fat lovers.

Uzbek plov vary in its style of making across the region. But I couldn’t find much differences in taste. When Ii made this first time, I kept a back up plan, if at all it din’t come out well 😜….don’t wanna take  risk. But believe me…it was more tastier than the restaurant one and easier than our indian biriyani. I felt proud myself…Yes made uzbek plov 😋….

lets see how its made.


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Green gram and rice in coconut milk (Cherupayar Kichari)

Green gram and rice in coconut milk (Cherupayar Kichari)

Weekend lunch are always special for us. Because we both have lunch together only on weekends. Week days he wont be able to come home for lunch. So we make it something heavy. Usually our Kerala style dishes. So this week-end I planned to make something which I never tried before. Actually I came to know about this dish when I was talking to my cousin sufaira. I was asking her if she know some old dishes which is not so popular now. Then her mom ( my aunt) suggested this one. After sometime,when i called my mom, i asked about this dish and she explained me how to make this.

This is really simple dish, with the goodness of green gram dal and flavour of coconut milk, which will really make you full. I served this yummmy dish with Malabar style spicy beef curry. You can enjoy it with Kerala Liver Fry ,  Chicken Kurma  Kerala style duck roast or finger licking Mutton Chops masala , Mutton Kuruma or any other curry of your choice. Lets see how its made…

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