Masoor Biryani is a delicious pink lentil veg biryani. It can be made with least efforts & it is loaded with proteins. It tastes yummy. It is excellent option for non vegetarians on veg days.
2 cup rice
1cup whole masoor (pink lentils)
3 onions chopped 2 onions sliced for frying
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
2 bay leaves
7-8 pepper corns
2 inch cinnamon stick
1 start anise
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 masala cardamom
2 tbsp yogurt
5-6 saffron strands (optional)
Salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp ghee
Soak masoor for 3-4 hours.Then drain the water & keep aside.
Pressure cook the rice with a little less than double water. Here I have used 3 1/2 cup water. This gives the rice separate strands. Alternatively rice can be cooked outside with some whole spices.Cook till the rice is 80% done.
Fry 2 sliced onions in oil & keep aside.
Heat oil + ghee in a pan. Add all dry spices. Then add chopped onions & tomatoes. Fry till oil separates. Then mix ginger garlic paste, turmeric & chilly powder & some salt. Add yogurt & mix well
Mix the whole masoor in the onion tomato gravy. Add 1/2 cup water & cover & cook till the masoor becomes soft.
Now mix the cooked rice on top of this masoor gravy. Garnish with coriander leaves & fried onions.
Alternatively layer of rice & masoor gravy can be made. Mix the saffron strands dissolved in water on top. Cover & cook for 7-8 minutes.
Hot steaming biryani is ready to be served.
Tip : Instead of using dry spices , ready biryani mix/kitchen king masala can also be used.