Vellai Kovil Briyani
Vellai Kovil Briyani served with Fried Appalam ( Pappad) , Fried curd chillies and Tomato Pachadi ( Raitha )
Vellai Kovil is a place near Coimbatore. On our way to Coimbatore, we stopped in Vellai Kovil for lunch. I had an opportunity to taste this Briyani. Their Special Briyani Masala Powder is just Great. A very easy, simple, delightful recipe . Usually this Briyani is served with a raitha, deep fried appalam, and fried curd chillies. Your guests will love this Briyani. Use Jeeraga Samba Rice or Ponni Raw rice. Delicious.
To make the Special Briyani Masala Powder ( You can make this powder and store in an airtight container. Keeps good for 1 month )
Cloves – 12 pieces
Cardamom – 3
Cinnamon – 1 inch piece – 2
Stone flower ( Dagad Phool, Kalpasi ) – 1 small piece
Aniseeds ( Saunf ) – 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds ( Jeera ) – 2 teaspoons
Coriander seeds – 3 teaspoons
Black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
Star anise – 1/2 flower
Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Chilli powder – 2 teaspoons
Dry mint powder – 1 tablespoon ( Wash the mint leaves well. Pat dry in a cloth. Spread it in a plate and keep under the fan. Dry well. There should be no moisture. Take a big plate. Spread a white cloth. Put the mint leaves in the plate. Dry it in the sun till crisp. Powder and store )
Dry ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Heat a thick bottomed, broad pan. Keep the flame on sim. Dry roast the cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon, stone flower, aniseed, cumin, coriander seeds, black pepper, star anise on simflame till golden. Switch off the stove. Transfer the contents to a plate. Cool. Mix in the mint powder, dry ginger powder,chilli powder and he turmeric powder. Transfer all the ingredients into a big blender jar. Blend to a fine powder. Store in an airtight container.
To make the Briyani
Cooked raw rice ( I have used Ponni Raw Rice since I did not haveJeeraga Samba rice ) – 2 cups
Chopped carrots, chopped beans ( steamed ) – 1/2 cup
Steamed green peas – 1/2 cup
Chopped onions – 3/4 cup
Chopped tomatoes – 3 tablespoons
Pounded ginger, garlic – 1 tablespoon full
Chopped mint leaves – little
Chopped green coriander leaves – little
Salt to taste
Briyani Masala Powder – 1 tablespoon full
Oil – 2 tablespoons
Ghee – 2 tablespoons
Finely chopped mint leaves and green coriander leaves – little
Heat a big,broad, thick bottomed pan. Add the oil and ghee. First sauté the chopped onions on medium flame. When the onions turn transparent, add the chopped tomatoes. Sauté on sim flame till well cooked. Add the pounded ginger and garlic. Fry on sim flame till the raw smell goes. Add the steamed carrots, beans, green peas. Mix gently. Add the salt to taste. Stir. Add the chopped mint and green coriander leaves. Mix well. Add the Briyani Masala Powder. Sauté gently. Add in the cooked rice. Gently mix with a ladle. Cover the pan. Leave on sim flame for 5 minutes. Switch off the stove. Garnish. Serve the Vellai Kovil Briyani hot hot with deep fried appalam, deep fried curd chillies and a raitha and of your choice.
1) Add juice of a lemon to the Briyani after switching off the stove.
2) Can add little golden fried cashews to the Briyani in the end.
3) Keep the flavours mild. Do not add more Briyani Masala Powder. The taste will change.