Welcome back for two new delicious recipes from our Qatar’s Home Cooks series. This week, we’re featuring a twist on the classic biryani from Deepak Gandhi plus a sweet treat from Samiha Reza.
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Has Covid19 changed the way you cook at home? Covid19 has made me realise I’m a fairly good cook. That’s thanks to my sister and parents whom I constantly bug to do a video call and help me experiment with food. I’ve started experimenting a lot with veggies and I’ve mastered a couple of instant secret recipes that I use to cook in between my back to back zoom calls.
What’s your dish? Sindhi Chicken Biryani. This biryani is a delicious combination of layered aromatic basmati rice and chicken, cooked in select spices, garnished with caramelised onions and served with ‘raita’, gravy & Sindhi papad.
Why did you choose this dish? I’m a big-time foodie and a great fan of biryani. I’ve tried biryani at several restaurants in Doha and while I have a few favourites, my biryani style of cooking is completely off-beat. After extensive experimenting, I’ve come up with my own recipe which is my version of a Sindhi biryani with a twist. This is one of the best I’ve had so far and it won’t be available elsewhere because of its unique recipe. I crave for it so much that I practically end up making this almost every weekend. It does consume a lot of time, patience & love but it’s all worth it.
Deepak's Sindhi Chicken Biryani
Servings: 2-3 people
Ghee (100-150 ml)
Onions (2 big) finely sliced
Yoghurt (full fat, 300-350 ml)
Turmeric (1/2 tbsp)
Chicken masala (1 tbsp)
Salt (to taste)
Black pepper, freshly ground (1 tbsp)
Red chilli powder (1 tbsp)
Sindhi biryani masala (50 gms) containing: cumin, plum, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, cloves, ginger, garlic, red chilli, turmeric
Chicken x 750 gms
Tomatoes X 3 big
Garlic paste (1 tbsp)
Ginger paste (1 tbsp)
Red chillies x 3
Green chillies x 2
d. Rice & garnishing:
1. Layer the semi-cooked rice in the same pan, over the chicken, and close the lid. (You may put a piece or two of sizzling hot charcoal in a tiny bowl, pour some ghee over it and keep this bowl on top of the rice before closing the lid. Optional: You may seal the lid with wheat flour dough flour. Cook on very slow fire for about 45 minutes to an hour so the rice absorbs the flavour as well.
2. Serve with a smile :)
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Has Covid19 changed the way you cook at home? Yes COVID-19 has majorly affected the way I cook at home. As a student, I barely get any time to practice and improve my cooking skills. However, due to the pandemic and quarantine, I have a lot more time on my hands to try new recipes and enjoy what I love.
What is your dish? Chocolate and Caramel Dessert Cup – a decadent sweet treat
Why have you chosen this dish? I personally have a sweet tooth and love the combination of chocolate and caramel together. I wanted to make something that was easy to recreate, requires little effort and tastes great. This is one of my go-to dessert recipes that satisfies sweet cravings.
Samiha's Chocolate and Caramel Dessert Cups
Servings: 2 to 3
Ingredients: For the chocolate layer
2 tbsp cornflour
4 tbsp Sugar
1/8 tsp Salt
1 cup milk
¼ cup chocolate chips
Ingredients: For the caramel layer
1 cup milk
2 tbsp cornflour
¼ cup sugar
2 tbsp butter
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