Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chicken Nasi Briyani

I was feeling a little lazy the other day and wanted to make something simple, yet nice to eat. I remember I had a few packets of Briyani Rice Mix left in my pantry, so I decided to make Chicken Nasi Briyani for dinner.

Nasi is the Malay word for rice and Briyani is derived from the Persian word "berya", which means fried or roasted. There are many different variants of Nasi Briyani across the globe but basically they all have the same basic ingredients - rice, spices and some sort of meat or vegetable. The one I am going to make today is the Malaysian version. It was made famous by the Indian Muslim merchants/travellers that arrived in Malaya back in the day. Here is the quick and simple way of making Nasi Briyani. Enjoy!

You start of by melting some butter in the rice cooker. Once its all melted, add in the Nasi Briyani Mix.

Mix it well with the butter and allow it to simmer.

You know it's ready when you can smell the fragrant smell of spices, just filling the kitchen. Then, add in some chicken meat. I used 3 pieces of chicken thigh, cut up into small pieces.

Stir fry the chicken for a bit then add in about 2 cups of rice.
Mix the rice up with the chicken, then add in some raisins. You can also add in some cashew nuts or peas if you like.
Once you have mixed up all the ingredients, add in about 2 and a half cups of water.
Mix all the ingredients up for one last time then cover the rice cooker. Set the rice cooker to "cook" and that's it! Just remember to stir the Nasi Briyani ever so often while cooking, to prevent the rice from burning and sticking to the bottom of the rice cooker.

Here is it! A steaming hot pot of Chicken Nasi Briyani! A yummy one dish meal thats just perfect for that chilly autumn evening :D

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