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Biryani Chicken and Rice using TM5 Automated Cooking mode

When you have an 8 hour drive to Esperance you have a lot of time to think, so naturally my mind wanders to cooking.  One of my favourite dishes is Biryani Chicken which was introduced to me by my Cousin-In Law, San.  Now she will always remain the queen of the biryani but I was curious, could I do it on the Automated Cooking mode on TM5.  YES!!!!  I have changed parts of San's recipe to make it more a Thermomix recipe and we all love it.  I particularly loved how easy it was and not having to worry about over cooking/burning the rice!  The rice is a great full flavoured vegetarian option, you don't have to do the chicken but I highly recommend you do.  This has taken my love of TM5 to a whole new level - what other rice creations can I now make using the Boiled Rice method.  Stay tuned......  Enjoy.  Eb x

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  • 4-8 Chicken thighs trimmed and quartered
  • 5g fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 coriander roots
  • 150g plain yoghurt
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (less or more – to your preference)
  • 40g tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper

Place everything except the chicken in the bowl and blitz on Speed 9 for 10 seconds.

Pour over chicken and allow to marinade for 2 + hours.

Clean the bowl.

For the rice.

  • 150g brown onion peeled and halved
  • 20g fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 chillies
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 40g olive oil
  • 400g tin tomatoes
  • 800g water
  • 500g long rice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 black cardamom pods
  • 2 whole cloves
  • Fresh coriander leaves, roasted cashews and black cumin for garnish

Add onion, garlic, ginger and chillies to the bowl and chop on Speed 6 for 2 seconds.  Add oil, turmeric, coriander, cumin and garam masala and cook for 5 minutes at Varoma Reverse Speed 1.

Meanwhile, put a bit of oil in a pan and heat up the cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaves until just fragrant.  Turn heat off.

Set your TM5 to Automated Cooking for Boiled Rice.  When asked to add water add 800g (NOT 1000g) and a tin of tomatoes.  Follow the instructions of your machine to add the salt and rice.  Add bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves after you have added the rice.  Then turn the dial to cook on auto mode.  I put a simmering basket on top to avoid splatter.

Meanwhile heat your oven to 200deg and place your chicken on a lined baking tray and cook for approximately 20 minutes.

Place into a Thermoserver or platter as soon as it is ready and top with cashews, coriander and cumin seeds.  Serve the chicken either through the rice or on the side.