Watch a movie, shop and arrive at home two hours before dinner party is supposed to begin
Read recipe at the back of the pack carefully and realise the process will take 1.5 hours.
Get stressed and switch on music loudly to stop you from hearing your own thoughts.
Marinate masala, vegetables and curd in a bowl for 20 minutes. Keep alarm in mobile to remind you of the time. Infact keep mobile handy to ensure all timings followed to the T.
Measure out rice and put it in the cooker
Heat 2 tablespoons ghee in a pan and worry about how your arteries are going to choke in 2 hours. Add marinated veggies and simmer in low flame for 30 minutes with the pan covered
Rice is ready. Time to check on veggies.
Thick layer of ghee floating on top. Otherwise, looking ok. Pat yourself on the back, remove lid, turn heat to high, set alarm on mobile for 5 minutes and read a book
Arrive at end of 5 minutes to find a thick layer of burnt veggies at bottom of pan.
Turn off gas. Carefully remove the burnt part of curry and mix the rest with rice. Put on stove on LOW flame.
After 3 minutes, turn off the gas
Serve to guests after having loaded them with food made by the cook. So they are too full to want too much of biriyani
Don’t call it biriyani. Call it burnt masala rice.