1. Gather around the ingredients – 1 onion, 1 tomato, 6 pearls of garlic, 1 inch ginger, 1 tbsp corriander leaves+ mint leaves and grind everything. Separately wash and slice 250 gms chicken. Wash and soak 250 gms of basmati rice (or what you think looks closest to basmati rice in your kitchen)
2. Heat 5 tbps oil + ghee combo in cooker. Decide to fry long-sliced onions in them to use for garnishing later on.
3. Get impatient and remove half fried onions. Put it in a separate pan for frying
4. To the oil in the cooker, add 1 inch cinnamon stick and 2 cloves. Watch it splatter onto your hand.
5. Jump around and wash hands. Notice long-sliced onions are burning. Dispose off into bin and begin to focus on the main biriyani itself.
6. Add the vegetable paste to the oil in the cooker. Add 1 tsp chilli powder, ¼ tsp coriander powder, pinch of turmeric and necessary salt.
7. Fry till oil separates
8. Add chicken. Fry for a couple of minutes
9. Add rice. Fry for a minute
10. Add water = 2.5x rice quantity
11. Close cooker. Put whistle.
12. Chill out and watch tv
13. After 1 whistle, put stove on sim for 4 minutes
14. Turn off stove.
15. Chill out and watch tv for ten minutes
16. Open cooker. Notice rice is soggy and has expanded to enormous size and looking like Kerala rice. Realise maybe it was not basmati rice after all.
17. Put lid back again. Struggle to get handles on top and bottom of cooker to meet. Give up. Light stove again
18. Chill out and watch tv till you hear a blast
19. Run to kitchen to notice cooker lid is near the fridge and half the biriyani is on the ceiling
20. Eat the remaining biriyani. Yummmm….
21. Burn off calories by cleaning the kitchen ceiling for the next hour