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Zero Oil Recipe: Shahi Korma Biryani

  By posted Mar 8th 2014




Biryani is easily one of the most favourite meals among Indians but unfortunately this dish is usually laced with a lot of oil and cream. If that’s the only reason why you turn away from this delicious dish, try this healthy zero oil biryani recipe.

In this recipe feature, the chef provides you with a step by step guide to prepare a Shahi Korma Biryani that requires absolutely no oil and can still taste delightful.


For The Yellow Rice

1 1/4 cups uncooked long grained (basmati) rice
3 cloves (laung / lavang)
2 cardamoms
1 bayleaf (tejpatta)
1 stick cinnamon (dalchini)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste

For The Shahi Korma
2 cloves (laung / lavang)
2 cardamoms
1 bayleaf (tejpatta)
1/4 cup grated onions
1 tsp ginger-garlic (adrak-lehsun) paste
1 tbsp tomato puree
1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 cups boiled mixed vegetables
(carrot , french beans ,
potato , green peas etc.)
5 1/2 tbsp low-fat milk , 99.7 % fat-free
salt to taste
1 tsp chilli powder

For The Paste
1 tbsp broken cashewnuts (kaju)
2 tbsp poppy seeds (khus-khus)

Other Ingredients

1 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania) for the garnish

For the yellow rice

Clean, wash and soak the rice in water for 1 hour. Drain and set aside.
Heat the pressure cooker and when hot, add the cloves, cardamom, bayleaf and cinnamom and dry roast on a slow flame for a few seconds.
Add the rice, turmeric piwder and salt, mix well and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
Add 2 cups of water, mix well and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Set aside.

For the paste
Soak the cashewnuts and poppy seeds in ¼ cup of warm water for 1 hour.
Grind them in a mixer into a smooth paste. Keep aside.

For the shahi korma

  • Heat a non-stick pan on a medium flame and when hot, add the cloves, cardamom and bayleaf and dry roast for a few seconds.
  • Add the onions and ginger-garlic paste and dry roast on a slow flame till the onions turn light brown in colour. Sprinkle a little water over it if the mixture starts burning.
  • Add the tomato purée, sugar and vegetables and mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  • Add the prepared paste, 3½ tbsp milk and mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally. 
  • Add the salt, chilli powder and ¼ cup of water, mix well and cook on medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.

How to proceed

  • Divide the yellow rice into 2 equal portions.
  • Spread one portion of the yellow rice at the bottom of the glass baking dish in an even layer.
  • Discard the bayleaf and spread the shahi korma over it.
  • Spread the remaining yellow rice over the shahi korma in an even layer.
  • Pour the remaining 2 tbsp of milk over it.
  • Cover and microwave on high for 2 minutes or bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot garnished with coriander.


Recipe Courtesy: Shahi Korma Biryani, TarlaDalal.com

*Images courtesy: © Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images

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