Aloo Dum Biryani is a rich and aromatic dish that features perfectly cooked, melt-in-your-mouth potatoes (aloo) and flavorful rice. This delightful dish, originating from the Indian subcontinent, is popular not only in India, but also in places where Indian cuisine is appreciated. Aloo Dum Biryani can be made spicy or mild, depending upon individual tastes and preferences, and is often served with raita, a cooling yogurt-based side. Loaded with flavors and aromatic spices, it is a complete meal in itself.
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Wash the rice under cold running water until the water runs clear. Soak it in water for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and cut them into cubes. Fry them until they turn golden brown. Set them aside.
In a large pan, heat the oil and add the onions. Saute until they turn golden brown.
Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for a minute. Next, add the chopped tomatoes and green chillies. Cook until the tomatoes are soft.
Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, and biryani masala. Mix well.
Add the yogurt and mix well. Add the fried potatoes and mix until the potatoes are well coated in the masala. Cover the pan and let it cook for 10-15 minutes.
In another pan, bring the water to a boil. Add the soaked rice and cook until it's 60% cooked. Drain the water.
Layer the partially cooked rice over the potato masala. Cover the pan and cook on low heat for 20-25 minutes.
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with raita or any side dish of your choice.