Oct 082010

A few weeks earlier, Lee Mei from My Cooking Hut emailed me to guest post on her lovely blog.


Needless to say, i was thrilled to bits. Heee! Seriously, how could i not? Lee Mei doesn’t only contribute for Flavours Magazine, a food magazine distributed in South East Asia, she also creates recipes as well as styles and shoots photos for the dishes that she makes!

And that’s not all i tell ya. Lee Mei travels extensively and does beautiful travel write ups, not to mention stunning photographs.

So, after a few emails exchanged in between, i decided to challenge myself and suggested Chicken Biryani. Woo hooooo! Another Indian dish. Heeee. I am very sure by now you’d know how much i heart Indian dishes aye? :P


Biryani is derived from the Persian word “birian” which means ‘fried before cooking’ in Farsi. In modern India, there are 2 pincipal types of biryani, namely the Kutchi – raw biryani, and the Pukki – cooked biryani. I’ve done both versions and i love them both equally. However, i am a little biased towards the “Pukki” style. But if i’m running outta time, i’d do the Kutchi no doubt. Much easier (!) though some may say it’s a little tougher due to certain challenging process such as temperature control and meticulous control on the time.

The recipe i have for Lee Mei is done via “Pukki” style. For more photos and recipe, please hop over to my post on My Cooking Hut! At the same time, don’t forget to check out Lee Mei’s beautiful blog as well ;)

Oh, by the way.. i’ve also included an extremely easy recipe of spiced yogurt that goes beautifully with the biryani in the guest post!


ppssstttt : i love the spiced yogurt so much so that i eat it like that as my daily snack! cumin, the spice which i added to my yogurt plays a very importantly role to this gluttony life of mine. cumin is famous for aiding digestion *wink*

Note : if you’re wondering why is my biryani not red, orange or yellow.. ummm, that’s because i refused to use the colorings that are commonly used for biryani just to make it look pretty. instead, i rely on pinches of saffron threads (which you can’t quite see in the pictures) and spoonfuls of tumeric powder :)

  19 Responses to “Guest Post on My Cooking Hut : Chicken Biryani”

  1. Congratulations for such a wonderful guest post!

  2. Yup, Lee Mei is and always will be one of my fave food bloggers. You did you a fantastic job, babe! Beautiful dish and gorgeous photography!

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  4. Hi Sherie,
    Thank you so much for being my guest! It’s truly a pleasure in getting to know you! The Briyani rice is absolutely stunning and yummy! After checking all the spices, I am pretty sure that I can get them easily! So, no excuse!! :)

  5. Just came from LeeMei’s blog. A beautiful blog post you did for LeeMei. I love her blog and lovely to know your blog through hers. You have a lovely blog, too. Love it.

  6. Looks wonderful and wholesome! I’ve yet to make briyani too..been on my todo list too..lol! I have a long to do list…*shake head*..

  7. I have always wanted to make this Indian rice dish….good that you didn’t use colouring at all. Thanks for sharing such a flavourful recipe!

  8. 3hungrytummies + Ju : awww.. thank you dearies! :D

    mycookinghut : hahaha! yes, no more excuses! the pleasure is all mine, Leemei! thanks for having me :)

    Mary : thank you and welcome! hope to ‘see’ u around often!

    faithy : LOL! the list goes on and on and on eh?

    angie : yaaaa, between pretty colors and children, i pick the latter without needing to think at all ;)

  9. Congrats! It’s such a beautiful biryani and looks so inviting against the banana leaf

  10. Wow-Weeeee Sherie!!! Briyani is one of my dream dishes i have always wanted to cook and now i have found one trusted recipe! i will definitely try this one, also i have fresh but frozen banana leaves too…. One question: this recipe is for how many serving? Thank you for sharing this recipe and your Briyani photography is bewitched :)

  11. chicken biryani is no small feat! congrats on the guest post, and your photos are gorgeous. I’m heading over for the recipe :)~

  12. Congrats on the first guest post :)! The Biryani pictures looks absolutely scrumptious…!!

  13. congrats on your first guest post! :)
    the photos look great as usual..

    for me, i just HAVE to have papadam with my briyani, without fail… hehehe.

  14. Hi Sherie, where did u get those saffron threads? are they expensive?
    congrats on ur first guest post! :)

  15. Congrats with the guest post! Lovely dish :)

  16. john : aaahh.. glad my effort to buy the banana leaf wasn’t a wasted one :P

    nina : AH?? Frozen banana leaf??? heheheheeheeee… so cute! :P pardon me.. i very naughty hor.. just because banana leaf is readily available here in SG doesn’t mean i can laugh at your frozen banana leaf! *hmphhh at myself* but yeah, the recipe is good for 2-3 adults dear… or even 4 adults if they are all very small eaters but psssttt, i actually finished it together with my helper! JUST the 2 of us! *faints*

    noobcook + cooking gallery + ellie : aww.. thank you ladies :D

    celest : i know! how could i forget papadam aiyoh! *smacks forehead*

    lina : thank you Lina! i got those saffron threads from Mustafa. they’re imported from Spain. for a mere 1g, i paid $9.90! but quite alright though.. because i managed to cook 6 biryani dinner with it ;)

  17. yup, it does sound funny to be able to buy a fresh but frozen banana leaves. you are allowed to laugh, he,he,he… i think they came from Thailand. Thanks for the further info and i shall try to cook according to your measurement and lets see, if i can beat you to eat for 1 person HAHAHA….

  18. I *heart* Indian dishes a lot! Thanks for tickling my taste buds on such a wonderful biryani dish :)

  19. nina : eat the whole serving yourself?!?! HAHAhhaahhaaa.. not possible i tell ya… unless u weigh 400kg! hardly anyone can beat me when it comes to eating. heheheheheheheee.. but er.. u can try! ;P

    tigerfish: same! indian food is prob one of those cuisine that i’ll be cooking often from now on.. i love spices!!

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