I love learning about new cultures, and food is one of the best (and most fun) ways I can think of to learn. This month's challenge was a great one for helping me learn about a food and culture which I knew little about. The thing is, I knew almost nothing about the dish, either!! For some reason I had thought that biryani was some sort of bread-type Indian food. It isn't. It is a rice dish. Which is a good thing, since rice dished are pretty much always enjoyed in my house, and making a vegetarian, dairy free version wouldn't be an issue. Grace supplied us with five tempting recipes from which to choose. While only one met with our vegetarian requirement, I was pretty sure I would be able to adapt others if I chose. Then I found this recipe for tofu biryani and decided that was what I would make. I did make a few alterations, but not as many as I feared I would, so, score!!
I would like to give a special thank you to my sister over at CMomCook for supplying me with some of the key ingredients so I could pull this together just under the wire...!
The veggies sauteing, with the whole spices:
The sauce simmered down with the tofu:
Layered up with some saffron infused water on top:
When Hubby walked into the house his first comment was "Wow, it smells good in here!" It smelled like Indian food! He and I loved the biryani. The girls, not so much, but I think that had to do with the heat level rather than the flavor. I would like to try this again with toned down spices and see what they think. Either way, it is something I am going to have to make again!
Thank you, Grace, for introducing me to a new food and a new culture!
Check out what my fellow Daring Cooks made this month - it is truly mouthwatering!