Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Veggie Takeaway Day - Kashmiri Biryani and Tomato Bharta

One of those days when you just want a break from work, watch cartoons, and order greasy takeaway foods. For lunch, a Kashmiri biryani which is sweeter than the usual Hyderabadi biryani and with chunks of pineapple (YUM! But since when did Kashmir become synonymous with a tropical fruit like pineapples?!). It was served with a yoghurt raita (thrown away) and a spicy pea-based gravy and a papad.

Kashmiri Biryani
Kashmiri Biryani

Kashmiri Biryani
Kashmiri Biryani
Kashmiri Biryani
Kashmiri Biryani
Kashmiri Biryani

Tomato Bharta
Tomato Bharta - roughly translated as a roasted tomato stew -  was a first time try for me. You usually hear of its more famous cousin - the Baingan Bharta (Eggplant Stew). What I was yearning for was Pav Bhaji but that would mean dollops of butter in the bhaji and the bread, so figured I try out some other tomato dish. Good thing too - This was delicious! You could smell the smokey flavor from the roasted tomatoes and had a nice tangy flavor!
Tomato Bharta (Roasted Tomato Stew)
Tomato Bharta (Roasted Tomato Stew)
Tomato Bharta (Roasted Tomato Stew)


Mateja ^_^ said...

In my family, we are all have a weakness for Biryani! This one looks so darn yummy! Thank you for sharing!

You asked me abou black nigela seeds. I India they call them kalonji, I think. These seeds not just look pretty on food, they are really healtyh too! You can read more about black nigela seeds here: http://www.theepicentre.com/Spices/nigella.html

Hope this helps and have a nice day :)

Suchitra Vaidyaram said...

ah, I am literally drooling looking at the food- Never eaten kashmiri biryani and boy it looks sumptuous-

Anu Santanu said...

Wow, never tasted Kashmiri Biryani.. I love Biryanis.. Looks so delicious with the tomato bharta..

Happy When Not Hungry said...

This looks so delicious and fresh! Yum!

The Farmer's Wife said...

This look so yummy! I love all the beautiful colors in this dish!

Dream of cakes said...

I never tried biryani before. I think I will give your recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!

Kankana said...

This is an absolutely new dish to me , mainly the tomato Bharta. It loooks soo amazingly yummy .. have to try ...

Kate @ Diethood.com said...

Wow that looks delicious! Such beautiful colors and flavors - would love to have a bite! or a whole bowl! :)

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely combination looks wonderful

Raw_Girl said...

Matega - Thanks! Always helpful!

Eftychia - Actually I didnt post a recipe. I just ordered in :)

Anu - I had the biryani for lunch and the tomato bharta for dinner along with some tandoori bread

Thanks everyone for commenting:)

Elizabeth said...

wow, I bet that is really good. I'd be in trouble if I ate it I'm afraid. I don't do so well on cooked foods.
Peace & Raw Health,

Jill Colonna said...

Sounds like a good idea for the menu tonight!

Unknown said...

This looks like a tasty recipe. Would you like to link it to Let's Do Lunch? Thanks.


Ami's Vegetarian said...

wow looks so yummy, where to get the recipe.....mouth watering dishes

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