Biryani is A celebratory, Elegant rice & Meat dish that can be time consuming to prepare. But IF you have left over Rogan JoSh you have done the hard work and can make this one pot meal pretty quickly, even enjoying it as weekday pleasure.
1/4 cup high-heat neutral oil
1 yellow onion, sliced into skinny strips
2 cups high quality indian basmati rice, presoaked in 4 cups water for 30 minutes
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 a recipe of fully cooked Rogan josh, fresh or previously frozen (roughly 1.5 lbs meat in about 1 cup of liquid)
optional:1/2 cup of finely chopped mint and/or cilantro leaves
1/4 cup of hot whole milk or water
a pinch of saffron, about 15 strands
Step 1. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2. Fry the onions in oil over medium-high heat until very dark brown, ensuring that they don't turn black. Set Aside. This process is similar to making an onion baghar, but you don't pour in the oil. Watch here.
Step 3. in a Dutch oven, heat the rogan josh. remove from heat and stir in the fresh mint/cilantro. Set Aside.
step 4. Drain the rice. place in a large saucepan with 4 cups of water, lemon juice, salt and olive oil. Boil for 2 minutes and drain.
Step 5. Layer the rice evenly on top of the rogan josh.
Step 6. Steep the saffron in the hot milk/water for five minutes. spread over the rice
Step 7. garnish with the fried onions.
Step 8. Cover tightly around the rim with a double layer of foil and secure the lid firmly on top. Cook for 20 minutes until rice is fully cooked and fluffy.
Blend slightly and Serve Directly from the pot.