My local cooking crash course continues…..I learned to make biryani this week in preparation for pasaka. Biryani is an Indian inspired dish (that is very different here then the kind I have had stateside). It includes basmati rice, meat, spices, and tons of oil. Seriously….like a vat! I do not even want to know how terrible it is for you. But as Jason says “that is why it freakin’ rocks!!” I have wanted to learn to make this for a while and thought Easter was the perfect opportunity since it is a special day meal and we were having friends over for dinner. I now know why although it is a very popular food not every woman knows how to make it. It costs a lot for the ingredients and takes a long time to make (this is also why women here cook in packs…makes a lot of sense to me!) Two fabulous women; Hadija and Asha, from my neighborhood were “on it” when they heard I wanted to learn. They came over days prior to give me lists of necessary market buys and then came by the day before to check and make sure I was indeed going to get everything. They were fabulous teachers and pretty much did most of the labor between me having to nurse and tend to Evy and keep Anni from killing herself (or meltdown) while running around with about 6 watoto that showed up to make the morning a bit more crazy. Well, full disclosure…..that and my local cooking skills continue to puzzle the women here who can virtually cook for an army with one knife, one pot, and a charcoal stove. I took some pictures to document the process (and to help me to remember how to make it). I must say it was absolutely yummy but with the work required I am thinking we will only have it for Christmas and Easter (much to Jason’s chagrin-pole sana!). It was yummy though!!
start with meat…in this case beef bought at the local butcher and then washed & cut up into small chunks. Add freshly pounded ginger and garlic, then lime, and salt (to tenderize it) some water and boil.