Shrimp and Asparagus Biryani
Amazing recipe for Shrimp and Asparagus Biryani. You're going to be wanting thirds with this one!
Ingredients
For the Rice Portion:
  • 2 cups of rice rinsed well. I recommend basmati style rice. I also used brown basmati
  • 10 cups of water
  • 6 whole black peppercorns optional
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
For the Shrimp and Asparagus Curry Portion:
  • 1 lb of shrimp cleaned
  • 1 lb of sliced asparagus
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of buttermilk milk
  • 12-15 fresh leaves
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4-5 dry chilies broken
  • 6-10 whole black peppercorns optional
  • 6 green cardamoms pods
  • 3 black cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon of canola oil
Instructions
For the Rice Portion:
  1. Start by parboiling the rice. You will want to wash and drain 2 cups of rice then add black peppercorns, cloves, green cardamoms, bay leaves and cinnamon stick.
  2. Bring about 10 cups of water a boil then add the rice and ingredients listed above for the rice. Once boiling allow to cook for 6-10 minutes. I suggest cooking the white rice for about 6 minutes and the brown rice for about 10 minutes. Once the rice is somewhat cooked, but not fully, drain in a colander/strainer and set aside.
For the the Shrimp and Asparagus Curry Portion:
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in the same pan you cooked the rice (to keep it one pot). Add the curry leaves, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, red chili pods, cloves, cardamom and black peppercorns (optional). Fry for 1 minute. Then add onions and asparagus. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the ground spices (coriander, turmeric, curry powder) and salt. Fry for 30-45 seconds. Then add the buttermilk and shrimp.
  3. When shrimp starts to turn pink (but is not fully cooked) turn off stove. Taste for seasoning.
  4. Butter a baking dish and layer some of the parboiled rice on the bottom. Then layer some of the shrimp and asparagus. Make sure you get some gravy on top of the rice. Layer with rice and shrimp and finish off with a rice on top. Pour gravy from the curry over the rice.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a tight fitting lid or tin foil over the baking dish to trap all the steam. Cook in the oven for 35 minutes. Once cooked, allow the dish to sit covered for additional 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Recipe and Photo Credit to Curry and Comfort