Though it's hard to imagine now, there was a time when I used to live with just one saucepan in the kitchen!! Enter my Bangalore days. The life purpose of that saucepan was to create countless happy Maggi noodles memories for me and my friends. Sometimes we were so exhausted at the end of the day, even to decide which place to go and eat, we’d have some small chits of paper with names of nearby restaurants stored in a dhaba (container) ready to decide the fate of our tummies. I'm sure you’ve also had similar memories of your college days :)
Well, another reason for Maggi meals was that none of us had a clue about cooking, except for my friend Divya. She was our official masterchef! One day, we were invited to a friends place, with a special condition. We had to make a biriyani! They promised to get all the ingredients, but cooking was left to us. Since it was a break from our usual weekend hopping of Brigade road and Commercial street, we happily accepted the challenge. Our only confidence was our faith in Divya's cooking!
As soon as we reached the place, we got into full cooking mode, Divya being the main cook and the rest of us rallied behind her with full support. We had so much of fun that day, it was more like on-the-job-training ;) I remember the experiment being successful and we actually enjoyed the homemade biriyani (… who wouldn’t after regular doses of Maggi noodles and other restaurant food!?).
So when I made this biriyani, the other day, all those memories came rushing to me. The reason is… this is more like a bachelor's cooking recipe and not the traditional kind of biriyani. I was feeling a bit lazy and wanted to make something, that's quick. That's when I thought of a pressure cooker biriyani. These days whenever I'm feeling lazy to cook, I end up using pressure cooker to make some kind of biriyani, it's easy to clean up and not much standing around stirring and mixing.
This is a an easy recipe as far as biriyani recipes goes. The flavour was nice and the highlight is you need to wash just the cooker ;) This is a good recipe if you want to entertain somebody on a short notice or without much effort (isn’t it like that every time?). Also you can make this in advance and store in fridge, so it's good for a long weekend too. You can have homemade food, without slogging in the kitchen. I guess I've given you enough reasons to try this recipe, so what are you waiting for?