Cape Biryani/Breyani Recipe

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  1. Preheat oven to 325 deg F/160 deg Celsius.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Mix together the buttermilk, cilantro, cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, ground coriander, masala and hot pepper. Pour over chicken pieces and marinate 3 hours or overnight.
  3. Parboil rice in 2 cups water for 20 minutes, and drain well.
  4. Simmer lentils in 2 cups water water for 20 minutes, and drain well.
  5. Heat a fair amount of oil in a saucepan, and fry onion and potatoes until softened. Add the cinnamon, ground coriander, cardamom seeds, cumin and saffron (or sub with a good pinch turmeric) and cook, stirring, for a minute. Set aside.
  6. Layer half the rice, followed by half each of of the lentils, and the spiced potatoes and onion in an ovenproof dish. Top with the chicken.
  7. Repeat the layers with the remaining ingredients, top with saffron/turmeric water, and cover it all with tinfoil and a tight-fitting lid.
  8. Bake for 1 1/2 - 2 hours or until chicken and rice are cooked through.
  9. Garnish with quarters of hardboiled eggs and sprinkle with cilantro/coriander leaves.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 754.37 Kcal (3158 kJ)
Calories from fat 493.33 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 54.81g 84%
Cholesterol 215.61mg 72%
Sodium 157.6mg 7%
Potassium 707.09mg 15%
Total Carbs 43.09g 14%
Sugars 5.55g 22%
Dietary Fiber 10.22g 41%
Protein 23.78g 48%
Vitamin C 4.4mg 7%
Vitamin A 0.5mg 18%
Iron 16.1mg 89%
Calcium 125.9mg 13%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 246.75 Kcal (1033 kJ)
Calories from fat 161.36 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17.93g 84%
Cholesterol 70.52mg 72%
Sodium 51.55mg 7%
Potassium 231.28mg 15%
Total Carbs 14.09g 14%
Sugars 1.82g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3.34g 41%
Protein 7.78g 48%
Vitamin C 1.4mg 7%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 18%
Iron 5.3mg 89%
Calcium 41.2mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 18.9
  • 20

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • good source of fiber

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