Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Bottling and biryani

Bottling up honey. I'm keeping the packaging and labelling simple because the honey is what it's all about. Besides that, my graphic design skills are non-existent.

Sweet potato and red lentil soup

Our dinner last night , sweet potato and lentil soup. This one certainly ticks the budget meals box, costing about $2.00 to feed four of us and have left overs to stir though pasta for lunch today. Even if sweet potatoes weren't on special at the greengrocers, this would still be a cheap meal.

Tonight's dinner was still on the cheap side but no less tasty maybe even more so. My estimate of the cost is $6 to serve the four of us. Unfortunately this time though, there are no leftovers. It is an easy dish to make too which is always a bonus.

Chicken Biryani
1.5 cups basmati rice
2 and 1/4 cups water
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2cm ginger, grated
1 chicken breast fillet, cut in 2cm dice
1/2 tsp dried chilli
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
150mL plain yoghurt
3 tbs sultanas
Combine rice and water in saucepan and cook covered on medium heat for 10 minutes.Drain if needed.
Heat oil in a large saucepan and stir fry onion until softened.
Add garlic and spices and cook for a couple of minutes.
Stir in chicken and allow to cook for a few minutes.
Stir in yoghurt and sultanas and heat through.
Place rice on top of the chicken mix. Cover the pot with a tea towel and then the pot lid.
Allow to cook on a low heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
Remove lid(careful of the steam) and stir to combine the rice and sauce.
Serve with salad (I used tomatoes, cucumber, onions and mint tonight) and a raita.

Wow, that is harder to type than to make.


Val said...

I love the photo of your honey. My grandfather was a beekeeper, and I want to be, as well, someday.

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Ooo YUM Tracy, it all looks great :)

Damo said...

Love biryani, made a jalfrezi at the weekend which was great.

Damo said...

Love biryani, made a jalfrezi at the weekend which was great.

Fiona said...

I agree... fresh honey speaks for itself.... do you sell off the beeswax? The chicken biryani looks great.. the sort of meal I love...

Kimberley Atkinson said...

Looks delicious! One child would eat the soup ; possibly one or two the chicken and one would not eat either of those! (picky eater!) wow your own honey - very cool!! I love honey comb - do you get that too?