Describe a food menu/dish you know how to cook.
You should say:
- what menu/dish it is
- what ingredients are required to cook it
- where or how you learned to cook it
and explain how you cook this food menu/dish.
Today, I would like to talk about one of the popular food dishes in Malaysia, which I don’t only enjoy eating, but also know how to cook.
The name of this food dish is called “Nasi Biryani”. It is a rice dish flavoured with spices and rose water. The word “nasi” means rice in Malay. By the way, the aromatic rice (ie. Basmati rice) is the base for all kinds of meat biryanis. Of course, one can also serve it separately, topped with his or her choice of curries. But as far as my nasi biryani is concerned, I prefer it separately with my choice of curries on top of it.
Anyway, the ingredients, needed to cook this dish, may include ingredients like vegetable oil, 3 large shallots (peeled and thinly sliced), butter, cinnamon stick, 2 'star anise', 3 cardamom pods, 6 cloves, 500 gm basmati rice, 80 gm golden raisins, 2½ cups water, 1 teaspoon of salt, ground turmeric, rose essence or kewra (an extract from pandanus flowers) water, and finally, and some toasted cashew nuts.
Anyway, after learning about its cooking methods from my sister, I have cooked this delicious dish many times. To cook this dish, first, fry sliced shallots in vegetable oil until they get a golden colour. In the same pot, fry all the spices, mentioned above, in melted butter, for about 1 to 2 minutes until the fragrance starts to come out. Then, boil the rice in water after adding golden raisins in it. Later, add some salt with them and cook them in medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes until all water is absorbed is required. Then, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and let cook for another 5 minutes. Finally, mix ground turmeric with 1 tablespoon hot water in a small cup while mixing rose essence or kewra water within another. Now sprinkle both mixtures onto the rice and fluff rice gently with a spatula. Cover and allow the rice to sit for another 10 minutes. Garnish the cooked rice with fried onions and cashew nuts. Your delicious "nasi biryani" should be ready to be served now!