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Indian food can be expensive and time consuming for a home cook (me) that does not have a lot of experience with the cooking techniques and the spices. Not so with Biryanis.  Biryanis are like Indian rice casserole. They can be amazingly simple or very complex. They all follow the same cooking pattern, and require similar ingredients.  If you have rice, an onion, an egg, oil, half a stick of butter, and some spices, you can make a Biryani:

1.)  Make a paste of about a teaspoon each ginger and garlic, or garlic and peppers or just garlic. (I used chopped ginger, garlic and serrano peppers and a hand blender.)

2.)  Wash two cups of rice.

3.)  Chop an onion into large chunks.

4.)  Put some spices and oil in an oven safe pan that has a lid, and saute them for several minutes over medium heat. (You can just use garam masala, which is a combination of Indian spices, or you can use bay leaves, cardomom pods, and pepper.)Image

5.)  Put the onion in the pan with the spices, and saute until it starts to turn brown, for about twelve minutes. (more…)

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1. )  Think pretty seriously about how you eat and how you cook: are you actually going to cook, or are you more likely to eat out?  Are you just cooking for you, or for a family? Would you rather cook and have leftovers, or would you rather have fast recipes–or some combination of the above?  Supposedly, Americans throw out 40% of the food they buy. If you can avoid food waste, you’ll stop seeing dollars with wings, because you’re gluten-free.

2.)  Stop eating red meat and chicken. It’s cheaper, and you won’t stay sick: according to Scientific American, saturated fat can change your gut bacteria so much that it creates colitis if you’re prone to it.  Chicken has become a major source of food poisoning in the U.S., so much so that people like the New York Times’ Mark Bittman recommend that no one eat it. (Eggs, turkey, fish, kefir for the probiotics, and cheese from grass-fed cows seem to be safer sources of animal protein.)

3.)  Each week, cook a pot of rice, and then cool it in the refrigerator.  You can use it throughout the week to make stir fried rice, Indian biryanis, and rice salads, or just use it as breakfast cereal or the carbohydrate for any meal. (more…)

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