Sin-A-Mon Tales

A chronicle of my kitchen experiments, a little healthy a little indulgent

Bread Kofta Biryani and more

I love biryanis and I often claim that veg biryani is a term meant to make vegetarians happy and there is no such thing like that, its just a modified form of pulao but then once in a while a recipe like this comes and proves me wrong 😉

When I first saw this sometime ago in Tarala Dala’s book it excited me because I love both koftas and biryanis and a combination of that excellent isnt it 😉

As usual I tweaked the recipe a little to suit what I want and here is how I made it..


For the bread koftas

  • 4 bread slices (I took the 5 grain bread)
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped onions
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped
  • 2 tsp curds
  • 1/2 carrot grated
  • 1 tbsp soya flour
  • salt to taste
  • some oil

For the rice

  • 1 cup long grained rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1″ cinnamon stick
  • 2 cardamom
  • 2 cloves
  • salt to taste

For the gravy

  • 2 cloves
  • 1″ cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup sliced onions
  • 1 tsp chilli poweder
  • 2 tsp coriander-cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup tomatoes sliced
  • 1/2 cup curds
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 1/4 cup carrot grated
  • 1/4 cup cabbage grated
  • 2 tsp pil
  • salt to taste

To be mixed together for curd mixture

  • 4 tbsp curds
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint
  • 2 tbsp chopped corrainder
  • 2 tbsp water


For the bread koftas

  • Combine all the ingredients except oil with some water and mix well
  • Shape the mixture into 15-20 even sized rounds.
  • Now u can deep fry the koftas or bake them at 180C for about 15 mins or till brown or fry them with a drop of oil in my fav paniyaram pan 😀

For the rice

  • Clean, wash and soak rice for approx 15 mins
  • Boil 2 cups of water, add the bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and salt and then add the rice
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pan and cook till the rice is done
  • Seperate each grain of rice with a fork. Keep aside

For the gravy

  • Heat oil in a pan and add the cloves and cinnamon
  • Add the onions and saute till golden brown
  • Add all the dry masalas and saute for 1 min
  • Add the tomatoes and cook for 5-7 minutes till oil seperates
  • Add the curds, mix well and simmer for further 5 minutes
  • Add all the veggies and mix well. Keep aside

For the final assembly

  • Spoon out the gravy at the bottom of a baking dish
  • Top with bread koftas and cover with cooked rice
  • Top with curds mixture
  • Cover with a lid or aluminium foil and bake in a pre heated over at 200C for 15-20 mins. Serve hot

The changes I made to the recipe were basically that I added some veggies and soya flour to the koftas and lots of veggies to the gravy… makes it more healthier… and yes didnt deep fry the koftas as suggested and also used much less than what was suggested by the recipe.

What I absolutely loved about this recipe was the fact that this is a true one pot meal not even curd needs to be served along as the top layer is just that

Wanna have a bite with all the layers?

Apart from this so nice of u guys this time to ask where have I been missing since a week… life has been very busy, in the baking class, coming home and practising… It was also N’s birthday last week and we planned a party for him and another friend who had her birthday last saturday and did lots of rain dance 😉 and I baked two cakes for the same… they were yumm and were totally polished off 😀 😀

Mocha Black Forest

Chocolate Sacher Cake

Both the cakes were yummy and were polished off by a gang of 10 people….

What fun that party was and then for the day his actual birthday falls on I planned a surprise family dinner for him with his sister, cousin a few close friends… the higlight of that party was the cake too but this I didnt bake it… I ordered it and u have to see it to understand what I mean

A picture cake with a family collage

Apart from that I have been very busy in one more thing and that is the fashion show that I took part in…  About a month or so back a friend called me saying her friend who is a final year student in JD Institute of Tech is doing a collection for plus size women and will I be interested in walking the ramp for her…. I didn’t think of it much and said yes why not… a sweetheart of a girl came and took my measurements of the dress, showed me a couple of designs and I choose one and then all was forgotten about it till a week or so back when she called saying that we have to come for rehearsals and Rahul Dev Shetty is the one who is choreographing it and there are the likes of Jacky Shetty and Pashmina Barker along with a whole of lot of other models walking for the other segments that I started getting shivers…. 😉 The last time I had walked the ramp was when I was 15 yrs younger and 1/4 the current size…

But Rahul and others did everything to make us all (the plus size models who were all regular women) comfortable and confident and we did walk the ramp after all… It was so much fun… I totally enjoyed myself…

And these are the details for all of those have been asking after seeing the pic on FB, I hope I didnt disappoint those who were asking the designer name 😉

So how has life been with u?

23 comments on “Bread Kofta Biryani and more

  1. Pal
    May 22, 2010

    Ohh, lovely lovely!!!! Must try it out sometime!!

    • Rakesh
      May 22, 2010

      Where is Swaram? Why is she not first? 😛

      • Swaram
        May 23, 2010

        Ohhh someone is taking my name …. oh am I glad or what 😛 😛

  2. What a fabulous recipe! Like you, I too firmly believe that there is no such thing as a veg biriyani, but this looks absolutely yum!!

    And woo hoo about the ramp modelling! About time we plus-size women were taken notice of!

  3. Shruti
    May 22, 2010

    That looks abs Yummy. I am a regular kind of a cook. Love to eat.. but blank when it comes to thinking or suggesting recipies. Will def try this for sure 🙂

    N hi-5 for the ramp walk. U look abs FAB n what a confidence booster.

  4. Shilpa
    May 22, 2010

    wow….. ramp walk… that sounds really cool…. hi5 on that 🙂
    and recipes …. my taste buds have been rekindled… should try this… 😛

  5. Smitha
    May 22, 2010

    Wow, Monika! I can’t stop drooling over these! I will definitely be trying the bread kofta biryani – it sounds yum!

    And the cake, I love the picture collage cake! It is such a wonderfil idea!

    As for ramp walking – I think you looked awesome! What confidence, and what style!

  6. Rakesh
    May 22, 2010

    Wow, after such a post, you ask us How has life been with u? Is that a teasing question coz. our life hasn’t been half as interesting 😀

    Go Monika, you really looked just like your Biryani 😉 !!! Go figure 😛

  7. Niveditha
    May 23, 2010

    Why… Why Christ Why am I overweight?! And feel absolutely sinful to even look at these pics! I’m literally drooling!

  8. Swaram
    May 23, 2010

    Finally, I get to know the story behind that dress … I ws abt to call u and ask u abt it he he he 😉
    U look gorgeous Mon .. I luved luved luved the colour esp. 😀

    And most of the hotels in Blr serve Biryani almost similar to Pulao 😛 😛 But even the simple veg. biryani tastes so del here … the layers, the saffron … wow!!!!

    Cakes … yummmmmmmm!!!!!!!! Drooling over them 😀

    Happy birthday to N and V 🙂 🙂 🙂

  9. Shankari
    May 23, 2010

    Biryani and the cakes look awesome! Can you post the recipe for the cake also, if its not too much trouble?

    You look AWESOME on the ramp and the dress totally suits you! Great going! I was on the blog and everyone kept talking about some dress, suddenly remembered where I can see the snap 🙂 so went, checked out and you totally rock!!!! 🙂

  10. Pixie
    May 24, 2010

    The recipe is yum! is there an alternative for the baking-in-the-oven part? I so wanna try this recipe out!!

    The ramp walk sounded great Monu! 🙂
    And you looked stunning in that pic! 🙂

    Happy Belated Birthday wishes to N! The Cake is beautiful! its also very innovative 🙂

  11. Jyothi
    May 24, 2010

    I will definitely try this out this weekend. Looks yummy. The cakes look delicious. I am thinking of learning how to bake. Could you help me? Where should I start and what should I make first?

    Plus size wear, do let me know where to get good ones! I am tired of searching… 🙂

  12. Deeps
    May 24, 2010

    Its so mouth-watering, Monika! I will definitely try the bread kofta biriyani. Looks really delicious!

  13. hitchwriter
    May 24, 2010

    Sigh life has been good… but after reading your post !!!! lol I have a complex !!!! 😛 😛 😛

    nevertheless I wanted to have this recipe… badly… I will now transfer it to Hetal !!!!! 😛 😛 😛

  14. tikulicious
    May 25, 2010

    wow!! this is something I am going to try soooon. always lookin out for new ideas and your blog is my favorite 🙂
    thanks for sharing this delight Monika

  15. lifeslikethatonly
    May 25, 2010

    ooooooo…. those cakes look yummylicious… am going to head over to your place soon and make you teach me how to make them… pls pretty pls


  16. incidentalcooksuman
    May 28, 2010

    bumped in here for the first time…nice blog…kofta biryani sounds interesting and to try this one soon…thanks for sharing this!

  17. maald
    June 1, 2010

    Soy is a thyroid suppressant . Oprah Winfrey promoted Soy and she is now hypo-thyroid. It lowers your metabolic rate and you end up walking the ramp for plus size women 🙂 Coconut has just the opposite effect – it is proven to increase your metabolism.

    In societies where Soy is traditionally consumed, they use some fermentation technique – Tempeh and Miso are examples.

    • maald
      June 6, 2010

      I need to complete this comment — fermentation (a process similar to keeping dosa batter overnight) removes the thyroid damaging qualities of Soy.

  18. Smitha
    June 1, 2010

    Trying this today, Mon. I am drooling , just looking at the ingredients 🙂

  19. Swati
    June 17, 2010

    Slurp !

  20. Reema
    July 7, 2010

    Ooohhh modeling!! u used to model 15 yrs ago?
    the cake is awesome…how were those photos put? are those real photos stuck on the cake?
    hey have u seen Julie and Julia? Must see for a cook like u!

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