Gulkand or Rose Petal preserve is a power packed little treat. Not only is it delicious as a spread, but is also a potent herbal remedy in Ayurvedic Indian medicine. It is often prescribed as a cooling tonic in the summers and as a digestive aid.
Rose Petal Preserve (Gulkand)
A delicious preserve made with rose petals, sugar and a hint of cardamom. Use on toast, in a milk shake or eat straight off a spoon.
Mesmerising, elegant and super easy to make – Entertaining friends at home? Make this pink champagne cocktail infused with rosebuds and garnished with persian fairy floss pashmak expect some raised eyebrows looking fairy-like and tasting beyond yummy! Kids birthday party? Make special fun drinks for kids using the fairy floss they will love it
Author: Parya Zaghand from Saffron and More
a fewslices of lime
Rose petalsfor topping
Combine all ingredients for the cocktail
Rim glass with lime slice then dip in sugar or salt.
It is believed that the Mughals from Persia first introduced Biryani to India 400 years ago. Since then this dish has evolved into a number of regional versions. The gloriously delicious Hyderabadi style Chicken Biryani is made by layering marinated chicken with spiced parboiled rice, then cooking the whole thing in it’s own juices on low heat.
Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani Recipe
Biryani is a much loved Indian dish made by steam-cooking layers of meat/veg and rice in their own juices. It does take time to make which is why it is usually made on special occasions. While there are many ways to make a Biryani, this particular recipe comes from the historic city of Hyderabad in Southern India. There are three parts to this recipe. First, marinade the meat. Second, par boil the rice. Third, layer the meat and rice and cook in it’s own steam.
Dutch oven or 12 cm deep pot with a well fitting lid
1kitSpicecraft Hyderabadi Biryani Spice Kit
1wholeChicken size 12cut into 12-14 pieces
400gramsBasmati Ricegood quality
1 bunchFresh Mint leaves
1 bunchFresh Coriander leaves
1cupPlain Greek Yogurt
4tbspCanola or sunflower oilfragrance free
2tbspGhee or Butter
Roughly chop coriander and mint leaves.
In a large bowl combine 1 cup yogurt with the spice mixes in Biryani Marinade Spices 1 sachet.
Next mix in the spices from Biryani Marinade Spices 2 sachet.
Add in half of the chopped mint, half of the chopped coriander and the juice of half a lemon
Add 1 tsp of salt and 3 tbsp of oil and mix well. For extra heat, add finely chopped green chillies at this point.
Now combine the chicken and the marinade and toss everything together to ensure all pieces are evenly coated
Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, ideally overnight.
Soak 400g Basmati rice in water for an hour.
(Optional) A pinch of saffron can add a bit of extra oomph to your Biryani. Steep the saffron threads on 2 tbsp warm milk for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C fan forced.
Add spices from the Rice Spice Mix sachet to a large saucepan.
Add 1 tbsp oil and 2 liters of boiling water to the saucepan.
Check the water for saltiness. It should be salty like the sea. If not, add more salt. This step is very important to ensure the rice is properly flavoured. The salt will be rinsed away later.
Drain the rice that's been soaking underwater. Carefully add it into the boiling water. Stir once, then allow the rice to cook on high heat for 4 mins.
After 4 mins, turn off the heat and strain the parboiled rice discarding the water. It is very important to not overcook the rice to avoid a gluggy Biryani.You now have fragrant, gently spiced riced all ready for layering.
Assemble 3 layers of the Biryani. LAYER 1Evenly layer pieces of marinated chicken at the bottom of a deep and heavy pot. Unlike other forms of Biryani that first cook the chicken, our Hyderabadi version uses raw chicken for layering.
Sprinkle half of the remaining mint and coriander over the chicken.
LAYER 2Gently spread the parboiled rice over the chicken in an even layer. Do not press down on the rice.
(Optional) Sprinkle the saffron milk over the rice if using.
LAYER 3This final layer is made by spreading fried onions, mint, coriander and ghee over the rice. Even sprinkle fried onions from the sachet over the rice.
Next spread the remaining mint and coriander
Finally drizzle 2 tbsp ghee or melted butter as the final step of this assembly.
Cover the pot with aluminium foil and put the lid on. The Biryani is ready to go into the oven.Cook the Biryani in the oven for 1 hour at 170 degrees C with the lid tightly secure.
Carefully take the pot out of the oven and allow to stand for 15 mins with the lid on. Remove the lid and foil just before serving.
LAMB BIRYANI: This recipe works equally well with Lamb instead of Chicken. Use 1 kg lamb, fat trimmed, cut into 5 cm pieces. Remember to add an extra half cup of water over the rice in Layer 2.
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DINE LIKE YOU’RE IN OLD DELHI
A melting pot of mouth watering cuisines, exotic smells and mesmerising monuments – the ancient Indian capital of Delhi is a literal feast for the senses. It is also the birthplace of a favourite Indian dish: butter chicken. Lucky Aussies can get an authentic taste of this iconic dish in their own kitchen, thanks to Spicecraft, a home delivery meal kit service.
Created by food-loving Australian Indian couple, who managed to convince the chefs at the original Delhi restaurant that birthed the dish to divulge their recipe. The easy to prepare Butter Chicken meal kits are home delivered, helping even truly clueless cooks to whip up a butter chicken to be proud of.
Ever wonder why food made with jars and packets from the supermarket never tastes as good as the real thing? It is all about the quality of ingredients and freshness of spices. You can’t make beautiful Indian food without quality ingredients.
At Spicecraft we carefully source our ingredients from trusted suppliers from around the world depending on where they grow best.
No artificial flavours, colours or preservatives ever.
Consider the spices that go into the marinade. Kashmiri red chilli gives the dish it’s vibrant red colour and a deep smoky heat without being fiery hot. This chilli is grown in the northern parts of India.
Mace and Cardamom found in Butter Chicken Sauce Pack 2 are all about fragrance and flavour. These aromatic spices go in later in the cooking process to preserve their delicate essence.
Then you have the earthy punchiness of Fenugreek leaves
Fenugreek leaves (called Kasuri Methi in Hindi) have a slightly bitter taste. This is essential to create that distinctive balance of flavours that makes Butter Chicken one of the best loved curries in the world.
The salt in the spice mixes is Himalayan rock salt known for its purity and health benefits.
For the Saffron Rice we give you a small pinch of Grade 1 Persian Sargol saffron – the most expensive spice in the world, and aged Premium long grained Basmati Rice grown only in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Sargol Saffron comes from Iran and costs more than pure Gold by weight. This is because this grade consists only of the deep red tips of the stamens of saffron flowers.
Extracting and preserving these strands is a careful and time consuming process. It takes over 100,000 individual saffron flowers to make a single gram of the spice.
Fortunately just a few threads of this potent spice are enough to infuse our rice with that golden glow.
Basmati Rice is the quiet hero of the Spicecraft Butter Chicken Meal kit. Cooked properly it is the perfect vehicle for enjoying your Butter Chicken.
Much like fine wine, premium quality Basmati Rice improves with age. The crop is stored in grain silos for up to 2 years before hitting the market. The aging process gives the grains a creamy yellow colour. This makes for perfectly cooked rice that is aromatic, long grained, light and fluffy.
Each spice in the kit tells a story. They are then blended in exactly the right proportion to take you to Butter Chicken perfection.
A delicious version of Butter Chicken made with vegan/vegetarian ingredients. Perfect if you avoid animal products or if you are trying to get some extra veggies in.
‘Paneer Makhani’, as the traditional Indian vegetarian version is known, is almost as popular as actual Butter Chicken in the subcontinent. It is made using Indian cottage cheese called Paneer, available in the dairy section of all Australian supermarkets.
But really you can use tofu, tempeh, soy protein, chickpeas and any number of veggies. Our favourite vegan option uses roasted cauliflower. Absolutely sensational!
Spicecraft kits come with the 13 herbs and spices pre-portioned for this dish. We add in different spices at different stages of cooking to build layers of flavour.