I get weird looks when I say egg biryani even amongst Arabs. I guess it’s technically not traditional, but it has all the traditional elements. In Bahrain, we do like putting boiled eggs into our biryanis, especially into our meat biryanis. Not many people, however, would make one with just eggs.
I like it because it’s wonderful when you don’t have fresh or defrosted meat or chicken, and it’s wonderful in terms of time, too. I’d say with all the chopping, this takes just half an hour. For a really decent lunch or dinner, I don’t think that’s bad at all.
It’s also wonderful because it’s a good one to use up leftovers for. If you’ve got some roasted potatoes on hand from last night’s dinner, and some extra rice, you can use them up here.
You will need:
- 1 cup cooked rice
- Four eggs
- One red onion
- A handful of potatoes
- Two tomatoes
- Two cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp tumeraic
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder
First, prep everything. Cook off your rice, boil your potatoes and eggs. When I was taking photographing the recipe for this post, I made the yolks a little too runny, but honestly, that just seeps into the rice and makes it moist and delicious. Try to have it be just-set, that’s ideal. It’ll cook further when layered with everything else.
Once everything is ready, fry off your onions in a little olive oil and, once they start picking up colour, add your spices and garlic. Once everything is incorporated and fragrant, add your chopped tomatoes and coriander.
Once it’s cooked down a little, remove half the mixture and set aside. Flatten the sauce down on the base of the pan and add some water to ensure that it doesn’t burn (a little charring is a good thing). Then add half the potatoes, then half the amount of rice on top.
Add the rest of the tomato and onion mixture and flatten on top of the rice. Then add your eggs and the rest of your potatoes. Finally, add the rest of the rice and flatten it down. Cover and put on a low heat for 10 minutes.
I’d suggest serving this by turning it inside-out onto a plate — it’s a great one for the centre of the table. This is enough for two, but if you’d like more, double the recipe.
As always, bilafiya (well wishes and wellbeing)