The Grocery List - Indian Chicken Biryani

Indian Chicken Biryani Grocery List

From supermarket:

5 lb. chicken bone-in leg quarters (legs and thighs)
3" peeled ginger, peeled
3 limes
3 tomatoes
4 large white onion
2 small handfuls cilantro, chopped
1 1/2 heads garlic, peeled
7 tsp salt
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp turmeric
4 cups plus 2 Tbsp plain yogurt
1/4 cup plus 4tsp vegetable oil
3 Tbsp butter
9 eggs
Huge aluminum baking dish (20”x12”x3”)
extra large rice cooker or 16x12x3” aluminum baking pan
Extra wide aluminum foil

From Indian market*:

1 package Shan brand "Special Bombay Biryani"
2 tsp super hot Indian chili powder
4 whole mace pieces
10 green cardamom pods
17 whole cloves
2 1/2 whole star anise
13 pieces Indian cinnamon bark (small, thin 1” pieces)
3 black cardamom pods
1 tsp black cumin
5 bay leaves
4 bay leaves
pinch red-orange food color powder (999 brand or Shwad brand)
16 super hot Thai green chilis (size of pinky finger, very hot)
1/2 cup raw cashews
8 cups basmati rice

*Indian Market Info

Sudha and her Indian friends often buy for each other when one of them goes to an Indian market in Boston or New York. The spices, she says, are freshest there, which makes sense because of the high volume of shoppers. Here are three stores to try. Find the nearest Indian market by state here. Or try ordering ingredients online.

Subzi Mandi
1518 Oak Tree Rd. #B
Iselin, NJ

Masala Mahal
798 Main Street
South Portland, ME

Waltham India Grocery
337 Moody St. 
Waltham, MA

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