Chicken Biryani with Parmesan Spinach Cakes

Chicken Biryani with Parmesan Spinach Cakes

Posted 2017-09-14 by finyfollow

The chicken is basically a curried chicken only in this recipe I made my own curry powder! I added red cabbage and apples to the top of this and this gave a very delectable crunch and addition to the chicken.

The spinach cakes were more delicious when heated up the next day with a slice of cheese on top of them.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 65 minutes
Serves: 2 - 3

For the chicken
About 1/3 cup of rice
2 cloves garlic
½ cinnamon stick
1 small bay leaf
1 small shallot, chopped
½ tsp ginger, ground
1½ tsp lemon juice
¼ cumin
¼ tsp coriander, ground
¼ tsp turmeric
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of cloves
Cash of cardamom
Dash of black pepper
½ cup natural yogurt
1½ cups cooked chicken
1 cup red cabbage, shredded
1 very small green apple, cored and cubed

For the spinach cakes
About 340 g fresh spinach (I used home grown)
½ cup ricotta (or you could use cottage cheese)
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 eggs, beaten
1 garlic clove
Bit of salt
¼ tsp pepper

For the chicken
  • Preheat the oven to 180°/160° fan forced.

  • Cook the rice in boiling water, adding one of the garlic cloves, cinnamon stick and bay leaf.

  • When the rice is cooked, throw out the bay leaf and cinnamon stick.

  • Meanwhile put the onion, ginger, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and pepper in a food processor and process to a paste.

  • Add the remaining garlic, and blend for about 10 minutes.

  • Blend in the yogurt.

  • Add the chicken and mix it well to coat it all.

  • Put the rice in an ungreased shallow 1.5 litre casserole and put the chicken mixture on top.

  • Cover and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

  • When this is almost finished, steam the red cabbage for about 6 minutes until it is tender but still a bit crisp.

  • Put the red cabbage on top.

  • Add the chopped apple in the middle of the chicken, and serve.

  • For the spinach cakes
  • Preheat the oven to 200°/180 fan forced.

  • Pulse the spinach in three batches in a food processor, until it is finely cut.

  • Add the ricotta, Parmesan, eggs, garlic, salt and pepper, and stir to mix it.

  • Using a muffin pan, either spray it, or use cup cakes (I prefer this as it does not stick to the pan).

  • Divide the spinach mixture into 8 quite full cup cakes.

  • Bake this until it is set and this should be about 20 - 25 minutes.

  • Let them stand in the pan for a few minutes, before taking out.

  • Serve, sprinkled with more Parmesan (optional), and the chicken.

  • Great heated up in the microwave with a slice of cheese on top, and would also work for lunchboxes at room temperature.

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