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    Thai Chicken Biryani Soup

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    A couple of years ago I visited Bangladesh. It's an astonishingly poor country, but I fell in love there- with the food. Granted, I was not living the life "of the people" rather I was leading a charmed life in comparison to 99% of the population. But this is where I found biryani. Flying out of Bangladesh, I spent a few nights in Bangkok. Visiting a spice shop there, I bought bottles of biryani powder. Ingredients list: turmeric, cinnamon, coriander seed, bay leaves, mix spice (I hope this doesn't mean MSG). This pre-made biryani spice was my inspiration. The thigh decision was inspired by the thread on this forum. =)

    -Chicken thigh. Mine was boneless, skinless but not necessary of course. I cut the thigh into 3 to 4 inch sections.
    -Coat with biryani spice, pressing the spice into the meat.
    -Quickly pan fry the thigh pieces in coconut oil, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Do not crowd.
    -Put all thigh pieces back into same pan, cover about halfway with coconut milk, add 1/4 to 1/3 c. heavy cream, also add more biryani spice to liquid to taste (I added 1-2 tablespoons), salt, veggies at this time.
    -Reduce heat to low simmer. Cover. Cook about 30 more minutes, turning thigh pieces once or twice.
    -Prior to serving, cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Serve in a bowl.

    Veggies: the only one I added was shallots, but I didn't intentionally shun veggies, I just hadn't been to the store yet. Next time I make this, I will add sliced peppers, julienned carrots and bamboo shoots.

    Sorry I didn't take a picture but I hadn't really planned that it would turn out so delicious. Also, because I didn't add veggies, it just looked like yellow-y soup with chicken bits.

    The flavor combo of dark meat chicken thighs, biryani, coconut milk and heavy cream is HEAVENLY.
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    That sounds amazing!!

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    Holy cow! Now THIS is my idea of a good time. I love south/southeast Asian food and, as a beginner cook, find it easy and fun to prepare.

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    Most likely, I'm gonna make it again this weekend with veggies and will post a pic. I'm salivating just thinking about it.
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    YUM.
    Please oh please post a pic

    I do South Asian food all the time, but it never occurred to me to use Biryani spices with coconut milk.
    Sounds like a lovely combination of two awesome cuisines!

    ETA: Especially since I don't make Biryani anymore---I have a crap-ton of cloves and bay leaves, etc. that are just sitting there

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    Alrighteee, so I made it again and added veggies this time. I actually liked it better the first time without veggies; I think that's because last time I cooked it for a decent while (maybe 45+ min) and it really condensed the liquid. This time, I added the veggies a few minutes after the coconut milk/hwc but I only kept it cooking 30 minutes in order to avoid mushy veggies. Still mighty tasty. This time it reminded me a bit more of tom ka gai.


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    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.......
    Thanks for the porn

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    Man, I haven't had breakfast so now I'm drooling here at my computer...

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    That looks amazing say-rahhh! Biryani is my absolute favorite dish! Moreso if it's made with goat meat. Your soup seems like a perfect way to taste the flavors without the rice. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Thanks, maba! I was nervous about what you'd say if you did comment- I was hoping you wouldn't think I'd created an abomination.

    Goat....I've only had goat meat in the Philippines and I wasn't too keen on it, although it could have been the prep.
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