Singapore Nasi Biryani – This dish is originally from India, but has been influenced and adopted by the the Malays of Singapore. It is now a traditional main dish for Malay weddings and other auspicious occasions.

The word “Nasi” means rice in Malay. The type of rice grain is basmati; not the usual more starch-laden jasmine rice grain. The preparation of this dish focuses on the rice. The rice is gently fried in ghee or vegetable oil, together with some spices and herbs such as cinnamon, pandan leaves, ginger, and garlic. It is next steamed in a stock made from chicken or mutton bones, together with portions of chicken or mutton. Raisins are sparingly added to subtly sweeten the rice.

The final result is a cheerful mix of orange, yellow and off-white basmati rice, steaming with fragrance and taste. As if not enough, the way it is scooped and heaped onto a plate helps to whip up our appetite.

The rice is first spread over the serving plate, usually scooped from a huge pot which has pieces of mutton or chicken in it. A piece of meat is then picked and rest top of that rice. Then the mound is covered with another scoop of rice from another pot. The final spread is the curry gravy over the mound and Achar on the side (a pickled combination of cucumbers, onions, red chillies and pineapples).

All these are done in just matter of seconds but every moment you can smell the fragrance stirred in air. By the time the dish is in your hands, the fragrance of the rice is flirting with you to eat it immediately.

How To Eat Like A Local?

Some suggest that this dish taste better when eaten with fingers. Now this is not for everyone without practise but give it a try and compare the difference.

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