“The reason I am a real foodie and my passion for all things cooking comes from my Mum. I have been so lucky to grow up in a household where food is in abundance and I was introduced to a plethora of spices from an early age. Saturday nights are religiously curry nights at my parents and one of my most favourite things my Mum makes for us is a biriyani. It is packed full of flavour, easy to cook and hugely nourishing. For me, food is always about tasting incredible, whilst also offering a nutritious element. I wouldn't be where I am now if I hadn't constantly followed my Mum around the kitchen from a young age, asking to stir the pot and whether I could help. It is such a huge passion of mine and now being able to cook a dish inspired by my Mum for my Mum is incredible. Hearty, warm and comforting - the dish reminds me of her and brings all the homely feels a good dinner should.”
Mama B’s Chicken Biriyani
For the rice:
2 glasses Tilda Basmati Rice
3 3/4 glasses water
1/2tsp garam masala
1/2tsp chilli powder
1 small onion chopped onions
15g salted Butter
1 glass mixed frozen veg (peas, carrots, sweetcorn)
1 1/2 tsp cumin Seeds
For the chicken:
1kg chicken (boneless and drumsticks)
2 medium onions - diced
Tbsp. olive oil
3 to 4 garlic cloves
3 tsps ginger
½ tinned tomatoes
2tsp green finger chillies - chopped
2 ½ tsp Salt
1tsp garam masala
Handful of fresh coriander
Into a medium sized saucepan, add in the chopped onions and gently heat in butter. Once melted, add in cumin, continue to sizzle for 2 mins. Add in the frozen mixed vegetable and allow to cook for 5 minutes – remember to regularly stir. When the veg has cooked through, add in salt, turmeric, garam masala and chilli powder. Stir well and add in the water.
Whilst the water is heating up, wash the rice thoroughly in cold water to remove starch. Drain from the water and add into the saucepan. Stir well, bring to the boil and then lower the gas and place on lid. Keep the rice on the heat or approx. 15mins until the water has cooked out.
In the meantime, let’s get the chicken cooked. Into a large saucepan, add in the diced onions and oil and cook. The onions should be golden brown and translucent before you add in the garlic. Grate in the cloves of garlic and mix well, followed by grating in the ginger. Mix well.
Add in the tinned tomatoes, followed by the green chillies, turmeric, salt and garam masala. Stir well before adding in the chopped fresh coriander
The base needs to reduce for approx. 5 mins before we add in the chicken. Allow the chicken to cook thoroughly and any excess water has been cooked out. Check temperature of the chicken to ensure it is cooked, before adding in the cooked rice. Mix well to bring together
Transfer to a service bowl and sprinkle on top some more fresh coriander. Serve alongside a fresh green salad and a raita.
Takes: 1 Hour (or less)
The UN World Food Programme in partnership with Tilda launch ‘Helping Mums Together 2019’
Tilda’s ‘Helping Mums Together’ campaign is back on the shelf, with every purchase of specially marked packs funding a nutrition-boosting meal for new and expectant mums in Bangladesh to help fight malnutrition.
Joining the movement this year is 2018 Bake Off finalist Ruby Bhogal, who, inspired by her own mother, has created a special Mother’s Day dish using Tilda Pure Basmati rice. In order to ‘Help Mums Together’ this Mother’s Day, Ruby’s recipe has been designed to encourage the nation to follow suit, celebrating the special bond between parent and child by cooking and sharing the recipe with family and friends.
“I’ve been lucky enough to grow up as part of a close family where food is a core part of what we share, and as part of that, it can be easy to take the basics for granted, and to lose sight of a world where a lack of basic nutrition in expectant mothers is a very real issue,” said Ruby.
The UNWFP & Tilda association, now in its fifth year, helps expectant mothers to-be suffering from acute malnutrition in Bangladesh, the cognitive and physical effects of which are irreversible in the unborn child.
In 2019 the aim is to hit a target of 1.8million nutrition-boosting meals donated to help alleviate these issues in a region of the world which is under increasing pressure due to the influx of Rohingya refugees over the past two years.
Nina Valente, Communications Officer at the World Food Programme explains: “In Bangladesh, a quarter of the population is food insecure, meaning they do not have regular access to the nutrition they need to live a healthy, productive life. And with nearly half of the country susceptible to natural disasters, far too many new and expectant mothers are vulnerable. Through this campaign, we are delighted to be working with Tilda, Ruby and home cooks throughout the UK to help build healthier futures.”
Ruby goes on to say “Having spent time with the UN World Food Programme team understanding the impact of that in Bangladesh I wanted to help in any way I can. So inspired by my own mum I have created my Mama B’s Chicken Biriyani using Tilda rice, to help encourage everyone to have a go too, make a direct impact for those in need, and Help Mums Together this Mother’s Day”.
Ruby’s Mother’s Day dish, Mama B’s Chicken Biriyani, is inspired by Saturday night curry nights at her parents’ house growing up. One her favourite dishes her mum used to make for her, Ruby’s biriyani is packed full of flavour, easy to cook and hugely nourishing.
“Mother’s Day is a day of celebration, but on any day which brings families together over good food, knowing that the event can help those less fortunate makes it even more special” says Anna Beheshti from Tilda
“Every specially marked pack of Tilda rice sold will directly benefit mothers and children by delivering the right specialist food supplements to those regions in Bangladesh in most need. To date over 4 million nutrition boosting meals have been delivered and we are delighted to be back again to increase this” Anna adds.
Recipe courtesy of Tilda
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