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Biryani

Ingredients
20-22 oz chicken legs and thighs
1/2 Tsp whole cumin seeds
1/2 Tsp whole coriander seeds
10 red dry hot chili pods
8 whole black peppercorns
1 Tsp turmeric powder
1/2 Tsp cardamom powder
1 stick of cinnamon
1 cup raw Basmati rice
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 3/4 cup water
clarified butter
salt
Method
Dice the onions. Smashed the garlic into a paste. De-seed the chile pods.

If desired, remove the skin from the legs and thighs. Heat up a Dutch Oven, add the clarified butter and sear the chicken until golden-brown. Turn down the heat, cover the pan and fry the chicken for a few minutes, turning occasionally. Remove the chicken and de-grease the pan.

Place the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, chili peppers and black peppercorns in a medium-hot frying pan. Heat and stir the spices until the mixture evolves whiff of smoke (Do not burn!). Transfer the spices to a coffee grinder and process into a fine powder. Add the cardamom powder and turmeric and pulse to combine.

Rinse the Basmati rice three times with water and drain in a fine mesh collander. In the Dutch Oven, melt the clarified butter and fry the broken up cinnamon stick for a few seconds. Add onions and fry until slightly golden. Place the drained Basmati rice in the pan and toast for a few minutes. Throw in the contents of the coffee grinder, garlic, chicken and water. Adjust for salt. Bring to a boil, cover tightly and simmer slowly for 20 minutes. Allow the dish to rest - off heat - for 10 minutes before serving.