My very first post on this blog was a beef stew. A very muddled and brown looking concoction that graces our table at least once a week. A curry that I can cook with my eyes closed and my brain off, a recipe that doesn't really follow exact measurements. One that is based on taste as opposed to numbers.
Since then, I have published numerous recipes on this site. Many new, some old. Numerous experimental ones, some that were mistakes that turned out glorious. But definitely not enough heirloom recipes. You know those ones that you eat day in day out and don't even consider a recipe. Those meals that you learnt from your mom who learnt it from hers who learnt it from hers. The one that you teach your child just before they head out to university. The recipe that no one at home requests purely because it's such a staple.
Today I'm sharing two such recipes. My mom makes this biryani recipe often. It's a Sunday tradition, an Eid tradition, a welcome back home tradition, a celebration tradition. A special occasion tradition that we like to have once a week even when there is nothing in particular to celebrate. Whilst the recipe is the same whether she cooks it with lamb or chicken, this smoke kofta version is my favourite. Smoked anything is a favourite of mine really.
Then there is the roast chicken. Everyone's family has a roast chicken recipe. Everyone's mom makes the best roast chicken. Well, mine never did. We never really had a roast chicken for dinner. Ever. But that doesn't mean I can't start that tradition with my own little family. This recipe is definitely a keeper and one I hope will evolve into an heirloom recipe. It is requested often and I have a feeling it will be one of the first recipes I lovingly hand down to my own children when they head off to greener pastures.