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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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biriani a term of Persian origin meaning ‘fried’, refers to a spicy dish of layered meat and rice. In a relatively elaborate form with garnish which could include silver leaf (see gold and silver leaf), this is a feature of moghul cuisine. It is essential to use basmati rice and to flavour the dish with saffron.