Sunday, 6 November 2011

Mutton Biriyani

We have been thinking of trying out Mutton Biriyani for a long time now. Mutton Biriyani is probably the King of Biriyanis. Check out the history of biriyani here .This is a simple version of this popular dish.

What do you need for Mutton Biriyani:
  • Basmati Rice -1 cup
  • Mutton - 500 gm
  • Tomato - 2 chopped
  • Onion - 3 chopped
  • Green chilly -3 slit
  • Ginger Garlic paste - 2 tbsp
  • Biriyani masala - 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric pdr -1/2 tbsp
  • Coriander pdr -1/2 tbsp
  • Chilly pdr -2 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves-Few
  • Mint leaves-Few
  • Lime juice - 1 tbsp
  • Whole Garam masala - 1 piece each
  • Ghee -2 tbsp
  • Curd -4 tbsp 
  • Crushed pepper -1 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts -10 no
  • Raisins - 10 no
  • Salt to  taste
The Preparation Method:
  • Marinate medium-sized mutton pieces with turmeric pdr, chilly pdr, biriyani masala,crushed pepper,curd ,little salt and mix well. Keep it aside for 2 hrs (ideally in the fridge).
  • Then pressure cook it with enough water for at least 3-4 whistes and keep it aside.
  • Sauté the basmati rice and crushed whole spices in a little ghee till the rice starts to crackle. Keep it aside.
  • Saute cashew,raisins, sliced onion in a little ghee and keep it aside for garnishing later.
  • To make the gravy for the biriyani - Heat ghee in a kadai and add ginger-garlic paste and green chilly. Sauté it for a few mins and add thinly sliced onion. When it turns light brown, add salt, turmeric pdr, chilly pdr and coriander pdr. Combine it well and put the chopped tomato and then cook till tomatoes are well done. Add the pressured-cooked mutton  into this masala  and cook it for few mins.  Finally add biriyani masala, chopped coriander and mint leaves. Keep it aside.
  • Now for the layering -  Add little ghee into a heavy bottom vessel and put a layer of mutton. Then arrange a layer of rice and spread it well using a big spoon. Add coriander leaves , mint leaves and lime juice. Repeat the same process and arrange the final layer with rice. Add sufficient water to this and cover it well.Cook it in low flame for 10 to 15 mins till the rice and mutton are well cooked.
  • Garnish the mutton biriyani with cashew,raisins,fried onion and serve it hot with raita.

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