Mutton Biriyani

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Total Time:
1 - 1.5 hours
Serves: 8
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: One-Dish Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 2 lbs - basmati rice (approx 4 cups)
  • 2 lbs - mutton (or any meat or shrimp)
  • 1 cup - yogurt
  • 1 lb - onion (finely diced)
  • 1 lb - tomatoes (finely diced)
  • 1 cup - coriander leaves (finely diced)
  • 1 cup - mint Leaves
  • 1 inch piece - ginger
  • 1 - large garlic clove
  • 1 cup - Oil
  • 4 - cloves
  • 4 - cardamom
  • 2 inches - cinnamon
  • 1 tsp - turmeric
  • 5 heaped tsp - mix of cumin and coriander powder
  • 1 tsp - chilli powder
  • 5 - chillies, sliced (optional)
  • Salt to taste

How to Make Mutton Biriyani

  • All greens, ginger and garlic should be finely ground and mixed with the yogurt. This is your ground masala.
  • Clean and wash rice and drain.
  • Clean meat and cut into fairly large pieces.
  • Heat 1/2 cup oil and when very hot, add whole spices and finely chopped onions. Fry until onions are a golden brown.
  • Add all of the dry spices and fry for 1 minute. Add the ground masala and tomatoes and fry until the oil separates and comes to top. This takes about 10 minutes.
  • Add meat and cook until meat is browned, turning constantly and slowly adding the other 1/2 cup of oil. When well fried, add water and salt to taste.
  • Cover and simmer until meat is tender for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Add rice and add 4 cups of water. Lower heat when water is almost dried.
  • Cover the top of the mixture with a wet cheesecloth and put the lid on the pot. (Note: Take care not to let the cloth touch the burner).
  • Lower the heat further and cook on low fire until done. Open once or twice and stir gently to bring the bottom up.
  • When done, remove from heat but keep covered until serving.