Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Mutton Biryani (Bangalore style)



MUTTON BIRYANI

Ingredients:
1 kg mutton / lamb,
1 kg basmati rice ,
4 medium onions-sliced,
5 chopped tomatoes,
1 1/2 tbsp ginger paste,
1 1/2 tbsp garlic paste,
4 cardamoms,
4 cinnamon sticks,
3 cloves,
1 bay leaf,
1 1/2 cup fresh mint,
1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder,
1 tbsp coriander powder,
1/2 tsp turmeric powder,
1 cup chopped coriander leaves,
4- 5 green chillies,
juice of 1 big lemon,
1 1/2 cups of oil,
1 cup yogurt and
salt to taste.

Method:
Soak the rice for atleast 25- 30 minutes before using it. Heat oil in a large pan. Add the garam masalas ( bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves ) and fry. After 2-3 minutes add the onions and fry till golden brown in color. Add1/2 cup of mint and the green chillies and fry with onions for 5 minutes. Now add the ginger- garlic paste and cook till the smell of garlic goes away. Add the lamb, chilli powder, turmeric powder and some salt and mix well. Cook till the lamb is cooked and done. Now remove the oil from top in a small bowl and keep aside.
Now add the other ingredients to the meat- tomatoes,coriander leaves, coriander powder, remaining mint, lemon juice and yogurt. Cook till the oil separates from the pan.
Meanwhile in another large pan boil some water with 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp oil and add the soaked rice to boiling water and cook till half done. Drian the rice with a big sieve and keep aside.
Now mix the half cooked rice with the lamb in the other pan. Mix well to blend the spices with the rice. Finally pour the oil removed from the lamb earlier. Cover the pan with a tight lid and cook on very low flame till the rice is done or bake this in the oven ( only if the pan is Oven safe) at 350 F for 15 -20 minutes or until the rice is done.

I have learned making this Biryani from my Mother-In-Law. And I love the way she makes it, just perfect mix of the spices and very very tasty. So, the credit for this recipe goes to her.

Tips: By adding oil to the boiling water, the rice won't stick to each other and it will be grainy.
When boiling the rice, mint and lemon rind/ zest can also be added to make more flavorful .
One can also layer the rice and the meat, instead of mixing it all together. But, we in Bangalore mix the rice with the meat, so that the rice gets evenly coated with the spices.

28 comments:

Katy ~ said...

I have not eaten lamb (and have never eaten mutton) in a very long time, decades perhaps. But I see all these wonderful spices and I think this would be a delicious way to enjoy this.

Smitha said...

Faiza, Do u know that I'm a big big fan of biryani. Love the recipe.

Barbara Bakes said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today! I took some time to explore your blog and am amazed at the wide variety of foods that you cook! This looks like a wonderful meal!

Faiza Ali said...

Thanks katy , smitha and barbara for your lovely comments :) :)

Sanghi said...

Delicious briyani.. Extending FIL till july 31st do send more entries dear..!

Pooja said...

Mutton Biriyani is my favourite and I love all kinds of preparations! Looks so delicious!

rekhas kitchen said...

Hi Faiza first Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for that lovely comment. you have a nice place with some yummy recipes and this biriyani looks great yum yum.

Varunavi said...

I love biryani,this looks delicious :)

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Anonymous said...

Your Bangalore Biryani post makes me feel so nostalgic particularly now in Ramadhan.

Masood

Anonymous said...

Faiza, if you have the accompanying recipe for kaddu salan that goes so well with bangalore biryani can you please post it? this curry is always served on special occasions like idd and weddings? a big thanks as I have been searching for this recipe for years......

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syed33ia said...

Faiza ali,
I read ur ingredient on the net you have posted on the net, go through your list once more and write to me one important ingredient which is missing, my grand mother use to make very good biryani she was a practising Unani doctor now she is no more withus without this she never make biryani I am from Mysore.
you can reach at syed33ia@yahoo.ca
Thanks.

Faiza Ali said...

Syed33ia- I think I forgot to write cooking oil in my ingredients list. right?

syed33ia said...

No fiaza you missed one important thing which I will tell you later if you cannot revive one ingredient, I know cooking very well.
Thanks

Faiza Ali said...

Okay...I giveup. I can't think of any ingredient now :) Waiting eagerly for your reply, sir.

syed33ia said...

Here you go fiaza you forget to add Green methi leafs which is very important igredient which gives very good flavour of our Biryani,
when you make biryani Just remember me
I am in Toronto Canada. you can reach me by mail syed33ia@yahoo.ca my name is Syed Ifthikar Ahmed.
Thanks

Faiza Ali said...

But..we never add methi in Bangalore...or at least I have never heard any banglorean telling about adding methi leaves in Biryani.
Anyways will definitely try your version one day, inshallah and thanks for the idea brother..keep visiting.

syed33ia said...

You know Bangalore biryani is first made by our none other than Tippu Sultan, Tippus Mother is in my maternal relationship.Thanks for your reply Sis.
I Syed

Ashu said...

I know Bangalore Biryani is made with jeera samba rice, but u have used basmati, will it be the same?

farheen siraj said...

bangalore mutton biriyani tastes good with zeera samba rice n the chicken is good with basmathi...as far as i know...thanx faiza for ur recipe..

Faiza Ali said...

@ Ashu - It tastes the best with jeera samba rice but if you can't find it then you can even use basmati rice....the taste will almost be the same but you get a nice aromatic mutton biryani by using jeera samba.

Faiza Ali said...

@ Fareen Siraj- you are welcome dear and thanks for your comment...your point is absolutely right... We always use jeera samba for mutton biryani in bangalore....but I can't find it here in oxford, UK...so I have no other option but to use basmati.

Anonymous said...

I tried your recipe and it came out brilliant..Everybody at home loved it..Thanks for the recipe

sara khan said...

hey hi faiza ali am sara a huge fan of ur cooking
can u plz show me the recipe of dawaat style biryani

sara khan said...

hey hi faiza ali am sara a huge fan of ur cooking
can u plz show me the recipe of dawaat style biryani

sara khan said...

hey hai faiza ali am a huge fan of ur cooking>
But can u plz show me the recipe of dawaat style biryani plzzzzzz

Anonymous said...

Hi Faiza,

I must mention and thank you for sharing this recepie. i have been trying to perfect the art of making biryani like this for years and found success finally in your recepie!

All my family and friends loved the briyani ..... it was truely tasty.

Thanks a tonn
Sonia

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