Lamb Biriyani Recipe

Lamb Biriyani Recipe

Biryani is a rich dish, cooked with a sort of spicy curry, made with meat or chicken or prawns or vegetables or fish.

Lamb or mutton biryani is perhaps the most popular of all the biryanies. It can be a meal in itself or can be served as part of an elaborate Indian meal. Do not be put off by the long list of ingredients, it is an easy dish to cook. Make sure that you have all the ingredients, cutting corners spoils the end result.


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Ingredients For Lamb Biriyani Recipe :
  • basmati rice :     750 gm.-1 kg.
  • salt :     1/2 tsp
  • water for rice :     2 & 1/2 litre
  • a small sprig of min :    
  • lamb or mutton leg/s :     1kg.
  • oil or ghee :     4-5 tbs
  • large onions, peeled :     6
  • garlic and ginger pa :     3-4 tsp
  • cardamoms :     4 large
  • green cardamoms :     6
  • piece of cinnamon :     2 inch
  • bay leaves :     4
  • black pepper corns :     8-10
  • cloves :     6-8
  • green chillies- sli :     2-3
  • salt (adjust to tast :     2- 2 1/2 tsp.
  • thick yoghurt :     1/2 cup
  • tomatoes, chopped :     2 large
  • coriander leaves, ch :     1 bunch
  • mint leaves, chopped :     1 small bunch
  • cut into small piec :     1 lime or 1/2 lemon
  • Ghee or clarified bu :     1 tbs
  • Orange or jalebi foo :    

Preparation Method for Lamb Biriyani Recipe :

  • Peel, wash slice onions thinly.
  • Measure all whole spices. Crack brown and green cardamoms a little, by hitting them with a rolling pin. Keep all whole spices together, aside.
  • Measure/prepare all other ingredients as listed.
  • Heat oil/ghee in a large pan and fry onions, until quite dark brown. Take out & keep aside.
  • In the same oil (if there is too little left, add another tablespoon. or two), add all whole spices (cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon, black peppers, bay leaves), ginger and garlic. Fry for a minute or two.
  • Add meat pieces, salt, chilli powder. Stir fry until meat is nicely browned on all sides.
  • Add yoghurt, tomatoes, coriander and mint leaves (save a few leaves for boiling rice) , sliced green chillies, pieces of lime and 2/3rd of fried onions, keeping 1/3rd onions aside for garnishing later. Cook, stirring frequently, until meat is nearly done and only a little gravy is left. This may take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the cut and quality of meat.
  • While meat is cooking, boil the water for rice, with a mint & coriander leaves and salt.
  • Add rice and boil briskly, with lid off, until 2/3rd done (2 grains felt, when rice is pressed and squashed between two fingers).
  • Drain the water off by transferring the rice to a colander/large sieve. You can run a little cold water over it, to stop the rice from cooking further while resting. Leave in the colander for a few minute, for the water to drain out completely.
  • Grease a large oven proof dish or a pan and spread 1/3rd of the rice in a layer at the base of the pan. Sprinkle 1/3 rd of the saffron on rice.
  • Now layer with 1/2 of the meat.
  • Next, cover with the second 1/3 rd of the rice. Sprinkle 1/2 rd of saffron on top of rice.
  • Now spread the remaining 1/2 of the meat on top of rice.
  • Finish with the remaining 1/3rd of the rice layer on top.
  • Sprinkle the remaining saffron.
  • Sprinkle fried onions on top. You can spread some of the fried onions on each layer of rice, from step 12 onwards, if you wish. This adds to the flavour.
  • Dot with a little ghee and a few drops of liquid jalebi (orange) colour here and there (see picture). If dry colour powder is used, dissolve it in a teaspoon of water. These drops of ghee and colour will trickle down into the rice and when you serve, they will give you a nice flavour, as well as a few dark orange coloured rice grains interspersed in the rest of the white rice. This looks very nice when served.
  • Cover the pan with a tight lid.
  • Put it in a medium hot oven, 170º-180° C, on the centre shelf, for 20 minutes or so, until the rice is fully done. It can be cooked directly on the hob, on a low flame, with the lid tightly closed. This will take 20-30 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

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