Wooww. Finally I got that what I was looking for so long time and that is a flawless biryani (dish of rice made with Basmati rice, very popular in India) both in flavor and texture. Cooking biryani involves a lot of efforts, expertise and patience too especially non- veg one. I had recipe of biryani and cooked it several times but I didn’t share it with you all wonderful people. The reason being I was in wait of a perfect biryani and unless n until I can cook a good biryani with the same recipe how can I share it here at my dispensing. And the moment I got my “The Mutton Biryani”, I made up my mind to share it here on my blog. Hence it is here….
First of the thing that is necessary to consider is that mutton has got marinated appropriately for the time it requires and it has absorbed all the flavors of aromatic spices and tang. Secondly the thing that is to be checked essentially is that mutton doesn’t remain undercooked. Sometimes few folks go for cooking mutton and rice simultaneously and this results in either undercooking of mutton or overcooking of rice. This, the simultaneous cooking can prove good in case of veg- biryani but not here. So first cook mutton until is about to tender and then add rice for cooking both together. This way, mutton will be tender and rice will also be properly cooked (not overcooked and each rice grain will be separated). Third and last thing that is required is to properly moisten the rice (not under or over moistened) and cook under steam (dum) so that each grain gets proper moisture to get soft and yet remain separated. Thus, when we have got acquainted with each and every “things to remember”, why should we wait? Let’s go for making the well known, very popular Mutton Biryani-
Time Taken- For Preparation- 2 hr or more (if possible)
For Cooking- 30 min
Category- Main course
Basmati rice- 2 cups/ 250g
Mutton- chops pieces- 250g
Yogurt- 1 cup
Lime juice- of ½ lemon
Red chilly powder- 1 tsp
Coriander Powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric- 1 pinch
Black Peppercorns- 12
Cinnamon stick- 2”
Fried onions-2 tbsp
Green Cardamoms- 6
Bay leaves- 2
Mint leaves- 2 tbsp
Coriander leaves (chopped) – 1 tbsp and few to garnish
Desi ghee (clarified butter) – 1 tbsp
Salt- to taste
Vegetable oil- 2 tbsp
Steps to follow-
- Firstly clean and wash mutton pieces.
- Marinate mutton pieces in lime juice, coriander, red chilly powder, a small pinch of turmeric and small amount of salt. Keep it marinating for about half an hour.
- Add yogurt, ground whole spices (6 black peppercorns, 4 cloves, 2” cinnamon stick, and 2 black cardamoms), and fried onions into the former marination mixture. Let it marinate for another 1½ hr ( if possible, marinate it for longer time. The longer you marinate the richer flavor you get. But this much time would suffice the purpose).
Meanwhile soak rice for 15 min before you go for cooking biryani.
- Heat oil in a deep pan having lid and add remaining whole spices along with bay leaves and sauté until perfuming.
- Add marinated mutton along with marinade. Cook it stirring until gets tender. (During cooking you may require adding water so that marinade doesn’t stick at bottom).
- Check mutton pieces (taking one out and check whether it’s tender or not) When mutton is about to get tender and all marinade mixture coats the pieces, spread drained rice over mutton as a layer with ½ tsp of salt sprinkled over it. Spread clarified butter over it and sprinkle fried onions, mint leaves and coriander leaves. Moisten it with 1 cup of water.
- Cover it with lid, seal it so that no steam comes out and let it cook under dum (steam) for 5 min on high flame and then for 10 min on low flame (if you are cooking in pressure cooker, remove its whistle and then cook).
- Take out in a serving dish and serve hot garnished with mint leaves and coriander leaves.
Note–I have taken 250 g of mutton and spices are according to that quantity. If you are taking larger quantity of mutton, go for increasing the measure of spices and ingredients used in marination and adjust accordingly.
I hope the whole process will help you making a flawless delicious Mutton Biryani. I would be keen on hearing its positive response from your end.
If you still come out with some difficulty. Do notify me.
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