Why I titled it festive biriyani ?Because it is a richly flavoured biriyani ,which can be prepared
with chicken,mutton,or prawn.My first preference would be with mutton and then comes
the rest.The preparation in grinding takes a little more time,but it’s worth the labor as this
recipe has unique aroma and flavour.You could make the biriyani curry the previous day and
add the rice the following day.This biriyani tastes even better the next day.When I make this
biriyani I always make more…So now let’s get into the recipe.
1 kg basmati rice
3/4 -1kg mutton
4 onions sliced
4 onions ground coarsely(just pulse in the mixie.Do not grind fine)
3-4 inch piece ginger
2 -3 whole pods garlic peeled
15-18 green chillies ground separately
6 red chillies ground separately
1 cup curd
juice of 4 limes
1/4 cup coconut ground fine
3 inch piece cinnamon
1tsp sea moss(optional)
1 cup mint leaves
1/4 cup coriander leaves
1/2 cup ghee
1/2 cup oil
Salt to taste.
Grind the ginger+garlic together coarsely and set aside.Before you start making.reserve a
tsp.of ginger-garlic paste,green chilli paste,red chilli paste,and roughly chopped onion
and set aside this mixture for the final adddition.
Heat the ghee and oil(set aside 2 tblsp of this oil to add later).
Add the whole spices,and the onions and cook till onions are light brown.Next add the coarsely
ground onions,salt,and sauté till translucent.The ingredients have to be added one by
one,giving time for each ingredient to release its flavour and blend.
Next add ginger-garlic paste,then green chilli paste,and red chilli paste.Add chopped tomatoes
and cook till tomatoes are soft.Now add the mutton and cook for 5-10 minutes.Add curd and
ground coconut and sauté well.Cover and cook the mutton in its own juices without adding
water,until it is tender.
Once the gravy is done,remove the meat pieces from the gravy and set aside.Add the soaked
rice (20 minutes) to the gravy.Pour water 1 inch above rice level.Add lemon juice and check for
Heat the reserved oil in another vessel,add add the reserved onions and masala paste,with the
mint leaves,and sauté till the leaves change color.Add this tempered paste to the meat and rice
mix.Lastly add the meat pieces on top.Add coriander leaves.Cover and cook on a slow flame till
done.Mix well and serve with your favourite accompaniments.
Awaiting your comments .