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Nawabi Biryani

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Biryani is a rice-based foods made with spices, rice (usually basmati) and meat (often chicken).
Nawabi Biryani recipe

Total servings: 6
Pre-Prep time:
Preperation time: 40-45 min
Occasion: Any
Cuisine: Pakistani
Effort: Average
Best for: All
How to serve: Hot


325 gms basmati rice
1/2 kg mutton, cut in pieces
3 onions, sliced
1/2 tbsp gingergarlic paste
1 tsp garam masala
3 red chilies
1" piece cinnamon
1/2 cup curd (yogurt), beaten
3 green cardamom
5 pepper corns
5 cloves
1/2 tsp shah zeera (black cumin seeds)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 pinch saffron, dissolved in 1/4cup milk
5 jardalu (apricots)
Dry fruits, as required
Coriander leaves & pudina (mint) leaves, as required)
Ghee, as required


Fry the dry fruits & apricots in 2 1/2 tbsp ghee with a little salt to taste. Grind the fried onions and red chilies to a fine paste.
Marinate the mutton pieces with curd, gingergarlic paste, onion paste, turmeric powder and salt. In a pressure cooker heat ghee, add the marinated mutton and pressure cook till done.
Heat ghee again in another vessel, add the whole spices, fry for a while and then add the washed rice. Add salt, warm water so that comes 1 1/2 inch above the rice and cook till the rice is done.
Remove, spread out to cool and remove the whole spices. Now to assemble, apply ghee to a heavy bottomed vessel, add the cooked mutton and sprinkle little garam masala.
Cover with a layer of rice, followed by a melted ghee and then the saffron milk. Finally, add the fried nuts, cover tightly and keep on dum for 1520 minutes.
Mix and serve hot garnished with chopped coriander & pudina.

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