Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Mutton Biryani

( Vegetarians can make this with any spicy veg curry. )

 Or quick Mutton biryani.
Anybody who is a regular on Kichu Khon will know about my obsession with
quick and simple cooking.
So this biryani is not about cooking this and soaking that.
Making of this masala and grinding of that masala.
Nah ... just pick up a bowl of leftover mutton curry and cook it with rice.
Garnish it with slivers of fried onion or Birista.
And done!
You have as good as new Mutton biryani in your hands.
Or plate.

friends on FB suggested I make a biryani with the left over curry.
And left over mutton curry I did have .... what with only me having it ...
So jumped right in.

They even directed me on how to make the perfect fried onion.
Result ... I had a great mutton biryani!
Made my day perfect.

 After yesterday's rant, I don't have much to write about today.
So will straight go to the recipe.
If you have already cooked mutton curry at home, this is a breeze.

Need :

Left over mutton curry
Whole garam masala -  cloves+black cardamom+cinnamon
Bay leaves
Basmati rice - washed well and drained ( I do not soak )
Cashews - lightly fried
Onions - cut into thin slices
Oil - to deep fry the onion slices
Biryani masala powder
Lemon juice

 How to :

The fried onion :
Heat enough oil and deep fry the onion slices in batches.
I sprinkle a little sugar on them.
Remove when well fried and brownish in colour.

 The rice :
Heat ghee in a heavy pan.
Add the whole garam masalas. 
Now add the rice and stir fry well for some time.
When the ghee coats the rice well, add equal amount of water as rice, salt and cover and cook till rice is half done.
Or ... when all water is absorbed.
Remove from heat and fluff it up with a fork.
Better still ... spread it out on a plate ... it will dry up and the grains should separate easily.

Arranging the biryani :
Now take another heavy bottom kadahi ... or a flat based pressure cooker would do too.
Smear it well with ghee.
Spread a layer of the cooked rice and sprinkle some biryani masala on it.
Now spread some mutton pieces and gravy all over.
Then spread some  fried onions and cashew and cover with another layer of rice.
Continue for at least three layers.
Finish off with a layer of rice finally ... covered with the rest of the onion slices.

Put a heavy lid on and keep on low heat for at least half an hour.
I keep a heavy iron tawa on the heat and keep the cooker on it.

Serve immediately after removing from heat.
Curd raita goes great on the side with this.
I chopped some onions, green chillies and cucumber real small,
mixed with curd
and added a dash of salt and black pepper powder.

Look at that fragrant bowlful!
Doesn't it tempt you try it out pronto? :-)


A vegetarian version of this biryani is here ... the Kathal Biryani.


  1. This is really a great idea, right ? My friend had suggested this once and I made a biryani with the remaining chicken chettinad curry...yours looks delicious !

    1. Right Archana ... anything like biryani done quick is always great! :-)

  2. Lov samlano jachhe na, too yummy and absolutely delicious mutton biryani.

    today's post:

  3. Dekhei jibe jol aschhe. My alltime fav dish.

    1. Tomar biryani ta o toh darun Chandrani! :-)

  4. Darun lage quick biryani khete...bhalo hoyeche dekhte
    Ami to praye ei bhabe biryani banai , amar hubby amake bole tomar faanki baaji biryani bhalo hoyeche" :-p

  5. May I make a formatting suggestion that not everything be centred? Personally, I find that it's easier to read left-justified.

    But either way, I do like your blog a lot and actually have some mutton thawing at home, waiting for me to cook it tonight!

    1. Maher S. Hoque ... thanks for the suggestion. Will give it a thought. Enjoy your mutton meal. :-)

  6. I love biriyani's and it is one of my favourite indian dish and yours look so good, wish i had that plate right now.

  7. Thankyou for asking how i am doing, a bit by bit one os getting used to the new routines etc...

    1. Hope you get used to the change. All good wishes to you Finla. Hugs.

  8. Amio most of the time ei rokom kore i kori, bhalo dinner hoye jaye. Shudhu ektu biryani masala add kori ar cooker er bodole oven e dhukiye diy
    Khub bhalo lagche dekhte, khide peye gelo

    1. Sandeepa ... thanks. I did use biryani masala ... updated the post. Etodin agey baniyechi ... ekhon post korte giye kichui mone thakche na. :)

  9. Tumar banano delicious mutton biryani dekhte chole eshechi ..and darun lobh lagche, red meat khaba praye amader eyikhane bondo :-)...tao jani eyi ta jodi tumi baniye khaba be, na korte parbo na!!..bhalo thekho Sharmila...hugs and smiles

    1. Jaya ... I wish tomake baniye khawate partaam. Thanks! :-)


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