Friday, April 16, 2010

Mutton Biryani

I am BACK from my vacation - actually it's been more than a week now. I am saying this out loud, more for myself than my friends out there. Helping myself get back into reality! This is an attempt to get back out of my do-nothing mode.

This vacation was very special to me as it was my lil-sister's marriage. So the 4 weeks back in Kerala flew like 4 days; and not to say that I had such a great time back there with my sweet family. And my son has come back as a spoilt brat with all the pampering.

And to my surprise, when I came back there was a gift waiting for me at Foodie Blogroll. It was a set of 2 books from Kelly Donleaa who blogs at Organizing Dinner -  70 meals, One Trip to the store & Cook Once...Eat Twice! I was so excited to receive the gift especially considering the fact that I am all into collecting cook books now. This was a perfect addition to my collection. Thank you Foodie Blogroll and Kelly!

I have not cooked much since I came back and am still trying to get back to my normal self. I was feeling really bad that I am not giving much attention to my blog and hence decided to see what I have in my drafts and found a perfect one to celebrate my sister's wedding with my blogger friends. So here is a virtual feast for all my friends out there with a Mutton Biryani.

For Mutton Gravy:
Coconut Oil- 3 tbsp
Mutton- 2 lbs
Onion- 2  (Sliced)
Ginger Garlic paste- 3 tbsp
Cardamom- 5
Bay Leaf- 3 -  5 small
Cloves- 5
Cinnamon- 2 - 1" piece
Chilly Powder- 1 tbsp
Coriander Powder- 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala- 1/2 tsp
Tomato- 1
Coconut Milk- 1 cup (Thick)
Salt- to taste

1. Heat oil in the pressure cooker.
2. Add cardamom, bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon when the oil is hot.
3. Saute for a few seconds and add the onions.
4. When the onions become transparent, add ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell is gone.
5. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes.
6. Add the chilly, coriander and turmeric powder and saute well for a minute.
7. Add the mutton, salt and garam masala and mix well.
8. Close the pressure cooker and let it cook for 3-4 whistles.
9. Once done and the pressure is completely released, open the cooker and add the coconut milk and cook for a few minutes. Make sure there is enough thick gravy to mix with the rice. If not, add additional water and boil again.

For Rice:
Oil- 3 tbsp
Rice- 2 cup
Cumin Seeds- 1/2 tsp 
Salt- to taste
Water- 8 cups

1. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes and drain it.
2. Heat 8 cups of water in a vessel and add salt to it. It should be slightly on the saltier side.
3. When the water starts to boil, add the cumin seeds.
4. Once water is completely at a boiling stage, add the soaked rice.
5. Pour the oil to this as well. This will help prevent the rice from sticking to each other.
6. Once the rice is 3/4 done, drain the rice and keep aside.

For Garnish:
Ghee- 3 tbsp
Cashews- handful
Raisins- handful

1.  Preheat the oven at 350 degree.
2. In an oven proof dish, mix the 3/4th done rice and the mutton together with the gravy.
3. Also mix 2 tbsp ghee to this.
4. Evenly spread it out on the dish and seal the dish with an aluminium foil.
5. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degree.
6. In a small frying pan, add 1 tbsp ghee and fry cashews and raisins, until the raisins become plump.
7. Garnish the biryani with the cashews and raisins.

Now let me share the 2 awards that I received from my friends while I was gone.

1.Honest Scrap Award from Beena Shylesh of My Kitchen
2.Sunshine Award from Adukala Vishesham

Thank you friends for considering me to share these awards.

I would like to share these with
1. Kairali Sisters
2. Memory Archived
3. Cooking and Recipes
4.Asra Ashaon Ka
5. Faiza Ali's Kitchen
6. Saju's Kitchen
7. Pan Gravy Kadai Gravy


  1. yummy... pass one plate to me too :)... congrats on ur awards :)

  2. Welcome back Fathima!Mutton Biriyani looks very yummy!

  3. Welcome back, am sure u must have enjoyed a lot back home....biryani looks yum and congrats on your awards as well

  4. Welcome back dear...i sure you had lot of fun ..I know right? 4 weeks just fly when you visit home...The Biryani looks yummy yummm..
    Congrats on the awards and thanks for passing them to me :)

  5. Congrads dear. I am drooling. Its very tempting

  6. Good to see you back! and Congratulations on the awards! Hope you share some traditional cuisine from your nook of Kerala with us! :-) Have the wedding dishes undergone any major changes...?

  7. Welcome back Fathima..hope u enjoyed ur vacation..Briyani looks super delicious and congrats on ur awards..

  8. Hey Fathima..Welcome back dear..lovely Biriyani..Congrats on the awards and thanks for sharing ...

    Kairali sisters

  9. yummy... pass one plate to me too :)... congrats on ur awards..

  10. Hi Fathima

    Welcome Back. Like others I too was waiting for your wonderful recipes. Biriyani looks simply awesome. Would like to try your method of preparation very soon.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  11. Dear Fatima
    How are you?
    Congratulations and thank you so much for giving me 2 awards...I think I have got more awards during my non-cooking period since 5th of Feb.
    Cant wait to cook this one , so dfferent...and also many others which I have short listed for cooking
    I am still stuck at Milano...hopefully and Insah Allah should be back on 24th April.
    Have a nice weekend

  12. That is an awesome prep.... Which is one of my favorites..... I love mutton, but fear the fat content..... But otherwise, I love it..... I loved your prep, the look, the feel.....Everything....

    Kudos! & Thanks on those TOFAS..... ENJOY!!!


  13. Congratulations for your awards. Keep it up!
    Mutton biryani looks delicious, spicy and yummy. Wonderful presentation.

  14. Welcome back, hope you had wonderful vacation...wishes to your lil-sister. Congrats on those awards plus gift.:)

    Mutton biriyani looks extraordinary...very spicy and rich, just the way I want it to be, now pass me the plate, pls...

  15. Nice to see you back Fathima. Mutton biryani looks lovely and congrats on all your awards.

  16. This is looking so delicious.. i love mutton biryani...

  17. Congratulations on your win! I hope you are enjoying your books! That mutton biryani looks delicious!

  18. I love mutton biriyani..This looks so spicy and delicious!!

  19. Your meal looks absolutely positive delicious; oh, how I would love to sample it! Glad to see you back. Best wishes to your sister on her marriage. Such a happy event.

  20. Fathima,,,thanks for stopping by in my blog. Am also following ur blog from before dear.. Mutton biriyani looks great my all time faaaaaav recipe is biriyani i can't compromise myself for biryani n to chaats...

  21. Mutton biryani looks yummm.....congrats on all your awards.

  22. utton biryani looks great yar,,,v tempting...nice click..frst time here...lov ur space.will keep visiitng!

  23. Welcome back! Love the new look of your blog and great biriyani.

  24. Back with a bang...Good to see you Fathima..Glad to hear that you all had a great time and congrats to your sis :-)
    kidilan biryani..

  25. Nice to see you back Fathima...congrats to your sister and your winning :)...superb briyani...looks so good!

  26. looks so delicious..nice picture too
    Fathima thanks for informing about the event.sure dear i will sent it
    Thanks for visiting my blog..

  27. Welcome back! My mom adds coconut milk but somehow I skip for mutton biry, ur plate looks awesome!

  28. thats a authentic and delicious Mutton biriyani fathima. looks marvellous.

  29. Beautiful dish! Looks yummy!

    Congrats on your sister's wedding, your winnings and awards, and having a special son...he he!....glad all is well and you had a wonderful vacation!


  30. Welcome back.The biryani made me super hungry :D

  31. Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and leaving behind the nice have a wonderful collection of recipes..glad to get in touch with you...have a nice day...

  32. Nalla ugran biriyani! I am defiantely craving for some!

  33. Mutton biryani looks spicy, delicious and tempting. I love biryani very much and cannot resist myself.

  34. The rice dish looks fantastic!

  35. even though im not a big mutton fan, this sure is making my mouth water..yummo

  36. congrats for winning those books!!! biriyani looks yummy and happy to c u back...

  37. HI Fathima,
    Welcome back! I am happy to hear that you had a great time back home. I bet the wedding was gorgeous. I heard that the indian wedding last for about a week and it is very luxurious event! I bet there were so much great food also!


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