• Malabar Mutton Biriyani

    Ingredients for marination

    Mutton - ½ kg (cut into medium size)
    Coriander leaves - 25 g
    Mint leaves - 25 g
    Curry leaves - 10 g
    Green chillies - 5 no.
    Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
    Garlic (chopped) - 2 tsp
    Ginger (chopped) - 2 tsp
    Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
    Lime juice - 1 tsp
    Poppy seed paste - 1 tsp
    Yogurt - ½ cup
    Coriander powder - 2 tsp
    Aniseed powder - ½ tsp

    Ingredients for biriyani rice

    Ghee - 3 tsp
    Cinnamon - 5 to 6 no.
    Bay leaf - 1
    Cardamom seeds - 4 to 5 no.
    Curry leaves
    Onion (chopped) - 1 cup
    Biriyani rice - 250 g
    Water - ½ L

    Ingredients for masala

    Ghee - 2 tsp
    Cinnamon - 5 no.
    Bay leaf - 1
    Cloves - 4 no.
    Cardamom - 4 no.
    Nutmeg - 100 g
    Tomato - 1

    Ingredients for decoration

    Onion (sliced) - 1 cup
    Cashew nuts - ¼ cup
    Raisins - ¼ cup

    Method of preparation

    You may begin by marinating the mutton pieces. Take the mutton pieces in a bowl and add garlic, cloves, cinnamon, aniseeds, green chillies, turmeric powder, poppy-seed paste, chopped ginger, nutmeg, bay leaf, mint leaves, cumin seeds, cardamom, coriander powder, lime juice, curry leaves, yoghurt and salt. Mix well and keep it aside.

    Now take a pan and heat one teaspoon of ghee. Put cashew nuts. When they become brown, remove it. Repeat the process with raisins. You may now put big onions, salt and stir well. Keep the contents aside.

    Heat three teaspoons of ghee in a pan. Put shredded onions and stir. To this, add tomatoes and stir well. Now add the marinated mutton. Pour enough water and stir a bit. Close the vessel and cook.

    Take another vessel and heat four teaspoons of ghee. Put cloves, aniseeds, cinnamon, cumin seed powder and curry leaves. To this, add cardamom and onions. Stir well and add the rice. Stir again. Pour enough water to cover the rice. Now add salt. Cover the vessel and cook.

    Now remove the lid of the pan in which the mutton is being cooked. Stir a bit.

    From the vessel in which the rice is being prepared, remove a portion of the cooked rice into a bowl. Take some mutton pieces and place them on top of the remaining rice in the vessel. Add the portion of the cooked rice removed into a bowl on top of the mutton pieces. Again add the remaining mutton pieces on top of this. Finally add cashew nuts, raisins and fried onions. Add some coriander leaves and cook for a minute.

    Now get ready to savour this popular delicacy from the Malabar region of Kerala.