How to make Awadhi Biryani - SK Khazana -

Subtle in taste, flavourful and aromatic but not spicy, this biryani can be enjoyed by everyone – little children to the elderly

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Mutton (मटन), Basmati rice (बासमती चावल)

Cuisine : Indian, Uttar Pradesh

Course : Rice

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Awadhi Biryani - SK Khazana

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Hindi: gosht
What’s a biryani without some succulent pieces of mutton wrapped in a perfect blend of aromatic spices and herbs!? Yes, though other meats being more common, biryani eaters all over the world can easily swear by mutton. And not just biryanis, curries, bakes and all other preparations with this wonderful meat are always special. Did you know, unlike other dishes, a day-old mutton prep will always be all the more tastier on the palate! Try it the next time you plan on to take on this meat.

Prep Time : 1-1.30 hour

Cook time : 1-1.30 hour

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Difficult

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Awadhi Biryani - SK Khazana Recipe

  • Mutton cut into medium pieces on the bone 1 1/2 kilogram

  • Basmati rice soaked for 1 1/2 hours 1 kilogram

  • Ghee 1/4 cup + teaspoons

  • Green cardamoms 5-7

  • Black cardamoms 2-3

  • Mace 2 blade

  • Bay leaves 1-2

  • Cinnamon 2 inch stick

  • Black peppercorns 7-8

  • Cloves 8-10

  • Ginger-garlic paste 2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Fried onions 1 cup

  • Yogurt 1 cup

  • Yellow chilli powder 2 tablespoons

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Cashew- almond paste 3 tablespoons

  • Fresh mint leaves as required

  • Ginger cut into thin strips 2 inches

  • Green chillies 2-3

  • Green cardamom- mace powder 2 teaspoons

  • Rose water 3 tablespoons

  • Screw pine (kewda) water 3 tablespoons

  • Sea salt to taste

  • Lemon juice 1/2 tablespoon

  • Saffron (kesar) soaked in water large pinch

  • Fresh cream 1/4 cup

  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish

  • Burani raita to serve


Step 1

Heat ¼ cup ghee in a lagan, add green cardamom, black cardamoms, mace blades, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, black peppercorns and cloves and sauté on a low heat till fragrant.

Step 2

Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté till raw smells disappear. Add mutton, mix well and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes. . Add salt and mix well.

Step 3

Crush ½ cup fried onion and add to the mutton, mix and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add yogurt, mix and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.

Step 4

Add yellow chilli powder and mix well, and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add 2-3 cups water and mix well. Cover and cook till the mutton is almost done.

Step 5

Add cashew-almond paste and mix well. Add a few mint leaves and some ginger strips, mix well and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the heat.

Step 6

Strain the stock into a bowl through a strainer. Remove the mutton pieces and put them into the same lagan and discard the whole spices. Add the strained stock to the lagan and cook it on low heat till the mixture comes to a boil.

Step 7

Slit green chillies, add to the mixture and mix well. Add green cardamom-mace powder and mix well. Add 1 screw pine water and 1 tbsp rose water and mix well.

Step 8

Heat sufficient water in a deep pan, add salt and lemon juice and let the water come to a boil.

Step 9

Add rice and mix well. Add 1 tbsp of ghee and cook for 2-3 minutes. Meanwhile, add 2 tbsps fried onion to the mutton and mix well.

Step 10

Strain ¼ rice and evenly spread it over the mutton mixture. Sprinkle a little saffron water, 1 tbsp screw pine water, 1 tbsp rose water, some ginger strips and a few mint leaves. Cover and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Step 11

Once the remaining rice is ¾ cooked, strain it and spread evenly on the mutton-rice mixture. Sprinkle the remaining saffron water, a few mint leaves and remaining ginger strips, screw pine water and remaining rose water.

Step 12

Take 1 cup of the strained rice water in a bowl, add fresh cream and 3 tbsps ghee. Pour some of this mixture all around the sides of the lagan. Make a few holes over the surface and pour rest of the mixture into them. Cover the lagan with a lid and seal it with dough. Keep a tawa on low heat, keep the lagan over it and cook on dum for 20-25 minutes. Switch the heat off.

Step 13

Remove the dough only you are ready to serve. Open the lid, transfer the biryani into a serving bowl garnish with some fried onion and a mint sprig and serve hot with burani raita.

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