How to make Kacchi Biryani -

Mutton biryani.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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

Cuisine : Hyderabadi

Course : Rice

Kacchi Biryani

Kacchi Biryani Recipe Card


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 : 1.30-2 hour

Cook time : 41-50 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Kacchi Biryani Recipe

  • Mutton 1 inch cubes 350 grams

  • Basmati rice 1 cup

  • Onions 4 large

  • Yogurt 1/2 cup

  • Ginger paste 2 teaspoon

  • Garlic paste 2 tablespoons

  • Turmeric powder 3/4 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 tablespoon

  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Ghee 6 tablespoons

  • Green cardamoms 3

  • Black cardamoms 3

  • Cloves 4

  • Cinnamon 1 1/2 inch sticks

  • Bay leaves 2

  • Star anise 2

  • Cumin seeds 1 1/2 teaspoon

  • Green chillies sliced 6-7

  • Tomatoes chopped 4 medium

  • Dry ginger powder (soonth) 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1 teaspoon

  • Fresh mint leaves chopped 1/2 bunch

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 1 bunch

  • Saffron (kesar) 4-5 strands

  • Milk 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Soak basmati rice in two to three cups of water for half an hour. Drain and keep aside.

Step 2

Slice two onions and chop the remaining two.

Step 3

Marinate mutton with yogurt, half the ginger-garlic paste, half the turmeric powder, half the red chilli powder, half the coriander powder and salt for at least one and a half hours preferably in the refrigerator.

Step 4

Heat ghee in a handi and fry sliced onions till brown. Drain onto an absorbent paper and keep aside.

Step 5

To the same ghee add green cardamoms, black cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, star anise, cumin seeds and let them crackle.

Step 6

Add chopped onions and sauté till golden brown.

Step 7

Add remaining ginger-garlic paste, green chillies, tomatoes and all the remaining masala powders including soonth and cumin powder.

Step 8

Remove mutton pieces from marinade and add. Sauté for two to three minutes and then add marinade mixture, mint leaves and two to three cups of water and cook mutton till half done.

Step 9

Add drained rice, half of the chopped coriander leaves and two cups of water. Mix well, cover and simmer on low heat.

Step 10

When it is nearly done, add saffron dissolved in two tablespoons of milk and mix gently.

Step 11

Cover and cook till fully done. Stir biryani well before serving.

Step 12

Garnish with remaining chopped coriander leaves and fried onion slice

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