How to make Kongunadu Eratchi Biryani -

Mutton biryani in South Indian style.The one dish that is signature to the area is the Kongu eratchi.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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

Cuisine : Kerala

Course : Rice

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Kongunadu Eratchi Biryani

Kongunadu Eratchi 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 : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Kongunadu Eratchi Biryani Recipe

  • Mutton 1/2 inch pieces on the bone 500 grams

  • Basmati Rice soaked 1 1/2 cups

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Onions thinly sliced 2

  • Oil 4 tablespoons + for deep frying

  • Coconut scraped 1/2 cup

  • Black peppercorns 8-10

  • Whole dry red chillies 8

  • Cumin seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 1 tablespoon

  • Coriander seeds 2 tablespoons

  • Poppy seeds (khuskhus/posto) 1 tablespoon

  • Ginger 1 inch piece

  • Garlic 12 cloves

  • Yogurt 1/2 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Bay leaves 2

  • Green cardamoms 4

  • Cinnamon 1 inch stick

  • Star anise 1

  • Cloves 2

  • Mace 1 blade

  • Green chillies slit 6

  • Sambhar onions peeled 10-12

  • Tomatoes chopped 2

  • Fresh mint leaves chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 3 tablespoons

  • Lemon juice 1 tablespoon


Step 1

Apply turmeric powder and salt to the mutton pieces and set aside for fifteen minutes. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep-fry onions till golden brown. Drain and set aside on an absorbent paper.

Step 2

Dry roast coconut, black peppercorns, dry red chillies, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, poppy seeds, ginger and garlic one by one till fragrant. Cool and grind to a smooth paste with the yogurt.

Step 3

Wash the mutton pieces thoroughly and par boil four cups of water. Drain and reserve both the meat and the water. Heat four tablespoons oil in a heavy handi, add bay leaves, green cardamoms, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, mace and green chillies and sauté till fragrant. Add sambar onions and sauté till light brown.

Step 4

Add the mutton pieces and toss on high heat till the edges start browning. Add tomatoes and stir. Add the masala paste, reduce heat and sauté till oil separates. Add two cups of mutton stock and simmer for ten minutes. Add the soaked rice, the remaining mutton stock and salt to taste, stir well and let it cook till the rice is three fourths done.

Step 5

Sprinkle the browned onions, mint and coriander leaves, drizzle the lemon juice. Cover the handi with a tight lid and keep on hot charcoal, with a few burning charcoals on the lid also.

Step 6

Cook for ten to fifteen minutes. Open the lid when ready to serve.

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