Home-style Biryani for the festive season

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Biryani resonates with feast and undoubtedly is one of the most favorite dishes of food loving population of the world. The medley of rice, spices, and fresh herbs is simply mouth-watering.

I remember my mother preparing Biryani for almost every festival in the year, be it Deepavali, Christmas or Ramzan.

The plum cake, kalkals, church services, and aroma of Biryani take me to Christmas in Bangalore.

The dish is renowned for its beautiful complexity. Here’s a relatively easy-to-cook Biryani. This is one of my signature dishes loved by all my friends.


  1. 1-kilo mutton
  2. 1-kilo basmati rice
  3. 150 gm oil
  4. 2 tsp ghee
  5. 4 red onions
  6. 2 ripe tomatoes
  7. 10 green chilies
  8. 1 bunch coriander
  9. 1 bunch mint
  10. 4 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  11. 2 tsp chili powder
  12. ½ tsp turmeric powder
  13. Salt to taste
  14. Whole spices-4 cloves, 1 piece cinnamon stick, bay leaves, 1 tsp fennel seeds


1. Wash and soak rice for ½ hour.

2. Wash the meat and marinate with 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste, 1 tsp chili powder, turmeric, and salt.

3. Add 2 cups of water and cook the meat in a pressure cooker for about 4 whistles.

4. Heat a pan and add oil. Then start adding the whole spices and sliced onions.

5. Cook the onions until they turn light brown and then add chilies, ginger- garlic paste.

6. Now add the tomatoes, finely chopped mint, and coriander. Wait until it is cooked about 5 mins.

7. Then add chili powder, turmeric, and salt along with the cooked meat.

8. Add 4 cups of water and cover it with a lid.  Allow it to boil.

9. Add rice at this stage and cook on medium flame.

10. Once the water is absorbed, reduce the flame to a minimum and put the lid on. Cook for about 10 mins.

11. Add 2 tsp of ghee on top and is now ready to serve. That’s it!  Biryani ready to devour. Enjoy with raita.

Sudha Suresh is a healthy meal enthusiast, living in Melbourne, who loves to recreate recipes straight from her grandma’s kitchen

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