Mutton Biryani

by Naila Sheikh

Today's bipolar weather called for cooking up a storm in the kitchen. With half a packet of goat mix left in my freezer, I decided to make mutton Biryani as comfort food on a relaxing Sunday. 


With thunder raging in the clouds and rain falling upon my precious garden, the process of making Biryani kept me busy in my thoughts and excited for today's dinner serving. A quick trip to the mall and the recording of my Vlog (which has now become a natural routine in my daily life), I was happy to see my goat meat marinating beautifully with its Tarqa companions. 


All there was left to do was the the boiling of my already soaked Basmati rice in my rice cooker and viola! 




 - oil 

- goat meat: 1 packet 

- one onion

- 2 tomatoes (you can opt out of tomatoes, but I prefer them)

- ginger & garlic paste - 1 tbsp   

- red pepper flakes - 2 tsp

- 1 whole jalapeño, slit in half

- shan's Biryani masala  

- cilantro and orange/red food coloring 




- cut your onion thinly and fry it in a drizzle of oil, with red pepper flakes, jalapeño, 2 tbsp of Biryani masala. 

 - add the tomatoes once the onions are fried to a brown consistency.

 - make sure to stir, add the meat and stir again. Put lid on pressure cooker. Keep on low heat. Lock the lid.

- Soak 2.5 cups of Basmati in water, rinse the rice a couple of times. Now, do yourself a favor and watch an episode of your fav show.

- Done? 😄 

...stop smiling. We ain't done yet, ok. Turn on the rice cooker, boil the rice, add peas if you want (I do for the sake of my kids), a pinch of salt and a little olive oil. Let the machine do its magic. 


- Check on your meat in the pressure cooker. Add some water. Lock the lid again and turn up the heat jussttttt a little bit (I prefer the temp setting between 3 & 4).


- Once the rice is almost done, you can add a pinch of yellow or orange food coloring with a small cube of butter so that the rice can glisten in all its glory ✨ 


- Meat is tender? Turn off the heat. Keep the lid on for the steaming to take over. You just step back and relax. Okay, the hard part is done. Bravo!  


- Find a dish in your cabinet in which you'd like to see your Biryani served. That one? Great! Start layering your rice - cut some cilantro while you're at it - with meat curry and rice , meat and rice ... you catch my drift 😆 -- done? Put a lid on. Let it sit. Microwave for 2 - 3 min and serve!