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A lot of newspaper articles in the recent past seem to talk a lot about Ambur Biryani as one of the must have Indian style biryanis. A recipe on caught my eye and I decided to try it out. A very easy biryani to make, with easily available ingredients. This one was an instant hit!

Ambur biryani

This is what you’ll need

Mutton: 500gms

Seeraga Samba or Basmati Rice: 500gms

Refined Oil: 1/2cup (125ml)

Garlic paste: 50gms

Ginger paste: 50gms

Onions: 2 (sliced)

Tomatoes: 2 (chopped)

Dried Red chillies: 8-10, ground to a paste

Cloves: 3

Cardamom: 3

Cinnamon: 1″ piece

Coriander leaves: 1/2 vati/ katori (finely chopped)

Mint leaves: 1/4 vati/ katori (finely chopped)

Yoghurt: ¼ cup (60 ml) plus 1 tablespoon

Juice of 1 Lime

Salt to taste

Let’s get cooking

1. Soak the rice in lots of water. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan and add a table spoon of yoghurt. Add in the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Fry for 10 seconds. Add in the garlic paste. Fry for 2-3 minutes on medium flame.

3. Add in the ginger paste. Fry for another 2-3 minutes until the raw smell of the ginger goes off.

4. Add in the chilli paste, mutton, the mint and coriander leaves, onions, tomatoes, salt, yoghurt and lime juice. Add in a cup (250 ml) of water. Mix well to combine.

5. Cover and pressure cook everything for 10-12 whistles on medium flame. Switch off the flame and wait for the pressure to release naturally.

6. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add in the soaked rice. Add in the salt. Cook until the rice is half done.

7. Drain the water and add the rice to the mutton pan. Mix well to combine. Empty into an oven proof dish. Cover the dish with foil and cook the biryani in the preheated 200 deg C for 30 minutes. If you don’t have an oven, heat a dosa pan on the stove and put the mutton biryani pan / vessel on top of the dosa pan and allow it to cook on low flame for 15 minutes.

8. Once the dum cooking is over, open the lid and gently fluff up the rice to mix. Serve mutton biryani hot with raita.

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Approximate preparation and cooking time: 1 hr 15 minutes

Serves: 4

* The mutton can be substituted by chicken


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