Lamb/Chicken Biryani Recipe (Meat & Rice Dish from the Mughals)



  • 2 x 2 cups of soaked and drained Basmati Rice (soaked in separate bowls) 250g Ghee
  • 1/2 – 1 cup Cashews
  • 1/2 – 1 cup Raisins
  • 300g thinly sliced Onion rings
  • 1kg thinly sliced pieces of Boneless Lamb or Chicken (or just veggie)
  • 100g Ginger Paste
  • 30g fresh ground Coriander Seed
  • 1 tbsp Mudgeeraba Spices Malabar Lamb Biryani
  • 1kg yoghurt whisked
  • salt to taste
  • 2 pinches of Saffron soaked in 1/2 cup hot milk and 1 cup hot water


  1. Prepare the garnish – melt the Ghee in a pan. Fry the cashews until lightly golden and remove from pan, set aside. Fry the raisins until puffed and golden, set aside. In the same pan add and fry the onion rings until golden and set aside.
  2. Prepare the curry – in the same pan add and seal well the lamb or chicken. Add and fry the ginger paste for a minute stirring well. Add the coriander and Mudgeeraba Spices Lamb Biryani Masala and fry well. Add the yoghurt and salt to the pan and mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer covered until tender. (do not let the curry reduce you want it to be saucy so it will cook the raw rice when the Biryani is assembled).
  3. Assemble the Biryani – using a large heavy based pan spread a layer of one bowl of soaked and drained rice. Then spread the curry over the top (liquid and all). Then spread a layer of 1/2 the fried onion rings from above. Top this layer with the 2nd lot of soaked and drained rice. Cover this with a layer of the remainder of the fried onion rings, the fried cashews and then the fried raisins. Sprinkle the saffron, water and milk over the top of the biryani. Bake covered with a heavy well fitted lid in a moderate oven until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked and fluffy (approximately 30-40 minutes). Serve with Cucumber Raita and Mudgeeraba Spices Punjab Mango & Date Chutney.