Vellore Mutton Biriyani:
Vellore Jodhi Hotel Style Biriyani.
As I told you earlier….tho’ the regional speciality Biriyani is booming these days. Few are never forgotten for their taste and uniqueness. Sure there are many places which follow the same thumb rule for years(for centuries actually). Like the one Vellore Jodhi…which is in swing for more than 100 years. These places do not maintain a name board, nor they advertise their hotel. The only publicity comes from word of mouth. Since they were out there for centuries….they maintain it in the same country style….without any modern equipments. The name survives for their trade mark!
Well…as I had already shared with you ‘Arcot Star Biriyani’, Vellore Vella Biriyani, ‘Amboor Kushka ‘ Ahmadhiya Biriyani’ and even ‘Vaniyambai Biriyani’. This goes in the same collection. I am using my speciality ‘Seeraga Samba rice’ again. Since I don’t get any Meat(Goat’s Meat)here at Oxford, I did this when I visited my India home. So….go crazy dear you’all!
For Meat Marination:
Goat’s Meat (Bone-in, Fat-on) 1/4 kilo
Ginger-garlic paste 1 spoon(freshly prepared)
Green chili 2 minced
Scallion 1 grated
Country Tomato 1 grated
Mint 6-8 leaves bruised
Cilantro leaves bruised few
Lemon 1 fruit freshly squeezed
Chili Powder 1/4 spoon
Yogurts 1/4 cup.
Short Grained Rice 2 cups
Green chilies 6 slitted
Onions 2 sliced
Tomatoes 6 chopped
Chili powder (optional…its not used generally)
Mint 10 leaves
Cilantro few leaves
Ghee 1 cup.
Cinnamon 2 sticks
Cardamom 6 crushed
Bay leaves 3 crumbled
Star anise 2
Marati Mokku 3
Rose petal few(dried)
Birinji flower 1
Saffron few strands – tapped
In a wide crock pot, heat ghee. Throw in all the spices. Let them crackle up.
Then add chilies, wait till it splutters and turns white.
Followed by onions…fry real good till golden. Maybe add salt o hasten your process.
Now tomatoes….cover and cook. When tomatoes turn pulpy, add chili powder.
Stir-in marinated meat. Cover and cook till meat is tender. It takes really………..long time!
When the meat is tender and oil shows up on top, make sure there is no extra moisture. Then stir-in rice.
Let the rice get well fried for brief period. Then measure your water and add the same.
Cover and cook in a least possible heat. I always slow cook under sim, the no-1 knob here. Again it takes 1- 11/2 on stove top. Well one could set these in oven over 350 degrees for 3 whole hours. Choice is yours!
Enjoy with accompany of Vellore Serva, Spanish Onion raita and Hard boiled egg!