Yakhini Biriyani / Shahi Mutton Kofta Biriyani – Hearty Literally

Yakhini Biriyani / Shahi Mutton Kofta Biriyani – Hearty Literally

Mughalai Moti Biriyani

If I know my future precisely, I would prefer to have Biriyani as my last meal! I mean, its just an expression to say…how much I enjoy a particular dish! Maybe because, it was my first experiment recipe in the kitchen, at the age of 17…incidentally on a Ramzaan day:)

I was left alone, at home! And my Mom had asked my uncle to provide me lunch. So, after done with light breakfast, I overwhelmingly asked the maid to take a day off! I am such a fool to do so! Anyway…that stupid brother of my Mother, forgot me totally! The day passed beyond my lunch time…and my stomach was grumbling pretty bad! His phone was not reachable…moreover he had borrowed my two-wheeler, that morning. Oops, I was left with no option to go out, kind of trapped in my own house…with lots of gadgets around me, provisions lying in the kitchen, but was so helpless…dunno’ ABCD of cooking:( I was all nuts’ pretty mad at him!! It was so scary when the clock was ticking and I was like almost blackout!

Until evening my day went staring at the wall clock and wondering ‘where the idiot would be! Around 3.30 to 4 O’ clock, I decided to cook on my own. Somehow managed to locate rice, spices…water etc. Spend a whole lot of time in confusion (What to fix and How to Cook???) Oh man, that was like a nightmare’. I ended up grabbing each vegetable and examining it with care then, putting it back promptly! Once again checking whether someone will be available soon to take me out for lunch/dinner, poor me:(

Finally, I decided…I will cook chicken and rice together, had a peculiar gut/instinct feeling that it would turn out good. Also, I had good perception what a typical biriyani may require:) Somehow figured cooking in a pressure cooker, doesn’t need any basic culinary skills…and I believed rice and chicken would definitely turn tender over 3-5 whistles…by pouring lot of water to it…in that way I can make sure’ that it won’t be undercooked at any cost:) I grabbed all the necessary ingredients, ranging from spices to mint, lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste etc (Yes, nothing did I miss)! After toiling hours in the kitchen, ruining number of cutlery. The resulted dish closely matched ‘Biriyani’. Oh gosh…it was awesome, overwhelming, hearty in fact:)Of course it had some flaws and it was barely noticeable! For the first attempt, it was fabulous:) The verdict was lots of cardamoms, mushy rice…but when it was steaming hot’ it was very fulfilling. I consider this incident has a tremendous impact on me to learn cooking, to survive on my own:)

Well, did I finish the story, since it was Ramzaan day…late at dinner time, my friend Salma shared ‘Biriyani’ with me again…hehe:(


For Kofta:

Minced goat meat 1/2 kilo(cooked)
Green chili 3
Ginger 1″ grated
Garlic 2 cloves minced
Onion chopped
Cilantro chopped
Egg whites
All purpose flour
Oil for frying.

For Biriyani:

Cloves 3
Cinnamon 2
Cardamon pods 3
Bay leaves 2
Black cardamom 2
Star anise 1
Short grained rice 2 cups(seeraga samba)
Green chilies 6 slitted
Onion 1 made into puree
Tomato 1 small
Garlic 6 cloves made into paste
Ginger 2″ size peeled and made into paste
Mint leaves 1 fistful
Coriander leaves alone few
Lemon juice from 1 fruit
Curd 1 cup
Chili powder
Ghee 1/4 cup.


For Kofta:

Cook minced meat in a pressure cooker, retain the broth.

Now combine all the ingredients(except oil) with shredded meat.

Mix them well. Divide them into equal parts and shape them into mini koftas.

Heat oil in a pan, shallow fry them till golden brown. Set aside.

For Biriyani:

In a crock pot, heat ghee. Add cloves, cinnamon, crushed cardamon pods, bay leaves, star anise and green chilies. Fry them till chilies crack and turn opaque.

Now add onion puree to this and fry them really well, until its pungent smell is gone. Then add tomatoes, mint and coriander leaves. Fry them till the leaves wilt.

Add salt and chili powders. Followed by fried koftas. Add rice and saved meat broth to this. Cover and cook till tender and nice.

Feast like a King with friends and family:)


11 Responses so far.

  1. Mélange says:

    Enjoyed reading the narration !! For sure that was a meaningful first attempt from a 17 year Old !! I was imagining you might have felt with a small poor tummy..haha.But lets think if it was on today,you may surf and findout the step by step recipe..Isnt that wonderful ?
    Above all,that incident shows you are a born chef !!
    The Biriyani looks yummy and rich btw.

  2. Chitra says:

    I am going to try that plain kofta first… Mouth-watering!

  3. Rachu says:

    Oh what a story! But glad you made it through and came out with a biriyani.. brave and smart!
    and a successful first biriyani is a perfect feather in your cap.. My all ‘first’ dishes were flops.. btw, I can eat those koftas in a go.. i dont think i will hve patience to make a biryani out of it.. too gud!

  4. Oh that’s so delicious looking briyani with chicken balls..something different from normal briyani

  5. Priya says:

    Yep as u said its a real feast, sooo tempting kofta briyani..

  6. divya says:

    Simple delicious and fabulous looking biriyani,beautiful clicks..

  7. Akila says:

    wow what a innovative briyani… i can smell the flavor dear…

  8. Delicious and unique ,love to try this different biryani version.

  9. This looks great, need to try now, it would be real treat i guess

  10. Malar Gandhi says:

    Thanks for taking time and reading my rant today Melange and Rachu:) Exactly if things were different’ like this back then…I would have ordered pizza or ref’d blog for any simple simple:)

    Thank you so much ladies:)

  11. very yummy biriyani ,koftas are very cute and mouth watering but long procedure. i am also always planning but finally i changed the menu.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

Join other followers: