Lucknowi Biryani

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  • Zeera (Cumin seeds) 2 tsp
  • Saunf (Fennel seeds) 1 tbs
  • Laung (Cloves) 5-6
  • Kala zeera (Caraway seeds) ¼ tsp
  • Hari elaichi (Green cardamom) 7-8
  • Javitri (Mace) 3 blades
  • Jaifil (Nutmeg) ¼ piece
  • Darchini (Cinnamon sticks) 2
  • Tez paat (Bay leaves) 2
  • Badam (Almonds) 7-8
  • Kaju (Cashew nuts) 8-10
  • Cream 3 tbs
  • Doodh (Milk) hot 3 tbs
  • Zafran (Saffron) ¼ tsp
  • Zarda ka rang (Orange food color) 1 pinch (optional)
  • Ghee ½ Cup
  • Mutton mix boti 750g
  • Adrak lehsan paste (Ginger garlic paste) 2 tbs
  • Dahi (Yogurt) whisked ½ Cup
  • Lal mirch powder (Red chilli powder) 1 tbs or to taste
  • Haldi powder (Turmeric powder) ¼ tsp
  • Namak (Salt) ½ tbs or to taste
  • Water 2 Cups or as required
  • Doodh (Milk) 1 Cup
  • Kewra water 1 tbs
  • Rose water 1 tbs
  • Pyaz (Onion) fried ½ Cup
  • Chawal (Rice) sella ½ kg (soaked & boiled with salt until 3/4th done)


In spice mixer,add cumin seeds,fennel seeds,cloves,caraway seeds,green cardamom,mace,nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and bay leaves,blend well & set aside.

In spice mixer,add almonds,cashew nuts and blend to make powder.

Add cream,blend again & set aside.

In small bowl,add hot milk,saffron and mix well.

Add orange food color,mix well & set aside.

In pot,add ghee and let it melt.

Add mutton,ginger garlic paste and mix well until it changes color (4-5 minutes).

Add yogurt and mix well.

Add red chilli powder,turmeric powder,salt,ground spice mix (1 & ½ tbs),mix well and cook for 4-5 minutes.

In pot,add water,mix well and bring it to boil,cover and cook on low flame until meat is tender (35-40 minutes).

Take out mutton bones & reserve for later use.

In remaining gravy,add milk,prepared cashew & almond paste,mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Add kewra water and rose water,mix well and cook on high flame until it thickens & oil separates (2-3 minutes).

Add reserved mutton,fried onion,remaining spice mix,boiled rice and prepared saffron milk,cover and simmer on low flame for 8-10 minutes & serve!

Recipe By: Seema Hanif

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