- Mutton or Chicken 1 kg cut into pieces
- Rice Basmati 750 gm, soaked for 15 minutes
- Potatoes 4, peeled and cut into half
- Tomatoes 4 big sized, finely chopped
- Onions 4 medium sized, finely sliced
- Mint leaves (pudina) 1/4 bunch, finely chopped
- Coriander leaves (hara dhaniya) 3-4 tbsp, finely chopped
- Green chillies 5-6, whole slit lengthwise
- Ginger-garlic paste 2 tbsp
- Bombay Biryani Masala 3 tbsp, heaped
- Peppercorn (kali mirch) 6-7
- Cinnamon (dalchini) 1 inch piece
- Cardamoms (choti elaichi) 3-4
- Yellow/orange food colour 1/2 tsp
- Salt to taste
- Yogurt 150 gm or 1 cup
- Luke warm milk 1 cup
- Oil 1 cup
- Ghee 4 tbsp, melted
- Juice of 2 lemon
- Mix Lemon Juice and salt to taste in the mutton or chicken and marinate for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator.
- Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan and Deep fry the potatoes. Remove and keep aside.
- Fry onions in the same oil until golden brown.
- Add ginger-garlic and fry for 1-2 minutes.
- Add Chopped tomatoes and fry for 4-5 minutes stirring constantly.
- Add Marinated chicken/mutton and fry until it turns white.
- Add Bombay Biryani masala and fry for 5-6 minutes.
- Add Yogurt and salt, mix well. Cover and cook on low heat until Mutton / chicken pieces are half done.
- Check the gravy if their is excess liquid, fry till the liquid dries and gravy becomes thick.
- Boil the rice in 12 glasses of water with cardamoms, black pepper, cinnamon and salt.
- When the rice is half done drain in a strainer.
- Do not overcook the rice, it should be half cooked.
- Make a thin layer at the base of a heavy bottomed pan with the boiled rice.
- Then put a layer of the prepared Chicken / meat mixture.
- Add Fried Potatoes, Coriander leaves, mint leaves and green chillies.
- Cover with the remaining rice, pour in warm milk, melted ghee and sprinkle food color on top of it.
- Cover tightly with a muslin cloth or aluminium foil and place the lid on top.
- Steam on very low heat for 25-30 minutes.
- Mix well before serving and garnish with fried onions.
- Serve hot with Kachumber raita.
Note :- Normal or Regular rice like zeera kolam can also be used instead of Basmati Rice.
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