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Shahi Biryani

sumit's picture
Are you looking for simple way to make Shahi Biryani? This recipe is perfect for you. This is a classic recipe. Shahi Biryani is a very popular Indian dish. It is a delicious main dish from Mughlai Cuisine. Shahi Biryani goes well with chicken korma, but it can also be eaten with mutton chops. You should try this delicious Shahi Biryani Recipe.
  Leg and shoulder of mutton 2 Pound (Lamb Or Goat)
  Ginger 3 Inch
  Garlic 12 Clove (60 gm)
  Green chili 6
  Cilantro 4
  Cumin powder 2 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon piece 1 Inch
  Cloves 8
  Nutmeg powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Mace 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Yogurt 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon (To Taste)
  Red chili powder 2 Teaspoon
  Onion 6 Large
  Red potato 6
  Basmati rice 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Water 8 Cup (128 tbs)
  Cardamom 6 Large
  Black cumin 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Saffron 1 Teaspoon
  Milk 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Ghee 6 Tablespoon
  Cooking oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)

1. Wash and cut the meat into 1 inch cubes. Rub with salt and keep aside for 15 minutes. Drain any remaining water.

2. Grind all the ingredients from ginger to cumin seeds to a fine paste.

3. Powder all the ingredients from cinnamon to mace.

4. Marinate the mutton with the ground and powdered spices from Steps 2 & 3, yogurt, salt and red chili powder.

5. Peel and halve the potatoes. Prick the potatoes and rub with salt and turmeric powder. Keep aside for 15 minutes and then fry lightly in oil.

6. Heat oil in a deep bottom non stick pan and fry the onions till reach brown and crisp. Remove the pan from fire and keep aside half of the fried onions.

7. Put the pan with the rest of the fried onions in fire and put the marinated mutton in the pan with the fried onions and cook the meat for two minutes stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, cover and continue cooking with stirring till meat is done and oil starts separating. Remove from fire.

8. Wash and soak rice in cold water for at least 30 minutes. Boil water and add the ingredients from cloves to salt. Add rice. Cook till half done and then drain. Save 2 cups of the drained water.

9. Heat, crush and soak saffron in half cup of warm milk.

10. Take deep thick bottomed pan wide enough to hold the mutton and the rice. Spread some meat in the bottom of the pan then add some rice. Dot with ghee, raisins, fried onions, cashew nuts and a few potatoes. Over this put remaining meat and rice and dot with ghee, fried onions, potatoes, raisins. Sprinkle with the drained water. Add saffron soaked milk.

11. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and put the lid back on the pan. Preheat oven to 450 deg Fahrenheit and bake for about 30 - 45 minutes at 400 deg Fahrenheit.

12. Remove from oven, mix the meat and rice mixture. Serve hot garnished with sliced onions, green pepper, tomatoes and sliced hard boiled eggs.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Rice, Mutton
Preparation Time: 
16 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
46 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1262 Calories from Fat 518

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 58 g89.9%

Saturated Fat 22.1 g110.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 153.2 mg51.1%

Sodium 655.9 mg27.3%

Total Carbohydrates 139 g46.4%

Dietary Fiber 10.9 g43.5%

Sugars 20.1 g

Protein 46 g92.7%

Vitamin A 7.9% Vitamin C 110.8%

Calcium 27.6% Iron 34.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Ganesh.Dutta's picture
nice recipe....this shahi biryani is very popular in hydrabad, with mutton korma it is really delicious combination.
Imroze's picture
Mouth watering, simply great. where did u learn it from? Qureshies??????????
srividya76's picture
Hey Sumit Good Job! Simply delicious. I just love this biryani.
katrina's picture
I'm not a great cook and certainly almost zero know-how on idnian food. However, the pic for this biryani does not seem to belong to the recipe. It looks like a kind on chinese fried rice as there are shrimps, egg, and a kind of pork sausage - all of which are not mentioned as ingredients. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
fariheen's picture
u r rong
Mogi's picture
You are right, the recipe is different from the picture. Picture seem to be shrimps briyani
Anonymous's picture
i agree with katrina...i think they are not raisins not pork sausages...
fariheen's picture
shahi is like american
Anonymous's picture
The pic looks like Shrimps and Suasage and this recipe also looks yukie poo.
Shahi Biryani Recipe