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Mutton Biriyani >>
 
Bringing the ingredients together........

Ingredients

 2 lbs Basmati Rice (approx 4 cups)  2 lbs Mutton (or any meat or shrimp)
 1 Cup Yogurt  1 lbs Onion (finely diced)
 1 lb Tomatoes (finely diced)  1 Cup Coriander leaves (finely diced)
 1 Cup Mint Leaves  1 Inch piece of Ginger
 1 large Garlic clove  1 Cup Oil
 4 Cloves  4 Cardamom
 2 Inches of Cinnamon  1 Tsp Turmeric
 5 Heaping tsp mix of Cumin and  Coriander powder  1 Tsp chili
 5 Chillies sliced (optional)  Salt to taste

Preparation

All greens, ginger and garlic should be finely ground and mixed with the yogurt. This is your ground masala.

Clean and wash rice and drain.

Clean meat and cut into fairly large pieces.

Heat 1/2 cup oil and when very hot add whole spices and finely chopped onions Fry until onions are a golden brown.

Add all of the dry spices and fry for 1 minute. Add the ground masala and tomatoes and fry until the oil separates and comes to top. This takes about 10 minutes.

Add meat and cook until meat is browned turning constantly and slowly adding the other 1/2 cup of oil. When well fried, add water and salt to taste. Cover and simmer until meat is tender, approximately 30 minutes.

Add rice and add 4 cups of water. Lower heat when water is almost dried. Cover the top of the mixture with a wet cheese cloth and put the lid on the pot. (Note: Take care not to touch the cloth to the burner). Lower the heat furthrer and cook on low fire until done. Open once or twice and stir gently to bring the bottom up. When done remove from heat but keep covered until serving.