Spiced Lamb Biryani You Can Create At Home

Posted on 11th July 2014

At Chakra, one of our most popular rice dishes has to be our delicious Kashmiri lamb biryani. Biryani is derived from a Persian word meaning "fried, roasted" and having originated in Turkey and Persia it was brought to South Asia by Muslim travellers and merchants to the Mughal Empire.

One of the national dishes of Pakistan, biryani has become a key element of the cuisine in South Asia. Served as street food and fast food in many places and known for its unique aroma, flavour and spices, a biryani was traditionally prepared in an earthenware pot.

Below is a fantastic recipe that will allow you to recreate a spiced lamb biryani at home. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and can be booked in 15-30 minutes.

You will require:

  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 a finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 a tsp of turmeric
  • 5 whole cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp of chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 300g of long grain rice
  • 1/2 a cube of vegetable stock
  • 400ml of boiling water
  • 150g of cubed lamb fillet
  • Coriander leaves to garnish
  • Method:

    1. 1. Heat a tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a pan and fry the onions for 3-4 minutes until soften. Having added the spice and bay leaf continue to fry for another 1-2 minutes. Stir in the rice, being sure to cost with the oil and spices.
    2. 2. In a small bowl, dissolve the stock cube in the boiling water and then pour into the pan with the rice. Having stirred once, cover with a lid and allow to simmer gently.
    3. 3. In another pan heat the remaining oil and fry the chunks of lamb for 1-2 minutes until golden brown. Add the rice and reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 10-12 minutes until the rice is tender.
    4. 4. Pile into a serving bowl and garnish with coriander.
    5. Of course if you want to try biryani cooked the Chakra way, be sure to come in and see us. You can book a table either by calling 020 7229 2115, emailing reservations@chakralondon.com, or by using the ‘book now’ tab above.

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