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Friday, 25 April 2014

#8 Amma's Recipe

I love biryani and am back with another delicious biryani recipe. Hope you have already read my older posts on Madrasi Chicken Dum Biryani, Mutton Dum Biryani and The Royal Biryani. They are to die for.... And now am sharing with you my Mom's (of course its hers...trust me am not that good) DINDIGUL MUTTON BIRYANI


Dindigul is a city in Southern Tamil Nadu. Every state in India has their unique way of making biryani. And this Dindigul Biryani is so famous at places like Sivakasi (one of the best cuisines in India), Madurai, Dindigul, Virudhunagar and many more cities close by. Its so different from the Mughal biryani. And I have to tell you, this one tastes just like the biryani at Hotel Junior Kuppanna. So so goood!!! 


Milagai Muttai Varuval, cucumber raita are the best accomplishments for this biryani. Biryani Kathirikai that are served with the mughal biryani does not go with this. This biryani is cooked in a pressure cooker, the ingredients may look long, the process may seem difficult but actually they are not. Cooking in a pressure cooker is so easy. 



This recipe is a keeper of my mom's. Do try and enjoy! 

You Will Need:

1 tsp Fennel Seeds
3 Bay leaves
4 Kalpasi / Black Stone Flower
2 Star Anise
1 kg or 5 Cups of Seeraga Samba Rice
1 Kg Mutton, Large Cuts
5 Medium Sized Onions, Sliced
1/2 Kg Tomato, Chopped
10 Green Chillies
1 Handful Mint, Chopped
1 Handful Coriander Leaves, Chopped
100 ml Yogurt
Salt to Taste
100 ml Ghee
100 ml Vegetable Oil
 7 1/2 Cups of Water ( 1:1.5 Rice Water ratio)


Spice Powder:

3 Cinnamon Sticks
12 Cardamom Pods
12 Cloves

Masala Paste:

10 Green Chillies
100g Shallots
100g Ginger
100g Garlic Cloves
1 Handful Mint Leaves
1 Handful Coriander Leaves

Mutton Marination:

100 ml yogurt
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
Little Salt
Juice of 1 Lemon

The Cooking:

Step 1:

Wash the mutton and marinate the mutton with all the ingredients for marination for at least 30 mins. 


Step 2:

Heat a kadai with a tbsp of oil and fry the spices for spice powder and grind into a fine powder.



Step 3:

Grind all the ingredients for masala paste into a smooth paste. 


Step 4:

Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker and crackle fennel seeds, bay leaves, kalpasi and star anise. Add the sliced onions and green chillies. Saute till the onions turn golden brown. 


Step 5: 

Add the masala paste and mix well. Cook for 2 - 3 mins with the lid on.




Step 6:

Now add the mint, coriander leaves, tomatoes and curd. Give a good mix and cook for 5 - 7 mins on high. 


Step 7:

Add the marinated mutton and mix until everything is well incorporated. Then add salt and spice powder and cook for 10 10 mins on medium flame. Stirring continuously to make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom. 


Step 8:

Pour required water and cook with the pressure cooker lid on until 2 whistles /sounds. Meanwhile wash and soak the rice for 15 - 20 mins. Once the mutton is cooked take off heat and wait till the pressure is released. 


Step 9:

Bring the biryani gravy to boil and add the soaked rice. Let the rice boil and soak up half of the water. Give a good mix and cook for 20 mins on low heat with the pressure cooker lid on. 


Step 10:

Take off heat after 20 mins and wait for the pressure to release. Then run a flap metal spatula around the biryani and invert into a large serving dish and gently mix so that the masala and the rice are uniform. 

Serve hot with any accomplishments you like! 


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#7 Amma's Recipe

I love raitas. There was a time I had onion raita with absolutely everything I ate. Then I started adding chopped cucumbers, carrots and coriander to the raita. And Then came the onions with salt & lemon sans the yogurt. And now I going crazy over this famous CUCUMBER RAITA...so cooling and refreshing for this hot hot summer. I know many of you love this!


Serves 4

You Will Need:

2 Cucumbers
200 ml Thick Yogurt
1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
Salt to Taste

For Tempering:


1/2 tsp Oil

1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
2 Green Chilies, Finely Chopped
Few Curry Leaves
1 tbsp of Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves

The Cooking:

Skin and grate the cucumber and tightly squeeze the water. Add the thick curd and mix in the cumin powder & salt. Heat oil in a kadai and crackle the mustard seeds. Add the green chilies, curry leaves and coriander leaves. Saute few secs and pour this into the cucumber.

Mix well and serve chilled! 

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#6 Amma's Recipe

I have had enough of hard boiled eggs accompanying  Biryani. Just plain and so boring! So here's my mom's twist on the same old boiled eggs. MILAGU MUTTAI VARUVAL... hard boiled eggs stir fried with spices and sliced onions. I usually like this with biryani, Dindigul Biryani to be more specific. Apart from biryani, this tastes great with rasam, curd rice and sambar rice.  


Serves 4

You Will Need:

5 Hard Boiled Eggs, Halved
2 Medium Sized Onions, Sliced
1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1/4 tsp of Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Pepper Powder
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1/2 tsp Fennel Seeds
Few Curry Leaves
Salt to Taste
5 tbsp Vegetable Oil

The Cooking:

Place the halved eggs on a plate and rub in the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder, cumin powder and salt. Heat oil in a kadai and crackle fennel seeds and curry leaves. Now ad the sliced onions and cook on high till translucent. Now gently add the boiled eggs marinated with spices into the onions and stir to mix everything well. Gently cook this over medium low heat for 10 mins till the onions are browned and the eggs are scorched. 

Take off heat and Serve!


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