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Serves :

Preparation Time :
45 minutes

Cooking Time :
45 minutes

Preparation Method :

  • Cook meat with turmeric and salt in sufficient water for about 10 minutes or until half done.
  • Heat half portion of ghee in a pan. Add rice and fry for about 2 minutes. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, large enough to take meat and rice. Add the sliced onions and fry till they turn translucent.
  • Add the anise, cloves, cinnamon, cardamoms and bay leaves, fry till the onions turn golden brown.
  • Add the ground paste and fry till the oil starts to surface. Then add green chillies and tomatoes and fry till the tomatoes are soft.
  • Add meat and cook for a few minutes till the moisture is almost absorbed.
  • Add the garam masala, coriander and chilli powder with yogurt and mix well.
  • Stir continuously till the contents come to a boil. Cook covered till the meat is tender. Squeeze the lime juice.
  • Spread the rice evenly over the cooked meat. Sprinkle mint leaves. Add water to 1 inch above the surface of rice. Also add 1 tablespoon ghee.
  • Cover with a tight fitting lid and cook first on high flame for a few minutes till the contents come to a boil and then on low flame till the rice is done with each grain separate.


  • 1 kg mutton, cut into medium sized pieces, washed and drained
  • 500 grams long grain rice, rinsed, soaked and drained
  • 150 grams onions, finely sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cloves
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 inch cinnamon sticks
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric 
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons red chilli powder
  • 340 grams yogurt, whisked
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • A few mint leaves
  • 50 grams ghee
  • 100 ml Cooking oil
  • Salt, to taste

Ground to a fine paste

  • 25 grams ginger
  • 25 grams garlic
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds (khus khus), washed and soaked in warm water 
  • 1 small onion
  • A few sprigs of fresh green coriander
  • 4 green chillies, slit
  • 100 grams tomatoes, chopped

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