Friday 16 February 2018

Recipe 13: Make Biryani from Leftover Mutton Curry

Last night I got a bit of mutton curry from my mum.

Now for two people it was less as dinner.

I came with a recipe that made a wonderful cheat dinner for two. And according to my husband my recipe, can really amount to any good biryani available.

So here it is, a mutton biryani recipe like you never imagined. Even a child and cook and impress anyone.

 Ingredients for Serving 2 People:

  1. 1 cup mutton pieces with curry
  2. 2 cups long grain rice (washed and drained)
  3. 2 cardamom
  4. 2 sticks of cinnamon
  5. 3-4 cloves
  6. 3 tbsp. Biryani masala (click to buy Shan Biryani Masala)
  7. 2 medium onion sliced
  8. 1 medium tomato chopped
  9. 2 soft boiled eggs (optional)
  10. salt to taste
  11. 1 tbsp. ghee
  12. 2 tbsp. vegetable oil for cooking


In a deep cooking vessel, add oil and fry the onions.
Now add cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. I prefer adding whole spices a little later because adding them first makes them burn and loose flavour over time.
After onions turn dark brown add the tomatoes and Biryani Masala.
Add salt to release the water from tomatoes. This way additional water will not be needed.
Cover and cook on low flame till the tomatoes soften and oil surfaces.
Now add your leftover mutton curry.
Increase the flame/heat and dry out all the gravy.
Add the rice and sauté.
Now add 4 cups water and place eggs on top.
Cover and Cook for 15 minutes on low flame or till rice is fully cooked.
Add Ghee on top and keep the biryani covered for 10 minutes more.
Serve hot!


  • I used eggs because the mutton pieces were few and eggs compensated for it.
  • I usually boil my eggs semi-hard because the time it is in Handi, eggs will firm up.
  • Along with boiled eggs, boiled and fried potatoes can be added for Kolkata style biryani.
  • One can add kewra water, rose water, etc. for fragrance.
  • Adding water to rice is the tricky part and it will come with experience. Sometimes less than 4 cups also works for cooking rice. So do not always go by what is being said in the recipe about water in rice.

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