As mentioned in my last recipe I was going to use the same method to try and make a biryani. I did, and it was a great success! Easy to prepare in advance and then just stick in the oven for 30 minutes! This probably isnt very authentic as I have invented it myself but its very tasty!
200g Lamb mince
350g Basmati rice
3 cloves of garlic finely sliced
1 inch ginger finely chopped
1 chilli deseeded and chopped
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp corriander powder
1/2 tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp garam massala
1 tsp salt
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp fenugreek
3 green cardamon pods
1 onion sliced
6 mushrooms sliced
A handful of frozen peas
1/2 a green pepper sliced
knob of butter
700ml boiling water
Put all the spices and salt into a bowl and mix together then remove half.
Add the lamb mince into the bowl with half of the spice mix and massage the spices into the meat.
Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the onions. After a few minutes add the mushrooms, peppers, chilli, ginger and garlic and fry together until soft.
Add the lamb mince to the pan and break up into smaller pieces as it cooks. When the meat is almost cooked add the other half of the spices, cardamon pods, peas and a knob of butter and stir through for a few minutes.
Add this mixture into a high sided oven dish and then top with the uncooked rice and season on top with salt
Pour in the boiling water, cover tightly with foil and cook on 220 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes, removing when the rice is cooked through.
Stir the meat layer into the rice, top with chopped corriander and serve on its own or with curry sauce and naan!
Check out my other curry recipes for a nice sauce.