The ongoing holy month of Ramadan follows a Sehri to Iftar kind of day and any feast is incomplete without a plate of biryani.
The one-pot dish that has enamoured scores of people across the globe is a festive treat too. Biryani, for the unversed, is a melting pot of flavours and aromas, combining long grain rice with succulent meat and a host of spices. Whether cooked on dum (slow-cooked) or in a pressure cooker, the tantalizing dish never fails to impress anyone. While there are vegetarian versions, it is the meaty biryani which holds a special place in the hearts of all hard-core non-vegetarians. Come Ramadan, the importance of biryani goes a notch higher because any iftar feast cannot be complete without a plate of this delectable dish.
During the holy period of Ramadan, the worshippers of Muslim community observe fasts or rozas. These day long fasts begin before dawn and end after sunset. The pre-roza meals are called Sehri while breaking the fast is referred to as iftar. It is believed that iftar generates a feeling of harmony and community among the people as they sit together to pray and break their fasts. Usually, something sweet like dates are eaten first before digging into the wide array of meaty and rich delights on the table.
This iftar, if you’re hosting a feast at home, you must vouch for these mutton biryani recipes.
1. Kolkata Mutton Biryani
You remember what makes Kolkata biryani different from the rest? The addition of potatoes. The mutton is marinated in a coating of yoghurt, biryani masala and ginger-garlic paste. This is then layered with the basmati rice and cooked to perfection.
2. Awadhi Mutton Biryani
From the royal kitchens of Awadh, this mutton biryani recipe is a treat to the taste buds. The mutton and rice are layered after the rice has been boiled separately. The infusion of special Nawabi masalas from Lucknow makes this rice dish a fiery delight for iftar.
3. Malabar Style Mutton Biryani
Give your iftar feast a touch of the coastal flavours with this Malabar style mutton biryani. The rice is cooked with ghee and the tender and soft mutton pieces are cooked in a masala of onions, green chillies, tomatoes and ginger-garlic. Top it with chopped almonds and you are good to go.
4. Chettinad Mutton Biryani
Hailing from one of the spiciest cuisines of South India, the Chettinad biryani is irresistible. Fiery, hot and full of explosion of flavours, the biryani rice is mixed with mutton cooked in curry leaves.