Sindhi Biryani Recipe

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  1. vegetable oil
  2. 3 medium onions, finely sliced
  3. 1 kg boneless goat meat, cut into large cubes
  4. 3 tbsp grated ginger
  5. 1 tbsp crushed garlic
  6. 100 g natural yoghurt
  7. 1 tbsp chilli powder
  8. 2 tsp turmeric
  9. 2 tsp sweet paprika
  10. 1 tbsp ground coriander
  11. 2 heaped tsp ground cumin
  12. 2 tsp cumin seeds
  13. 10 cloves
  14. 4 cinnamon sticks
  15. 14 green cardamom pods
  16. 3 brown cardamom pods
  17. 5 bay leaves
  18. 10 dried plums
  19. 1 tbsp salt
  20. 8 peppercorns, ground
  21. 4 long green chillies, 3 left whole, 1 finely sliced
  22. 3 medium potatoes
  23. 500 g basmati rice, soaked for 30 minutes
  24. 1 tbsp saffron threads, soaked briefly in milk
  25. 3 medium tomatoes, cut into thin wedges
  26. 1 bunch coriander, chopped
  27. 1 bunch mint, chopped
  28. onion rings, fried until dark brown and caramelised
  29. 25 g sultanas
  30. 25 g slivered almonds
  31. 25 g walnuts
  32. 25 g cashew nuts


sindhi-biryaniHeat a little vegetable oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion until golden brown. Add the goat and fry for a few minutes. Stir in the ginger and garlic, then add the yogurt  ground spices, whole spices (reserve 8 green cardamom pods for the rice), bay leaves, dried plums, salt and pepper. Add the whole chillies and 250 ml of water. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, boil the potatoes whole until tender, then drain and cut in half. Keep warm. Drain the rice and boil with the reserved cardamom. When cooked, drain and put half into a bowl. Add the saffron milk and stir until the rice is evenly yellow. Keep the plain and saffron rice warm.

Combine the tomato, coriander, mint and sliced green chilli. Add one-third of the tomato mixture to the goat curry. Cover and cook for a further 5–10 minutes.

Spoon half of the plain rice onto a large serving platter. Top with the goat curry. Spoon over half of the saffron rice and scatter with half of the remaining tomato mixture. Scatter with the boiled potatoes, then add final layers of plain rice and saffron rice. Scatter with the fried onion. Top with the remaining tomato mixture then sprinkle over the sultanas and nuts. Serve immediately.

cook’s notes
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55–60 g, unless specified.

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