Raan Briyani Recipe

 In a typical Indian home, every occasion has a Biryani on the menu. Be its someone's birthday or wedding reception, Biryani always makes it way to the table. India is a land of various cultures. And every culture has its own Biryani recipe. This one is from my cook-book.     

Raan Biryani

For the marinade: 


        1.      Mutton whole leg (of a lamb kid) – 1
        2.      Ginger garlic paste – 2 tbsp
        3.      Red chili powder – 1 ½ tbsp.
        4.      Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
        5.      Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
        6.      Yogurt – ½ cup
        7.      Salt – to taste
        8.      Oil – 3 tbsp


  1.   Marinate the cleaned mutton leg with the remaining ingredients, except oil, overnight  in the refrigerator.
  2. Move the marinated mutton to a pan, drizzle oil all over, cover it with a lid and cook it for about 1 hour – 1 ½ hour turning the side after every 25 minutes (cooking time depends on the mutton you use).
  3.  Remove the lid and cook it for another 10 – 15 minutes turning the sides to get the grilled effect. Remove from the oven and keep it aside.
For the Biryani Masala


1.      Cardamom - 2
2.      Cloves -2
3.      Cinnamon - 1 small piece
4.      Onion – 5 (thinly sliced)
5.      Tomato – 2 (chopped)
6.      Ginger -2 piece
7.      Garlic - 10 - 12 cloves
8.      Green chili – 8 – 10 (according to your taste)
9.      Yoghurt – ¼ cup
10.    Red chili powder - ½ tsp
11.    Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
12.    Garam masala powder – ¼ tsp
13.    Lemon juice - 2 tbsp
14.    Coriander leave – 3 tbsp
15.    Salt - to taste
16.    Clarified butter/ ghee – 4 tbsp


1.    Grind garlic, ginger and green chili with yoghurt and keep it ready.
2.   Heat ghee in a deep pan, add cardamom, cloves and cinnamon to it. Add finely sliced onion and salt and saute till soft. Add the ground chili-garlic-ginger mixture and saute till the raw smell disappear.
3.  To this add chopped tomatoes and saute till the tomato is cooked. Add chili powder, turmeric powder and garam masala to it and saute it till the raw smell disappears. Reduce the flame, add the mutton whole leg to this and coat it with the prepared onion masala. Top it with coriander leaves and cook covered for about 5 minutes. Remove from flame.

For the rice


1.      Basmati rice - 3 cups
2.      Boiling water - 4 ½ cups
3.      Saffron – 2 pinch (soaked in 3 tbsp hot milk)
4.      Salt - to taste
5.      Ghee- 2 tbsp
6.      Oil – 2 tbsp


1.   Heat ghee and oil together in a deep pan. Add the washed basmati rice and enough salt and fry it for about 5 minutes stirring continuously. .Add the boiled water to it and cook the rice covered till done. Add the saffron with mix, combine and remove from flame.

For layering


1.      Fried onion – ½ cup
2.      Fried cashew nuts and raisins – ¼ cup
3.      Coriander leaves – 3 tbsp
4.      Garam masala - just enough to sprinkle on each layer
5.      Hard boiled egg - 3 (cut to two halves)


1.   In the pan in which the mutton leg is cooked, make a layer with prepared rice. Sprinkle little garam masala powder, fried onion, cashews and raisins and coriander leaves. Now add make a layer of prepared masala over the rice layer. Repeat the process.
2.   Just before adding the last layer of rice, place the mutton whole leg, cover it with rice and top it with a pinch of garam masala powder, fried onion, cashews, raisins. egg halves and coriander leaves.
3.   Cover it with aluminum foil and leave it on low flame for about 15 minutes. Serve hot with raita, pickle and chutney.

When you try it, let me know in the comments section below!


  1. Oh ho yo yummy recepie.....☺☺👍

  2. Seems delicious, gonna try!!!! Thanks for sharing....


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