Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Mutton Biryani

I studied Applied Art at Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya in Pune. If you've ever driven past it, you know it takes real courage to admit that one studied there. During my fourth year, our class was situated in the basement of the college. This was great for two reasons. If it rained, the water in class came up at least waist level and all the tables would be floating. And if there was no electricity, it would be pitch dark. In any event, classes would be cancelled for the day. When this happened, there were two options. Either place yourself among some permanent fixtures at Vaishali. Or pig out on some of the most decadent Mutton Biryani at Durga Biryani House. Durga, which is situated on Tilak Road, right outside Tilak Smarak Mandir, is in a tiny 12' X 12' shop. It has a mezzanine floor which houses three and a half tables. I can bet good money that the mezzanine is an illegal construction. However, this is a minor detail when you consider that this little restaurant churns out the best artery clogging mutton biryani in Pune. If you are to visit this fine establishment remember to have a generous supply of Gelusil® with you.

4 cups basmati rice
I lb lamb cubed
2 large onions finely chopped
3 large onion thinly sliced
2 large tomatoes finely chopped
5 cloves of garlic crushed or 1 tsp paste
1 tsp ginger paste
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp turmeric powder
1 1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp salt (or according to taste)
3 cups water
1/2 cup oil

In a large pot heat oil on high and add ginger and garlic.
When the garlic starts to splatter add chopped onion
Once the onion browns on the edges, add tomato and stir
Allow to cook for 5 min
Then add chili, turmeric and garam masala
Allow to cook for a few minutes and add Lamb
Stir and allow to cook for a minute or two
Add water and mix well
Turn heat to medium and allow to boil till almost all the water is gone and the curry part looks like a lumpy paste.
In a wok deep fry the sliced onions till golden brown and crisp
In another pot cook rice till it is almost cooked. i.e. there is a tiny grain at the center of the rice
Take a thick bottomed pot and place some of the fried onions
Then add a 1 inch layer of Rice
Cover it with a layer of Mutton
Repeat layers till you have 3 sets of layers.
Place lid on the pot and seal with dough or a damp towel
Place on medium heat till all the rice appears cooked.
Serve with Raita or Dahi-Kanda


archana said...

Thanks Indy, for visiting my blog :)
I liked your blog name, and even I come from Pune. I too have gr8 interest in art/painting but never had formal training .
Vaishali is our favourite when we visit Pune.
Being a total veg so no no to Mutton Biryani :)))
You have a nice blog I will check out your other posts.

Anonymous said...

MMMM....you got me salivating!! We used to go to Dorabjee for biryani, they also had excellent mutton biryani. Never heard of Durga biryani though!!

Anonymous said...

nice recipe indrajeet, but the durga which u r saying is closed long time back. the another durga is on perugate road, 2nd in in mandai. Here is the good places in pune whr all biryani or nonvegiii lovers ll get good food. 1.Saundarya biryani (LBS road,FC road) 2.SP's Biryani (tilak road,opp to SP college)3. Tiranga biryani.(paud road,satara road,hadapsar,budhwar peth)4.Dorabjee(camp)5.Blue nile(camp)
enjoy !

Alka said...

If in near future somebody put a comment on ur blog that a blogger had copied ur style of presentation of biryani,be sure he/she wud be talking abt my blog.....its amazing..i cant help but be INSPIRED...dont sue me for that....lol

Anup K Nair said...

hi guys...we are from mumbai and think that MUTTON is GOD FOOD. We are planning to be in Pune primarily to vist the Tirupati Temple. I needed information on where we can savour the BEST Mutton DISH in and/or around PUNE. Please advice.


Alka said...

Ok so i did what i warned u about ...i copied ur presentation style,but don't worry i had given a link back to ur recipe,so i guess i wont face copyrights charges....lol

Anonymous said...

This is a very nice recipie. I am a working man in mumbai and cooking is my hobby. can you tell me is there any cooking classes in mumbai for veg/Non-veg ? if you know i will geratful to you if you send me detail to my email its c_shantaram@yahoo.com


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Anonymous said...

Well I love biryani and the places mentioned are good, however I'm disappointed to not see 2 names that I would love to go to with my eyes closed, they are George on East street and Nawab which is next to Blue nile! very expensive, but some of the best biriyani and meat had..... The reason I'm stating these as otherwise I find Irani/arabic cusine not spicy at all and our Indian Maharashtrian biriyani houses like soundarya super spicy! these 2 are just perfect and George is definitely the best I'd vote from Pune.