SUNDAY RECIPE| Biryani: the new found love of Kashmiri

Few years ago, Biryani was known as a “foreign dish” but now this dish made of rice and meat has made inroads into Kashmir’s otherwise limited palate.

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The taste of the Kashmiri Wazwaan had stayed on the taste buds of Kashmiris for the last six centruries. The restaurants here are famous for Wazwaan but now Biryani is giving a tough competition to  Kashmiri Wazwaan. Even, one of the oldest eatery in Srinagar ‘The Mughal Darbar Restaurant’ which was famous for serving Wazwaan has added Biryani to their Menu List as a give up to the changed trend.

Biryani is an on-the-go meal. It is the new taste bud tickler especially for youngsters as traditional cuisine takes a biting.

A number of roadside kiosks are also cashing on the popularity of Biryani in Kashmir. These are mostly run by non-locals, have come up across Srinagar. They sell Biryani as it is the new hot favourite and don’t need large space or too many utensils. One can even manage his business by serving it in disposable plastic plates.

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Here is how you can make it at home:


  • 1 kg meat
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 Tbsp red chilli paste
  • 1 Tbsp green chilli paste sauteed brown onions to taste
  • 1/2 Tbsp cardamom powder
  • 3-4 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp cumin seeds
  • 4 cloves pinch of mace mint leaves to taste
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 250 gm curd
  • 4 Tbsp clarified butter
  • 750 gm semi cooked rice
  • 1 tsp saffron
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup of oil


Clean the meat. Then in a pan add meat, salt, ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, green chilli paste, sauteed brown onions, cardamom powder, cinnamon, cumin seeds, cloves, mace, mint leaves and lemon juice. Mix it well.

Add curd, clarified butter, semi cooked rice, saffron, water and oil and mix it well.

Now apply sticky dough on the sides of the pan.

Cover with lid to seal it and cook for about 25 minutes.

Hyderabadi Biryani is ready to eat. Garnish it with boiled eggs, sliced carrots, cucumbers and serve hot.

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