Kachchi gosht ki Biryani

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Kachchi Gosht ki Biryani

My love for Biryani goes back to a few years ago, before leaving India to work in Maldives. Coming from the Land of Nawabs, Hyderabad, I always had the immense adoration towards it from the time I first tasted it, which I still remember and it had gotten more aged like the wine, when I left India, which only made me crave for it and forced me to learn to master the art of this recipe. I remember eating a lot Biryani as a child, for every occasion be it marriage, Christmas, new year, Easter, birthday, you name it! It is by far considered the food of rich in India. coming from a cultured heritage and a long known tradition of Indian food, the recipe I am going to share with you will surely inspire you to try out your own hand at this delicious recipe. This recipe is lets just say a family traditional recipe passed on to my mother and from her to me but with my own twist added to it. 🙂

Since, I currently live in Greece, i was able to gather all the ingredients that I need for this recipe, without further ado, I pushed myself to prepare this one pot meal. People often say that cooking a recipe with so many spices and flavors is a tedious job, but the recipe I am about to share you would only leave you with a delicious, mouth melting Biryani. but, I would recommend a bit of patience when it comes to certain stages of this recipe such as gathering all ingredients, marination and especially the cook time.

First, I would like to let you know, this recipe is a ‘Kachchi’ meaning its raw and cooked on a layered form allowing it to take time and cook in its own steam known as ‘Dum’. This recipe calls for fresh ‘mutton’ meaning goat meat, marinated in spices overnight to tenderize the meat and cook the meat faster than its required time. I say do not rush, if you rush, you would just mess it up, take it like a therapy. It will only help for a final fascinating result. So, Let’s begin our therapy, but carefully follow every bit of the recipe to produce the best Biryani you ever tasted:

For the Meat:

I used Mutton as this recipe calls for goats meat.

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Butcher’s Fresh Goat Meat

Note: Tsp = Teaspoon Tblsp = Tablespoon

Ingredients:

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Spices for Biryani

Mutton –  1 Kilogram

Salt – 1 Tsp

Coriander powder – 2 Tsps

Roasted Cumin – 1/4 Tsp

Garam Masala – 1/2 Tsp

Red Chilli Powder – 3/4 Tsp

Black Pepper – 1/2 Tsp

Cumin Seeds (Jeera)  – 1/2 Tsp

Cardamom – 4 Pods

Cinnamon Sticks – 1 Inch

Bay Leaves (Bit Crushed) – 2 Leaves

Cloves – 4

Green Chillies (Crushed) – 5

Ginger Garlic Paste – 3 Tblsps (Must)

Lemon Juice – 4 Tblsps

Mint Leaves (Do not Chop) – 5 Leaves (Must)

Coriander Leaves – 8 Leaves

Greek Yoghurt (or) Thick hung curd – 5 Tblsps

Fried Onions – 3 big Onions chopped and fried in oil.

Ghee (or) ground nut Oil – 5 Tblsps

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Incorporation of Spices for Marination

Ensure to wash the meat twice. place it in a clean bowl which preferably has a lid to close, ensure to gather all the ingredients together in order not to miss any. Place all of the above ingredients along with the meat and mix well, preferably with your own sanitized hands.  Add the oil/ Ghee and Mix until it looks like the below mentioned picture, and store it into a refrigerator for a complete marination of up to 8 hours.

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Marinated Meat
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Refrigerate for 8 Hours

For the Rice:

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40% cooked Basmati Rice

Ensure to use quality Basmati Rice for that fall apart grains once cooked. you don’t want to eat a soggy and sticky riced Biryani.

Ingredients:

Rice – 500 grams

Salt – 1 Tblspn

Fresh water to Boil.

Wash the rice thoroughly, I recommend thrice for the removal of extra starch and Soak the rice for approximately 30 minutes so that the rice can cook faster and elongate it’s size while boiling. Bring the rice to boil. remember when placing the rice to cook, that’s when you add the salt. the moment you see the water boil, pull out a spatula, bring out a few grains of rice and break the rice grain into two. if it breaks immediately, it means its cooked 40%. remember the rice has to be cooked only 40% and the rest 60% would be cooked in the skillet with the meat and the rest of the ingredients. Immediately drain the water and set aside the rice.

Assemble / Layering:  

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Layered Biryani ready to be DUM

Ingredients:

Boiled eggs:  3 (Optional) but taste Yum!

Fried Onions : a handful

Mint Leaves – 5 leaves

Saffron infused milk – 3/4 cup

Ghee (or) Groundnut Oil : 4 Tblsps

Must Have:

Heavy based Pot

Aluminum foil for DUM

In the heavy based skillet, add a Tblspn of Ghee and spread the marinated meat evenly without having any space. then, add another 2 Tblspns of Ghee on the top of the spread marination then, layer the rice and spread it evenly once again ensuring that there are no gaps and lumps. Place the 3 boiled eggs on top of the rice. Sprinkle the fried onions, spreading it across, Add the Mint leaves, then, sprinkle the Saffron milk around the prepared dish. Once that’s done, add the last tblspn of Ghee over.

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Saffron Infused Milk
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Pure Greek Saffron
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Heavy based Pot

Now, what i am going to say is very important and this is where the moment of truth appears for the dish, Cover the pot with 2 layers of Aluminum foil and then place the lid on top of the pot and wrap around the lid another layer of aluminum foil to ensure that the steam wouldn’t escape the pot while the dish cooks. this is called the ‘Dum’. Turn the gas on to high, Place the pot on the burner and let the dish cook for over 10 mins on high flame and then reduce it immediately to a low flame and let it cook for about 30 minutes. I used a timer and suggest you do the same. once the dish has cooked passed 40 mintues in total. turn the gas down and remove it off the gas and let it rest on the kitchen counter for 5 minutes before you open the pot.

Once you have opened the pot, take a fork and gently fluff the rice, the aroma that fills the house is so pleasing and trust me you would be so satisfied with the cooking.

You may serve the biryani with soft melt in mouth chunks of meat with either, Baigan ka Bartha ( A dish comprising of Brinjal/ Aubergine), Mirchi ka salan (A dish prepared with chillies) a must have Dahi Raitha (Yoghurt based Chutney) and some fresh cut lemon and circled onions.

Bon Appetit!

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Organizing your UK visa

I was walking back to the visa center from a visa photography session for the visa application constructing this post to make aware the all possible procedures to organize your UK visa and accomplish it with no hassle or time consumption. it is going to be definitely helpful if it matters to you. This post will help you no matter which part of the world you are going to submit your application. Follow the below procedure and tada! you do not have to worry about anything else.

Application Procedure:

I don’t know when I plan to go to the UK, but a tourist visa comes with a 6 months of a validity period which means you can travel any number of times back and forth the country. but initially when I decided I would eventually go visit there to see the country, travel around the meadows and plains of Scotland and the bustling city of London, I instantly applied for one. But in order to apply, I did a bit of research, then it came to my knowledge that you got to make an account online and apply for one and then visit the visa center for a appointment with them.  the procedure comes in 6 steps:

1. Application submitted

2. Transferred for decision

3. Received by the UK visa examiner

4. Decision made

5. Ready for collection

6. Passport Returned

Here’s is the website you may register for an online account :  https://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa.

fill in the form in English,  pay in the visa fee (varies from different nationality) online in most cases. once you have completed it, the website will let you print your form and an appointment confirmation date and time along with the address and your reference number. this form is a very important form as you would need to provide it to the contact person from the visa center to do your bio-metric procedure. now you must be wondering what is bio-metric? i will explain it in a few minutes, so, once you have gotten your form printed, it will provide you the available dates of interview, you can select which you are convenient with. on the day of your appointment ensure you have the below following as your supporting documents along with the printed form that you would be submitting.

1. 2 photos

  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
  • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
  • in case you wear glasses, do not wear them
  • for girls pin up your hair, even the hair that covers your face unless you want your application to be rejected.

2. if you are going there for a visit, your flight ticket confirmation.

3. your hotel stay and accommodation details

4. Bank statement from the last 6 months

5. if you are travelling with your spouse, passport copy of his/her.

note: if you do not have your photocopies, they would send you for all of the above mentioned to bring them to process to the next step.

trust me , when i added the above note as I had to walk a mile to get photocopies from the visa center that I applied in Athens.

so, once you got all of these submitted, the person who is responsible to verify the documents, asks you to make a couple of signatures and then you are taken to the next step of :

Bio-Metric Procedure

so this simply means, they will take your finger prints, signatures and photographs for identification purpose. you will be asked to place your 4 fingers of one hand each leaving the thumb on the finger print screen and it would screen the prints and authenticates. and the same is done for the thumbs. you are also asked to remove glasses if you wear them for a photograph. and then on a electronic pen you will be asked to give your signature which is the apple of the eye to the whole appointment session like a celebrity kind of feel. 🙂

Once the procedure of bio-metric is completed you will be asked to fill in a feedback form and you could track your application online with the website given by the examiner. it usually take 15 working days for the visa to arrive from the date of submission.

Hope this post was helpful for your future applications.

Happy Travels!