Hyderabadi special– Biryani Nawabi Recipe

Biryani Nawabi gets its name because of the liberal use of the dry fruits like raisins, apricot, almonds, cashew nuts and sunflower seeds.


  • 750 grams Basmati rice
  • 1 kg Mutton
  • 5-6 medium Onions
  • 1 tblsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tblsp Garam masala
  • 6 nos. Red chillies
  • 1 cup Curds
  • 2 nos. Cinnamon
  • 6 nos. Cardamom powder
  • 1 tblsp Shahjeera
  • 10 nos. Black peppercorns
  • 1 tblsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 pinches Saffron
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 10 nos. Apricot
  • 1 tblsp Almonds
  • 1 tblsp Cashew nuts
  • 1 tblsp Sunflower seeds
  • 1 tblsp Raisins
  • Heat 5 tbsp ghee and fry the almonds, cashew nuts, chironji, raisins, apricots (halved) till light brown in colour.
  • Fry the onions till crisp.
  • Grind the fried onions and chillies to a fine paste.
  • Marinate the meat in beaten curds, ginger-garlic paste, onion-chilli paste, turmeric powder and salt for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Heat 2 1/2 tblsp ghee and saute the marinated meat till it is dry and oil leaves the sides of the pan.
  • Heat 2 tblsp ghee and fry the cinnamon, cardamom, shahjeera and black pepper till the seeds start spluttering.
  • Add the drained rice and saute for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add warm water. The level of water should be 1 1/2 inches above the rice level.
  • Add salt as per taste. Cook till rice is done.
  • Spread on a plate and remove the cinnamon, cardamoms and cloves.
  • To Assemble
  • Take a heavy bottomed pan and line it with ghee.
  • Add the prepared mutton and sprinkle garam masala over it.
  • Cover with cooked rice and dot with ghee.
  • Make deep holes in the rice and add the saffron (soaked in 1/2 milk) and sprinkle fried nuts and onions.
  • Cover the pan and seal the edges with dough.
  • Heat a tawa and place the pan on top and cook on a very low flame for 20-25 minutes.
  • Mix and serve hot garnished with chopped mint leaves.
shivaji……….. 😛