Monday, January 9, 2012

Mutton Yakhni Pulao (Mutton Pilaf)

Mutton Yakhni Pulao ( Mutton Pilaf ) ... A flavorful rice dish cooked in mutton stock! First, a stock is prepared with mutton, onion, garlic & spices. Then, the rice is cooked in mutton stock  with fried onion, yogurt, whole spices & green chillies. This dish can be made with lamb, beef, or chicken.

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Mutton Yakhni Pulao ( Mutton Pilaf )

Serves :  4 - 6 

Ingredients :

For stock :
  • 500 to 750 grams. Mutton ( meat with bones, bite-sized pieces )
  •  6 - 8 cups water
  • 1 tsp.  salt
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 2 tbsp.  aniseed / fennel seeds ( Sounf )
  • 2 tbsp.  coriander seeds ( Dhania )
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small onion, peeled
For Rice :
  • 500 grams. Basmati rice ( or any white rice )
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ghee or cooking oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 - 6 cloves
  • 8 - 10 black peppercorn
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 2 large cardamoms
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 star anise ( Badyan )
  • 1 tsp.  black cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp.  nigella seeds ( Kalonji )
  • 1 tbsp.  ginger & garlic paste
  • 1 to 2 tbsp.  finely chopped green chillies
  • 1 tbsp.  thinly sliced ginger
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 4 - 6 dried plums ( aloo bukharay ), optional
  • Salt ( to taste )
  • 1 tsp.  garam masala powder
  • 1/4 tsp.  each of nutmeg & mace powder
  • Pinch of yellow food color ( dissolved in little water )
  • 1/2 tsp.  kewra 

Method :
  • Prepare the stock first. Combine mutton & water in a large pot. Bring to a boil and skim off any scum that rises to the top. 
  • Reduce the heat, add all the remaining ingredients of stock. Cover and allow to simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until mutton is well tender & stock is reduced to half.
  • Separate the meat from the stock with a slotted spoon and keep aside.
  • Remove onion & garlic & transfer to a bowl. Mash the cooked onion. Squeeze the paste out of cooked garlic skin, discard skin.
  • Strain the stock and keep aside.
  • Meanwhile, wash the rice thoroughly and soak in plenty of water for 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Fry sliced onion until golden brown. Remove half of the onion from the pan and place on a paper towel.
  • Add cloves, black peppercorn, cinnamon, cardamoms, star anise, black cumin seeds & nigella seeds in the pan with the remaining onion. Saute for a minute.
  • Add the mashed onion + garlic paste, ginger, green chillies, yogurt, dried plums & mutton. Saute for a few minutes.
  • Add drained rice and enough stock, required to cook the rice. Adjust salt.
  • Bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the rice is 3/4th cooked and most of the water has been absorbed by the rice.
  • Lower the heat to lowest setting. Sprinkle garam masala powder, nutmeg, mace, food color & kewra over rice. Keep cooking for 10 - 15 minutes until rice is tender but yet firm.
  • Garnish with fried onions and serve hot with Raita and salad.
My Notes :
  • Add stock according to your rice, as it depends on the quality of rice & also on soaking time.
  • After adding the rice, level the rice with a spatula and add enough stock to cover the rice by the width of two fingers (about 1 1/4 inches). I always use this method, but you can measure the water with cups. 
  • You can make it as spicy or mild as you like, by increasing or reducing the amount of green chillies.
  • Food color is optional, but this makes the pulao look more tempting.

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    Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!!


    1. lovely luking pulav...have to try dis

    2. yumm yumm..monh mei pani aa gaya

    3. yummy! Ambreen you are awesome my friend,,its perfect :)

    4. Super tempting and definitely a flavourful pulao.

    5. Simply wonderful and mouthwatering pilaf. I am waiting till they have the technology to teleport the entire dish to taste such great preparation.

      Hamaree Rasoi

    6. I get to eat delicious dishes like these at her house. I simply love the taste.

    7. This looks so mouth watering! I love yakhni pulao and this one must be great..

    8. Love Yakhni Pulao but have never made from scratch. I've always used Shaan Masala. Yours looks great...can't wait to try!

    9. Yummily delicious Yakhni pulao,Ambreen - I am drooling already:)Sorry to know about the electricity crisis at your place - hope things get sorted out soon.Nice to see you dear and happy New Year!

    10. wow very tempting !! looks yummy !!

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    11. Lovely recipe..makes me hungry,thanks for sharing

    12. Delicious and inviting recipe. Looks simply yummy.

    13. Another gorgeous looking recipe Ambreen!
      Hope your electricity woes are over soon!

      Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
      Hope you have a fabulous week!
      Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    14. What wonderful spices you have used! This dish does sound very flavourful indeed! Thank you for sharing your Mutton Pilaf with Let's Do Brunch.

    15. °º♫ Olá, amiga!
      °º✿ Nunca comi um arroz assim... o que mais me encanta em suas receitas são os temperos.
      Nessa receita tem anis, erva doce, coentro, louro, canela, gengibre entre outros... imagino o sabor exótico desse prato... é tudo de bom!!!
      Boa tarde!
      º° ✿♥ ♫° ·. Beijinhos.

    16. Looks yummy I could just eat this,thanks for joining us at Creative Mondays :)

    17. Looks absolutely perfect and comforting! The colors are beautiful!

    18. Oh that is horrible, I don't know what I would do without internet, what did we do before it? this looks great, so at least you can eat yummy stuff while you are not on line:)

    19. Perfect for the cold weather. Thanks for linking to Let's DO Brunch.

    20. Looks so good! Thank you for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We would love to have you come back next Saturday and share more of your incredible ideas. -The Sisters

    21. Good Morning!
      This is a very exciting recipe. I can almost smell the combination of spices as this recipe simmers away. What a wonderful plate of goodness. Thank you so much for sharing with our 1st Anniversary Party at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week end and come back soon!
      Miz Helen

    22. wow mouthwatering mutton pulav yummy

    23. Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday link party
      Hope to see you there again this week


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    25. Thank you for linking up last week for Show Your Stuff, I have this weeks edition up and running:

    26. Wow - this looks so good. With all of those great spices, I imagine it is very delicious and flavorful!

    27. This looks so good and nicely presented!

    28. hi ambreen, never seen this or tried this before, would love to try out, looks very delicious , especially mutton. have a nice day. hope your electric power failures will be over soon.

    29. Oh goodness, look at all of these gorgeous flavors! I bet a vegetarian version of this would be simply lovely as well :)
      Sorry about your electricity problems and I hope it gets back to normal soon.

    30. wow... yakhni pulav looks so delicious... mouth watering... bookmarked...

    31. Looks lovely. Great post..!I am hosting my first blog event plus giveaway - Valentines Special. Do check it out and be a part of it. Would be great..!

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    32. Scrumptious looking biryani. I have never tried making a yakhni pulao. Your recipe looks perfect for initiation!

    33. Thank you so much everyone for your kind words :)

    34. Super tasty and lovely pulao !! looks so inviting !! Thanks for linking to the event !! Appreciate it !!

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