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Monday, August 25, 2008

Kofta Pulao

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This is another form of Biryani whick is hugely popular in Hyderabad. Its my personal favorite too along with so many other delicacies in Mughlai Cuisine.

This is also my first ever entry to any event and I'm sending it to RCI: Authentic Hyderabadi Cuisine at Mona's blog Zaiqa. It also happened to be my older son's birthday and I thought what better way to celebrate it than with this fabulous pulao. It certainly bought a smile on his face :)

4 tbs oil for frying onions

Marinate Mix
2 cups yogurt
1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 turmeric powder
2 tbs ginger garlic
3 onions
32-35 kofte/meatballs
1 green chilli, slit

Note: I deliberately kept the spices in the yogurt to a minimum because the meatballs in itself are very spicy and once all of it is cooked, its gonna taste awesome.

For Boiling Rice
6 cups basmati rice washed and soaked in water for 30 min's
5 tsp salt
Garam masala (6 cardamom, 2 sticks cinnamon, 4 whole black peppers, 4 cloves, 2 tsp shahzeera and 2 bay leaves)

For Garnish
a few strands of saffron soaked in milk
3 tbs lemon juice
4 tbs ghee
1 whole bunch or more of cilantro

Heat oil and thinly slice the onions and fry them until golden brown, freeze them for a while and crush them lightly before garnishing.

In the remaining oil, add the marinate mix and cook till oil seperates, add the meatballs just long enough for them absorb the spices. Let it cool.

Boil rice and add the salt and garam masala...till half done. Strain the rice in the collander and oil a baking dish liberally with 2 tsp oil.

Spread the rice and top it with the cooked meatballs, ghee, lemon juice, saffron soaked in milk, fried onions and cilantro. Add the second layer of rice and top it with any leftover garnish.

Preheat the oven to 350*F and bake for about 1/2 hour. Serve with Tamate ki Chutney or Mirchi ka Salan, like I did and enjoy!

Note: I dug up the draft for Mirchi Ka Salan and blogged it recently, follow the link if you are looking for the recipe ;)


maimoona said...

looks yummy

Lubna said...

You bet...try it out and let me know, Maimoona.

Anonymous said...


I followed your recipe and made this biryani this past weekend, and it turned out great ! Thanks a lot for this excellent recipe. I used to have a friend in school by name Lubna Naaz, any chance that is you?


Kate / Kajal said...

hi lubna, i've never made birnai with koftas before. This is a brilliant idea, amd i'm sure i'll make it this Ramadan. BTW Happy Ramadan to you :)
May Allah answer all your prayers .

Lubna said...

Jyoti: Thanks a lot for letting me know you tried it and it turned great!
No I'm sorry my surname is not Naaz, hope you find that friend soon. By the way are you from Hyderabad?

Hey Kate: Try this one out..you'll be drooling on the taste.
Thanks for the thoughtful Ramadan Wishes...hope you have a safe and good one too :)

yasmeen said...

dear lubna, koftas with briyani sounds like a nice idea.
Ramadan Mubarak to you.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Lubna, I now live in Dallas, Texas, but yes originally I am from Hyderabad. I was thrilled to find your blog, and will definitely try out many of your other recipes since this recipe was such a big hit with my family. Many Ramadan wishes to you and thanks for a great blog !


Lubna said...

Yasmeen: It sure is!
Ramadan Mubarak to you too.

Jyoti: It was nice to come across another Hyderabadi. Let me know if you try out other recipes on my blog.
Thanks for the Ramadan Wishes :)

meeso said...

Looks so good, I love your blog!

Lubna said...

Thanks Meeso, your blog makes an intersting read too!

Anjum said...

This is something new for me to cook. Though i know whats Kofta biryani, i didnt try it. Will try this sometime soon..

Anjum said...

Asalam-wa-lekum lubna i was really happy to c u posting this as an entry for RCI its so unique n recipe sure looks great...will try n let u knw...n yes i also happy tht i found another hyderabadi blog

Lubna said...

Anjum: Kofta pulao is a one of a kind biryani, perfect for parties. Let me know if you make it.
Thanks for visiting, keep coming back for more Hyderabadi fare :)

Yasmeen said...

Eid Mubarak to you lubna:)

Lubna said...

Eid Mubarak to you too Yasmeen.

Vemula Madhu said...

i love pulav,thank u for sharing
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