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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Hyderabadi Dum Gosh Biryani

Eddited to add the new pictures

Warning:- Post is very lengthy but worth reading and making it.

When we think of biryani the first thing we get in our mind is the famous dum biryani of hyderabad.Apart from pearls hyderabad is famous for its dum biryani.Biryani is of two types pakki and kacchi gosh biryani.Pakki biryani is where mutton/chicken is cooked and layered with half cooked rice and kacchi gosh is where raw mutton/chicken is layered with half cooked rice.

Both of these types are cooked in dum i.e. bowl in which the mutton and rice are layered and sealed with chapathi dough and hot charcoal is placed above that and the flame should be kept at low so that the mutton and the rice is cooked in this slow process. We must ensure that vapours do not escape. Sealing with the dough is a cumbersome process, so I use aliminum foil to seal it and don’t use charcoal. I have been cooking this biryani every Friday since last 5 years, one can only close to the art of mastering biryani by preparing it regularly.

Learnt this biryani from a aunty in Muscat (oman) who is from Hyderabad. Had many disaster with this like once forgot to add oil,didn’t add salt, didn’t add lemon. Now I can say with convection that I have come close to perfecting the art of preparing Dum biryani.This is my mom’s and m-law favourite biryani.

The taste of biryani depends upon the rice used.I use Pakistani basmati rice, which is one its kind.
Before I start writing recipe, I am happy to share with you all that I made century with this post.And thank you all for your encouraging comments and your support has helped me to reach here.Now coming to the recipe.

For the rice
Basmathi rice 1/2 kg
Cinammon 3 pcs
Cloves 4
Shahi zeera 1 tbsp
Green chillies 4
Big elachi 1
Small elachi 2
Pudina 1/2-1 cup
Soak rice with all the above ingredients for 2-3 hours.
For mutton/chicken/lamb
Mutton 1/2 kg
Onions 4
Ginger garlic paste 1tbsp
Curd 2 cups
Cinammon 2
Cloves 3
Shahi zeera 1/2 tbsp
Japatri little
Lemon 1 big
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Elachi small 1
Pudina 1/2 cup
Green chillies 2 slited
Salt as per taste
For layers:-
Lemon 1/2
Garam masala 1 tsp
Saffron a pinch Milk 1/2 cup Oil 1/2 cup
Coriender 1 cup
Fried onions


Step 1
*Chop onions and deep fry onions.Keep half of the onions aside.
*Mix all the above ingredients and half of the onions and marinate for 2-3 hours preferably over night. (I usually soak it at night and next day i prepare biryani)
*Soak safforn in the milk for 2-3 hours.

Step 2*Cook soak rice and add salt.Cook till rice is half cooked.
*Drain all the water in a strainer

Step 3*In a thick bottom vessel spread 2 tbsp of oil.Spread half of the marinated mutton.
*Spread half of the rice.Squeeze 1 tbsp of lemon juice,sprinkle garam masala,2tbsp of oil.
*Then spread rest of the mutton followed by rest of the rice.Squeeze 1 tbsp of lemon juice,rest of the garam masala and 2 tbsp of oil.
*Now spread fried onions over the rice and sprinkle safforn soaked milk.
*Then spread coriender leaves. Step 4
*Cover the vessel with aliminum foil and put it on the stove.

*Firstly put on high flame for 30 sec and reduce to low flame and cook exactly for 30 minutes.
*Once switch off the flame,don't open.Let it stand for another 10-12 minutes.

This is best served with mirchi salan and raita.Mirchi salan recipe is here.
Note: Oil which is used to deep fry onions can be used in the layers.
Vapours should not escape, the foil should be very tight and if possible place a container with water above the foil so that vapours doesn't escape.
enjoy biryani.................................

EDITED to add few new snaps..


  1. wooooooooooooooooooooooow what to say no words saritha that is a realy awesome recipe looks so so sooooooooooooooooooooooooo delicious yummmmmmmy.

  2. ooooohh sorry congrats on your century saritha wish you many more like this

  3. Congragulations on hitting century post.
    Love the biriyani, looks so so yummy delicous.

  4. Wow - 100th post! Congratulations. Needs celebration with such a grand biryani! I love biryanis - too scared to try it though...
    Awesome post - I am drooling here...

  5. Delicious biryani with step by step pictures :)

  6. Congrats for your 100th post saritha..Yummy biryani..came out perfect..I too love the dum biryanis but dont make them often...

  7. hi varunavi,
    LLLLLol, love the post :) so cuweeeet sweetly written and the dhoni pic made me :) and of course the warning ...lol
    Congratulations on hitting a century dear :)!!wish to see u happy and sharing many recipes with us!!!
    Varunavi....lovely pictorial!!! awesome, next time I think of making Hyd.biryani I shall def. refer ur post!!
    Happy blogging! Enjoy!!

  8. Wow .. delicious biriyani!!! gorgeous click & presentation dear :)

  9. yummy step by step recipe....interesting

  10. Biryani looks delicious & wonderful ....

  11. Hi Varunavi,

    Congrats for finishing 100 th post! and what a perfect way to celeberate your post with gosh biriyani.


  12. Love any Biryani. Congrats on your 100th post.

  13. naa noru ooripotundi Saritha.......awesome!!!!!

  14. Wooowww...it looks very tempting and mouthwatering...I love Biryani...

  15. Thanx a lot u all have made my day :) :) :) :) :)

  16. Congrats on hitting a century!! Here is wishing many more such centuries in future :)

  17. congrats for the century post Saritha..
    the biryani looks so yummy...

  18. Oh wow you mentioned that the post is long but not it is tempting.....Hmm the flavour and aroma of this lazzez biryani dragged me here....looks yum....There is something i want to tell u regarding mastering biryani..but will let it out in our chat...hehhehe....biryani is awesome wish there was some parcel system with that post....completely droolworthy...Congrats on your milestone post....keep rocking...

  19. @Mystery thanx

    @Lubna i would love to send u the parcel if there was any parcel sytem :)

  20. Wowww wat a excellent way to celebrate your century Dear!!keep ur great job yaar...Thats a damn delicious biryani, would love to taste those delicious and mouthwatering treat immediately...so yummy!!!!!!!!

  21. Wow .... "Hyderabadi Dum Gosh Biryani" looks so delicious .congrats on your 100th post . Keep it up ...

  22. Wow! mouth watering briyani. I never tried in home. I prefer having this in hotels. Lovely dish.

  23. Wow awesome biriyani! And what perfection! Wish I could have some! And congrats on your 100th post. May u achieve more centuries!

  24. I luv biriyani and need nt say that I am drooling seeing ur recipe

  25. Wow..! Very lovely biryani... Excellent clicks !! Saritha u rock dear!

  26. Lovely !!!!

    although we dont cook nonveg in our house this is really tempting !!!

    wish more people in my house would eat ... !!!

    I gotta come and visit you !!! really !

  27. awesome looking kachi biryaani..I always do the pakki kind ...should try this out.....and Yaaaay..congrats on your 100th post..:)

  28. Cngrats on your milestone Saritha, looking forward for your great recipes asusual

  29. Congrats on your 100th post ! This recipe is very well explained and looks so delicious.

  30. Congrats on ur century! Biriyani looks inviting!

  31. Wow that very tempting and delicious biriyani. Congrats on your 100th post.

  32. Wooooo, looks very tasty!

  33. Lovely presentation. There isomething waiting for u in my blog.

  34. i tried this dum biryani. didnt come out so well. but then, something is better than nothing ;)

  35. woww!!! realy great..looks perfect.
    Congrats on hitting century post.

  36. Amazing. But a lot needs to be done. Moral is 'good things don't come easy'.

  37. U so deserve the vote Sari .. gud luck :)

  38. Looks So Yummy and Delicious!

  39. a burning coal with ghee in a small pot inside adds to the aroma...sounds difficult but is really a matter of little effort the fragrance is ummmmmmm....killing. Lovely recipe..u got my vote.)

  40. Hello. Just found this recipe. Looks fantastic! I am not familiar with Shahi zeera, Japatri, Elandi and Pudina. Are there any substitutions for these? I could also go to Devon Street here in Chicago if these things are readily available.

  41. Dear Anonymous,
    Shahi zeera (black cumin),japatri (mace),elachi(cardamom)and pudina (mint leaves) are the english names and i am sure you will get in any Indian stores in US.

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