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Delicious Mutton Biryani from Old Mysore region

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Biryani is a dish that is supposed to have come to south Asia from Persia.  Old Mysore region of Karnataka (erstwhile princely state of Mysore/ Mysore Kingdom) has its own version of this amazingly delicious dish.

Here is recipe for the region's mutton Biryani as prepared by my Begum (spouse). She has learnt it from her mother to whom this knowledge was passed on from her earlier generations.

INGREDIENTS
Mutton: 1 kg
Rice: Basmati 1.25 kg
Oil: 1.5 standard cups (apx. 350 ml)
Raw Garam Masala/ Spices: Strong flavoured,
    - Cloves: 10 no.
    - Cinnamon- 1 stick of 2 inch length
    - Cardamom: 5 no.
Salt: According to taste
Onion: Medium sized, 4, sliced fine
Tomatoes: Medium sized, 5, sliced fine
Green chillies: Medium sized, 4
Red chilly powder: 2 tea spoons, Prefer Everest Thika as it gives colour to the Biryani
Ginger garlic paste: 9 table spoons
Lemon juice: Squeezed out from 1 medium sized lemon
Coriander: 1 handful
Mint: 20 leaves

COOKING METHOD
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Step 1: Wash rice, soak it in a…

Old Mysore Chicken Biryani - a recipe to happiness

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Biryani is said to have come all the way from Persia (modern day Iran) and evolved over the centuries. I am lucky to have been born in a house where the women folk have mastered the art of cooking the tastiest of Biryanis- the one cooked in Old Mysore region of peninsular India. Old Mysore region is the erstwhile independent Mysore Kingdom or the princely state of Mysore, that has its own distinct traditions, dialects and of course food. Here is recipe for the region's chicken Biryani as prepared by my Begum (spouse).

INGREDIENTS
Meat: Chicken 1 kg
Rice: Basmati 1.25 kg
Oil: 1.5 standard cups (apx. 350 ml)
Raw Garam Masala/ Spices: Strong flavoured,
    - Cloves: 10 no.
    - Cinnamon- 1 stick of 2 inch length
    - Cardamom: 5 no.
Salt: According to taste.
Onion: Medium sized, 4, sliced fine
Tomatoes: Medium sized, 5, sliced fine
Green chillies: Medium sized, 4
Red chilly powder: 2 tea spoons, Prefer 'Everest Thika' brand as it gives colour to the Biryani
Ginger garlic paste: 9 tab…