• Md Sera Alam

Shahi Nawabi Biryani

Shahi Nawabi Biryani is enriched with flavors from the kitchen of Nawabs. The name nawabi is due to the fact that lots of variety of nuts and dry fruits are used in this super-rich biryani.


  • ½ kg Basmati Rice (semi-cooked)

  • 1 kg Boneless Meat (washed and chopped into square pieces)

  • 500 gm Curd

  • 4-6 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste

  • 4-6 Green Chilli

  • 8-10 Big Onions (sliced)

  • ¼ cup Lime Juice

  • ½ tsp Red Chilli Powder

  • ½ A pinch of Caraway Seeds (Shahi Zeera)

  • 5-6 twigs Coriander Leaves (chopped)

  • 5-6 twigs Mint Leaves (chopped)

  • 2-4 pinch Saffron,pods Cardamom, Cinnamon

  • 2-3 drops Saffron Color

  • 1-2 pods Clove

  • 2 cup Oil

  • 2 tsp Ghee

  • Salt to taste


  • Smear the pieces of meat with ginger-garlic paste.

  • Keep them to marinate for an hour.

  • In the meanwhile, fry the sliced onions in a heated pan on low flame till light brown.

  • Let the onions cool down and crush them.

  • Now add crushed fried onion (only three-fourth), curd, red chilli powder, cinnamon, green chilli paste, cardamom, shahi zeera, coriander leaves, clove, saffron water, mint leaves and salt to the marinated meat.

  • Leave the meat as it is for 1 hour

  • Make the mixture of aromatic water by adding salt (one tsp), cinnamon, clove, cardamom, mint leaves and coriander leaves in a little water.

  • Now spread a layer of semi-cooked rice in a heavy bottomed vessel.

  • Add saffron color, limejuice, ghee and the remaining crushed onions over the layer of rice.

  • Spread a layer of marinated meat over this, and again spread the remaining semi-cooked rice.

  • >Now add the aromatic water in a circular motion over the rice layer.

  • Now tightly cover the vessel with a lid. Keep it on a low flame on tawa.

  • Remove the vessel from the flame exactly after 15 minutes.

  • Shahi Nawabi Biryani is ready to eat. Serve hot.

  • Garnish with Coriander and mint leaves and small piece of Lemon.

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