Mutton Kofta Biryani For Bakrid

By: Debdatta Mazumder

Bakrid is nearing and this is the festival of sacrifice. The animal is the symbol of your anger, ego, earthly desire and all other negative aspects of your character which you sacrifice on this pious day and attain the blessings of the Almighty.

People celebrate Bakrid with pomp and vigour, and every Muslim brothers and sisters from all around the world celebrate it with their family and friends.

And a festival is equal to special cuisine. Mutton kofta biryani is one of the mouth-watering delicacies that you can have on the occasion of Bakrid.

Instead of ordering from restaurants, why not make mutton kofta biryani at house and surprise your family and friends with this incredible dish?

So, here is the kofta recipe for Bakrid and also how to make biryani with it. Read on to know more.

Serves - 6

Preparation Time - 60 minutes

Cooking Time - 2 hours

For Rice

  •  Basmati Rice - 4 cups
  •  Caraway Seeds - ½ tsp
  •  Whole Garam Masala: 
  •  Pepper corns - 7
  •  Cloves - few 
  •  Green Cardamom - 5
  •  Shah Jeera - 1 tsp
  •  Cinnamon Stick - 1 inch
  •  Saffron - a pinch, soaked in milk
  •  Salt to taste
Mutton Kofta Biryani For Bakrid

For Kofta

  •  Minced Mutton - 500 g
  •  Onion - 1 (paste)
  •  Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp
  •  Salt according to taste
  •  Poppy Seeds - 1 tsp (finely ground)
  •  Ginger Paste - 1 tbsp
  •  Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
  •  Fresh Cream - 1 tbsp
  •  Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
  •  Grated Coconut - 1 tsp
  •  Coriander Leaves - 1 cup (finely chopped)
  •  Gram Flour (besan) - 1 tbsp
  •  Nutmeg Powder - ½ tsp
  •  Bread - 1 slice (soaked in milk)

For Curry

  •  Oil - ½ a cup
  •  Green Chillies - 2 (chopped)
  •  Onion - 1 (chopped)
  •  Tomatoes - 2 (pureed)
  •  Ginger Paste - 1 tbsp
  •  Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
  •  Cumin Seeds - ½ tsp
  •  Turmeric Powder - ¼th tsp
  •  Yogurt - 3 tbsp 
  •  Garam Masala - ½ tsp
  •  Red Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
  •  Salt - as per taste
  •  Kewra Water - 1 tbsp
  •  Mint and Coriander Leaves - 1 cup (chopped)
  •  Yellow Food Colour - a pinch
  •  Nutmeg Powder - ¼th tsp
  •  Mace - ¼th tsp (ground)
  •  Green Cardamom Powder - ¼th tsp


For Rice
1. Wash rice well for 3-4 times and keep it in a bowl.
2. Heat water in a deep-bottomed pot.
3. When water starts boiling, add the whole garam masala.
4. Add salt according to taste into the rice and add it to the water to be cooked.
5. When the rice is cooked by ¾th, strain the water and keep rice in a separate bowl.

For Kofta
1. Take a grinder and grind all ingredients together.
2. If you can't mix all at one go, divide the ingredients into 2-3 parts and do it.
3. When the parts are ground, add them altogether in the grinder and go for a final mixing.
4. Refrigerate it almost for 30-40 minutes.
5. Take it out and keep it aside.
6. Take a small bowl of oil.
7. Grease your palm and a plate with oil.
8. Now, make meat balls with the help of your palm and fingers.
9. When you are done with the meat balls, refrigerate again.

For Curry
1. Take a pan and allow it to heat. Add cumin seeds into it.
2. When the seeds start spluttering, add in the onions, ginger and garlic paste. Sauté well.
3. Add tomato puree, green chillies, turmeric powder and salt. Mix all the ingredients until everything goes mushy.
4. Add water to keep it soft.
5. Now, lower the flame and add in the koftas.
6. Add beaten yogurt and cover the pan.
7. Once the preparation starts boiling, let it be cooked for 20 minutes.
8. Add mace powder, nutmeg powder, mint and coriander leaves and give it a nice swirl.

For Biryani
1. Take a deep-bottomed pan and grease it with ghee.
2. Now, make a layer of rice and place kofta curry on it.
3. Cover it with another layer of rice.
4. Add kewra water, saffron and yellow food colour.
5. Keep it on high flame for 7-8 minutes and then lower the heat and allow it to be cooked in steam (dum) for 10 minutes.

Your mutton kofta biryani is ready. Enjoy it with raita and some green salad. Also, give us your feedback on this.

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