Moti Pulao

Moti Pulao by Soni Sahai

Ingredients:

  1. Basmati Rice – 1/2 Kg
  2. Minced Mutton – 1/2 Kg
  3. Ghee – 300gms
  4. Bay Leaf – 4, ground
  5. Black Cardamoms – 5, ground
  6. Connamon – 1 1/2 inch stick, ground
  7. Peppercorns – 8, ground
  8. Cloves – 5, ground
  9. Green Cardamoms – 5
  10. Saunf Powder – 1 Teaspoon, heaped
  11. Cumin seeds – 1/2 Teaspoon
  12. Red Chlili – 5, dried
  13. Coriander Powder – 1 Tablespoon
  14. Garlic – 1 pod
  15. Onion – 2
  16. Ginger – 1 1/2 inch piece
  17. Yakhni – 1 litre (made by boiling 250 gms trotters or meat bones onion, ginger, garam masala for at least 15 minutes and straining the water)
  18. Saffron – 1 Teaspoon, soaked in 1 Tablespoon milk

Method:

Soak the rice in water for 15 minutes. Boil the mince with all the ground spices then grind it to a fine paste. Make very small balls with the paste. Heat ghee in a karahi and deep fry the mince balls. Drain on paper and keep aside. When cool, cover a few with silver foil or varq to use as garnish (optional).

Heat the ghee in a heavy bottomed pan. Put the cardamoms, cumin seeds and rice and stir a few times.

Then put the saunf and coriander powders and salt and stir. Do not let the rice brown. Now add 1 litre of the yakhni and cover the rice and cook on a low flame. When it is half done put the mince balls in the rice. Cover again and cook till the rice is done. Sprinkle the saffron over the rice to give colour and flavor.

Garnish with the varq covered mince balls, fried onions, cashew nuts and raisins.

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Krishna Sahai
Krishna Sahai

Krishna Sahai took voluntary retirement as a senior Commissioner of Income Tax of the Indian Revenue Service to follow alternative paths. A multi-talented person, she is a trained Bharata Natyam dancer and has also published a book on the subject. Krishna has imbibed the old traditions of Avadhi culture from her family and is concerned about preserving the vanishing cuisines of India. She consults on financial and business matters apart from running a not-for-profit organization.

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