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Donne Biryani - Speciality From Karnataka




Donne Biryani was originally created by the weaving community in southindia. The recipe I have posted is prepared with simple easy to find ingredients. The biryani itself is served in a simple donne (plantain bark  or betelnut tree bark cups) which is hand made or machine pressed. The donne has a very nice aroma when food is served in it. Through out south India you can find people using these cups to serve food in temples and streets this is a biodegradable product.

Donne Briyani can be prepared with mutton or chicken. This briyani is famous all over Bangalore rich or poor everyone enjoys this amazing street food. The intense spices and methi (fenugreek leafs) aroma sets this  amazing recipe apart.

Biryani Masala:

2 Medium Size Onions
6-8 Green Chilies
Fist full Mint and Coriander leafs
2 Tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
2-3 Strands Javithiri
5 Black Pepper Corns
2 Inch Sticks Cinnamon
3 Cloves
3 Cardamom Pods
2 Tbsp Oil
1 Tbsp Ghee

Heat a wok add  oil and ghee add the above list of ingredients leaving out the  mint and coriander leafs fry till the onion turns transparent then add the mint  and coriander and fry all the ingredients.
Allow the fried ingredients to cool before grinding to a smooth paste.
Add the ingredients to a blender and grind to a smooth paste.
Add very little water to grind the masala paste.

Marinate Mutton:

1/2 Kilo Lamb Meat
1 Tsp Chilly Powder
1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 Cup Yogurt
1 Tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
Salt 
Add the above listed ingredients to the meat and marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.

Let's Prepare Biryani:

1. Heat 2 Tsp oil in a pressure cooker add the marinated meat and fry for 10 minutes add 2 to 3 cups water and salt cover place the whistle  pressure cook till meat is tender for 5 to 6 whistles.
2. Once the mutton has cooked separated the stock and meat set aside.
3. For this recipe we need to use 2 cups seeraga samba rice.
4. Wash the 2 cups of rice thrice drain and set aside.
5. Heat a pressure cooker with 2 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp ghee.
6. Add 2 cloves 1/2 inch cinnamon 2 cardamom and a bay leaf fry a bit.
7. Add the masala paste and fry till oil surfaces.
8. Add the cooked meat to the masala and fry a bit.
9. Add the rice and fry a bit for 3 to 4 seconds.
10. Add 1tbsp  kasuri methi and fry a bit.
11. Measure the mutton stock and water. we need to add 3 cups of liquid for 2 cups rice.
12. Add the liquid to the rice mix well.
13. Add salt as per taste.
14. Add 1/2 lime juice mix all the ingredients well.
15. Bring to a boil and cover place a whistle and cook for 5 minutes.
16. Allow the pressure to reduce before opening the cooker. once the briyani is done mix well and serve hot in a donne with raita and boiled eggs....enjoy...

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