Lucknow/Awadhi Recipes : Yakhni Pulao
So last year I became a part of a cookbook group which is dying now. (Aparna do something), the group would pick up a cookbook every month and we would cook from it, share pictures and discuss. A little like a book club but cooking specific. I picked up a lot of interesting books as a part of that and Tehzeeb, Culinary Traditions of Awadh was one of them. The bookcame and for some reason got lost in a lot of my books inspite of being such a gorgeous one. So when the kitchen divas decided that this month we will be cooking Lucknowi/Awadhi food I thought it would be an ideal time to remove the dust from the book and get cooking.
The book is gorgeous, has breath taking pictures of Lucknow and the royal family, weaves so many stories that will make you smile and give a glimpse of the family's life. It's a book I really enjoyed reading and have been cooking from it pretty often. It is meat centric but does have some great vegetarian recipes too
The Yakhni Pulao that I present to you today has been made from the book and its one of the few times, I have followed the recipe mostly as it (inspite of reducing the amount of oil in it) and also made half of the original recipe.For three of us 1 kg mutton and rice just seemed a bit too much.I also marinated the mutton overnight with the spices it was supposed to cook with, oh well so much for following the recipe as it is. It did come out fantastically well and the taste was very very similar to the one I have eaten made by a friends mom.
- With the help of a mortar and pestle smash together onion, garlic and ginger roughly. Now mix this with the mutton, fennel, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, black and green cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaf, yogurt and salt. Leave it for marinate it for 4-6 hour or overnight.
- Next morning, add water to the above and in a heavy bottom pan cook till the meat is tender.
- Finelyslice the rest of the onions. Heat oil in a kadhai and fry the onions. When they turn golden, remove them from the heat and spread them on a kitchen napkin.
- When the meat is done, strainthe pieces from the stock and store the stock for use later.
- Heat ghee in a wide pan and add half of the fried onions, the ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder and mutton. Fry till the moisture has dried up and the pieces lightly browned.
- Add the washed and drained rice and fry for 2-3 minutes. Now add enough stock to cover the rice about 3-4 inches above.If you are like me and like to measure water and rice ratio, for every glass of rice a little less than 2 glasses of water/stock works. If you are less on stock add some plain water.
- Once the water starts boiling, reduce the heat and simmer till the rice is done and dry. Do no overcook.
- Serve hot garnished with the rest of the fried onions.
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