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Ananas (Pineapple) Ki Biriyani ~ Lucknow Version !

This is my first attempt from the valuable book “Biryani”,authored by Prathibha Karan.I think I am going to try the entire book soon since it’s such a hot pick.Irresistible for a biryani -lover like me..Each page of this book releases the fragrance of dum,the exotic spices and what not ! Can you believe this ? A book comprising almost hundred special recipes of Biryanis from the different states and societies of India..? I absolutely loved the idea anyway.Biryanis are such divine meals.A perfect combo of spices,rice and meat/vegetables.As a part of my “India Dekho” project,wherever I went so far,I have tried the biryani specialty there.Yet I couldn’t prepare much of them in my own kitchen.With this precious book and the first result I had,I hope I can reproduce almost all flavors of biryanis at home..Thank you Prathibha Karan,for the tremendous efforts you have put into this book !

Ananas Ki Biryani is unique in many aspects.Unique as far as my eating experiences are concerned.My idea of a Lucknow Biryani remained rich and spicy always.This Biryani has broken all such notions of mine.With the mild sweet and subtle spice infused in rice and meat,the meat being soft and creamy-I enjoyed each bite of it..Come on,let us try and see all Biryani – lovers !


1 kg mutton,cut into medium pieces
500 gm good quality basmati rice
2 ltrs of water
3 onions,finely sliced
50 gm poppy seeds / khus khus,ground to a fine paste
Juice of one lemon
handful of cashews roasted in ghee,for garnish
15 raisins/sultanas fried in ghee,to garnish
4-5 tsp ghee
Oil and salt as required

For marinade

2/3 cup pineapple,cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 tbs ginger paste
1.5 tsp garlic paste
1 tbs green chilly paste
2 onions,sliced
1.5 cups curd,whisked
1/3 cup coriander leaves,chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Whole spices

1 bay leaf
2 green cardamoms
1 black cardamom
2 cinnamon sticks – 1 inch
4 cloves
1 small piece of nutmeg
2 mace flakes
1/2 tsp shah jeera/caraway seeds


Clean,wash, strain and marinate mutton with the ingredients mentioned in particular section.Leave it for one hour.

Meanwhile prepare the rice.Wash and soak the rice in normal water for 20 minutes.This step will prevent the rice from breaking.Strain after 20 minutes.Boil 2 liters of water.When it starts boiling add lime juice and salt followed by rice.Cook till two thirds done.This may take 5-6 minutes.Drain and keep ready.Now heat oil in a pan and fry the three sliced onions till they are golden brown.Remove,crush and keep it aside.In the same oil,you may add the marinated mutton along with the marinade and bring it to boil.Mix well during the process adding enough salt.Bring the flame to medium and cook the mutton till almost done (90 %).Don’t forget to cover the pot and check in between.This will take 25 minutes approximately.At this stage add the poppy seed paste,crushed onions and the spices mentioned in the particular section.Mix well and cook for some more time or till the gravy is somewhat thick.You may need approximate one glass gravy in it.

Switch off the stove and check the seasoning.Next phase is assembling.Prepare a heavy bottomed vessel or biriyani pot first.Clean,wipe and smear it with little ghee.Place half the rice first and then the prepared meat along with gravy.Finally cover it with the balance rice.Sprinkle some water on the top and cover it with a tight-fitting lid.Cook it in law flame (dum) over a hot tawa till the dish is completely done.This may take 10 – 15 minutes.You may as well bake it.When it’s ready to open,serve hot with the garnish and raita.Enjoy !


26 comments on “Ananas (Pineapple) Ki Biriyani ~ Lucknow Version !

  1. PT
    October 27, 2012

    new to me.. quite an interesting biriyani 🙂


  2. Priya Satheesh
    October 28, 2012

    Very interesting n inviting recipe…Sounds very flavorful:)


  3. Gauri
    October 28, 2012

    Pratibha Karan's book is just fab.. I have been wanting to try the 'doodh biryani' from that for a long long time.
    This looks scrumptious, though I am not fond of fruit and meat combo's!


  4. Swathi Iyer
    October 28, 2012

    Delicious Biriyani perfect.


  5. Rashida Shaikh
    October 28, 2012

    This is WOW Biryani and I want to try it, bookmarked.


  6. Shabbu
    October 28, 2012

    Tempting biriyani..delicious..
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  7. Archana Potdar
    October 28, 2012

    looks yum.


  8. Where is the origin of BIRIYANI ? Iran… ?


  9. divya
    October 28, 2012

    Makes me hungry,highly irresistible.


  10. Bikramjit
    October 28, 2012

    This is new for me tooo Pineapple in a meat dish hmmmmmmmm will have to try it for sure 🙂



  11. Mélange
    October 28, 2012

    Lots of disputes over the origin of this divine meal.Some say the term “Biryani” owes it's origin to Persian word “birinj” (rice).Whatsoever Mughals believed to have brought it with them to India.
    Prathibha Karan's book says this is in all probability a 'War meal”..Providing the soldiers an easy full course meal after a long day's battle..What all interesting facts !


  12. Lubna Karim
    October 28, 2012

    Adding pineapple is new to me….pineapple might have given nice taste to the meat…love trying it….recipe is making me hungry…..


  13. Treatntrick Treat and Trick
    October 29, 2012

    Looks awesome! A “must try” recipe..


  14. Priya
    October 29, 2012

    Pineapple in briyani that truly new for me, would have given a wonderful flavour to the mutton na, irresistible briyani. Absolutely inviting.


  15. Julie
    October 29, 2012

    flavorful & yummy biriyani..Feeling hungry & drooling dear:)
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  16. Saraswathi Tharagaram
    October 29, 2012

    Irresistible combo..never tried it before..bookmarking it..


  17. Interesting information..thank you.


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  19. Reshmi Mahesh
    October 31, 2012

    Tempting biryani…Love the flavors here…


  20. മനോഹരം …… ബ്ലോഗില്‍ പുതിയ പോസ്റ്റ്‌…… അയാളും ഞാനും തമ്മില്‍ …… വായിക്കണേ…..


  21. This is a delicious & tempting biryani! Lovely flavors!


  22. Suja Manoj
    November 1, 2012

    I am also a biryani lover,looks awesome dear,adding pineapple to biryani has always fascinated me,love the flavor.


  23. Vidhya
    November 2, 2012

    Biriyani looks delicious,I am looking forward for all the biriyani recipes you are going to post.Hope you would add some veggie biriyani too for me to try.


  24. Chitra
    November 4, 2012

    new recipe to me but it sounds yum. bookmarked 🙂


  25. Rani's gourmet
    November 28, 2012

    first time here…how did i miss this beautiful space???all dishes looks so tempting..glad to be a part of your blog


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This entry was posted on October 27, 2012 by in Biriyani/pulao, Lucknow Recipes, Mutton, Prathibha Karan, Rice.


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