Kachay Gosht Ki Biryani (Raw Meat Biryani)

In the good old days people used to cook biryani with raw meat on a prolonged slow steam cooking. Kachay Gosht Ki Biryani is something I learnt during my Master Chef season by the amazing Chef Kunal Kapoor and when I was trying it at home, I also follow Chef Ajay Chopra’s recipes.  So in a way this is inspired by the recipes of both these fantastic chefs and adjusted according to my flavor and the number of people I was cooking for.

There is science involved in cooking this biryani. It’s like a magic which happens inside the pot. We all know mutton takes time to cook than the rice, but inside the cooking pot they just adjust. It is like rice and mutton talk to each other to come out as a perfect, mouthwatering biryani.

Enough of talking let’s cook now.


Item Quantity
Basmati Rice 1 kg
Lamb 1.5 kgs
Yogurt 400 gms
Green Chilies 12-14
Ginger-Garlic paste 3 tbsp
Ginger Julienne 3 tbsp
Fresh Mint 100 gms
Fresh Coriander 120 gms
Onion (Fried) 7
Ghee 8 tbsp
Salt To taste
Bay Leaves 2
Cloves 6-7
Cardamoms (green) 8-10
Cinnamon sticks 5 (1/2 inches)
Royal Cumin 3 tsp
Mace ½ tsp
Star Anise pod 1
saffron 2 gms
Milk 50 ml
Boiled rice

How to cook cook cook!

  1. Dry roast bay leaf, cloves, green cardamoms and royal cumin, mace, star anise pod together. Let the aroma come out. Ensure not to burn these spices.
  2. Either by using a mortar and pestle or a mixer grinder, make powder and keep it aside.
  3. Soak saffron in 50 ml in warm milk and keep it aside.
  4. Marinade the lamb in yogurt, garlic-ginger paste, ginger julienne (1 tbsp), green chilies (4), mint and coriander (50 gms), fried onion (2 tbsp),garam masala (3-4 tsp), salt. Mix them well and keep aside.
  5. Leave this for 4-5 hours. The more you leave, the better it is for the biryani.
  6. Wash and soak the basmati rice in cold water for 45 minutes. Do not forget to add salt.
  7. Cook the rice with bay leaf (1), black peppers (6), and cinnamon stick (1) for 3-4 minutes. Ensure to cook only 30%.
  8. Once the rice is ready, meat is done marinating, it’s time to cook.
  9. Take a heavy bottom vessel for cooking purpose.
  10. Pour 2 tbsp of ghee and cinnamon sticks, layer with the meat and yogurt marinate.
  11. Through in the fried onions, mint and coriander leaves, ginger julienne, ghee (1 tbsp), and saffron milk (25 ml).
  12. Put rice on top and on rice and all the left over fried onions, mint and coriander, ginger julienne, saffron milk, ghee and garam masala.
  13. Seal the vessel with air tight lid or using the silver foil.
  14. Cook on high for 5-8 minutes then on low for 20 minutes.
  15. After 20 minutes, let it rest for 8-10 minutes.
  16. Open and mix together gently
  17. Serve hot with raita.



4 Comments Add yours

    1. Sadaf Hussain says:

      Thank you Sumith. If you have prepared this or you have your version, then please share with me. I’d love to try.


  1. Sumith Babu says:

    Great photographs!!


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