Spice up your dinner by trying this recipe for mutton biryani

OCTOBER 2, 2017

For the past 125 years, Hart cookware has been providing South Africans with high quality, affordable cookware. In celebration of this incredible milestone, Hart has partnered with renowned local chef and author, Dorah Sitole, to create a unique recipe book with 125 food ideas, including some submitted by Hart’s loyal customers.

Here is a sample of what you can expect to find in the cook book:

Mutton Biryani

Prep Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 hours
Serves: 4

750 g stewing mutton or lamb

For the Marinade:

1/4 cup fresh coriander, chopped (65 ml)

1 tsp turmeric (10 ml)

2 tsp garam masala (10 ml)

2 tsp crushed ginger (10 ml)

2 tsp crushed garlic (10 ml)

¼ cup dry biryani spice mix or paste (65 ml)

2 cups buttermilk (500 ml)

For the Rice Mixture:

1 ½ cups long-grain or Basmati rice (300 g)

1 cup brown lentils (210 g)

2 tbsp oil (30 ml)

2 onions, peeled and sliced

4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered

2 cinnamon sticks

1 cup mutton stock (250 ml)


Cut mutton into bite-sized pieces and place in a bowl. Mix all marinade ingredients, and pour into the bowl to coat the mutton. Marinate for 5 hours. In a large saucepan, simmer mutton in marinade for 30 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. In the meantime, cook rice and lentils in separate pots according to instructions on respective packets. In a large saucepan, heat oil and fry onions until transparent. Add potatoes and cinnamon sticks; fry until potatoes are golden. Add rice and lentils; mix through. Add mutton with sauce to rice mixture. Preheat oven to 160°C. Transfer mixture to a large roaster. Pour over stock, cover with lid and cook in the oven for 1 hour.


For convenience buy pre-mixed biryani spices; they are available from Indian spic shops and most supermarkets.

Photos provided by Elsa Young, recipes from Dorah Sitole and Mokgadi Itsweng for the styling

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