Nargisi Kofta Biryani

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Serves 4-6

Each of the giant meatballs served with this gorgeous biryani contains a whole boiled egg enclosed in the spicy minced meat casing. Truly a luxurious meal!

Ingredients for Koftas/Meatballs
800 gm
finely ground chicken mince - minced twice
(you can also do this with beef or mutton mince, but make sure that there is NO FAT in the meat, any fat will make the kababs break and crack during frying. So use very lean meat without any fat and minced 2-3 times for a super smooth mixture)
1 and half tsp
salt, or to taste
2 tbsp
chopped fresh coriander
2
chopped green chillies
1
medium onion, finely chopped
1 tsp
red chilli powder
1 tsp
coriander powder
1/2 tsp
garam masala
1 tsp
cumin powder
1 tsp
ginger paste
1 tsp
garlic paste
5-6
boiled eggs
Ingredients for Masala/Gravy
1/4 cup
oil
4
tomatoes, finely chopped
3
onions, sliced and fried until golden
1/4 cup
yoghurt
1 tsp
red chilli powder
1/2 tbsp
garlic paste
1/2 tbsp
ginger paste
1 tsp
cumin powder
1 tbsp
coriander powder
1/2 tsp
turmeric powder
salt to taste
1 tsp
whole cumin seeds
1
bay leaf
1/2 tsp
whole black pepper
4
cardamoms
2
cinnamon sticks
2 tbsp
chopped coriander
1-2 tsp
lemon juice
Ingredients for Rice
3 cups
basmati rice, washed 2-3 times then soaked for half an hour
salt
saffron & food colouring
oil
whole spices
Instructions 

Koftas/Meatballs

Mix all the ingredients well and keep for half an hour. In the meantime, boil 5-6 eggs, peel and set aside. Once the keema has marinated for half an hour, take a handful of the mince, flatten it like a pancake on a piece of plastic, preferably cling film. Put a boiled egg in the center of the pancake, then using the plastic, enclose the egg completely with the keema. Make sure it's very smooth and without cracks anywhere. The reason we use plastic to help in shaping is so that you get a smoother kabab. Doing it with the hands might leave some areas uncovered, thereby resulting in the kababs/koftas disintegrating during frying. So shape them using the help of a plastic bag. After shaping each kabab, set it aside and continue with the rest of the mince.

You can even oil the plastic bag slightly to avoid the mince sticking to it during shaping.

Once all are done, heat some oil and fry the kababs for about 2-3 minutes or until they are slightly firm, coloured and well held together.

Masala/Gravy

Heat the oil, add chopped tomatoes and all the whole and powdered spices (except for the garam masala). Stir well and cook until oil separates from the gravy. Add splashed of water if needed until the tomatoes are well cooked. Then add the fried onions and yoghurt and mix well.  Finally add the fried koftas (now don’t use a spoon to stir as this could break the kababs). Cook the masala on low heat until koftas are done. Keep adding water a little at a time if needed and mix by moving/swirling the pan. Finally sprinkle the chopped coriander, garam masala and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Rice

Wash then soak 3 cups of rice in water for about 20-30 mins. Soak a few saffron strands in some water and set aside.

Bring a big pot of water to boil, add salt, 4 cardamom pods, 2-3 cinnamon sticks and 2-3 cloves plus about 2 tbsp. of oil. Drain the soaked rice and add it to this water when it is boiling. Cook until the rice is about 3/4 done, remove and strain out all the water. Now layer the rice in a big pot, placing the biryani masala and koftas in the between layers of rice then drizzle 2 tbsp. of oil, some soaked saffron water and some orange/yellow color on the rice. Seal the pot and put on dum/steam it on the stove....or bake in the oven for about 10 minutes. Serve!!


Comments

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi and thank you so much Aeman!! Please email me your pic, I never received it unfortunately on the fb page. The address is fauziaskitchenfun@hotmail.com. Thank you and am looking forward to seeing the pic!!

Hi Fauzia, i have made this briani a couple of times and i am making it again today. It is a fantastic recipe. I did post a picture on facebook but i dont think you could see it as i sent it from my mobile. I have noticed from the tried and tested pictures that chicken bread seems to be one of your most popular dishes & not many people have made this briani. I would say to everyone to have a go at making this dish. It was delicious and not as hard to make as it looks.

WOW..IM SURE GONNA TRY DIS..LUKS TEMPTING..

hi,
i tried this biryani and it was so good. Everybody loved it and koftas were so firm and didnt break in the masala. Thanks alot for your tips.

Asalamo alaikum,

Am I able to make the kofte the night before and continue with the biryani in the morning and complete the dish?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, yes absolutely ok.

Also, I have no curd- will Greek yogurt suffice inshaAllah?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes that is fine.

All done and made!
Doesn't look like yours, and definitely will make it again and adjust my measurements - wasn't enough masaalah for the amount of rice I had (nothing wrong with your recipe).. Beautiful.

Oh yum. I didn't have any yellow colouring so doesn't look as colourful but tastes delicious!

Syeda hafsa's picture

Can I refrigerate the koftas without frying?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

I would not recommend it as the meat will release water when it thaws and the koftas will fall apart in the oil.

Hi, I tried this recipe, turned out delicious. Although mutton koftas ckacked open when i put them in gravy, no idea what went wrong. Overall the dish was a hit :) Thanks alot, God bless you.