Indian Lamb Biryani is a casserole of tender lamb curry and fragrant saffron rice. Two outstanding dishes combined into one company worthy casserole. Serve with cooling cucumber raita on the side.
I had a very biryani week. Biryani is an Indian curry and rice casserole that I've been hearing about, thinking about, maybe even dreaming about - for a long time. Finally, this past week, I immersed myself in it. It started when I was invited by a friend to take a cooking class at Whole Foods and I got to choose the dish we cooked. I picked biryani. We learned to make a very tasty, quick biryani with boneless chicken and precooked rice.
After that I came home and pulled every international cookbook and Indian cookbook off my shelves... I scoured the internet....and the cooking began. My (poor? lucky?) family had Biryani for dinner three nights in a row - lamb, chicken, lamb. The lamb biryani was the unanimous winner. This is definitely not of the "quick and easy" genre of recipes, but it's SO worth the effort!
This lamb biryani recipe consists of two distinct dishes - succulent lamb curry and aromatic rice. Each component is delicious in its own right, and then the two are layered together in a casserole and baked.
Saffron is one of the key flavors in Indian Lamb Biryani. It's a beautiful, aromatic spice, that consists of the delicate stigmas of a crocus flower. It's a very popular spice in Indian cuisine.
In this dish, saffron is used to infuse the rice with a beautiful yellow-orange color and that unique and exotic saffron flavor that words can't describe. (Some say it tastes like a combination of honey and straw, but I don't think that description does it justice.)
Saffron is one of the world's most expensive spices but luckily it only takes a little bit to flavor the whole lamb biryani casserole.
This Lamb Biryani recipe is packed with deep and exciting flavors and a good amount of heat. It's definitely dinner-party worthy!
I think it's important to serve Lamb Biryani with a cooling, creamy, cucumber-mint raita to complement the heat of the dish. Your palate will thank you!
Here are a few more delicious Indian Recipes to try:
- Indian Chicken Biryani
- Saag Aloo: Indian Spinach and Potatoes
- Chicken Tikka Masala
- White Chicken Korma
Here's the Indian Lamb Biryani Recipe. If you try this recipe, I hope you'll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I'd love to know what you think.