Friday, July 29, 2011



Welcome to my very special guest, Shobha from "Food Mazaa" of Mumbai, India, who loves cooking, painting and reading, enjoys listening to music and making handicrafts. Here she is  ...
cooking-varieties : Shobha, my special thank you to you  for your willingness to do this guest post in my blog, a rich spicy and aromatic  SHAHI  HYDERABADI  BIRIYANI  RICE.
cooking-vareties : How would you introduce yourself shobha?
Shobha : I am a home maker, graduated in English Literature. Born a SIndhi in Andhra Pradesh, but a South Indian at heart. My parents inculcated both cultures in me. I read and write Telugu as well as Sindhi, which is in Persian Script. I lived in Chennai and have been moving to other countries back and forth due to my husband's transferable job. Currently, we are settled in Mumbai.

Blessed with a wonderful family, a loving and caring husband, two sons who have made us proud.(elder son is MSc in computer engineering and MBA and the second son is a PhD. in Bio-engineering, both settled in USA) A lovely daughter-in-law Holli and an adorable  2 year old grand daughter Maya.
 I have lived in UK, Nigeria and Brazil and travelled to many countries. I like Brazil most. Brazilians are very warm, welcoming and friendly people. We lived there for 10 years and now speak Portuguese well.

cooking-varieties : How about sharing your blog url with us?
I love to try out various cuisines from all over the world. Started with my first blog,  Food Mazaa in February 2008, with 308 posts till now. Do visit  me at:

My two nieces, Punam and Vinita also have contributed some nice recipes.
Recently, I have started another blog "Soup for the Soul"..

cooking-varieties : What is your greatest wish on your hobbies
I wish to publish my cookery book and want to hold an exhibition of my paintings.
do oil paintings and have painted 30 so far and want to have at least 50 exhibits.

Mutton - 1 kg
Onions – 5 to 6 chopped onions
Garlic - 1 cups
Ginger - 3/4 cup
Green Chillies - about 10
Mint Leaves - 1 bunch
Coriander Leaves - 1 bunch
Cloves - 10 to 15
Cinnamon - Three 5” pieces
Nutmeg or Jaiphal - Less than ¼ piece
Mace or Javitri - 1 piece
Small Cardamoms - 10
Black Cardamoms - 1
Tomatoes - Approx. 3
Yogurt - 3 to 4 tbsp
Lemon Juice - About ½ lemon’s juice
Red food colour
Salt to taste

For Rice:
Rice - 6 cups
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon – 1” stick
Small Cardamoms - 2
Mint Leaves - a handful
Coriander Leaves - a handful
Lemon juice - Juice of 1 lemon
Water - 12 cups
Salt to taste


1. Grind cloves, cardamoms, mace, nutmeg, cinnamon to a fine powder. To this add garlic, ginger, coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chillies and salt and grind to a smooth paste. Add water if necessary.
2. Marinate mutton with this paste for atleast 15 minutes.
3. Heat 2 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp ghee. Fry onions till light brown. Keep aside some onions for garnishing.
4. Add marinated mutton and cook for a while. Add tomatoes, yogurt, lemon juice and little water and cook till mutton is tender.
(Take care not to make too much gravy)                                                                                                                    
5. Meanwhile, keep 12 cups of water to boil. Add cloves, cinnamon, small cardamoms, mint leaves and coriander leaves, lemon juice, salt and let it boil. Add rice and let it cook.
6.When rice is 3/4th done, strain & transfer over mutton.
7. Do not mix. With big spoon, make slits for air. Add ghee & red colour. Cover first with wet cloth, then with lid, and keep a weight over the lid. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
Garnish with fried onions and cashew nuts.

Serve with raita.
Raita Recipe:
Beat 1 cup yogurt. Add 1/4 cup water, finely sliced green chillies, finely chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves and 1/2 tsp salt. Beat well and serve with biryani.
Next  post, cooking varieties will publish  Shobha’s  MIRCHI KA SALAN ( Hyderabadi) recipe, a spicy dish that compliments Shahi  briyani and a bit more write up on her achievements,
Food Mazaa url at sidebar    


  1. hi everyone visiting this site.
    my special guest blogger chef shobha will be away in brazil from monday, so i do not expect much/any comments or response from her in the next week or so, tho she will be able to briefly view and monitor from there...
    if she has more free time, perhaps she can answer some of your queries if any. thanks to all

  2. Thanks you so much for this special post.The pleasure is all mine..can do anything for a sweet friend like you.
    Though I will not be able to cook and post anything from Brazil, I shall be viewing all my friends blogs regularly. Maybe I shall try to post some Brazilian dishes from my friend's place if possible.
    If any queries here, I'll be glad to answer them.
    Thanks and regards.

  3. Wow!
    My family is a big fan of briyani. Mutton especially. I should try them someday.

  4. hello Ms.Wan..I have not tried the dish..yogurt wow it is my first time to hear yogurt in a cooking recipe..another learning knowledge for me :)

  5. lovely guest post delicious biryani

  6. Our Muslim Fasting season (Ramadhan) is only a few days away. My kids have already given me their lists of what they would like to have, one being briani!

    Ramadhan is a beautiful and busy month where, on weekends we spend time with family and friends especially during the breaking of fast.

    TQ for sharing, sure will try this recipe.

  7. Wow biryani! It is my favourite and most liked reciepe. Not only that it is popular dish of both Hyderabads, I mean one hyd of Pakistan and other of India. Thanks. And yes Ramadan mubarak to you too. I hope that will be best month for me, coz I have many things to do.ite and most liked reciepe. Not only that it is popular dish of both Hyderabads, I mean one hyd of Pakistan and other of India. Thanks. And yes Ramadan mubarak to you too. I hope that will be best month for me, coz I have many things to do.

  8. oh I mistakenly posted same comment.

  9. Lovely guest post.. good to know more about her..superb recipe..biryani looks delicious and so flavorful..

  10. Good to know more about Shobha, she is such a lovely person and the briyani is a big wow! Surely bookmarking this.
    Ms. Wan, Sorry for the delay in my email, although recipe and picture is on hand still couldn't find time, will surely send it to you by today :)

  11. This rice recipe looks delicious! Love the flavors of cinnamon and savory spices here :).

  12. Thank you, Shobha, for sharing this great recipe. I'd love to try it! :)

  13. Thank you all for your sweet words.I am glad you like the Biriyani.

  14. i love briyani. will try this original recipe/ looks like a very rich and gourmet class food

  15. Yummy looking rice, simply adore this.
    Will forward the cheese write- up to you, give me two days. This time I am not going to let you edit and do all the work for me.

    I will write the opening as well and sent to your email, thanks so much.

  16. Thanks for sharing this lovely guest post. I love this biryani recipe- it sounds absolutely delicious.

  17. Hi Maznah, got your message and Its fine with me, thanks so much.

  18. Such a lovely recipe from Shobha. Thanks to both of you for sharing it.
    Thank you for your lovely comments at my space, glad to follow u too..

  19. I love biryani, looks absolutely wonderful. Thanks Shobha for sharing :)

  20. Many thanks for the kind visits and sweet comments to:
    Nashnordin, sie, create withmom, Katrina, anciro, sarang mangi, suman singh, umm mymoonah, Junia, balqis, nava, spoon and chopsticks, sobha and ambreen.
    have a nice day

  21. WoW! Its a mouth watering recipe. M surerly gonna tell my mom to make it for me.
    Well thanks for sharing!!

  22. This is my favorite. I always enjoy the Mutton Biriyani!

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