How to make Kachche Gosht ki Biryani – Raw meat slow-cooked with the rice to produce a succulent, fragrant, layered delight.


Kachche Gosht ki Biryani

Prep Time : 8-10 hour

Cook time : 1.30-2 hour

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Kachche Gosht ki Biryani Recipe

  • Mutton cut into 2 inch pieces 750 grams

  • Basmati rice soaked 1 1/2 cups

  • Raw papaya paste 2 tablespoons

  • Oil for deep-frying

  • Onions sliced 4 large

  • Yogurt 1 1/2 cups

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Ginger paste 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Rose petals 2 tablespoons

  • Fresh mint leaves 1/2 cup

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 1/2 cup

  • Garam masala powder 1 tablespoon

  • Green cardamom 3

  • Cinnamon 1 inch stick

  • Cloves 3

  • Black cardamom 1

  • Black peppercorns 7-8

  • Kewra water 1/2 teaspoon

  • Rose water 1/2 teaspoon

  • Pure ghee 3 tablespoons

  • Caraway seed (shahi jeera) powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Saffron (kesar) few strand

  • Milk 2 tablespoons

  • Ginger cut into thin strips2 inch piece

  • Wheat flour dough to seal

Method

Step 1

Place the mutton pieces in a deep bowl, add the papaya paste and mix well so that all the mutton pieces are covered with the paste.

Step 2

Cover the bowl with cling film and place the bowl in the refrigerator for eight to ten hours so that the mutton gets tenderized. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Add the onions and deep-fry till well browned. Drain on absorbent paper. Take the mutton out of the refrigerator.

Step 3

Add yogurt, green chillies, salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, ginger paste, garlic paste, half the fried onions, one tablespoon rose petals, half the fresh mint, half the fresh coriander and garam masala powder and mix well.

Step 4

Cover the bowl with cling film and keep it in the refrigerator to marinate for at least thirty minutes. Cook the rice in plenty of water with salt till half done.

Step 5

Drain well. Sprinkle green cardamoms, cinnamon, cloves, black cardamom, peppercorns, half kewra water, rose water, two tablespoons ghee and caraway seeds over the rice and mix well.

Step 6

Dissolve saffron in warm milk. Take a non stick deep pan and spread the marinated mutton and top it with the rice.

Step 7

Sprinkle the remaining fried onions, remaining kewra water, fresh mint, fresh coriander, saffron milk, milk, remaining ghee, remaining rose petals and ginger strips. Cover the pan with a lid and seal with the wheat flour dough.

Step 8

Place a tawa under the pan and cook on low heat for forty five to sixty minutes or till both the mutton and rice are completely cooked.

Step 9

Let it stand for fifteen minutes before opening the seal and lid. Serve hot with any raita.

India v England: Ravindra Jadeja takes 7-48 to seal win in Chennai


India appeal

Fifth Test, Chennai (day five):
England 477 & 207: Jadeja 7-48
India 759-7 dec: Nair 303 not out, Rahul 199
India won by an innings and 75 runs
Scorecard

England suffered a dismal batting collapse to slip to an innings-and-75-run defeat on the final day of the fifth Test against India in Chennai.

Behind by 282 on first innings, England were taken to 103-0, but then lost four wickets for 26 runs.

They looked to have been steadied until Moeen Ali played an awful swipe at spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who took 7-48.

The last six wickets fell for 15 runs, with England all out for 207 to give India a 4-0 series win.

England have now lost six of their past eight Tests, seven of which have come on a gruelling tour of Bangladesh and India, where alien conditions have highlighted familiar weaknesses in their batting and spin bowling.

They do not play another Test until July, by which time they may have a new captain, with Alastair Cook admitting to having questions over his future.

“Normally, they sack losing generals,” said former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott on BBC Test Match Special. “You’ve got to do something about it.

“England pay the coaches and the director of cricket fortunes, but nothing will happen. They will beat people in England on seaming pitches and everything in the garden will be rosy.”

One last collapse

England suffered an innings defeat in the fourth Test after making 400 batting first, but suffered a greater indignity here. Their first-innings score of 477 is the highest by any side that has gone on to lose by an innings.

All five of England’s defeats this winter have involved at least one batting collapse, but this one was particularly feeble, given that a surface on which India made 759-7 the previous day had barely deteriorated.

With left-arm spinner Jadeja in the thick of the action, England’s shot selection contributed to the fall of four wickets in 14 overs after lunch.

Cook pushed a leg-side delivery from Jadeja to leg slip and opening partner Keaton Jennings prodded a return catch to the same bowler, who then had a sweeping Joe Root lbw on review.

When Jonny Bairstow clipped Ishant Sharma straight up to be brilliantly held over his shoulder by a sprinting Jadeja, England had slipped from 103-0 to 129-4.

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates

Ravindra Jadeja (right) was involved in nine of the England wickets to fall

Moeen’s moment of madness

Moeen had actually helped steady England after their initial slide, adding 64 with Ben Stokes in 19 overs.

Both needed luck – Moeen struggled against the short ball while Stokes edged through a vacant slip area – but the draw looked to be the most likely result when Moeen played an inexplicable stroke.

Advancing down the pitch, the left-hander looked to hit aerially down the ground, but only found Ravichandran Ashwin at mid-on.

From there, the match was lost inside 16 overs. In total, all 10 wickets fell for 104 runs.

  • Moeen c Ashwin b Jadeja 44 (192-5) – An awful stroke, needlessly attacking when defence was needed.
  • Stokes c Nair b Jadeja 23 (193-6) – A tame pat to mid-wicket.
  • Dawson b Mishra 0 (196-7) – Failed to pick a googly and was bowled.
  • Rashid c Jadeja b Yadav 2 (200-8) – A leading edge to the first delivery from the second new ball to be caught at point.
  • Broad c Pujara b Broad 1 (207-9) – Gloved to short leg.
  • Ball c Nair b Jadeja 0 (207 all out) – England’s number 11 lasted only three balls, the collapse complete and the brilliant Jadeja finished with career-best figures.
  • Captain Cook’s last stand?

    Cook has said he will meet England director of cricket Andrew Strauss in January to decide on his future as captain.

    If this was his final innings as skipper, it looked set to be a characteristic rearguard in partnership with Jennings, who followed up with a century on his debut in the fourth Test.

    Both were dropped in the morning session, but Jennings in particular looked assured with reverse-sweeps and clips through mid-wicket until Cook’s loose flap at Jadeja, who dismissed him six times in the series.

    From there, an increasingly dejected and forlorn Cook could only watch as his team disintegrated.

    After the match, he said that it was “not the place” to be answering questions on his future.

    “I’ve got to go home and do some thinking,” he added.

    ‘Quitting is on Cook’s mind’ – TMS analysis

    Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott

    Cook made a comment before the tour about how it might be his last. After we’ve lost the series, he says Joe Root is ready for captaincy, and nobody forced that out of him. So this must have been on his mind for some time. It hasn’t just suddenly happened.

    Whoever captains in England this summer has seven Tests before the biggest series of all in the Ashes. If we’re to have a new captain, he needs all seven Tests to get his feet under the table, we don’t want Alastair giving it up after three or four Tests.

    BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew

    What Alastair Cook feels about this and how it influences his decision about his future as captain I’m not sure.

    Supporters knew this would be a tough series. England were undermanned and underpowered, but they would have wanted some fight today to not lose this match to show character, but I think fans will be upset by this and the manner of the defeat.

    ‘We just weren’t good enough’

    England captain Alastair Cook: “I don’t think we ran out of fight. All the guys gave their all, we just weren’t good enough. We’ve struggled to take 20 wickets and we haven’t got enough runs so we probably didn’t deserve it.

    “We’ve dropped vital chances and India kept punishing us. It’s been a series of missed opportunities. We tried as hard as we could, but it wasn’t good enough.”

    England assistant coach Paul Farbrace:“Today was a day we could have batted the day out and we just weren’t good enough. Too often we have lost wickets in bundles and you can’t do that against a team like this. We played some really good cricket but you can’t play for just a few session in a Test match.”

    India captain Virat Kohli: “We understood what would happen to England if we got a couple of wickets. The intensity was top class.”

    Invincible India? The stats

    • England have lost four Tests in a series against India for the first time.
    • India have extended their unbeaten run to 18 Tests, a record for India and the joint-third longest run of all time.
    • They have also gone 19 home matches without defeat, a run dating back to 2012. They have won 16 of those matches.
    • In the fourth Test, England became only the third side to lose a Test by an innings after posting 400 or more batting first. Here, their 477 is the largest total by any side that subsequently lost by an innings.

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After her father had a heart attack, Erin Alderson (whose initials are ELLA) broke up with fast food and all processed meat. Her blog features seasonal vegetarian recipes that are pantry-inspired. Despite ditching Big Macs, Alderson doesn’t believe in being obsessive or counting calories (her philosophy is simply to exercise and eat well). Given the results—beautifully photographed whole foods we want to gobble up immediately (curried vegetarian meatballs, we’re looking at you!)—it’s easy to see why her approach works.

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The globe-trotting family behind Green Kitchen Stories is hardly stuck on one type of cuisine. David and Luise met while studying in Rome before moving to Stockholm to start a family. They document their vegetarian cooking experiments on the blog, and they believe variety is the most important thing in a diet. Don’t forget to follow them both on Instagram; David’s and Luise’saccounts will inspire you to live and eat better every day. 

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A self-taught cook, Sarah Britton started blogging in 2007 to share her knowledge of holistic nutrition. (She attended the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto.) She’s passionate about whole and vegan food—and creates mouthwatering recipes that prove it. You’ll find everything from chunky chocolate buckwheat granola to sweet potato noodle soup(pictured). We love that you can also pick recipes by season. 

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In 2015, Gena Hamshaw changed the name of her blog from Choosing Raw to The Full Helping. Now she posts recipes that are less extreme, although she is still inspired by her raw food background. Check out this gluten-free plum and blackberry crisp (pictured) or her totally addictive creamy cashew carrot dressing and quinoa bowl. As a certified nutritionist, Hamshaw brings lots of nutritional wisdom to the kitchen. She is also candid about being in recovery from anorexia and orthorexia and uses her site to encourage others to heal their broken relationship with food (often through plant-based diets). 

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Emma Galloway worked as a chef for eight years before realizing that she suffered from gluten and lactose intolerance. She started blogging in 2010, sharing gluten-free, vegetarian recipes, as well as articles and tips on organic gardening. We can’t wait to try her popsicle recipes when the weather warms up!

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This blog resembles the pages of a glossy food magazine with a fleet of stylists making sure every bite looks impossibly scrumptious. But behind the scenes, there’s just one incredible couple, Sara and Hugh Forte. The division of labor is simple: She cooks and blogs; he photographs. The result elevates whole-food ingredients to epic proportions. Sandwichesnoodlesgreen salads, and other divine dishes have earned the attention of many in the food world, including Saveur magazine, which named Sprouted Kitchen one of the best original recipe blogs.

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Blogger Gina Homolka outlines a simple formula on her site: “Exercise + a well-balanced diet + good sleep = a happy life.” And really, why complicate that? Her recipes for baked sweet potato skinsand shrimp summer rolls with peanut hoisin dipping sauce prove that eating a rainbow of whole foods is pleasing to the eye, the palate, and the rest of your body too. Plus, Homolka has a sense of humor and isn’t above trying recipes from the 50 Shades of Chicken cookbook.

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From snacks (high-protein mint chip energy balls, anyone?) to one-pot meals (Crock-Pot chicken quinoa enchilada soup, please), this blog has our food cravings covered. Lee Hersh is a fellow workout aficionado and yoga instructor who develops recipes with nutritionally sound (and mostly gluten-free) ingredients. And her enthusiasm is infectious. Just read her post on DIY almond butter, where she gushes about the specks of vanilla bean in the spread and ends with a rousing, “Real food rules.” Right on.

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Healthy recipes in 30 minutes or less? Count us in. Erin, the blogger behind The Almond Eater, writes recipes and stays healthy by listening to her body. (Though she admits she does try to keep things on the healthier side, because if she always were to listen to her body, as she says, she’d “probably turn into a giant piece of cake.” Amen, sister.) Try everything from her dreamy almond butter chia pudding to these super-quick, roasted lemon garlic Brussels sprouts.

23. Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

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In 2012, Lexi was sick of feeling sick all the time. One year later, after revamping her diet and starting a regular exercise habit, Lexi’s Clean Kitchen was born. While she doesn’t adhere to one specific diet, many of her recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, refined sugar-free, soy-free, vegan, or vegetarian. Bonus: Each recipe is clearly labeled at the top, so you know exactly who can partake.

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Whether you eat Paleogluten-free, vegetarian, or none of the above, the recipes on this site will meet your dietary needs—and satisfy your palate. Impeccable taste aside, blogger Julia Mueller is also passionate about nutrition, which comes as no surprise when looking at her creations with a health-conscious microscope. And her photography is pretty impressive too!

Demonetisation: Cashlessness sting still painful on day 41

Similar conditions were witnessed outside the Indian Overseas Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank in Preet Vihar area in east Delhi.

NEW DELHI: There was no respite in sight for cash-strapped people on Monday as queues outside banks and ATMs for withdrawing money continued across the city with rising anger and pain. 

An IANS correspondent who visited about 10 banks and ATMs across the city, found over 150 people outside Punjab National Bank and State Bank of India in Kalkaji area of south Delhi. 

Similar conditions were witnessed outside the Indian Overseas Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank in Preet Vihar area in east Delhi. 

Jaswant Sharma, a security guard with a law firm and resident of Kalkaji Extension, told IANS: “Since the day I got my salary I am looking for an ATM to withdraw some cash. Three of my attempts have gone in vain as the ATM runs out of cash before my turn comes.”

Asked if he supports the government’s move of scrapping the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, Sharma said: “I have nothing to do with the government decision, I just want to withdraw some cash as I am left with only Rs 10 in my pocket. Cash is necessary. 

“I have borrowed the bicycle from one of my friend to reach here.” 

There were around 300 people outside the Yes Bank and HDFC ATM kiosks in Kalkaji area around 12.30 a.m. which was dispensing cash till early morning. 

Balkishan, a lawyer who had arrived at the ATM with his 12-year-old son, told IANS: “At most of the places, people in the queues do not allow withdrawal from multiple cards. So I have come with my son to withdraw money from two cards.” 

“We cannot stand in bank or ATM queue everyday, what comes in mere Rs 2,500,” he asked. 

A similar situation was witnessed outside the banks on Monday morning, which opened after Sunday. Hundreds of people were seen waiting for their turn. 

Balwinder Singh, a resident of South Extension Part II who was standing outside Punjab National Bank in south Delhi, told IANS: “It is a completely mismanaged show.” 

“The government has made the middle and working class people suffer. Today, I skipped my office for the third time since demonetisation to withdraw cash.

“Is the government going to pay me for the days I had to skip my office to withdraw some cash?” 

The disaffection with the demonetisation move continued, and seemed even to gain strength over days manifestly, with people waiting in queues denouncing Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the strongest terms. 

“No amount of cursing is enough for him; he has made the most foolish decision that can be made by any Prime Minister,” Nitin, an employee of Wipro Technologies in Sector-3, Noida, told IANS. 

“Most of the black money is hoarded in gold and real estate, and the rest in foreign bank accounts. How can such common wisdom be lost on our Prime Minister is beyond me,” he said while waiting in a queue outside Sector-16 branch of Axis bank in Noida. 

His arguments were subscribed to by other people standing in the queue before him, as they nodded and murmured their assent. 

Moreover, the provision of Rs 24,000 for withdrawal, has turned out to be far from ideal, since most banks were barely able to ration Rs 4,000-5,000 to their customers.

 

“I have these three cheques and I have neither put date nor amount on them, for I do not know how much they will be able to afford or if I will get any money at all,” another man in the queue told IANS outside the bank.

China and US start talks over returning the seized drone

BEIJING: China and the US have started the process of negotiations for returning an undersea drone of the US navy which was seized by Chinese naval officials in the South China Sea on Thursday, Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday.

The ministry did not disclose the details of the negotiations but experts said Beijing wants to renegotiate an existing accord on navigational activities by the two countries in the South China Sea.
China wants to expand the terms of the accord to include small undersea drones. If included, it will make it difficult for the US navy to operate unmanned drones without notifying China in advance. On its part, the US wants the drone to be returned intact without any tampering or removal of stored data, sources said.

US spying in South China Sea is a lot more extensive that what has been revealed by the seizure of an American undersea drone, the official People’s Daily said.

“The US side played down its drone activities, but its intention behind them cannot be concealed,” the paper said in a commentary. “The drone that emerged from the South China Sea is just the tip of the iceberg in the US military strategy on China,” it added.

The drone issue has added one more hurdle in the bumpy relationship between the two countries, which has been aggravated by a flurry of tweets by Donald Trump, the US president elect. Trump said in his latest tweet that China should be allowed the keep the drone , and there is no need to bring it back.

His views do not match those of the Obama administration which has been engaged in negotiations to reclaim the drone.

China said it picked up what looked like an “unidentified object” in the sea because of concerns that it could hamper the safety of navigation. It was only later that it’s naval officials learnt that the object was really an unmanned drone used for spying by the US navy.

The drone was found 92 kms from the Philippine coast and within its exclusive economic zone. Philippines has now said it is opposed to any disturbances near its coast. Manila, which has been a close US allay for decades, is now taking a decidedly pro-China line leaving the US almost isolated in the South China Sea.

Demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency, a boon to common Indian citizen

The move to demonetize Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency tenders by the union government of India on last Tuesday, was a laudable and historic effort to clean up the decades long corruption and black money. As Indian citizens, we all should be proud of the fact that we elected a government, which was capable of taking such brave decision for the long-term betterment of the country’s economy. Nevertheless, there’s a high possibility that a certain percentage of people might interpret this decision negatively in view of the fact that short-lived challenges are to be seen, which might have a profound negative impact and dethrone ruling party in the coming elections; not everyone happens to be cognizant of the decision’s long-term benefits. If unaccounted or black money isn’t obliterated, it would make the rich richer and the poor poorer. According to SBI, “ Banks received deposits worth Rs 53,000 crore since the government put out of circulation, high-value banknotes in a bid to drain illegal wealth. Nearly 14 lakh crore are held in Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes now – nearly 86% of the total value of currencies of all denominations in circulation” [1]. Ultimately, government will possess an adequate amount of money to invest in infrastructure, education, agriculture, and all other sectors to build India economically stronger.