Easy Baked Lamb Biryani

An Indian favourite, this biryani recipe is packed with flavour and is the perfect dinner for two
Easy Baked Lamb Biryani
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Easy Baked Lamb Biryani
October 13, 2019
Level Intermediate
Preparation Time 15 minutes (plus marination time)
Cooking Time 35 minutes
Serves 2
PHOTO BY Aasiya Jagadeesh
RECIPE BY Mia Blundell


400g spinneysFOOD Lamb Leg, deboned and cubed
40g ginger, peeled and grated
5 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 tbsp olive oil
spinneysFOOD Salt, to taste
1 onion, peeled and sliced
40g butter
200g spinneysFOOD Basmati Rice
½ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp spinneysFOOD Fine Turmeric
1 tbsp curry powder
6 spinneysFOOD Cardamom Pods, split open
1 spinneysFOOD Cinnamon Stick
3 whole green chillies
1 tsp spinneysFOOD Cumin Seeds
2 spinneysFOOD Bay Leaves
100g frozen peas
40g raisins
450ml chicken stock

To serve

spinneysFOOD Fresh Mint, leaves picked (optional)
40g flaked almonds, toasted


  • 1

    Place the lamb, ginger, garlic and olive oil in a medium-sized bowl with a generous pinch of salt. Mix together and cover with cling film. Place in the fridge overnight.

  • 2

    Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.

  • 3

    Fry the onion in butter for 7-9 minutes, until caramelised.

  • 4

    Add the marinated lamb and fry for 5 minutes, until browned all over.

  • 5

    Add the rice, nutmeg, turmeric, curry powder, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, green chillies, cumin seeds and bay leaves to the pan and fry for 2 minutes.

  • 6

    Transfer everything to a casserole dish.

  • 7

    Add the frozen peas, raisins and chicken stock to the dish and cover loosely with aluminium foil.

  • 8

    Bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes, until all the liquid has evaporated, the rice is tender and the grains are starting to separate from one another.

  • 9

    Garnish with the mint leaves and toasted almond flakes.


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