No this post is not about biryani recipe. This is about my mom making biryani at home.
Eating biryani was a luxury then. Maybe once in couple of months my mom used to make biryani at home. It used to be a elaborate lunch on Sundays. In spite of having dining table we all used to sit down in a circle and eat together ( family which eats together, stays together).
Now coming to biryani, we had a papaya tree in our back yard and mom use to cut papaya into thin slices and dried it under the sun. She used to use this dried papaya as meat tenderizer and marinate meat with it.
Mom used to grind ginger and garlic paste, no store brought(it was not available then). Powder whole garam masala.Marinate mutton in the curd and other ingredients and keep it for two hours.
The basmati rice too was luxury then and we used to eat Sona Masori. She used to soak rice for two hours.
Once biryani is half cooked mom used to spread thin cotton cloth on the top of biryani so that extra moisture gets sucked up.
And when serving biryani she never used to mix the entire biryani. She used to take a portion of biryani and used to serve that to us. I cannot match her biryani, the aroma of freshly grinded spices and saffron…it’s yummyyyyy.
And she used to make bagara baingan and raita to eat with biryani.
After the heavy meal it was home made ice cream treat. Home made ice cream in another post.
Edited: changed the day from 14 to 13.