Slow cooker lamb biryani

Slow cooker lamb biryani


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About this recipe: This gorgeous dish is a favourite in our family and so easy when done in the slow cooker. It is as if the slow cooker was made for biryani!


Serves: 6 

  • 500g basmati rice
  • 110g butter
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4cm piece root ginger, finely chopped
  • 900g diced lamb
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • 400g plain yoghurt
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:7hr  ›  Ready in:7hr25min 

  1. Soak the rice for 30 minutes then rinse and drain.
  2. Preheat the slow cooker to auto or low setting. In a frying pan, melt half of the butter and add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the onions soften. Transfer to the slow cooker. Melt the remainder of the butter, increase the heat and brown the lamb on all sides. Add the spices, seasoning and bay leaves and continue to stir. Add the stock and bring to a simmer, then stir in the yoghurt. Mix well and transfer everything to the slow cooker.
  3. Fill a saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Add the rice and cook for 4 to 6 minutes. Drain then using a slotted spoon, top the lamb mixture with the rice in the slow cooker. Season to taste and sprinkle half of the coriander on top. Cover and cook for 7 hours on auto or low until the rice is tender and the lamb is no longer pink in the centre.
  4. Serve with fresh coriander to garnish.

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Reviews (9)


This turned out REALLY badly for me The amount/combination of ingredients and spices was great and the actual taste was delicious - but the consistency was dreadful. The rice just ended up a gooey stodgy mess. - 12 Feb 2014


I made this with Beef ribs. I also put a solid layer of Baby Spinach between the beef and the rice. First curry in a slow cooker for me. It turned out perfect. Thanks...I should also add that i only cook on low for 6 hours and only till the rice is aldente. This helps when you mix it all up at the end. Not so Stodgy. I cook this curry every week now. Great for lunches ;-) - 04 Jan 2014


This turned out great for me. The first time I made it I held back a bit on the sauce because of the last comment as I didn't want it to be too goey but my husband requested more sauce when he ate it so the second time I made it I put all the sauce in and it was perfect. I only use 350g of rice as the first time I couldn't fit all the rice in my slowcooker and 350g rice with 900g lamb works perfect. - 06 Jul 2014

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