My Global Food Challenge


Lamb Biryani (Oman)

Yield: 6 Servings


3 tablespoons ghee
2 medium onions or 250 g sliced
5 cloves garlic crushed
1 tablespoon fresh ginger chopped
2 cups water or 500 ml
1 cup yoghurt or 250 ml
3 tablespoons omani mixed spices
1 dried lime cut into halves
1 kilogram lamb pieces with bones
2 cubes MAGGI® Chicken Bouillon
3 medium tomatoes or 450 g peeled and diced
3 cups basmati rice or 600 g washed and drained
5 whole cardamom pods
5 whole cloves
5 whole black peppers
5 cinnamon sticks
pinch of salt
9 cups boiling water or 21/4 Liters extra quantity to boil the rice
1/2 teaspoon saffron filaments soaked in 1/4 cup or 60ml rose water


Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee in a large pot (reserve 1 tablespoon), add onions and cook until they become golden brown in color.   Add garlic and ginger, stir then add water, yogurt, Omani mix spices, dried lime, lamb pieces, MAGGI® Chicken Bouillon cubes and diced tomato.   Stir to boil.   Cover and simmer on low heat with occasional stirring for 1½ hour or until lamb is cooked.  Set aside.

Meanwhile place rice, whole spices and salt in the extra boiling water, cook for 8-10 minutes or until rice is ¾ cooked, remove and drain.  Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of ghee in a large pot.  Put half the quantity of cooked rice in the pot, add the lamb mixture over the rice and top with the remaining rice.  Sprinkle saffron and rosewater mixture on top of rice.  Cover the pot; cook on low heat for 25 minutes or until the rice is cooked.

Link to My Post on Oman:

Cuisine :   Omani

Main Ingredient :   Lamb  



Omani Spice Mix (Oman)

Yield: 2 Servings


1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 -3 whole cloves
1 teaspoon turmeric (optional-will add a yellow color to food)


Mix all together and store in a jar with lid.  Use in meat and vegetable stews.  May also add to rice dishes, soups, lentil and bean dishes.

Link to My Post on Oman:

Cuisine :   Omani

Main Ingredient :   Spice Mix 

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