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It may come as a surprise to you; but one of India’s most famous dishes, Lamb Biryani, has its origins in the Middle East. Biryani, from the Persian word “birinj” or “birian”, means to fry before cooking. This dish is believed to have been brought to India from the Persian Ruler, Timur the Lame, and was seen as dish for soldiers due to it’s ease of cooking and heartiness, after a long day of marching and fighting.

This meant when we moved forward to the Middle East, I couldn’t stop myself from wandering back to the Persian Empire.

When we were plotting out this dish we had to explore – What would make Lamb Biryani a autumn dish, versus an any other point of the year?

Autumn ingredients

So, let’s get down to the brass tax on the ingredients. When preparing for autumn, some ingredients would have been dried right after the summer ended, to extend their lives. Or, in the case of foods like Peas, they would have been dried in the early summer. So by the autumn, meals would consist of cooking animals that were at a risk to die due to the elements and lack of food in the winter. However, there is evidence that in the warmer climates (specifically focusing on the Mediterranean in this study), sheep were being specially bred to produce ewes in the Autumn, due to it providing the communities more food and resources outside of typical time periods.

Other ingredients like grains, rice and herbs would have been harvested and prepared for the winter, so any excess stores would have been used for meals, baking and brewing.


Meghan’s Review

3.5 out of 5 stars

Okay, so I like Lamb. I love Briyani. I did not like them together. Beyond my error with the peas, the biggest issue I found with the dish is that the rice was soaked in grease. Lamb is greasy, which I usually love, but I did not care for it in my rice. I would love to make this again with something like chicken.

Brad’s Review

4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed tonight’s recipe… that was except for one thing: That being the peas. I love me some peas, whole peas, mashed peas, mushy peas – I will eat them all. But all of those peas have one thing in common with each other: they are soft. This was more of a mistake of hubris on someone that will not be named, but made the meals, part. The rest of the meal was fantastic! The seasoning on the rice was amazing and the lamb was delicious. I would give it 4 out of 5 soft peas.


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