Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani Recipe

With all the ceremonies and rituals Indian weddings have, catering for guests is extremely stressful for the bride and groom’s family. Who’s going to cook and what are they going to cook? This decision for Indian wedding food is not taken lightly for Indians as there is so much at stake if it goes wrong. Any Indian celebration is incomplete without a grand feast- it is part of the culture to share an abundance of food with friends and family.

At Indian wedding functions, guests hope to find an array of mouth-watering dishes and one that is sure to please is Biryani – an exquisite rice dish filled with spiced flair. Biriyani was once considered to be a royal dish, fit for kings.

Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani

So if you want to add royalty to the grand wedding feast try out our delicious Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani recipe, inspired by Khana Khazana’s Sanjeev Kapoor:

Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani

[color-box color=blue]Ingredients


For the lamb:

500g of lamb cut into small pieces
1 cup (Greek) yogurt
1 tablespoon ginger paste
1 tablespoon garlic paste
1 tablespoon red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves, torn
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, torn
One large onion thinly sliced

For the rice:

280g Basmati rice
4 tablespoon ghee/butter oil + 1 tablespoon oil
2 bay leaves
10 green cardamoms + 2 black carmamoms
25 black peppercorns
3 cinnamon sticks
2 large onions thinly sliced
½ teaspoon caraway seeds (shahi jeera)
10 cloves
Few saffron (kesar) strands soaked in ¼ cup milk


1. Heat five to six cups of water in a deep pan. Add drained rice, salt, bay leaves, five green cardamoms, seven to eight black peppercorns, one cinnamon stick and cook till three fourth done. Drain and set aside.

2. Heat sufficient butter oil in a medium-sized saucepan and deep-fry half the onion slices till golden. Drain and place on an absorbent paper. Grind caraway seeds, one cinnamon stick, remaining black peppercorns, cloves and remaining green cardamoms to a fine powder and set aside.

3. Marinating the lamb: Place the pieces in a bowl and then add ginger, garlic and salt. Mix well in order to coat the lamb pieces properly. Add the garam masala, red chilli powder, half the fried onions crushed, yogurt, coriander leaves, half of the mint leaves and 1 tablespoon oil. Mix well again. Leave it to marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

4. Heat two tablespoons ghee/butter oil in a pan, remaining cinnamon and black cardamoms and sauté till fragrant. Add remaining onions and sauté till light golden. Add marinated lamb, stir and cook on high heat for 3-4 minutes. Cover, reduce heat and cook till almost done.

5. Heat the remaining ghee/butter oil in a thick pan. Spread half the rice in a layer and spread the lamb over the rice. Then thrown in the remaining torn mint leaves and spread the remaining rice on top.

6. Sprinkle the saffron on the top and then cover the pan and cook until done. Serve hot. Recommended to add raita on the side.[/color-box]

Voila, you can now cook a scrumptious royal Hyderbadi Lamb Biryani dish that will surely impress your hungry guests.



Indian Wedding Style Tips for Guest

We all know that an Indian wedding isn’t like most, but that is what makes them so beautiful and a celebration that everyone wants to experience. But why do they last so long?! Well, this long lasting affair is down to the many rituals carried out, all having their own significance and importance.

These festivities will surely be extravagant and lavish as Indians love to splash out on celebrations. I can confidently say that you have not truly celebrated until you have experienced it the Indian way.

So what ceremonies are there in an Indian wedding and what does one wear to these? Each Indian community has their own unique ceremonies, but here are those shared by most:


The wedding celebrations usually start with this event where family and friends gather together and close members perform dances for the happy couple. This is followed by dinner, more music and dancing. It is a fun event which is enjoyed by all.

Indian Wedding Sangeet

Style tips: Taking part in the dances? Then you should wear something vibrant and pretty but easy to wear, such as a light anarkali. But if you are a close friend or relative and want to wear something heavier you can easily change after the dances into an anarkali, lehenga or saree. If you aren’t close to the couple then a simple and colourful anarkali will be perfect . You will be dancing a lot, so wear something flowy!


This pre-wedding ritual is organised by the bride’s family, attended by women who are friends and family. It is an event where the bride has a change to spend quality time with the girls.  Everyone celebrates by dancing, laughing and getting mehendi, also known as henna, applied on their hands and/or feet. Mehendi is beautiful, as it signifies love and affection.

Indian Mehendi Wedding Ceremony

Style tips: You should wear something bright and colourful, but light since you will be sitting uncomfortably when getting mehendi applied  – an anarkali or salwar would be appropriate.  Be warned that you might get mehendi on your outfit since it takes a while to dry, so perhaps you shouldn’t wear your favourite attire!


This is another messy but fun ceremony which is a cleansing and purifying ceremony performed before the wedding day. A detoxifying (mostly turmeric based) paste is applied on the face, hands and feet of the bride and groom. This will bring a glow to the skin which is supposed to create more attraction between the couple.

Indian Wedding Haldi Ritual

Style tips: Similarly to the mehendi ceremony, wear something bright and light, but not precious to you – as you will be applying this paste on the bride and if they’re feeling mischevious, they may put some back on you too! A simple anarkali or salwar will be a good choice.


The big day has finally arrived and consists of many symbolic rituals performed throughout the day, starting with the bride’s family welcoming the groom and his family and eventually ending with the performance of the marriage ceremony.

Indian Wedding Ceremony

Style tips: A rich and heavy saree or lehenga is the most common outfit to wear at an Indian Wedding and apart from black, any colour can be worn. Just make sure you dress to impress and accessorize as there will be hundreds (sometimes thousands) of people attending and lots of photos being taken!


This is a celebration which like most other cultures involves lots of eating, drinking and dancing. It is usually organized by the groom’s family to celebrate the arrival of the beautiful bride into their family.

Indian Wedding Reception

Style tips: A long ravishing gown, stunning saree or chic anarkali will be the right choice for this occasion and you can finally wear elegant black!

The beauty and romance of an Indian wedding is like no other. Embrace these grand festivities by dressing extravagantly and most importantly enjoying!

Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dresses

A brides wedding experience should be the most beautiful time in her life. However preparing for it is anything but beautiful!

Stressed Out Searching For Wedding Dresses

So how can this bridezilla time of your life be made more peaceful? Apart from finding the venue, caterer, photographer etc, finding the perfect wedding dresses for the medley of wedding functions is the main priority for most Asian brides. At the end of the day, the main aim is to look drop dead gorgeous during your wedding!

After cutting down the ridiculously long list of ‘things to do’ to just wedding dresses, we still haven’t made life easy. An Asian bride has to consider the style, material, colour, cut, embroidery, amongst other things – and this is not just for the wedding trousseau, but also for the many other functions. This is surely overwhelming for any bride!.

Where to get inspiration? Bridal magazines, shows, exhibitions, Bollywood weddings and finally blogs like Big Fat Asian Wedding are a good starting point!

The Search: It is important to start your search with an open-mind as there are endless choices out there. You may have your mind set on a certain colour or style but you will be surprised how quickly that can change.The most important thing is to wear what you feel beautiful in, whether it is in fashion right now or not. As Yves Saint Laurent said:

“Fashion fades, style is eternal”.

So don’t be afraid to have your own style – be bold and unique!

You may also have your mind set on a colour/style that you have seen look fabulous on someone else, but this can be disastrous. It is extremely important to wear wedding dresses that complements your body and to choose colours that suit your skin complexion. But of course we are not always the best judges of ourselves, so take your close friends and family to the shops and ask for their true opinions. Just go with a fresh mind and try on all the different options, you may be surprised with better options.

Stay calm: For this process to go as smoothly as possible, you must remain calm and not lose hope!! It can be a very long process, but your search will ultimately come to an end and you will undoubtedly look stunning in your wedding dresses. Just make sure you start your search with a fresh mind and explore all your options!

Indian Wedding Photos: Nish Weds Nancy in India

The wedding day is one of the most special days in a woman’s life. Indian weddings consist of a colourful medley of Indian wedding ceremonies, resulting in memories that last a lifetime. Brides share some of their special moments with us and these beautiful pictures have been sent to us under the pseudonym of Nancy. These beautiful photos depict the different stages of the wedding and we hope you enjoy this colourful journey!

I have picked out my favourites and put them here!

Indian Wedding Photos | Mehendi

Indian Wedding Photos | Beautiful Decoration

Indian Wedding Photos | Love the hanging detailing

Indian Wedding Photos | Traditional Puja Thali

Indian Wedding Photos | Beautiful Jewellery

Indian Wedding Photos | This is from the Pandal - see the hanging figures?

Indian Wedding Photos | So Elegant

Indian Wedding Photos | Stage for the musical evening

Indian Wedding Photos | Love the Jewellery

Indian Wedding Photos | Traditional Puja Ceremony


I hope these photos have given you an insight into the various ceremonies of Indian weddings, and inspired you to plan your own wedding. Think outside the box whilst planning your wedding and make sure your photos are infused with plenty of creativity and vibrancy! Whether it is intricate mehendi or Indian wedding decorations, your Indian photos should aptly capture the spirit and energy of the wedding.

If you would like us to write about your wedding or someone else that you may know, please do let us know and we will be happy to publish your images!

Beauty Tips For Wedding Glow

A girl’s wedding day is supposed to be the most important day of her life; therefore it is vital to look your ultimate best on this special day. From achieving flawless skin, to fitting into your wedding attire and looking fabulous, you will need to start your beauty regime ASAP. Here are some valuable beauty tips:

– Pamper yourself with monthly facials and skin treatments

– Get your beauty sleep (at least 7-8 hours)

– Use natural remedies like turmeric, sandalwood and honey to make a face pack. Or try this home-made Face Glow Oil

– Maintain a healthy diet as this plays an important role in giving your skin that beautiful shine, keep you looking slim and increase energy levels.

Fruits and vegetables should be incorporated into your daily diet plan.

– Go for monthly hair spa treatments to get soft silky hair

– Drink 4-5 cups of green tea daily for flawless skin and to increase metabolism rate

– Daily exercise: Read an article by Vogue India ‘Be the fittest bride’ for great tips on keeping fit

Bollywood Beauty Tips:

Bollywood Beauty Tips

Aishwarya Rai: Drinks a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily to maintain her radiant skin

Katrina Kaif: She believes that food plays an important role– she avoids carbohydrates and eats food rich in iron, vitamins and proteins. “You need to see that the products that you use are of the best quality”.

She also believes that beauty comes from within. If you feel good from inside you will look good as well.

Deepika Padukone: “My daily skincare regime includes moisturiser with SPF during the day. At night, I remove whatever little makeup I wear and then apply hydrating cream. Also, plenty of water, balanced meals, regular workouts and adequate sleep figure on my must have list”

Most importantly, do not stress out about the above, because at the end of the day stress will only take you back to square one. Keep calm and be fabulous!