Farhan Pulao

You must be wondering what’s with the name “Farhan ka Pulao”

Actually its  out of respect to a very sweet memories of my stay in Capital of Saudi Arabia- Riyadh many years back..

I was newly married and my husband was working in Riyadh, I was eagerly waiting to join him there and start my blissful married life with him.

Finally the day arrived when I landed in Riyadh, my husband anxiously waiting for me outside airport.

We reached home and it was a Friday ,post Friday namaz(prayer) he told I will get some thing to eat … He had mentioned over the phone before that there is this small hyderbadi joint ‘Farhan’ in a place called ‘Hara’ in Riyadh, who sells this amazing mutton pulao on Fridays. So I told why don’t u bring that I  would love to taste it.

And trust me it was an amazing Pulao and since that Friday onward

 it had become  a rule that Friday lunch was “Farhan ka pulao”

It been years we have shifted from Riyadh but still we talk about Farhan’s Pulao…

This is my version of Farhan’s Pulao

I won’t say exact replica but some what similar…


Mutton 1 kg
Onion 2 large

Tomato 1

Ginger paste 1.5 tbsp

Garlic paste 1.5 tbsp

Whole garam masala

Jeera powder 2 tbsp

Green chilly 8-9

Oil 2 serving spoons

For rice

500 gm Rice

Ghee 2 tbsp

Bay leaves

Shah jeera

Cashew fried till brown( i have not used)

Potatoes ( cubed n fried till brown)




Slice onion fry them till golden brown and keep it aside
In cooker heat oil add whole garam masala n jeera fry for a min add washed n drained mutton and fry for 4-5 mins

 Add ginger garlic paste,jeera powder, slit green chilly, chopped tomato n salt. Cook for 5 mins then add a glass of water and close cooker cook.

In separate vessel take ghee add bay leaves n shah jeera and half onion once light brown add soaked rice n fry for 2 mins then add entire content of cooker, add water , fried potatoes, according to rice adjust salt.

When rice half done add fried cashew n put pulao on dum for 10-12 min or till rice is done.

Sprinkle fried onion n if u want add very little food color.

Serve with raita…



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