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Leftover Roast Lamb Biryani is loaded with flavour and a great budget dinner made easily with your leftover roast lamb. So delicious you will be cooking lamb roasts just to make this biryani.

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LEFTOVER ROAST LAMB BIRYANI

This leftover lamb curry is baked in the oven topped with cooked rice, ghee and almonds and loaded with flavour, its one of my favourite leftover lamb recipes.

Tricks like this are a great way to keep the grocery budget down. This won’t even taste like a leftovers meal. For a spicier version you could double the amount of curry powder, as I have kept it low for my two toddlers.

You can make this from any roast lamb dinner, here are a few of my favourites;

  • SLOW ROAST LAMB SHOULDER IN BUTTERMILK
  • ROAST LAMB SHOULDER
  • SLOW ROAST LAMB IN WHITE WINE
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This can be made using chicken stock, but to add extra nourishment, use a bone broth. Lamb broth is great, chicken will also work.

If you can, use an organic lamb roast with the bone in, it will give more flavour and you can use the bones to make nutrient rich bone broth for later use.

HOW TO MAKE LAMB BROTH

Remove all the meat from the bones and place in a slow cooker with 2litres of water and simmer on high for at least 4 hours, or in a pot with a lid on the stove for at least 2 hours. Skim any scum from the surface as it is simmering. Strain and discard the bones, keeping just the liquid. This can be done right after your roast dinner so the stock is ready for the next day.

INGREDIENTS FOR LAMB BIRYANI

  • RICE – Basmati is the best choice, or long grain white rice.
  • EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL – good for cooking and light in flavour, ghee or coconut oil would also work.
  • GINGER, GARLIC & ONION – all add to the flavour, you could leave one or all out if needed.
  • BABY SPINACH – great for flavour and added nutrients.
  • CURRY POWDER – adds a mild spice, you could increase or reduce depending on spice level you would like.
  • PLAIN FLOUR – this helps to thicken, gluten free flour or cornflour works.
  • MANGO CHUTNEY – this is really worth getting your hands on, lifts the flavour loads.
  • LEFTOVER ROAST LAMB – leftover roast chicken is also great.
  • BROTH / STOCK – any broth or stock could work, or even just water.
  • ALMONDS – these are just for garnish and crunch, you could use other nuts or leave out.
  • GHEE / BUTTER – either are good, this is adding more flavour so could be left out at this stage.
  • YOGHURT – Greek or natural is great, sour cream or coconut yoghurt would also work.
  • CORIANDER – for garnish, so can leave out or use parsley if you have it.

BASMATI OR LONG GRAIN RICE?

Basmati is part of the fragrant rice family, along with jasmine rice. Brown rice has not had the bran and germ removed, look for brown rice that has a few green kernels as this shows the rice has not been gassed for ripening. Rice is not naturally white, if you are buying it white it has been refined. Rice is best cooked after soaking for 8-24 hours, even better if you can add a little buckwheat flour to the soak. This will make the rice more digestible and remove anti-nutrients. To further increase the nutrient value of your rice, cook it in a good quality bone broth.

HOW TO MAKE LEFTOVER ROAST LAMB BIRYANI

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STEP ONE

In a large, oven proof dish, cook the oil, ginger, garlic, onion for 10 mins.

STEP TWO

Add the spinach and cook a further 5 minutes.

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STEP THREE

Add curry powder, flour, chutney, lamb, gravy, broth, rice & almonds.

STEP FOUR

Put lid on and bake 40 mins, take off lid after 20 mins.

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LEFTOVER ROAST LAMB BIRYANI

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Leftover Roast Lamb Biryani is loaded with flavour and a great budget dinner made easily with your leftover roast lamb. So delicious you will be cooking lamb roasts just to make this biryani.

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2cm piece ginger, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 handfuls baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons mango chutney
  • 200g leftover roast lamb
  • 1 cup lamb broth, chicken stock or water
  • 1/2 cup almonds, crushed or flakes
  • 1/4 cup ghee or melted butter
  • Greek yoghurt to serve
  • fresh coriander to serve

Instructions

  1. Cook rice as per packet instructions, then rinse under cold water and drain.
  2. Pre heat oven to 200C.
  3. In a large, oven proof dish, add the oil, ginger, garlic and onion and cook over medium heat for 8 minutes. Add the spinach and cook a further 5 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, then add the curry powder, flour, chutney and lamb, stir well to combine.
  5. Pour in lamb broth.
  6. Top with rice, then almonds and drizzle in ghee or melted butter.
  7. Put on lid and cook in oven for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove lid and cook a further 20 minutes.
  9. Serve topped with yoghurt and coriander.

Notes

If you don’t have a lid for your pan, cover with baking paper then tight with foil.

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FAQs

How long can you eat leftover roast lamb? ›

After cooking, lamb may be kept in the refrigerator 3 to 4 days.

How long does lamb biryani last? ›

Lamb biryani is best served immediately, but will keep in an airtight container for up to one week in the refrigerator.

What is made from rice and leftover cooked lamb? ›

Pan-frying leftover roast lamb with spices to make it golden takes it to another level. This quick and easy Middle Eastern rice dish will become a weeknight dinner favourite with all the family.

What is lamb biryani made of? ›

This Sindhi-style biryani is the one I make for special Sunday lunches and parties. With multiple layers of parcooked rice, fresh herbs, caramelized onion, saffron-infused milk and braised lamb, it's a project, but a rewarding one.

How do you reheat leftover roast lamb? ›

Sprinkle meat with a little water or stock to prevent it from drying out. Cover with a microwave lid or microwave-safe plastic wrap to trap steam and keep the meal moist. Place plate towards the outside of the microwave turntable. Reheat meal for 2 minutes on high, and then allow to stand for 1 minute.

Can you eat 6 day old cooked lamb? ›

Beef, veal, lamb and pork roasts, steaks and chops may be kept 3 to 5 days. After cooking, meat, poultry and seafood can be safely stored in the refrigerator 3 to 4 days.

Is it safe to reheat lamb biryani? ›

Adding water and reheating the rice, gives it the much-needed moisture, and make your biryani palatable again. It also helps to prevent chances of toxin build up, according to a few experts. One cannot deny that it is always a better decision to have your biryani when it is freshly cooked and hot.

Can I reheat lamb biryani? ›

Make the most of your leftovers

Oven or microwave until piping hot. Reheat only once.

Does biryani get spoiled easily? ›

It is not recommended to keep biryani fresh for a long time without a fridge, as it is a perishable food item that contains meats and vegetables which can spoil quickly. The best way to keep it fresh is to store it in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator, where it will last for 3-4 days.

Why do you soak lamb in milk? ›

Myoglobin is the red liquid that comes from meat that is often confused with blood. Marinating the lamb in milk will draw out and settle some of its less pleasant smells and flavors.

Can you eat cold leftover lamb? ›

The meat is very fatty, which makes it unctuous and flavoursome when hot, but too greasy to nibble as a cold snack or use in sandwiches and salads. (Although I love slices of cold lamb dipped into very sharp mint sauce and served with a crisp green salad).

How do you salvage over cooked lamb? ›

Rather than discard it completely, certain cuts of meat can be repurposed into an entirely new dish. Take lamb shoulder, for example—if you overcook it, save it for dinner the next night and braise it with red wine for a rich stew with vegetables.

Which cut of lamb is best for biryani? ›

For his dum biryani, Ilyas uses only tender baby lamb — rather goat, because all “lamb” is really goat in India. The cuts are the juiciest, most succulent parts — chest, shoulders, forelimbs.

Which is the tastiest biryani? ›

Hyderabadi Biryani is the most popular biryani in India because of its meticulous blend of spices, nestled with the tenderness of meat and veggies. Its colorful texture and flavorful aroma reach your senses to transform your meals into a satisfying experience. No other biryani matches the number of spices used in it.

Which cut of meat is best for biryani? ›

Ratios: Use a 1:1 ratio of meat to rice by weight, i.e., 1kg meat to 1kg rice. This way, you don't end up with too much or too little of either. Best Cuts: Lamb or Goat Biryani Cut are specially crafted for biryani with more bone-in pieces so that the marrow thickens and enriches the masala.

Can you eat cooked lamb after 5 days? ›

Cooked lamb should be consumed within three to four days after cooking or frozen for up to three months.

Can you eat cooked lamb after 4 days? ›

Use cooked lamb within 2 hours (1 hour if the air temperature is above 90 °F) or refrigerate it at 40 °F or below in shallow, covered containers. Eat it within 3 to 4 days, either cold or reheated to 165 °F. It is safe to freeze ready-prepared lamb dishes. For best quality, use within 2 to 3 months.

Can you eat cooked meat after 5 days? ›

USDA recommends using cooked leftovers within 3 to 4 days. There are two different families of bacteria: pathogenic bacteria, the kind that cause foodborne illness, and spoilage bacteria, the kind of bacteria that cause foods to deteriorate and develop unpleasant odors, tastes, and textures.

Can you reheat lamb after 3 days? ›

The answer is yes, you can reheat Lamb, but there are a few things to consider. Make sure that the Lamb is cooked through before reheating. If it's not fully cooked, you risk making people sick. Instead, you run the chance of overcooking or even burning the dish.

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