mutton biryani recipe – how to make mutton biryani recipe

mutton biryani recipe in andhra style is a simple and quick one suitable for bachelors, new cooks and busy folks. This is an exact replica of what we get in most south Indian good restaurants.
The success to make any good mutton biryani is tender meat and cooking it the right way. Most folks fail to prepare a good mutton recipe, due to the wrong choice of the meat. Using one that is not tender. Next overcooking or cooking on high flame too can make it hard. I have included clear instructions on how to cook mutton that yields soft and tender bites. Also we need to marinate with yogurt and oil that helps to tenderize the mutton very well.
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If you are using meat that is not tender or if you are unsure about how tender it is, use meat tenderizer, which is available in most grocery stores. Alternately you can use grated raw papaya during marination. Just 2 tbsps. For half a kg is the approximation. I have personally never used it as I get good tender meat in Singapore.
mutton biryani recipe
You can also check this recipe on muslim biryani

find complete recipe of mutton biryani below

mutton biryani recipe - how to make mutton biryani recipe
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Simple and easy mutton biryani recipe
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: South Indian
Yield / Serves: 4
Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
  • 2 cup of aged basmathi rice (soaked for 20 mins)
  • 3 cups water
  • ¾ cup onions sliced thinly
  • 2 to 4 green chilies
  • ½ cup of tomatoes (adjust as per your desire)
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • ¼ cup of mint leaves / pudina
  • ¼ cup of coriander leaves
  • 3 tbsp. Oil (do not reduce)
dry spices (for seasoning)
  • 1 large or 2 small bay leaves
  • ½ small nutmeg
  • 2 strands of mace
  • ¾ tsp shahi jeera / black cumin
  • 6 green cardamoms
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 star anise
  • Few pepper corn
  • 3 inch cinnamon stick
  • 6 to 8 cloves
  • ½ kg of tender lamb mutton (cut to a size of your choice)
  • ¾ tsp red chili powder
  • 1 ½ to 2 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup fresh yogurt (do not use a sour one, can make your rice very sour as we are using tomatoes too)
  • 1 tbsp.oil (oil helps to make the mutton soft)
  • Salt little
  1. Wash rice and soak for 20 minutes. Drain it completely to a colander and set aside
  2. Wash mutton and drain water thoroughly and marinate with marination ingredients and set aside for at least an hour.
  3. Heat a wide pressure pan or non-stick with oil, add the dry spices, sauté till they begin to sizzle.
  4. Add onions, green chilies and fry till they turn brown almost about to caramelize. This is crucial to get a good aroma and taste. There must be enough oil to for the onions to fry.
  5. Add tomatoes, sprinkle salt just enough for the tomatoes to cook easily. Cook till the tomatoes turn fully mushy and the raw smell goes off.
  6. Add half of the coriander and mint leaves, sauté for a min.
  7. Add the marinated mutton pieces, mix well and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Cook covered on a low flame till the mutton turns soft and tender or cook for 3 whistles in a pressure cooker. Switch off the stove. If cooking in the pan without pressure cooker, stir occasionally to prevent burning. Remember the flame has to be very low otherwise mutton may turn hard. When the pressure goes off, remove the lid. You will be left with a thick gravy. How thick depends on your mutton. If you are left with lot of watery gravy, then evaporate it by cooking for some time.
  8. Add mint, coriander leaves and garam masala. Saute till the good smell of mint and masala comes out. Pour water, bring to a boil. add rice. Adjust salt and cook on a medium flame till almost all the water is evaporated.
  9. Cover and cook till the rice is fully done. If the rice is under cooked and there is not enough moisture, you can sprinkle some water. Alternately you can close the lid of the pressure pan / cooker and cook on a very low flame for just 5 mins. The flame must barely touch the surface of the pan. Do not let the cooker whistle. Alternately you can move the pan on to a old hot tawa. Set the flame to medium and let it cook that way for 10 mins. This way the biryani is not burnt at the bottom.

Method 2 mutton biryani recipe
Dry spices (for seasoning is same as above)
Spices (roast lightly and powder)
1 black cardamom
5 green cardamom
3 inch cinnamon stick
6 cloves
½ tsp cumin or shahi jeera
Few pepper corn
To Grind (green masala)
1 cup packed coriander leaves
½ cup packed mint leaves
1/3 cup of chopped onions
3 green chilies
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
All Instructions are same, add the green masala at step 6.

how to make mutton biryani recipe with step by step photos

These step by step photos are quite old when i first shared the recipe here on the blog, but the recipe went through a lot of updations to make it the best mutton biryani. So some of the steps may have been altered like i have used yogurt for marination instead of adding to the pan directly.
marination of meat with yogurt for mutton biryani recipepressure cooking meat to make mutton biryani recipeaddition of rice to cooked rice to make mutton biryani recipe
some of you might be interested to know what kind of a pan I use for this biryani, I use a heavy bottom pressure pan . You can peek at my utensil, it hasn’t burnt the biryani either. These measurements work fine for me always.
south indian style mutton biryani in pressure cooker
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  1. candy says

    Andhrite biryani looks good. Who knew these people could cook!
    Catching up wid the rest of India. lol Rock on!!

  2. Muskan Bhardwaj says

    It was so tasty, easy to cook, mouthwaterting , sizzling , delicious, tempting, and more over i am spechless, it was realy very awesome

  3. says

    Bring them on Swasthi, 16 or 60, the way you the Biryani, it makes me drool.<br />I so agree with you that the mutton has to be cooked well, however my mom has always cooked mutton in an open vessel with a lid on and never in a pressure cooker… it turns out great always (guess its her years in the kitchen)<br />Also other than raw papaya mom sometimes puts beetlenut (supari) to cook the meat if

  4. says

    wow Swasthi this is to die for… oh not literally 😛 but this looks so good.. and 27 rice recipes, wow :) you are sure a rice lover… you are right the meat needs to be tender and it takes practice to get the meat to have cooked well…

  5. says

    Another Biryani savvy here Swasthi..Your biriyani makes me drool even at this point in time.My dinner is over as of now.And yes your utensil makes me long as well.Truly worth it !