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Send entries by – August 1st 2006

Ammas’ Mutton Biriyani

I sooo love mutton biriyani. My mother completely knows what biriyani is to me. She would make biriyani sometimes just for me. The best part is how we taste-test it. She will get a small plate with the steamingly hot biriyani and she will give a couple of big mouthfuls to me and my sister.. It would just be soooo out-of-the-world !!!

Somehow chicken biriyani just does not give me the flavour I get from mutton biriyani. So since its my comfort food, I am just overlooking the fact that mutton has more fat content.

If you think mutton biriyani is a tedious process, just try this recipe. I am sure you will change your mind.

First things first

  • Clean and rinse a cup and half of rice
  • Clean and cube a pound of mutton
  • Vertically slice one large onion

Throw into the mixie and make a puree with

  • one tomato
  • half a bunch of cilantro
  • two pods garlic
  • half an inch ginger

Make a powder with the following

  • 3 tsps saunf
  • 3 cloves
  • 4 cardamom
  • 1 inch stick of cinnamon
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 4 dried red chillies ( add more if you like spicy )

Keep aside

  • cleaned bunch of mint
  • half tsp garam masala
  • two tbl oil

Cooking mutton

  • Add water and mutton to pressure cooker. The water should be just below the top of the mutton pieces.
  • Cook until 10 whistles keeping the stove in medium high

Putting together

  • Heat oil in pressure cooker or pan
  • Add onions and saute for 5 minutes
  • Add the powder, garam masala and continue sauteing
  • Add the puree and continue to saute for another 5 minutes. At this point there should be no liquid in the pan
  • Add the mutton pieces ( no water )
  • Add the rice and the measure and add the mutton stock ( remaining after cooking the mutton). Ratio is 2:1 liquid:rice.
  • Add salt and mix
  • Place the mint bunch over the rice and pressuer cook or cook in rice cooker
  • Enjoy with raita.

See my other post for instructions regarding cooking biriyani in pressure as well as rice cooker.

Enjoy !!


July 28, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Good recipe. Only one suggestion:

    Correct the spelling please:

    Biryani comes from “birian”….

    Comment by Anonymous | July 28, 2006 | Reply

  2. Looks divine!!!!

    Comment by Puspha | July 28, 2006 | Reply

  3. Came out really well.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Anonymous | July 29, 2006 | Reply

  4. oh, it looks very inviting and can i have a small plate of it please:)
    now, the write-up is very good and soo easy to follow and very clear.. good work Revathi!

    Comment by Kitchenmate | July 29, 2006 | Reply

  5. Hi Anonymous
    Thanks for the comments and the advice. That is information that it is biryani and not biriyani !!

    Thanks Pushpa, “anonymous” for the comments.

    Thanks Karthi.. Look at your kutty sooo cutee !!!

    Comment by Revathi | July 29, 2006 | Reply

  6. Nice recipe Revathi. I usually make it using the traditional layered way, not too fond of using the pressure cooker since it over-softens the rice most times.

    just a note – none of your links to other blogs are working. You might want to check te code.

    Thanks! :o)

    Comment by Meena | July 30, 2006 | Reply

  7. Thanks for the note meena..

    I had the problem of pressure cooker over cooking too. But if the water is right it turns out fine. Also the time taken to cook is also important. I tried the layered biryani but I did not get the taste of pressurecooked biryani..

    Btw I checked the links to other blogs and works fine ??? Do you have any popup blockers ???

    Comment by Revathi | July 30, 2006 | Reply

  8. I love lamb and would love this recipe!


    Comment by paz | August 5, 2006 | Reply

  9. Greets to the webmaster of this wonderful site. Keep working. Thank you.

    Comment by Anonymous | August 12, 2006 | Reply

  10. Your are Nice. And so is your site! Maybe you need some more pictures. Will return in the near future.

    Comment by Anonymous | August 17, 2006 | Reply

  11. Awesome Recipe. Came out really well.


    Comment by Anonymous | March 17, 2007 | Reply

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