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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mutton Biryani- Easy method using Pressure Cooker

My Hubby loves Biryani so much. So I make biryani often at home. He prefers Biryani, boiled egg and raitha combo. I  usually make Mutton Biryani, in the pressure cooker, since mutton is little tough to cook.  It may not be the most authentic way to prepare biryani, but it is very easy to make and does taste very good. It is a delicious one pot meal and it is less time consuming.

Mutton Biryani using Pressure Cooker
What are the ingredients needed?

To marinate
Mutton- 1 lb
Yogurt, 2 Tbs
Lemon juice, 2 Tbs
Garam masala, 1 tsp
Turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Salt, 1/2 tsp

Other ingredients needed
Basmati rice, 2 cups
Oil, 2 Tbs
Fennel seeds,  1 Tsp
Cloves, 3-4 nos
Cinnamon, 1-2" long
Cardamom, 4-5 nos
Bay leaves, 2 nos.
Onion(chopped), 1 no
Green chillies, 2 nos.
Tomato, 1 large no
Red chilli powder, 1 tsp
Coriander powder, 2 tsp
Mint leaves, a handful
Cilantro, a handful
Salt to taste.
Water, 3 cups

Mutton Biryani
How it is made?
  1. Marinate the mutton with yogurt, lime juice, garam masala, ginger garlic paste and salt for 30 minutes.
  2. Wash and Soak Basmati rice in water for 30 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
  3. In a pressure cooker, heat oil, add fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaves and fry for 2 minutes then add the slit green chillies and onions and saute till onions turn translucent.
  4. Then add chopped tomato, ginger-garlic paste, chilli powder, and coriander powder and cook till tomatoes turn mushy.
  5. Then add mint leaves, cilantro and marinated mutton , 1 cup water and pressure cook upto 3 whistles then wait till the pressure releases and add the soaked basmati rice and add required salt and water and  pressure cook again.
  6. When the cooker whistles, remove from the heat and wait till the pressure releases. 
  7. Gently fluff it up and serve with raitha. I served it with onion raitha.
  • Yogurt and lemon juice acts a natural meat tenderiser. It will tenderise the meat.
  • Lamb meat must be "almost" cooked before adding the rice. In my cooker I pressure cook in medium flame for 6-7 minutes sometimes more i.e., till I get 3 whistles. Cooking time varies with pressure cooker to cooker. 
  • After adding rice, I let the cooker give only one whistle and switch it off. Since the rice is already soaked, I didn't want the rice to turn mushy.


  1. Great presentation and nice clicks :)

  2. Nice and easy...Yes, mutton takes like 3 hours to cook when cooked in a pan or handi..This would be ready in less than an hour! Yummy... :)

  3. inviting clicks.. i too make in pressure cooker only.. dont have patience to wait :)

  4. Biryani looks delicious! Yes it does take a long time to cook mutton. How long do cook the biryani? I mean how many whistles? Even in pressure, I cook mutton for at least 5- 6 whistles.

    1. Thanks for asking this, Usha. I cook the mutton only for 3 whistles and after that along with rice one whistle. I just made the correction in the post.

  5. looks delicious :) nice preparation

  6. very easy but delicious, Yummy biryani, perfect presentation.

  7. looks so perfect..like it came from restaurant - presentation and photos are mindblowing!!!

    1. Ha.. ha.. ha..Oh Mireille, Definitely not from a restaurant. Prepared it all by myself.. :D
      But am so glad it looks professionally made.

  8. really looks super delicious with perfectly served like restaurant style Divya..

  9. Your biryani looks amazing and so delicious. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe.

  10. This is truly a yummy exotic version of Biryani Divya..Looks awesome.Yes,Biryani means an egg and raita as side dish for many including me.

  11. wow...jus drooling here..love mutton briyani anytime n ofcourse raita is an awesome combination...i too cook the same way...

  12. Omg, wat a lovely presentation. Biriyani looks prefect and irresistible,Am inviting myself to ur place.

  13. Yummy Biryani Divya... I am following you :)

  14. totally yummy, made me crave for biriyani now :)

  15. Ahh...Kalyani...dont think paneer can make up for the flavors , try soya chunks, lov'd the rice and the pics

  16. Umm..delicious drool-worthy biryani!

  17. yummy divya..its inviting me

  18. Thanks Divya, for linking it to Red meats events and clarifying my doubt.

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  20. How much water do u need to add with rice

    1. @Anonymous, It depends on the rice. For the rice I use, It requires a total of 3 cups of water for 2 cups of rice. First 1 cup, I add while cooking mutton. Then the rest 2 cups along with the rice. Hope am clear. :)

  21. Looks so good. Please let me know how you made the raitha. Thanks.

    1. Hi Asha, I have updated with the link of onion raitha recipe. Please check that.
      Thank you.. :)

  22. I was looking for Mutton Biryani recipes and got directed here....Loved your blog..Happy to follow you...


  23. Hey divya thanks for making a bachelor's meal delicious.

  24. Hi Divya do you mean fennel as in saunf or jeera ????


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