Easy Muslim Mutton Biryani Recipe

What’s the one dish that comes to your mind when you think about Indian food? Biryani for me. Next would probably be Butter Chicken for some, but I choose Indian chaat any day. Mutton is quite uncommon in my home because I prefer chicken and beef over it. But in India, it is almost customary to make biryani with mutton at home and on occasions. This time when mom decided to use mutton, I knew I had to write down this Muslim Mutton Biryani recipe.

Just to make things clear, this is not the actual name of the dish. But since Muslims have a unique recipe for mutton dum biryani, people started naming it Muslim style Mutton Biryani. Hence the name!

Read below for how to prepare mutton biryani at home.

Want to know how to make South Indian Chicken Biryani? Find our recipe!

How To Make Authentic Muslim Mutton Biryani? 

This recipe for mutton dum biryani may seem long and complicated, but I’ll tell you an easy way to cook mutton biryani. Think of it as 3 steps; mutton, rice, masala.

For the meat to cook and soften, you will need to first cook mutton biryani in cooker. Start with adding sliced onions and ginger garlic paste in oil and then adding the meat to cook for around 15-20 minutes. Do check in the end if the meat is soft enough to your liking.

For the second step of easy lamb biryani recipe, put spices in a vessel with water. Once the water boils, add your uncooked rice. Let the rice cook halfway and then drain the water.

For the last step of how to make mutton biryani, add spices and onions in another vessel and then put the cooked mutton to make the mutton biryani masala. Then add yogurt, mint, and coriander leaves.

Lastly, add the half-cooked rice and cover the vessel to let cook. Now, isn’t this an easy recipe for mutton biryani?

Find all the ingredients and methods mentioned below for mutton biryani step by step.


Muslim Mutton Biryani Recipe Step by Step: 


Muslim Style Mutton Biryani

Sarah & Safiyah
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings


  • Pressure Cooker
  • Pots big enough to cook rice and biryani



  • 1 kg mutton
  • 1 medium onion sliced (optional)
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 4 tbsp oil

Half Cooked Rice

  • 800 g basmati rice
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 2-3 tbsp oil
  • Water
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients for Mutton Biryani Masala

  • 4 big onions finely sliced
  • 4 big tomatoes chopped
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 4 green chilies
  • 200 grams mint leaves
  • 100 grams coriander leaves
  • 4 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 5-6 cloves
  • 4 star anise seeds
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 2 cinammon sticks
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp shah jeera or black cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 4 tbsp ghee
  • 150 ml cooking oil
  • 1 tsp red/orange food coloring (optional)


For the Mutton

  • Cook the mutton separately in a pressure cooker to soften the meat before adding to the biryani masala. In a pressure cooker, add oil, onion, and ginger garlic paste. Let it fry until the onions turn slightly brown
  • Then add mutton and let it cook for about 15-20 minutes

For the Half Cooked Rice

  • Soak the rice for about half an hour
  • Then, in a pot full of water add oil, clove, cinnamon stick, star anise, and salt and let it boil.
  • Add the rice in the boiling water and let cook
  • When the rice is cooked half way, drain the rice and add to the masala later

For the Biryani Masala

  • In a big vessel, add oil, cloves, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, star anise, fennel seeds, and sliced onion
  • Let the onion fry until it turns transparent. Then, add chilies and ginger garlic paste
  • Continue by adding all spices like chili powder, turmeric powder, and tomatoes to the mixture and let it fry until the tomatoes soften.
  • Then, add the mutton and let it cook for about 2-3 minutes
  • Next, add yogurt, mint, and coriander leaves to the masala
  • Put the half-cooked rice and sprinkle some food coloring on top. This step is optional and you can choose to avoid it
  • Cover the vessel with a lid covered in aluminum foil and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes
  • Open the lid and mix the masala and rice and let it cook for another 5 minutes
  • Serve hot along with Baigan ki chutney and raita
Keyword Biyani, Mutton Biryani

Other alternatives: Biryani can basically be made in a number of ways. Hyderabadi biryani is quite famous as well as Malabar Mutton Biryani. This, however, is a biryani from Tamil Nadu.

You can switch ingredients and cook Chicken Biryani or go for Vegetable Pulao. These recipes will also come up soon on the website so watch this space!

Interested in more rice recipes? Try Lemon Rice for a change!

Easy Mutton Biryani Recipe Pairings:

The best mutton biryani is the one that is paired with raita and Baigan chutney. The latter is an eggplant gravy made alongside chicken or meat biryani and is a peanut-based sauce. Check the recipe for Baigan ka salan here

What type of Biryani do you make at home? Share with us your version of mutton dum biryani recipe or pressure cooker mutton biryani if you like to prepare it that way. We would love to see your creations!

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4 thoughts on “Easy Muslim Mutton Biryani Recipe

  1. 5 stars
    Loved it totally. A perfect recipe just like how my mommy cooks. Thank you ❤Looking forward to a Malayali version of biriyani.

    1. Thank you! Share with us your Biryani pictures next time you make it. We would love to see it 🙂

      Of course, will try to post that one soon too!

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