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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