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Kerala Mutton Biryani

Mutton Biryani

Mutton Biryani is the most loved and popular dish of India. It is an exotic dish prepared and served on all festive occasions. This is more a Kerala style of mutton biryani - a rather simplified version. It is not an authentic style as different regions of Kerala have their own subtle taste preferences and their own style of making biryani- north is milder and south seems more spicier. Anyways here is a strange blend of both styles...both my parents are from two different parts of Kerala :). I have only added green chilly in this recipe, but you can add chilly powder also as per your taste preference.

Rice- 3 cups
Ghee- 1 tsp
Salt- to taste
Water- 6 cups
Cinnamon- 2 inch
clove- 4-5
Star Aniseed - 2

Mutton - 1 1/2 lb
Onion - 2 large
Shallots- 1 cup
Green Chilly- 10- 15
Ginger- 2 inch piece
Garlic pods- 8-10
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder-1 tsp
Poppy seed- 2 tsp
Badam/ cashew nut paste- 1 tsp
Tomato- 1
Lemon juice- 1 tbs
Yogurt- 1/2 cup
Fennel- 1 tsp
Cinnamon- 1 inch thick
Cardamon- 3
small jeera- 1/2 tsp
Cloves- 5-6
nutmeg- a small piece
Mace- 2-3
salt to taste

Onion thinly sliced- 2 medium
Cashew nuts- 20
Raisins- a hand full
Coconut milk- 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
saffron- a pinch
Carrot finely chopped- 1
Pineapple- 1/2 cup chopped

Ghee- 2 tsp
mint leaves
Coriander leaves

Step one is the making of the masala.
Crush onions, shallots,green chilies, ginger and garlic. Roast the eight spices and make a fine powder.Make a fine paste of poppy seeds along with cashew nut or badam (5-8 socked)
Clean and cut mutton and completely drain the excess water. Heat ghee in a pan and add the crushed onion, garlic and green chilly mixture. Saute for 5-6 minutes in medium flame till is golden brown. Add turmeric and after a minute add mutton and stir till all the masala is incorporated. Do not add water as the meat will shed its own moister and get cooked. Continue stiring and frying in low flame till the meat gets browned up ( 8-10 minutes). Add salt,tomatoes, poppy seed paste and yogurt and allow it to get cooked and incorporated. Finally add lemon juice and one cup of water. Close lid and cook for 18 to twenty minutes( or pressure cook according to the meat tenderness)

Step two is cooking the rice.
Wash and drain rice completely dry. Bring water to boil. Tie all the spices in a cheese cloth and add to the boiling water. Add salt, ghee and rice and cook till the rice is 80% done. Remove the cheese cloth and spread in a wide plate or tray and allow to cool.

Step three is to prepare the garnish.
Cut two medium onion into thin slices and fry them in ghee till brown. Drain and in the same ghee fry Cashew nuts and raisins. Chop carrot, pineapple,mint and coriander leaves. Mix together coconut milk, saffron and turmeric powder and set aside. Make a dough with maida if you would like to use the dum method or pre heat oven to350 degree.

Final stage- assembling. 
Layer the  meat and gravy and then a second layer of rice. Add a portion of chopped mint and coriander, fried onion and a second layer of meat. Again add rice a portion of the green leaves, fried onion and cashew nuts, one tsp of ghee, coconut milk mixture, chopped carrots and pineapple. Now a third layer of rice and finish with the garnish of chopped coriander, mint leaves, fried onion,cashew raisins and lemon juice. Roll the maida dough in the shape of a long rope and stick to the edge of the cooking vessel and press down the lid and place a gentle weight on top .Start with a high flame for 3 minutes and them lower the flame to low for another 15 minutes( If going into the oven cover with aluminum foil and bake in oven for 8-10 minutes. Serve warm with raita, pickle and papad.

You might also like,
Mutton Yakini Pulao
Mutton Rogan Josh
Mutton Varuval
Nadan Mutton Curry
Kerala Mutton Peralan

For more chicken and meat recipes check 100 Chicken/Meat Recipes.

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Hope you will all enjoy...


  1. Ravile thannee kothipikkale! tempting mutton biryani suja..kothi vannittu vayya

  2. Well explained mutton biriyani chehcs...Looks so yummy...

  3. Delicious biryani. My style is totally different. Got to try your version..very tempting !!!

  4. u know what we don get goat meat and lamb is not really the best...sigh! looking at the pic i sure am tempted

  5. that looks really delicious... very nicely made n presented !

    US Masala

  6. i love your clicks, so clear and beautiful always....biryani looks yum, ..

  7. Delicious mutton biryani...looks tempting

  8. mutton biryani looks so delicious suja the click


  9. Very tempting fav toooooo

  10. Mutton Biriyani looks perfectly made. Excellent snaps.
    Hamaree Rasoi

  11. perfect mutton biriyani. my family love to indulge in this and I can say this is perfectly made.

  12. yummmmmmmy......can take my eyes off tht bful platter of biryani....

  13. very well explained.. biryani looks lovely!

  14. this is the second biryani pic i am seeing today and i am getting really serious craving...your pic has deliciousness written all over it...

  15. I am not so much confident in cooking Mutton Biryani..But I love to eat this dish...yours look so perfect and tempting....

  16. Biriyani is my most favorite dish, mutton biriyanide karyam parayukem venda..Kandittu bhaynkara kothi varunundu ketto :( Super-tempting pic!!

  17. just love mutton biryani and the pic is tempting me :)

  18. Very different style of biryani, looks really good dear..

  19. Very inviting pic.Kandittu kothiyayittu vayya.

  20. Am inviting myself to ur place to enjoy this droolworthy briyani, any leftovers?? SUja..

  21. looks delish !!


  22. This is a lovely dish and your instructions for making it are very clear. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  23. Mutton biryani looks so delicious....beautiful presentation

    Pushpa @

  24. oww...can't stop droooling this any time

  25. I've never had a biryani with tomatoes and pineapple. Interesting.

  26. Looks really delicious. Biryani is one dish that I can never tire of

  27. Aromatic n a flavored mutton biryani filled with spices hmmmm i could imagine its taste ,nice presentation .

  28. looks delicious,I got some mutton in my refregarator,,this recipe is worth a trying,,luv it.
    Cheers and happy cooking,

  29. Wow......................Super yaar!!!

  30. adipoli!!! ippo kayikkan thonnunnu....

  31. Wow... adipoli Biryani... sheri oru professional touch undu....

  32. A wonderfyl recipe for an authentic mutton biryani...makes cooking simple for me.

  33. Thanks all for stopping by and for the encouraging comments

  34. well explained post and delicious Suja..hugs and smiles

  35. Mutton biryani looks so delicious.......thanks for the post.


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