Mutton Biriyani – A Gastronomic Marvel

In the vast tapestry of culinary wonders, few dishes weave together history, tradition, and aromatic splendor as gracefully as a plate of tempting Mutton Biryani. This enchanting dish, born from the heartlands of South Asia, beckons us into a world where fragrant spices dance and tender mutton is cradled within a bed of perfectly cooked basmati rice. This gastronomic marvel can be easily created at home and requires just 2 basic ingredients from your side – patience and perfection.

Traditional Dish

Picture a kitchen infused with the heady aroma of garam masala, each spice a storyteller, contributing to the epic tale of mutton biryani. The origins of this dish lie in the ancient spice routes, where traders exchanged not just goods but the secrets of blending spices to perfection. It’s a narrative that spans centuries, a journey through time, encapsulated in each grain of rice and every succulent piece of mutton. The traditional secrets have been handed down through generations, paving way for some interesting innovative techniques.

The Biriyani Making Process

As we delve into the historical nuances, consider the skilled artisans who imbibed the art of slow-cooking, transforming a handful of ingredients into a culinary masterpiece. The slow dance of flavors, the melding of spices, and the tenderizing embrace of time, all these elements contribute to the symphony that is Mutton Biryani.

A Symphony Of Flavors

The journey of creating an Easy Mutton Biryani, is not just a dish but a celebration of flavors and aromas. Now, imagine layering the partially cooked rice over the mutton, creating a mosaic of textures. The aroma intensifies as you sprinkle saffron-infused water, turning the rice into a canvas of golden hues. The lid goes on, and the magic begins. The flavors intermingle, creating a harmonious blend that will leave your taste buds in awe.

Easy Mutton Biryani

Easy Mutton Biryani

Prep Time 50 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine North Indian
Servings 5 people



  • Wash the meat pieces very well.
  • Squeeze out all the water very well.
  • Mix together 11/2 tsp of ginger and garlic paste each, 1/2 cup curd, salt, yellow powder, 1/2 cup of coriander and mint leaves and green chillies without removing the top stalk.
  • Mix thoroughly well the above mixture with the mutton.
  • Keep in the refrigerator over night or for at least 2 - 3 hrs.
  • Heat oil in a vessel.
  • Add sai jeera.
  • Add onion and saute, till they turn brown.
  • Add 1/2 spoon of ginger and garlic paste each and fry well.
  • Add garam masala powder and fry well.
  • Add 1/2 cup of mint and coriander leaves and fry well.
  • Add the marinated mutton and stir well.
  • Add salt.
  • Cover and cook on a low fire, till the mutton is cooked. Stir occasionally.
  • When the mutton is being cooked, heat up another big vessel.
  • Add water, bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon sticks and cloves and allow it to boil.
  • Add rice, salt and another 1/2 cup of mint and coriander leaves.
  • Cook, till half done and strain the rice.
  • :- Remember not to overcook the rice. :- Use a big vessel so that the rice does not stick with one other. :- Cook, till half done as the rice will get cooked in steam later.
  • Once the mutton is cooked, there should not be more water in the mutton. If there is more water, then keep the flame high and open the lid and stir.
  • :- In short, there should be thick gravy with the mutton.
  • Add the cooked rice into the mutton gravy.
  • Add 2 tsp of ghee/oil on the rice (optional).
  • Mix together 2 spoons of water and red/yellow colour and pour this liquid in the center of the rice.
  • Cover and keep on low fire for 15 mins.
  • Open and check whether steam is coming out. If yes, cover it again.
  • Open it and before serving, mix half quantity very well so that each rice is coated with the mutton masala.


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Response (15)
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    ms June 26, 2006


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    Malaika January 22, 2008

    Very easy way of making lovely Biryani. Everybody liked it. It was same like Arab Udupi Resturant`s Biryani.

  3. R
    Rum Cola November 25, 2008

    Good & Tasty.

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    oc July 5, 2009

    I tried this recipe today . When I make biriyani usually the flavour of spices exceeds that of mint

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