Mutton Biryani

Mutton Biryani plating |
As an Amazon affiliate, we earn from qualifying purchases.
Indian dinner mutton Biryani |

Mutton Biryani

Sabeen Fawad
A classic and richly flavored rice dish for dinner… This biryani is packed with layers of rice alongside juicy and tender mutton meat. Rice and mutton are beautifully spiced with a combo of fragrant spices.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 91 kcal


For Mutton:

  • 2 tbsp ablespoons ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 20 pcs whole black peppers
  • 10 pcs whole cloves
  • 4 pcs cinnamon sticks
  • 5 pcs cardamoms
  • 8 pcs cardamoms
  • 4 pcs bay leaves
  • 3 pcs large onions sliced
  • 2 pounds mutton cut into medium pieces
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • Water as required
  • 5 pcs tomatoes cubed
  • 1 cup yogurt whipped
  • 2 tsp masala powder
  • Salt to taste

For Rice:

  • Water as required
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 10 pcs whole black peppers
  • 5 pcs whole cloves
  • 2 pcs cinnamon sticks
  • 33/4 cups 3¾ cups rice rinsed and soaked for 15-20 minutes

For Layering:

  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2-4 tbsp warm milk
  • 2 pinches orange food color
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 pcs green chillies sliced


  • For mutton: in a heavy-bottomed pan, melt the ghee over medium heat and sauté the cumin seeds, whole black peppers, cloves, cinnamon sticks, black cardamoms, green cardamoms and bay leaves for about 30 seconds.
  • Add onions and sauté for about 5-6 minutes or until light golden brown.
  • Add the mutton pieces and stir to combine.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high and cook for about 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add ginger and garlic paste and sauté for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the red chilli powder, coriander and turmeric and sauté for about 1 minute.
  • Add a splash of water and cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and yogurt and cook for about 4-5 minutes, crushing the tomatoes with the back of the spoon.
  • Add the garama masala, salt and about 2 cups of water and stir to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered for about 30 minutes or until mutton is done completely and ghee separates from the spices.
  • Meanwhile, for rice: in a large pan of water, add the salt and whole spices over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Add the rice and again bring to a boil.
  • Cover the pan and cook for about 6-7 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and drain the rice completely.
  • Divide the rice in 3 portions.
  • Divide the mutton gravy in 2 portions.
  • For layering: grease the bottom of a heavy-bottomed pan with oil lightly.
  • In a small cup, dissolve the yellow food color in warm milk. Set aside.
  • In the bottom of greased pan, place 1 portion of boiled rice evenly.
  • Place 1portion of mutton gravy over the rice evenly.
  • Repeat the layers, ending with the third portion of rice.
  • Drizzle the top with milk mixture and gently stir with the upper layer of rice.
  • Now, drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle with cilantro and green chilli slices.
  • With a piece of foil, cover the pan tightly and then with the lid properly.
  • Place the pan over high heat and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cook for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and set the pan aside, covered for about 5 minutes.
  • Carefully uncover the pan and gently stir the rice and mutton gravy to combine.
  • Serve hot alongside the raita and fresh salad.


Sodium: 29mgCalcium: 100mgVitamin C: 2mgVitamin A: 113IUSugar: 2gFiber: 2gPotassium: 149mgCholesterol: 5mgCalories: 91kcalTrans Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 7gProtein: 2gCarbohydrates: 7gIron: 2mg
Keyword Mutton Biryani
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Now you know how to make Mutton Biryani Would you like to try cooking it?