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Mutton Masala Biryani

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  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Additional Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
  • Category: Recipes


Mutton biryani is a classic dish made by layering rice over slow-cooked mutton gravy.


Units Scale
  • 3 cups rice
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 4 potatoes, cleaned and cut and fried
  • 1/2 cup biryani dhall (dal), washed and steamed with salt until soft
  • 2 kg mutton
  • 2 tomatoes, grated
  • 2 tsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 5 tsp breyani masala or your usual masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • Curry leaves
  • Mint
  • Thyme
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt or maas
  • 5 cloves
  • 5 elachi /cardamom
  • Bay leaves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3-star aniseed
  • 1 tsp soomph seeds (fennel)
  • 3 sliced onions in ghee


  1. Soaked the rice for an hour, then wash and steam with a 1/4 tsp turmeric and salt for 10 minutes
  2. Marinate mutton with all of the tomatoes, ginger and garlic paste, biryani masala, turmeric, garam masala, curry leaves, mint, thyme, salt, and yogurt for 1-2 hours
  3. Roast together cloves, elachi /cardamom, Bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, 3-star aniseed, soomph seeds (fennel), and onions in ghee.
  4. Add roasted spices
  5. Add the meat
  6. Cook for 45 minutes

The layering

  1. Before you start, make sure there's not too much liquid in the curry
  2. Take half the rice and half the Biryani dhal
  3. Mix into the curry
  4. Then mix the rest of the Biryani dhal with rice
  5. Place this on top of the meat
  6. Place the potatoes on top
  7. Place a few blobs of butter over
  8. Place a few sprigs of mint
  9. Cook in the oven at 180 degrees for 1 hour, covered in foil
  10. If there's still liquid after that, keep it for 15 more minutes
  11. Enjoy


Prepared, tried, and tested by Jennifer Govender Bisnath from The Recipe Hunter: Tried and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs 

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  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 1955
  • Sugar: 10
  • Sodium: 802
  • Fat: 112
  • Saturated Fat: 47
  • Unsaturated Fat: 55
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 94
  • Fiber: 9
  • Protein: 137
  • Cholesterol: 501

Keywords: best mutton biryani recipe

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