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Mutton Biryani in Pressure Cooker

Written By Angela Steffi on Thursday, July 7, 2016 | 8:54:00 PM

Mutton Biryani is the king of all biryanis. Mutton biriyani is made in hyderabadi style, Mutton dum biryani Recipe , One pot style  biryani and in Pressure cooker. One of the key advantage of making mutton biriyani in pressure cooker is the mutton and rice are going to get cooked together in the same vessel so  all the flours of the mutton and spices are going to get infused with rice and the meat is going to be tender and juicy. Also this method of making biryani is considerably faster than other methods

Serving Size: 5 

Preparation Time : 45 mins
Difficulty: Spice Level:

For Biryani Masala
1 Star anise
1 inch Cinnamon stick
cardamom pods
4 cloves
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp pepper corns
2 tsp coriander seeds
Bay leaf

For Mutton Biryani
2 Tbsp Ghee / Clarified Butter
2 Tbsp Oil

2 bay leaves , 3 green cardamom , 3 cloves
1(250 g) Onion 
2 Tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
5green Chilies
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1-2 Tbsp Red Chili Powder
1(150g) Tomato
1/2 cup Yogurt / Curd
Handfull coriander and Mint leaves
500g Mutton (lamb)
2 cups Basmati rice
3 cups Water

Salt to Taste

Cooking Method

1) To make Biryani masala dry roast star anise ,cinamon stick,cloves , mace, cardamom, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, pepper corns, coriander seeds and bay leaves for 2 minutes on a low heat and grind it to a fine powder

2) In a cooker heat 2 tbsp. of oil and 2 tbsp. of ghee /Clarified butter and add 2 bay leaves ,3 green cardamom , 3 cloves

3) Add 1 sliced onion(200g) add some salt and saute until golden brown. For biryani we need to brown the onions to get best result at the same time be careful do not burn them.Now to this add 5 green chilies add 1tbsp of ginger paste and 1 tbsp of garlic paste

4) And after the raw smell is gone add  1/2 tsp of turmeric powder , masala powder (freshly ground biryani masala powder in step 1) and also add 1 -2  tbsp of chilli powder depending on your spice preference and mix all the ingredients together and then add 1 sliced tomato (150g) and cook it until everything turns into a paste we don’t want tomato chunks in our biryani

5) Now to this add ½ cup yogurt/curd and cook it for 2-3 minutes and then add some coriander and mint leaves.I like to add mint little extra than coriander leaves

6) Add the mutton pieces also add 1 cup of water and cook for 4 whistles on a medium heat

7) After the mutton pieces are nicely cooked now add the basmati rice which has been soaked for 20 minutes, today I have taken 2 cups of basmati rice i.e. 400g of rice for that I have taken 500g of mutton (for best biryani always use equal or slightly more meat than rice)

8) For 2 cups of rice we need 3 cups of water but already we have add 1 cup water while cooking mutton so add 2 cups again. Since the mutton is also going to release lot of moisture we only need to add little water while cooking.Check for salt,if needed add more salt
cover and cook it for 1 whistle on a low heat or just cook for 10-15 minutes without weight(whistle)
And after a whistle switch off the heat and let it stand for 15 more minutes.

Our Delicious Mutton biryani is ready to be served will all its flavor and Taste :) Happy Cooking !!!


About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


  1. Hi Steffi it looks awesome. If I want to double the amount, can I double the amount of water as well?

    1. yes Rekha, for every 1 cup of rice we need 1.5 cups of water so please add accordingly. All the best. Happy cooking :)

  2. Hi steffi ur recipes are so simple and well explained..lve ur recipes..and also soo well organized kitchen..just love it...

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. I will keep adding more recipes every week. Happy cooking!!

  3. Steffi, your biryani is amazing. Everyone at home loved it and want me me to make it again sometime. Cheers to you and best of luck.

    1. Thank you so much for your wishes and feedback Gomez. I am very happy that everyone liked the recipe :) I will upload more recipes soon.

  4. I don't have a pressure cooker, can I make this on a stove top (gas)

    1. yes we can cook this on ordinary pan, but it will take a little longer time for the mutton to get cooked, tastes the same. Add 1/2 cup extra water and cover it tightly with a lid and cook. Please share your feedback after trying the recipe . Happy Cooking.

  5. Hi.. I really love ur recipes ��
    Cn I cook in a pot??

    1. Hi Fathima, Mutton takes lot of time to cook(approximately 1 hour to 1.15 hours), so cook the mutton first, once it is 80% done ( for approximately 45 minutes) , then add the soaked rice and then we can continue.All the best and happy cooking.

  6. I tried this today and it came out nice. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

  7. Hi Steffi, thanks for the wonderful recipe. It came out very well

  8. How to reheat biriyani in stove? How much time is needed to get 1 whistle in low heat? I didn't get whistle after half an hour. So i pulled the weight to get whistle. Plz clarify my doubt

  9. Nice post, I love motton Bombay biryani, However, I love every type of biryani, but Bombay biryani is first love.

  10. Hi Steffi, made mutton biryani and it came out really good. We had to cook the mutton for at least 6 whistles and added little more water..that's all.
    Thank you and best wishes.

  11. Biryani is love and Mutton is just cherry to cake thanks for sharing.

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  13. In the pressure cooker, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of ghee. Add the thinly sliced onions and fry them until golden brown and crispy connections. Remove half of the fried onions and set them aside for garnishing.