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Seeraga Samba Mutton Biryani / Thalapakattu Mutton Biryani

Written By Angela Steffi on Monday, August 22, 2016 | 1:30:00 PM

Mutton Biryani is the king of all biryani. This Biryani is special because we are going to prepare this with Seeraga Samba Rice which is highly aromatic and the fiber content in the rice help to disegt the food very easily.I am huge fan of Biryani,When it comes to mutton biryani Thalapakattu Mutton Biryani ranks the first.This recipe is made in Traditional Thalapakatti style.It is very important to make fresh biryani masala for making this biryani because fresh masala enhances the flavor and taste of our Mutton Biryani.


Serving Size          : 6 people

Preparation Time : 20 mins

Cooking 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 tsp pepper corns
2 tsp coriander seeds

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

2 bay leaves , 1 inch Cinnamon
1(200 g) Onion 
2 Tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
3green 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 Seeraga Samba Rice
3 cups Water

Salt to Taste

Cooking Method

Step 1) To make biryani masala grind cinnamon,star anise, mace, cloves, cardamom,  fennel seeds, cumin seeds, pepper corns, coriander seeds into a fine powder.You can also dry roast the ingredients and then grind.


Step 2) In a pressure cooker heat equal quantities of oil and ghee,add 2 bay leaves,cinnamon stick and then add sliced onions,required salt and saute until the onions are golden brown.


Step 3) Then add ginger garlic paste ,Slit Green chilies and cook until the raw smell is gone.then add turmeric powder, Chili powder (as per your spice preference 1-2 tbsp) and also add the freshly ground biryani masala powder(from step 1) and mix it once

Ginger-Garlic-Green ChiliesBiryani-Masalas

Step 4) Immediately after adding the masalas add sliced tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are soft.It is important to cook the tomatoes well otherwise we will end up with tomato chunks in our biryani. Once the tomatoes are soft add 1/2 cup of yogurt / curd and mix it well


Step 5) Add the Mutton pieces and also add 1 cup of water, required salt and cook for 4 whistles on a medium heat or until the mutton is cooked perfectly.


Step 6) Now add a handful of mint and coriander leaves.Add 2 cups of water (the ratio of rice:water for biryani is 2:3,since we have already added 1 cup of water while cooking the mutton it is enough to add 2 cups of water 


Step 7) add the soaked aromatic 'Seeraga Samba Rice' and mix it well.Cover and cook for 15-20 on a medium heat without placing the cooker weight and after that let it stand for 15 more minutes undisturbed.

Step 8) Open to serve and enjoy our delicious Thalapakatti Mutton Biryani with some fresh  Raita. 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).


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