Jul 24, 2014

Dindigul Thalappakatti Mutton Biryani Recipe / Thalapakattu Mutton Biryani Recipe / Thalapakatti Mutton Biryani Recipe

Recently i was introduced to seeraga samba rice, from that day onwards i love using that more than basmati rice for my biryani. there is some flavour and aroma which this rice has and it is the rice which is used in thalappakatti biryani. When i posted my thalappakatti chicken biryani, many of my viewers commented that seeraga sambar rice should be used and not basmati. I took all those points in my mind and made another version of it using mutton. 

I am telling you this is one of the most delicious biryani i ever made. It was so yummy..The main ingredient in this biryani is the spice powder which we make fresh, that provides the aroma and flavour to this biryani which takes it to the new level. Best company for this biryani is raitas..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 45 to 50 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Mutton - 1/2 kg
Seeraga Samba Rice - 3 cup
Oil - 2 tblspn
Homemade Ghee - 2 tblspn
Onion - 2 large sliced thinly
Green Chillies - 3 slit
Tomatoes - 2 large chopped finely
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi  - 1 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1 tblspn
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi - 2 tblspn

Salt to taste
Coriander Leaves - 1/4 cup chopped
Mint Leaves - 1/4 cup chopped
Water - 4.5 cup

For Biryani Spice Powder:
Cinnamon Stick - 4 cm stick
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1.5 tblspn
Mace / Javitri - 5
Kalpaasi / Black Stone Flower - 5 piece
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 2 tsp
Cloves / Krambu - 5
Cardamom / Yelakai - 5
Star Anise - 1


Wash Seeraga Samba rice well in water, take the whole spices in blender and powder it coarsely. Set aside.

Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker. Add in onions and green chillies. Saute it till it gets golden.

Add in tomatoes and toss well.Add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a min.

Add in salt, turmeric, chilli powder and coriander powder. Toss well for 30 sec.

Add in the fresh powder which you made. Mix well.

Add in mutton and mix well. Add in 1 cup of water, cover and pressure cook it for 7 to 8 whistle. Simmer for 15 mins. Turn the heat off, let the pressure go all by itself. 

Open the cooker and check if there is lots of water.If so put it back on stove and heat till it is reduced.

Once it is reduced, add in rice and mix well.

Add in 4.5 Cup of water, bring it to boil, simmer it and pressure cook it for 1 whistle. Then simmer it for 5 mins. Turn the heat off and fluff with a fork.

Serve with raita.


Cinnamon, Cumin, Cloves, Fennel, Kal Paasi,
Cardamom, Mace, Star Anise(I dint add that
because i didn't have it on hand)- Main stuff
for the biryani

add them to a blender and powder them

take your other ingredients

Heat ghee and some oil in a pressure cooker

add in onions and chillies

saute till it turns light golden

add in tomatoes

saute it for 5 mins

add in ginger garlic paste

add in salt and spice powders

add in the main aromatic powder

saute for a min

add in mutton pieces

saute well in the masala

Add mint, coriander leaves and some water

cover and cook

Cook till mutton is tender

I found the mutton gravy had lots of water in it,
 so i put it back in the stove and reduced it

I dried most of the water from the mutton

at this point add in the soaked rice

mix well with the masala

pour water

mix well

cover and cook

fluff up and serve


  1. yummy yummy.. very inviting platter aarthi...

  2. super, wow

    wats d ratio of water? it seems slightly mashed up or it s right consistency?


  3. @AnonymousI have mentioned that in the recipe and the rice is seeraga samba, so it looks short.

  4. Looks very delicious. So we do not need to add star anise for the briyani masala powder?

  5. @Rathi I didn't have that on hand, you can add it if you have it.

  6. I could not find the kalpassi and yhr Mace at my Indian store here in USA. Does it have a different name as well?

  7. @AarthiIIts called as Dagad phool. Its available in any indian store under the spice section.

  8. Very tempting. will defenitely try it.

    Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Superb! Will defenitely try it.

  10. We made delicious chicken briyani following your briyani receipe. You made our Diwali special..

  11. Hi Aarthie wanted 2 know whats da other name for kalpase and mace as I cant find them in da spice stores on SA or whats da substitute for them

  12. @Anonymous Kalpasi is called as black stone flower. you can skip them.

  13. Hi arthi,
    briyani looks delicious. but what is the measurement(tsp) for fresh briyani powder to be added in cooker?

  14. hi,
    I tried your recepie,but the masala was too heavy....i dont know what mistake i made...i used the same measurements as you had given.

  15. @AnonymousEach spice powderr may vary. So adjust it as per ur taste.

  16. Hi Aarthi, have tried several recipes from your blog...and they've all been great:) planning to make this biryani for a party. Around 15 people. If I use 1 kg mutton, how much rice would be appropriate?

  17. You are amazing Aarthi. I tried your recipe today, it came out so good.My husband loved it.All the credit goes to you.Thank you for the wonderful recipe :)

  18. It was fantastic madam.. seeraha Samba really nice...

  19. Really awesome biriyani.... i just followed the same way....

  20. hi...

    i would like to know the quantity of rice u used.. bcoz am nt sure what quantity is 1 cup.. can u tell me in terms of grams?


  21. @AnonymousMy 1 cup measures 240 ml. 1 cup rice measure around 200 grams.

  22. Very good!!Pictures make it awesome

  23. Hi Aarthi!! Can we use Briyani rice instead of seeraga samba rice??

  24. Hey Aarthi,

    I have tried thalapakatti mutton biriyani and it came out well. seriously i havent expected such taste.AWSOME :D :D :D. Lots and lots of thanks for u and ur blog, it really helps me a lot.

    ALL THE BEST and keep posting!!!:)

  25. What if i want to keep dum? Because I don't have big pressure cooker and I want to make this for 7 ppl.

  26. @Rebecca PrakashCook mutton separately and cook the whole thing in a big pot

  27. Hi Aarthi, could you please let me know the ratio of water for example for 1 cup of rice, how much quantity of water is required.

  28. @biochemarunfor 1 cup of rice, you will need 1.5 cup of water

  29. Thanks! Followed your recipe and it was perfect. Helped having the step by step pictures. The only modification I made was that I cooked the mutton for twice as long as suggested and the meat was nice and tender. At the suggested time in the recipe, the mutton still seemed a bit tough.I guess it varies with cut of the meat as well. Thanks for a hearty Sunday meal.

  30. Hi Aarthi,

    Thanks for the recipe. I want to understand why you do not add any coconut milk. In your chicken based recipe you have added coconut milk but do you have skipped the same in the mutton based recipe. I will appreciate your feedback here.

    As she shouldn't Ashish, Kolkata

  31. Hello, i tried lots of receipes from ur blog, all came out very well.. I m going to try this recipe next week, can u please tell me ur tblspn and tsp measurements in grams and ml??? Till now i approximately used masala with my spoons.. I want to do in perfect measurements...

  32. @Anonymous1 tsp is 5 grams and 1 tblspn is 15 grams

  33. Can you tell me how many whistles it would take in the pressure cooker to cook mutton?

  34. Hi Aarti,

    I tried this yesterday noon. I.didnt have seeraga sambha Rice, so prepared with Basmati Rice. It came out so perfect and Delicious.. I was way more satisified. Thanks a lot for your pictorial and detailed Step by Step process.

  35. Very nice biriyani...simple and delicious.. thanks to the author

  36. Thalapakatti Mutton biriyani is excellent and also the other recipes. I tried this one and many recipes. All are very nice. As I'm a fresher for cooking, very thankful for your guiding recipes with photos.

  37. How many whistles to keep in pressure cooker if I use basmati rice and also tell me if I need to soak in the rice before I start cooking?

  38. Hi, can i use big pot after adding rice??? Coz I don't know how many whistles it take to cook seeraga samba.. So I planned to follow ur steps til the meat cooked and after that I want to cook without using cooker... Can I??? Waiting for ur reply...

  39. I tried your recipe today Aarthi..such a tasty and delicious briyani..my hubby loved it..all credits goes to u..keep posting such tasty recipes..

  40. Hi Arthi, I was looking for authentic thalappakatti biriyani recipe.I tried your recipe multiple times.It is authentic,simple and yummy, my daughter loved it.Thank you

  41. Love most of ur receipes ... They come out very tasty n yummy. This was yumm mouthwatering and delicious 😋


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