Jul 21, 2015

Easy Mutton Dum Biryani Recipe - Lamb Biryani Recipe

I make dum biryani often these days. And i have a hyderabadi mutton biryani recipe already in this blog. But i want to share a simple dum biryani recipe and here it is..Dont judge by the word easy and simple, it taste really close to a perfect dum biryani. This recipe has become my favourite..

In this biryani, there are no spice powders and other stuffs. The main flavouring is the whole spices, ghee, brown onions, herbs and mutton and ofcourse the rice. So use the best basmati rice for this, i always use india gate classic for my biryani recipes and it work perfectly.

Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 1 hour
Serves : 2 to 3


Basmati Rice - 250 grams
Oil / Ghee -  5 tblspn
Onions - 2 large sliced thinly
Green Chillies - 5 to 6
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tblspn
Mint Leaves - 1/2 cup chopped
Coriander Leaves - 1/2 cup chopped
Saffron a pinch
Yellow Food Colour a pinch (optional)
Warm Milk - 3 tblspn

For Mutton:
Mutton - 250 grams
Water - 1 cup
Curd / Yogurt - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Green Chillies - 2 to 3

Whole Spices:
Fennel Seeds /  Sombu / Saunf - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Cinnamon / Pattai - 2 cm piece
Cardamom / Yelakai - 3
Cloves / Krambu - 3
Bay Leaf -  1
Black Stone Flower / Kal Paasi -1 piece
Star Anise - 1


Take mutton and all the ingredients given for cooking mutton in a pressure cooker and cook for 5 whistle. Simmer for 10 mins. Turn off the heat and let the steam go all by itself. Open the cooker and check whether the mutton is done. Now set aside.

Take saffron and milk in a bowl and let it steep. If it didn't get good colour, add little yellow food colour.

Wash and soak rice for 30 mins. Drain it and cook by this method. Drain and set aside.

Now heat oil or ghee in a kadai. Add in whole spices and let them sizzle for 1 mins.

Add in onions, salt and chillies. Cook till it gets golden brown.

Add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a min till raw smell leaves from it.

Now drain the cooked mutton and add the mutton pieces alone in the kadai. Saute it for 5 to 8 mins till it gets nice colour.

Now add in the drained stock and reduce it till it gets thick.

Add in mint and coriander leaves reserve little for topping.

Now lay the cooked rice and top with the coriander and mint leaves, pour the saffron milk and cover with a tight lid.

Place this kadai over a heavy bottom tawa and put the flame to the lowest as possible.

Cook  on dum for 15 mins. Turn off the heat and let it stay for 10 mins.

Open the lid and give a gentle mix.



Wash and soak basmati rice for 30 mins
now take saffron and soak them in some warm milk
Now lets cook the mutton or lamb.. Take mutton 
in a pressure cooker

add little salt

add in some water

dont add too much water..just add enough 
to cover the meat

add some green chillies

and some yogurt

mix well

cover and pressure cook

Now the meat is cooked completely
I cooked the rice by draining method..CHECK THIS LINK
Now heat some oil or ghee in a pan

add in all the whole spices

fry them in the oil for few mins

add in onions and green chillies

mix well

Add little salt

cook till golden brown

add in ginger garlic paste

cook till the raw smell leaves from the mix

now take the meat alone from the cooker

add it to the onions

saute them

cook till it turns golden brown

add in the cooking liquid once the meat is well browned

mix well

now boil this down and reduce it

now it is almost reduced

at this point, add in chopped mint and coriander leaves

mix that around

now lay the rice over it

top with mint and coriander leaves

I added some yellow food colour to the saffron liquid

pour that in

cover with a tight lid

place it over a tawa and put the flame on the lowest possible

now it is done..Are you ready to sniff the wonderful aroma..

look at that..

fluff it gently



  1. Looks incredibly simple yet mouth watering delicious.

    This is going to be a winner recipe.....will try it shortly and keep you posted.

    BTW congrats on the article in Kumkumam Thozhi on top blogger chefs.

    Hats off to you Aarthi!!!

  2. Tried it today. ..came out very well

  3. Love your blog and i rate it 10 on 10👍
    This recipe is so quick n hassle free...ill try it this weekend..btw i tried ur wholemeal dates cake with jaggery...super duper it was. Thanks for sharing all your recipes..

  4. Aarthi Ma'am
    First of all I want to thank you for this wonderful and easy recipe to make Hyderabadi Mutton Dum biryani...!!
    I tried it and it came out so well ... !!
    I have shared your blog and recipes on facebook...!!
    After Biryani I also tried your Chilli chicken gravy .. and It was wonderful ..!!
    Best part of your blog is that you show all steps of cooking through pictures which makes things very easy for a novice like me....!!
    Thanks once again..!!

    Dr. Victor Masih
    Ludhiana, Punjab

  5. tried this recipee..was excellent.Thanks for the step by step detailed guide.

  6. Hi Aarthi.. Tried ur mutton biryani recipe as it was hubby's birthday.. N like always ur recipe turned out finger licking delicious.. He was so happy with the end result

  7. Hi Aarthi,
    Can u plse comment about the two and time for putting dum in oven using aluminium foil tray

  8. Hi, this biryani reciepe is good. But for Traditional Hyderbadi Biryani( kacha style), we dont cook the mutton prehand. and it is marinated with spices and left for some time. Only mentioning to you because of your passion to cooking , might be you will try it


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