Mutton Biryani Recipe

Biryani 101: An Authentic Recipe & Tips To Cook A Delicious Mutton Biryani

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when we say Eid? Biryani, of course! Just the thought of hot, spicy mutton biryani served with a cooling raita and hot kebabs has us drooling.

There are two kinds of people around Eid: one who asks for biryani and the other who lovingly sends out biryani to friends and family. No matter which person you are, get ready to turn into the ultimate biryani pro with our tips on how to make the perfect biryani every time.

Whether this is your first time cooking mutton biryani or you simply want to try a new recipe, you’ve come to the right place.

Tips To Cook A Flavourful Mutton Biryani

  1. Utensils: Cook your biryani in a thick bottomed, wide pan to prevent burning and sticking. Remember to cook on a low medium-low flame to avoid burning. Copper or brass utensils are a great choice to cook biryani. Make sure you pick out a utensil that is big enough. There should be a little space left after adding in all the ingredients.
  2. Ratios: Use a 1:1 ratio of meat to rice by weight, i.e., 1kg meat to 1kg rice. This way, you don’t end up with too much or too little of either.
  3. Best Cuts: Lamb or Goat Biryani Cut are specially crafted for biryani with more bone-in pieces so that the marrow thickens and enriches the masala. Order Goat Biryani Cut from Licious. It consists of bone-in pieces that ensure flavors infuse into the biryani for a rich, authentic taste.
  4. Marination: The longer, the better! Marinate overnight or even up to 48 hours. Avoid adding salt during marination. It dehydrates the meat and could result in dry pieces in your biryani. Instead, add salt halfway through cooking the biryani. 
  5. Choice of Rice: Opt for basmati rice. Biryani hits different when it’s cooked with basmati. It is an excellent choice as it has a naturally nutty flavor that complements the spices used for cooking biryani. Also, the natural aroma of basmati is an integral part of biryani. Do not stir your rice; that breaks up the grains and spoils the look of the biryani. Long and intact grains look better and more inviting.
  6. Layering: Cook all ingredients separately. Biryani is a layered dish, and that’s how the final flavor and richness are achieved. Make sure the meat is well cooked before layering. Start by adding half the rice at the bottom. Then add the cooked meat in the centre, then add the rest of the rice on top.  
  7. Garnish: Garnish with birista which are crispy fried onions. Cut them into thin slices and fry them on a medium-low flame. They crisp up really well and get extremely golden.

How To Keep Biryani On Dum? 

Dum is an Indian cooking technique where the food is cooked on a low flame. It is tightly sealed with a dough.  This allows the food to cook internally thus making it quite flavourful. Keeping the biryani on dum helps steam the dish, spread its aromas throughout, and cook the rice the rest of the way. Do not add extra water during this step. The rice soaks up the moisture from the marinade. Only add water if the rice is still uncooked at the end. 

Here’s how you can keep biryani on dum. 

  1. Tight lid with a weight on top
  2. Wrap the top with aluminum foil
  3. Use the traditional roti dough method around the edge of the pot.

Cook for 15-20 mins on dum, on medium heat, and then for an extra 10 on low. To prevent burning, you can place a Tawa and then place your biryani pot on top of this. A barrier will be created between the flame and your pot. 

With these tips in hand, let’s now dive into this delicious recipe. Spice up your Eid with this authentic mutton biryani. Start prepping for your dish by ordering Goat Biryani Cut from Licious. 

Mutton Biryani Recipe

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Easy Cooking: The Perfect Mutton Biryani in 5 Steps
Mutton Biryani Recipe
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40-1 hour
Servings
Ingredients
For Marination
For Biryani
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40-1 hour
Servings
Ingredients
For Marination
For Biryani
Mutton Biryani Recipe
Instructions
  1. Making the marination paste is the first step to cooking a delicious Biryani. Make a paste of ginger, garlic, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, mustard oil, star anise powder and yoghurt. Wash the lamb or goat biryani cuts and remove the excess water. Coat this mixture on the mutton pieces. Make sure the paste is coated evenly. Marinate the mutton for 1-2 hours.
  2. Heat a wok and add the onion slices. Deep-fry the onion on medium to high flame until they turn golden brown and crispy. Spread them evenly on a kitchen tissue.
  3. Heat oil in a deep vessel or a pressure cooker. Add the whole spices, onion, and sauté the mixture. Add the ginger-garlic paste, green chillies, salt and yoghurt to the mix. The key is to sauté the gravy until the oil starts to separate. Add the marinated mutton and cook until it is tender. Add garam masala and once the oil separates, remove the mutton from the vessel.
  4. The gravy stays as is. Now add the layer of parboiled rice and then add the mutton. Then again add the layer of rice. Sprinkle some dry-fruits in between the layers.
  5. On the top layer add the saffron soaked milk, birista onions and cream. Add water as required. Cover the vessel with a lid and cook the biryani on low flame for 15 minutes. Once you turn off the flame, let the biryani rest for a few minutes. The garnish with mint leaves and serve with Raita.
Recipe Notes

Recipe Tip

If you want to reduce the cooking time, then you can parboil the meat beforehand.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I dry roast the spices?

Yes. If you want to enhance the flavour, then you can dry roast the spices.

How do I avoid the rice to get sticky?

To avoid the rice to get sticky, it is essential to use good quality rice that has aged well. Soak the rice for 30 minutes before boiling. Also, add a teaspoon of oil or ghee to the rice while boiling.

Let us know how your mutton biryani turned out to be in the comments below. If you post your recipe on social media, hashtag us at #MadeWithLicious and tag Licious on Instagram. We’d love to see your delicious creations. 



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