Mutton dum biryani | How to make mutton dum biryani

Follow by Email

This recipe is my interpretation. I have cooked a lot of one-pot biryani, dum biryani. Every time I cook biryani, family members and friends enjoyed it a lot. It excites me and make me believe in my cooking ability even more when my mom enjoys my food and appreciates it(I know all mothers always appreciate her child’s efforts no matter what :) )

DSC_1102 (2)_646

DSC_1202_747 DSC_1205_748 DSC_1193_744 DSC_1207_749

Here’s mutton dum biryani recipe-


500 gms Mutton

4 cups of basmati rice (that’s ~ 1 kg rice)

3 large onions sliced thin

4 tomatoes finely chopped

4 green chillies slit at the center

3 tbspn ginger garlic paste

2 tbspn red chilli powder

2 tspn coriander powder

1 tspn garam masala powder

1/2 cup finely chopped coriander leaves

1/2 cup finely chopped mint leaves

3 tbspn oil + 1 tbspn ghee

2 piece cinnamon

4 no cloves

4 no cardamom

2 no Javathti

2 no bay leaves

Salt to taste

For marination:-

2 tspn thick curd

1 tbspn red chilli powder(Chilli powders heat varies. My red chilli powder has moderate heat, check your chilli powder heat level and use it as per your heat tolerance)

1 tspn tumeric powder

1 tspn salt


To cook basmati rice seperately:-

Soak basmati rice in water for about 10 mins. Wash the rice gently ensuring to take out only starch and not break the grains. Mean while add about 4 liters of water in a large vessel and bring it to boil. Once water starts to boil, add about 1 tspn of cooking oil, 1 cinnamon, 2 cloves, 1 javathri, 1 bay leaves and 1 tspn of salt. Add the soaked and washed rice, stir gently once and cook until it is 3/4 done for about 3-5 mins. Keep an eye on rice as some brands of basmati rice cooks very fast and some takes time. My rice was 3/4 done in 4 mins. Drain the water immediately and spread the rice on a large plate and let it cool.

DSC_1164 DSC_1168 DSC_1170 DSC_1171 DSC_1173

Next –

1. Clean and wash the mutton thoroughly for atleast 3 times. Add a little salt while washing the mutton(this will help to get rid off the smell to an extent)

2. Marinate the mutton pieces with ingredients mentioned under marination list. Marinate for atleast 1/2 hour.


3. Pressure cook mutton for 3-4 whistles along with few pieces of onions, tomatoes and coriander leaves. This will make the meat tender and easy to make the dum biryani.

DSC_1167 DSC_1178

4. In a deep bottomed pan add oil, once oil gets heated add 1 onion slices and fry it until brown(dont burn the onions). Remove browned onion from oil and keep it aside. This will be used for garnishing and will making the layers.

5. To the same pan add remaining onions(2 onions) slices and green chillies and saute till onions turn translucent. Next add ginger-garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes off.

DSC_1175 DSC_1176

6. Add chopped tomatoes and saute till tomatoes turn slightly mushy. Next add red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt(to taste, remember chicken marinate contains salt as well). Saute for 2 mins.



DSC_1183 DSC_1182

8. Take the Dum pan, add ghee and spread it to coat all the bottom and sides of the pan, reduce the flame to low. Add about 2 full tbspns of the mutton gravy(remember it shouldn’t be very watery) spread all over the bottom. Next add cooked basmati rice over the mutton and gently spread the rice to cover the mutton. At this stage you can use the watery gravy that you removed in step 6. Use a tea spoon and remove the top oily layer from gravy and drizzle over the rice, this will add flavors to the rice and also give color.

DSC_1185 DSC_1188 DSC_1189

If you didn’t get the gravy as in step 6, at this stage you can used about 10 strands of saffron immersed in 1/4 warm milk for about 10 mins and use the colored milk over the rice instead of salna.

8. Repeate step 7 until you have used up all rice and mutton. Over the top sprinkle coriander and mint leaves and browned onions and close with a lid. Ensure the flame is low and place a heavy weight on top of lid to trap the steam inside. Leave it alone for 10 mins and your dum biryani is ready.

DSC_1190 DSC_1191 DSC_1192

9.Serve hot with onion raita and salna(from step 6), Enjoy!




You may also like...

4 Responses

  1. Yummy biryani dear..Loved the clicks too

  2. You are a biryani queen :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)