mearl223 On September - 30 - 2011

Pearl’s Mutton Biryani

Here’s how my lovely twin Pearl makes a “Yum-mo” Mutton Biryani.. I am SO proud of her & her cooking skills!!



PrepTime 2hrs – Serves 6-8 – CookTime 30mins



Mutton 1kg shoulder
Potatoes 2 medium peeled and cut into quarters
Onions 2 large thinly sliced
Cashewnuts 6
Oil 1 cup
Salt to taste

For the marinade:
GingerĀ  1″ piece
Garlic about 20 flakes
Green chillies 6
Tomatoes 1 medium
Red chilli pwd 2 tbsps
Corriander leaves 2 tbsps chopped
Garam Masala 2 tbsps
Cumin (jeera) pwd 1 tbsp
Curd 1 cup beaten
Salt to taste

For the Rice:
Basmati Rice 2 cups
Ghee 1 tbsp
Cardamoms 3
Salt to taste

Cooking Instructions:

Grind together all ingredients for the marinade and mix the paste well into the mutton pieces.
Leave it in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours or better, overnight.

To begin, wash and soak the rice for half an hour.

In the mean time, heat a cup of oil and in it, lightly fry the potatoes till light brown, drain and set aside.
In the same oil, fry half the onions, cashewnuts and a pinch of salt till dark brown, drain and set aside.

Pour the remaining oil in a pressure cooker. Fry the remaining onion slices. Add the marinated mutton.
Stir slowly. Add the potatoes. Add a cup of water. Cook on high flame till it starts to boil.
Cover the cooker and cook for 20 mins on high flame and then on low flame for another 5-10 mins.

Now the rice is soaked for 1/2 hour. Drain. Add 6-8 cups of water, salt, ghee and cardamoms.
When the rice is almost cooked, drain the water out.
You could add saffron dissolved in 1 tbsp of hot water for more colour.

Now, both the mutton and rice are ready. In a serving tray, place them in alternate layers.
Sprinkle some of the mutton stock from time to time to keep the rice moist.
The top most layer sould be of rice. Garnish with the onion-cashew mixture and corriander leaves.

Serve hot with salad or raita.

4 Responses so far.

  1. Vinay V says:

    Wow.. makes me want to go to Dubai and taste her food right now, esply her signature Green Chicken Curry and steamed rice.. yummmmm!

  2. Michael M. says:

    Tried this out – my first shot at Indian Biryani! turned out gooood!Thanks Pearl!

  3. Laura says:

    The picture looks delicious. I love how you don’t add artificial coloring to the rice to make it “yellow”. It’s definitely on my list of things to try in the pressure cooker!


    making pressure cooking hip, one recipe at a time!

  4. Pearl says:

    Thanks u guys!! Mearl, for the support and encouragement and Vinay for all the appreciation, love u both…

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