One Pot Mutton Biryani - a perfect biryani for beginners

10:22 Niloufer Riyaz 4 Comments

Winters... for many reasons I like it💕.. and for many reasons I hate it😣.. tend to get  more sick  in this cold weather🤒... the icy cold wind has never been my friend and my lungs hate them😑... Under the weather since two days and since today is weekend wanted to make something spicy but easy to cook.. to open my taste buds which I feel are dead..
  Had mutton in my freezer and I thought why not make biryani .... you must be wondering making biryani when sick?🤔..
Gone are the days when biryani s were made for special occasions.. for me if u want to cook something special  but not so elaborate I make biryani🤗.. with a boiled egg and a raita lunch is served..

   When biryani is put in dum.. the flavours develop you get an amazing biryani... which from start to finish will take you an hour and a half minimum .. If I say you can make a biryani with full of flavour that too under 30 minutes will you believe me?
    I made this biryani for the first time  four years back.. when i had shoulder injury.. My right hand was in  sling for 2 months... At that time I managed to find so many tips n tricks to make easy recipes.. and pressure cooker was my saviour..  on one such event I made this biryani with the help of my son who was 6 .. was quite amazed coz the biryani tasted just like regular dum biryani.. 💕💕... now I have made them many times when I am time pressed..  
...... no elaborate sauteing... no elaborate vessels.. just one pressure cooker and you are done... sound so easy right.. who wouldn't want it.. a yummy one pot meal.. ❤... now let's move to the recipe



Basmati rice                   2 cups
Mutton                             400gms
Onion (medium)            2 nos 
Tomato (medium)          1 1/2 nos
Ginger Garlic paste        1 heaped tblsp
Coriander leaves             A small handful
Mint leaves                 7-8 leaves
Green chilli                      4-5 now
Lemon juice                   
Yoghurt                             1/4 cup 
Oil                                       2 tbsp
Ghee                                   1 tbsp
Bay leaf                              2 nos
Cinnamon                          1" piece
Cardamom                         4 nos
Cloves                                  4 nos
Red chilli powder              1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder               1/4 tsp
Black pepper powder        1/4 tsp
Garam Masala                     1/2 tsp 


Clean and wash the mutton.. 
Thinly slice the onions.. chop the tomatoes 
Roughly chop the coriander and mint leaves
Wash the rice and soak it for 15 minutes..
Meanwhile place your 5 litre pressure cooker on the stove and heat it..
Pour the oil and ghee and  when it starts to become hot add the bay leaves , cinnamon , cardamom, clove .. saute for few seconds
Add the onions and fry till they turn translucent .. in the oil that has separated add the red chilli powder and fry for fee seconds.. immediately add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.. 
Add the mutton , coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chilli , salt..and sauce for 2-3 minutes.. add the tomatoes , turmeric powder , pepper , Garam Masala and the yoghurt.. mix them well and add about 100 ml water.. 
Close the pressure cooker and cook for 5-6whistles in medium heat
After the pressure has come down... open the cooker ... you will see around 2 cups of liquid in the Masala ... 
So add the water around 2 cups of water... (you will need totally 4 cups of water / liquid to make this biryani)
Check the gravy for salt and add lemon juice around 1tsp .. bring to boil and add the soaked rice alone .... give a gentle mix taking are not to break the rice  
Close the pressure cooker.. and cook  for 2 whistles in medium heat.. then lower the flame to Simmer and cook in sim for 10 minutes..
Switch off the flame and allow the pressure  to come down .. 
Open.. fluff the biryani. With a slotted spoon  or fork. serve with raita ... Enjoy!!

1) The cup I used is the measuring cup that comes with rice cooker..  so 1 cup measures 150 gms rice and 160 ml water
2) the ratio of rice to water is 1:2
3) if you are using  extra long basmati rice add quater cup of water extra so ratio is 
1: 2 1/4
4) if you have doubt on the amount of liquid in the gravy .. strain the gravy .. measure the amount of liquid and then calculate and add the amount of water.. for eg: if there is only 1 3/4 cup of liquid  add 2 1/4 cup of water to the gravy... totalling 4 cups
5) never miss the simmer part . After two whistles reduce the flame and keep it in simmer for 10 minutes.. 
6) never force open the pressure cooker .. if you are in a hurry .. always place the cooker under running water for few minutes.. the pressure will reduce fast and then it's safe to open
7) you can substitute the mutton with chicken .. but pressure cook them for 3 whistles not 5 while making the gravy.. rest is the same



Shobha said...

Biriyani is my family favourite.. we make it every week end. Looks homely and yummy

Thank u dear 💕

Rafeeda AR said...

I have always made pressure cooker biriyanis with chicken but not mutton... that indeed looks flavorful.. love the color of the dish... Like you said, now biriyani is more like an everyday meal... hehe...

thank u dear ..