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Hyderabadi Mutton Dum Biryani

Here's the recipe of the classic Hyderabadi Mutton Dum Biryani. Rice cooked with mutton, retaining the aroma of varied spices.

Hyderabadi Mutton Dum Biryani Hyderabadi Mutton Dum Biryani


: Jameel Ahemed

Recipe Servings

: 4

Recipe Cook Time

: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
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  • For Marinating Mutton:

    1 kg mutton

    1 cup yogurt

    1 tsp turmeric

    2 green chillies slit (small)

    3 tsp ginger garlic paste

    1 tsp garam masala powder

    Half lemon squeezed juice

    1 tsp red chilli powder

    2 tsp salt

    For the Biryani:

    4 cups basmati rice or long grain rice

    1/4 tsp kesari food color

    2 onions, crisp golden fried

    10 threads of saffron dissolved in 1/2 cup milk

    3 Tbsp ginger garlic paste

    3 Tbsp lemon juice

    4 green chillies, slit

    1 tsp black cumin

    2 bay leaves

    10 cloves 10

    10 cinnamon sticks

    2 anise star

    10 cardamoms

    1 tsp black peppercorns

    1 Tbsp red chilly powder

    1/4 tsp turmeric powder

    1/8 tsp kewra or rose water

    Dry fruits(optional)-some almonds, cashew nuts, raisins.


Marinate mutton for 4-8 hrs.

Soak rice for half an hour.

Heat water in a separate vessel along with oil, salt  and whole spices for partial cooking of rice.

When the water starts boiling, add rice & cook for 5 minutes so that it gets cooked to 50%.

Drain the rice in a colander and then transfer it over the mutton in two layers.

After the layering is done, seal the degchi/cooker and put it over direct high heat (highest temperature) for 10 minutes.

Then take a flat dosa tawa and put the degchi over it. Put the tawa now over direct high heat for 5 minutes.

Then reduce heat to lowest & cook slowly for another 45 minutes on tawa.

By this time fragrance of biryani starts wafting in your kitchen.

Turn off the heat, wait for 5-10 minutes, open the lid, garnish with chopped mint, coriander leaves, fried onion & serve hot with raita.

Note:  For chicken, everything is same except the marination time is 1-3 hours. Cook for 10 minutes on direct high heat  and then cook on lower heat for 30 minutes on tawa.

During the high heat phase of cooking, the meat releases its moisture, then in low heat phase it absorbs spices, oil, salt & gets cooked.




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