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Easy Mutton Biryani Recipe

Easy Mutton Biryani Recipe made in the oven with tender mutton pieces and fluffy Basmatic rice.  This Authentic Mutton Biryani is a perfect dinner recipe that you can easily whip up by following the tips.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Authentic Mutton Biryani, Easy Mutton Biryani Recipe, Mutton Biryani
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 670kcal
Author: Meghna


For Mutton Marinade and gravy

For cooking the Biryani Rice

For layering the Mutton Biryani


How to cook the Biryani Rice?

  • Begin by washing the Basmati rice very well under running tap water. Soak the rice with enough water for 20 mins. Do not skip this step.
  • Next, take samll piece of mslin cloth just enough to make a temporary pouch. Place all the dry whole spices mentioned in the "For cooking the Biryani Rice" section and tie a knot to make a small pouch.
  • In a deep bottomed pot or saucepan bring enough water to roaring boil. Add the soaked basmati rice, ghee, salt and the small temporary spices pouch. Bring the rice to a roaring boil too and immediately turn down the heat to medium. Cook the rice until 80% done.
  • Drain the rice immediately, and spread it on a large plate. If possible keep it under a fan or near a window so that the rice will come down to room temperature fast and stop getting cooked with the residual heat. In the meantime cook the Mutton gravy.

How to cook the Mutton Gravy for Biryani in Instant Pot?

  • Wash the mutton pieces well and pat them dry completely. Next, add all the ingredients to the meat mentioned in the "For Mutton Marinade & Gravy" and mix well with the help of your hands or a spatula. All the mutton pieces must be well coated with the marinade. Allow to marinated meat to rest for at least 2-3 hours in the fridge.
  • Next, set the Instant Pot on SAUTE & keep it at NORMAL. 
  • Add the marinated mutton along with the marinade to the pot and fry until oil begins to leave the sides of the pot. 
  • Add water just enough so that mutton pieces are just 70% submerged. Close the lid of the pot, seal the valve and CANCEL the SAUTE. Press the PRESSURE COOK mode and cook on HIGH for 17 mins.
  • After 17 mins when the Instant Pot begins to beep do a Quick Pressure Release and than open the lid of the pot. Sometimes mutton might release lots of water, so if there's too much water simmer and make the gravy to your prefered consistency. Set aside.

How to assemble Mutton Biryani step by step?

  • Gather all the ingredient and create a mini assembly line so that you do not miss out on any ingredient.
  • Prep the oven proof Biriyani pot (I used a terracotta pot but you may use aluminum tray). Grease the interior of the pot with ghee.
  • With the help of a ladle scoop out the mutton gravy and arrange in at the base of the pot or tray in a single layer. Pour the gravy evenly on top of the mutton pieces.
  • Sprinkle some chopped cilantro & mint leaves, a few barista, little garam masala powder & biriyani masala powder.
  • Layer cooked basmati rice on top of the mutton in a single layer. Drizzle about 4 tablespoons saffron milk on top of the rice layer. 
  • Sprinkle more chopped cilantro & mint leaves, barista, garam masala powder & biriyani masala powder.
  • Layer the rest of the basmati rice and top the final layer with chopped mint & cilantro, barista, garam masala powder, biriyani masala powder and rest of the saffron milk.
  • Cover the terracotta pot with its lid or if using an aluminum tray cover it with the help of a large sheet of aluminum foil.
  • Place the pot or tray in the middle rack of a pre-heated oven at 350F and cook it for 30 mins.
  • Remove from the oven and serve hot. Enjoy.



  1. Measuring Units used, 1 cup = 240 ml & 1 teaspoon = 5 ml.
  2.  Instant Pot Used: 6 quart DUO.
  3. How to make Saffron milk: Take about 1/2 cup milk and heat it up in the microwave oven or on the stove top. Add about 1 teaspoon saffron strands into the hot or warm milk, stir well and cover and allow the mixture to sit for at least 20 mins. You will get a lovely golden milk. Use it while layering the Mutton Biryani.
  4. We love mutton so we used 2:3 Rice : Mutton. If you love meat use this ratio or else you may also use 1 :1 ratio.
  5.  Do not use more ghee while cooking the rice. This will effect the cooked rice. The rice will become greasy and won't fluff up properly. We want just enough ghee to prevent the rice from sticking with each other.
  6.  Do not cook the rice more than 80% doneness. This is very important.
  7.  To prevent the rice from getting over cooked with the residual heat strain it immediately and spread it quickly on a large surface. A fan or an open window helps a lot to bring down the temperature of the cooked rice faster.
  8. A terracotta Biryani pot is not mandatory. This easy Mutton Biryani Recipe is extremely suitable for aluminum trays as well. We cook in them often and we love them. They make awesome picnic boxes too.
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Nutrition Facts
Easy Mutton Biryani Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 670 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 1686mg73%
Potassium 560mg16%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Vitamin C 6.6mg8%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Read our privacy policy - Calorie information is provided as a courtesy only and should be leveraged as an estimate rather than a guarantee.Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 670kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 1686mg | Potassium: 560mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 6.6mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 3.8mg