Pressure Cooker Mutton Biriyani / Easy Mutton Biriyani

Mutton biriyani in pressure cooker

Ingredients (Serves 4)

1.  Basmati rice – 2 cups  (Soak rice in enough water for 20 mts. Drain water completely and set aside)

2. Mutton – 1/2 kg, cut into small pieces

To marinate mutton

3. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

    Chilly powder -  3/4 tsp

    Ginger-garlic paste – 2 tsp

    Yoghurt – 1 tbsp

    Lemon juice – 1 tsp

    Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp

    Salt – To taste

Marinate mutton pieces with all the above ingredients. Set aside for 30 minutes.

Other ingredients

4. Oil – 1.5 tbsp

5.   Whole spices – cardamom – 2, cloves – 4, fennel seeds – 1/4 tsp, bay leaf – 1, cinnamon stick – 1/2 inch

6. Onion – 1.5 cup, chopped

   Green chilies – 2 , slit

7. Ginger – garlic paste – 1 tbsp

8. Turmeric powder  – 1/4 tsp

   Chilly powder – 1 tsp

   Coriander powder – 1 tsp

   Garam masala powder – 1 tsp

9. Tomato – 1 small, finely chopped (Makes about 1/4 cup)

10. Mint leaves – 1/2 cup, chopped

     Cilantro – 1/2 cup, chopped

11. Salt – To taste

12. Ghee – 1 tbsp


1. Heat 1.5 tbsp oil in a 4 or 5 liter pressure cooker at medium heat. Add the whole spices numbered 5 and stir until fragrant. Next add onion, little salt and green chilies. When onion turns transparent, add ginger-garlic paste. Saute well for a few minutes until onion starts changing color. Add turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder. Stir for about 30 seconds at medium-low heat. Add chopped tomato and saute for 2 minutes. Add mutton pieces. Stir everything for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup hot water, 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves and 1/4 cup chopped cilantro. Close with the lid and pressure-cook for 1 whistle. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 – 8 mts. Switch off. Open the pressure cooker when pressure releases. Mutton should be almost cooked by now. (This depends on the type of mutton and pressure cooker you use. Mutton will get cooked in 1 whistle if it is young and tender).

2. Meanwhile heat 1 tbsp ghee in a deep pan at medium heat and fry drained basmati rice for about 3 – 4 minutes. Set aside.

3. After opening the pressure cooker, transfer mutton pieces into a bowl using a slotted spoon. Now measure the stock inside the pressure-cooker. There will be around 1.5 – 2 cups of stock. You need 3 cups of water for 2 cups of basmati rice. Add remaining quantity of water to make 3 cups and bring to a boil. (I had 2 cups of stock inside the pressure cooker, so I added 1 cup of hot water). Add salt, to taste. The stock should be slightly salty. Next add mutton pieces, fried basmati rice, 1/4 cup chopped mint and cilantro. Close with lid and pressure-cook for 1 whistle. Switch off. Set aside for 10 – 15 minutes. Open the lid and fluff rice with a fork. Transfer the mutton biriyani carefully into a wide serving bowl and serve hot with raita/ pappad / pickle / green chutney.


Pressure cooker mutton biriyani

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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