14 December 2012,01:54 by
Ponmathi Srilekha.S

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Serves :

Preparation Time :
40 minutes

Cooking Time :
50 minutes

Preparation Method :

  • Heat oil and add the onions. Fry till they turn translucent. Add the whole spices with the ginger and garlic paste.
  • Add the mutton, dried plums, salt and yellow chilli powder and fry for about 5 - 7 minutes.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for about 2 - 3 minutes till they turn soft.
  • Add the yogurt and stir continuously till the oil starts to surface. Keep stirring on medium flame for 1 - 2 minutes.
  • Add a little water and cook, covered till the meat is half done. Add in the potatoes and cook further till the meat and potatoes are done.
  • Make sure to have 1 cup of gravy when the meat and potatoes are done.
  • Place rice in a heavy bottomed pan with salt, saffron and 1 teaspoon ghee. Add water to 1 inch above the surface of rice.
  • Boil rice for about 8-10 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and the rice is half cooked.
  • Now take a large heavy bottomed pan and grease it with oil. Place 1 bay leaf in the centre and sprinkle the caraway seeds. Place the par-boiled rice over the bay leaf and caraway seeds.
  • Arrange the cooked meat with the gravy over the rice. Cover with a tight fitting lid and cook on slow flame for about 10 minutes till the rice is done.
  • Garnish with mint leaves and lemon wedges. Serve hot.


  • 500 grams long grain rice, rinsed, soaked and drained
  • 1 kg mutton, cut into medium sized pieces, washed and drained
  • 250 grams onions, finely sliced horizontally into rings
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 175 grams yogurt, whisked
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cut into medium sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoon ginger and garlic paste
  • 9 dried plums, deseeded
  • 2 teaspoon yellow chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoon saffron
  • 2 teaspoon ghee
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds
  • A few mint leaves
  • Lemon wedges
  • 120 ml IDHAYAM sesame oil
  • Salt, to taste


  • 2 bay leaves    
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns    
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 inch cinnamon sticks

1 comment for “Kolkata Mutton Biryani”

  • rajasinghac
    Posted 27 March 2013 at 03:10:55

    thanks mom so thank

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