Bakrid Special: Mutton Biryani

Make the best Biryani this Bakrid. Try this original recipe straight from the house of Mughals.


500 gms Basmati Rice (long grained rice).

1kg Mutton (cut into small pieces).

2 tsp. Garam Masala.(mixed spices)

6 Red chilies.

2 Dalchini (Cinnamon Sticks)

2 pieces Elaichi.(cardamom)

3 Green chilies.

7 Cashew nuts.

Onions (A handful, sliced fine and fried till crisp)

5 Lavang (Cloves)

6 Kothmir, (chopped Fresh coriander)

1 small bunch Pudina (mint leaves) chopped.

Ginger Garlic paste.

3 tsp. Saffron. (dissolved in ¾ cup milk)

Curd beaten 1 cup.

Juice of 2 Limes.

4 boiled eggs. Ghee /Oil 5 tbsp.

Salt to taste.


The chillies and the cashew nuts needs to be ground into a fine paste. Mix the mutton pieces with the ginger-garlic paste and beaten curd and Keep aside.

Fry the chili paste in 4 tablespoons clarified milk or oil. To this add the mutton, ¼ of the fried onion, 1tsp garam masala(mixed spices) and salt to taste. When the clarified milk separates from the mixture, add one and a half cups warm water and pressure cook till tender.

Fry the whole spices in 1 tbsp. clarified milk/oil in a wide-mouthed vessel. Add the rice and fry a little, add green chilies and salt to taste and enough water for the rice to cook. When the rice is cooked, spread it on a plate and remove the spices.

Make a mixture of the chopped Kothmir, mint, mixed spices and fried onion and keep aside. Smear the inside of another wide-mouthed and thick bottomed vessel with clarified milk. Spread a layer of rice in it and cover it with half the mutton.

Sprinkle half of the pudina mixture and juice of a lime. Put a layer of rice followed by a mutton layer and finish with a final layer of rice. Sprinkle the rice with saffron milk and some clarified milk. Cover tightly and cook for twenty minutes over slow fire. Serve hot.