Thalassery Mutton Dum Biriyani

This week, happens to be just like that week in July, where I had two back to back guest posts!!! 🙂 At the beginning of the week, it was for Avika and again now I have another blogger whose name starts with A – Ambreen!!! Is it some kind of a coincidence? I really don’t know! 🙂

When Ambreen emailed me with a request for a meat related delicacy served during Eid, I just couldn’t resist her offer. Who would be able to say “no” to the simply sweet Ambreen?  Amid short notice, though I rummaged through my drafts, I was not able to find much of recipes related to mutton or beef, mainly because it is something cooked when I am really in a mood to or there is an occasion, and yes, occasions like Eid which call for some grand food! So a couple of weekends back, I made it a point to cook specifically for her and share with her a biriyani that I couldn’t resist sharing!

Yes, it is the Thalassery Mutton Dum Biriyani, made in my style that I gave for her as a part of her ongoing series of guest posts, featuring meat dishes for the upcoming Eid-ul-Adha.  To read more and for the recipe, do hop over to her space here. Hope you enjoy the post! 🙂 For the chicken version, do check out my Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani, which happens to be one of the most popular posts on the blog!



5 from 2 votes

Thalassery Mutton Dum Biriyani - My 10th guest post for Simply Sweet N Savory

Course Rice
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • For Masala :
  • 500 gm. mutton cleaned
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp. ghee
  • 2 medium onions sliced thinly
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 4 tbsp. yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. chopped mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
  • Juice of one lime
  • For Rice :
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 small pc cinnamon
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 5-6 peppercorns
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 600 ml hot water
  • For Dum :
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 medium onion sliced thinly
  • 8-10 cashew nuts split
  • 10-12 raisins
  • 2 tbsp. chopped mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. rose water


  • Marinate the mutton with ingredients from turmeric powder to salt in a pressure cooker, for a minimum of one hour. If able to marinate overnight, then it would taste even better.
  • Wash the rice thoroughly and soak in water for an hour. Drain and set aside.
  • Prepare the dum ingredients. Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the onions with a pinch of salt till brown and crispy.
  • Take out and then fry the cashews till brown. Finally fry the raisins till puffed. Drain all onto a kitchen towel, and set aside.
  • Heat a deep saucepan and pour in the ghee. Add in the onions and green chillies and sauté till soft.
  • Add in the tomatoes, and cook till the mixture becomes thoroughly cooked, that you are not able to really make out the onion or tomato! The more it gets cooked, the tastier the masala becomes.
  • Leave it on slow flame for the masala to get cooked maximum.
  • Meanwhile, place the pressure cooker with the marinated mutton on high flame, cook for three whistles. Lower the flame and cook for another 10 minutes. Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Add the cooked mutton along with the stock into the onion-tomato mixture and cook on low flame for around 10 minutes.
  • Add the lime juice, yogurt, coriander and mint leaves and give a nice stir. Adjust the salt and seasoning, cook till just boiled and switch off. The masala should be thick and not watery.
  • In another saucepan, heat the ghee for the rice. On medium flame, add in the whole masala and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the onions and sauté till just soft, for around 3 minutes. Add in the drained rice and sauté till the rice becomes crispy, for around 10 minutes.
  • Add in the hot water, adjust salt, increase the flame and wait till the water boils. Immediately, lower the flame to minimum, tightly close the lid and leave the rice undisturbed for 10 minutes.
  • After this time, open the lid and check for doneness of the rice. It would be done with a little bite inside. Switch off and give it a light mix.
  • Now let’s start the dum. Heat the chappathi tawa/ griddle on medium flame till done.
  • Sprinkle half the garam masala and half the fried dum ingredients over the prepared mutton masala.
  • Layer the whole rice on top of the masala. Sprinkle the remaining garam masala, the remaining dum ingredients, coriander and mint leaves, and finally the rose water.
  • Tightly wrap with aluminum foil and close the lid. Leave on the griddle on low flame for 15-20 minutes till an aroma wafts in the kitchen. Switch off.
  • Serve warm with raita, pickle and pappad!!!


There are two ways of serving this biriyani :
Give the biriyani a light mix and serve altogether.
Separate the rice into another bowl, and serve the masala and rice separately. This way of serving is more authentic.
Normally, I mix and serve to ensure everybody gets equal access  to the masala!!!

Join the Conversation

  1. Very tempting clicks..

    1. thank u so much pooja…

  2. Ohhh!! Mutton and rice together? Its like the best kind of food for the both of us. Nice and inviting…. heading on now to the next space.

    1. thank u so much nava…

  3. Rafee, the click is so good! You have nailed it 🙂 And hoping over to Ambreen's space to check out the recipe 🙂 Now seriously girl, you are officially crowned the Queen of Guest Posts 😉 😀

    1. thank u so much dear… it was taken during daylight and i knew it turned out well… it's such an honour to hear it from u really… 🙂 thanks a lot dear…

  4. wow… keep going gal… lemme go n chk the recipe

    1. thank u so much hasna…

  5. One tempting and delicious biryani…. will check the recipe right now…/

    1. thank u so much priya…

  6. Well done good Eid special delicacy.

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    1. thank u so much princy…

  7. Wow! Lovely and awesome biryani Rafee.. Hoping over to Ambreen's space for the recipe now 🙂

    1. thank u so much nilu… 🙂

  8. Thank you so much Rafeeda for making this delicious biryani specially for me, I can't thank you enough for doing a guest post on such short notice 🙂

    1. it was also a big pleasure doing it for you dear… really enjoyed it… thanks a lot… 🙂

  9. Biryani looks amazing, can't stop drooling!

    1. thank u so much poornima…

  10. very tempting biryani n never had biryani…nice clik…n dat raita luks cool…

    1. thank u so much usha…

  11. I love thalessery biriyani & this ones looks so yummy!

    1. thank u so much sharon…

  12. tempting is not the correct word for this delicious dish of biryani. just perfect.

    1. thank u so much linsy…

  13. I bookmarked this biryani at Ambreen's space, wonderful guest post again..

    1. thank u so much akka… hope u try it soon…

  14. Wow.. deliciousness. Love the biryani.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. thank u so much…

  15. i am salivating and your pic looks fantastic Rafee!

    1. oh… that comment coming from you is like a silver lining jehanne… thank u so much!!! 🙂

  16. Hey the pic,prop and biriyani looks awesome Rafee.Going over to Ambreen's.

    1. thank u so much meena… so glad that u love the pics…

  17. Delicious. Very tempting. Off to Ambreen page.

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    1. thank u so much nandoo…

  18. making me drool, delicious!!!

    1. thank u so much sangeetha…

  19. HI, Rafeeda the biryani looks so mouthwatering, You want to just grab it from the screen.. I checked out the recipe.. Its great I will def, try this for Eid Inshallah… Looking forward to being friends, Naz

    1. thank u so much naz for coming by…

  20. How did i miss this post..!! Rice looks delicious and heading over for the recipe..

    1. thank u so much rekha…

  21. Nice recipe Rafeeda.. the pic and the recipe are both mouth watering.. I want to give it a try some time.. I just have one doubt.. the last step is about a chappati tawa.. how to arrange everything in this shallow pan.

    1. thank u so much dear… the tawa is to be kept on the stove, and the saucepan which has the masala and biriyani rice layered and sealed, will be kept on top of the hot tawa… hope it's clear now dear…

  22. It looks awesome! Love to try out your recipe someday…

    1. thank u so much dear…

  23. yummy tempting biryani…

    1. thank u so much bhawna…

  24. You know last time i had biriyani was when i was with my sis and that is a year ago. I am drooling here.

    1. oh goodness… just come by finla… i promise u i will make u biriyani…

  25. Everyone loves thalassery biriyani 🙂

    1. yes of course… thank u shaami… 🙂

  26. No one can resist thalasseri biriyani. Delicious with tempting pics Rafi, will hope on the Recipe now !!

    1. thank u so much prathibha…

  27. lovely tempting clicks…now to Ambreen's space 🙂

    1. thank u so much ruxana… 🙂

  28. Hi Rafeeda, I tried your recipe yesterday after coming across it here on It came out just awesome and my family were praising it as the best ever I have ever made! Thanks to you (and I did give the credit to you as well!). Thanks for sharing this recipe. The step by step instructions makes sure we can't go wrong anywhere! Thanks again. I will surely recommend and share this biryani recipe with all my friends and colleagues at work too! I will be trying out your chicken version sometime soon!

    1. I am so glad to hear your feedback! So happy to know that your family and you enjoyed the biriyani… Thank you for coming by and leaving your feedback… 🙂

  29. Thanks for sharing this very detailed and lovely recipe, Rafeeda. I tried this recipe yesterday and got rave comments from my family! The best ever biryani according to them! My youngest son has sternly instructed me to save this recipe (I tend to just browse, modify the recipes and then forget after some time which recipe I used and what modifications I made- when asked to make that same dish again!!). I recently found and now I have found this recipe have safely saved it and will not lose it. I did no modifications whatever and it came out superb! Thanks again for sharing. I will soon try out the chicken version as well!

  30. 5 stars
    looks yummy and nice,easy recipe

  31. Shilpa Magar says:

    5 stars
    I made it today it was delicious but lil oily

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Mutton will itself have its own fat. I buy lean parts so that it doesn’t release too much stock. Thank you for your feedback… 🙂

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