Easy Pressure Cooker Mutton Biryani

Pressure Cooker Mutton Biryani

This pressure cooker mutton biryani is an easy-to-cook version of the famed Malabar mutton biryani. Unlike the traditional preparations, this recipe doesn’t involve any elaborate cooking. There are only two main steps involved – One, cooking the meat in a pressure cooker. Two, adding rice cooked with spices to the meat.

If you are a purist, don’t worry! This pressure cooker mutton biryani recipe doesn’t compromise on the authentic flavours. The end result is still a great tasting Kerala mutton biryani.

Jeerakasala rice cooked with whole spices, soaking up the flavours of juicy mutton simmered with onions, spices, mint and coriander leaves – it is a union that you cannot refuse!

Pressure Cooker Mutton Biryani
Pressure Cooker Mutton Biryani

Jeerakasala or Khyma rice is the variety of rice used for cooking traditional Malabar mutton biryani. If you cannot get hold of Jeerakasala rice, you can replace it with Basmati rice.

Bookmark this recipe. This pressure cooker mutton biryani will be a lifesaver (slightly exaggerated, but if you are biryani lover you’ll know what I am saying!) when you crave for a homecooked Kerala biryani.

Picture of pressure cooker mutton biryani in a plate
Enjoy this easy, pressure cooker mutton biryani with some raita and pickle

About this pressure cooker mutton biryani

We’ll start by marinating the mutton pieces with green chillies, ginger, garlic and salt. Most of the cooking happens in the pressure cooker. Onions are shallow fried with other ingredients in the pressure cooker. Marinated mutton is added to the mix. All the ingredients are combined well, and then pressure cooked to perfection.

Check out the recipe notes if you are not familiar with cooking meat in a pressure cooker. Wait for the pressure to drop naturally before opening the lid.

When you open the lid, you’ll see the mutton pieces cooked well, falling off the bones and simmering in the flavourful juices. Rice cooked with whole spices is added to the pressure cooker, and cooked for some more time to complete our delicious, pressure cooker mutton biryani.

If you liked this pressure cooker mutton biryani recipe, don’t forget to check out the following Kerala recipes as well.

Pressure Cooker Mutton Biryani

This pressure cooker mutton biryani is an easy-to-cook version of the famed Malabar mutton biryani. Jeerakasala rice cooked with whole spices, soaking up the flavours of juicy mutton simmered with onions, spices, mint and coriander leaves - it is a union that you cannot refuse!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: brunch, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Kerala
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

For marinade

  • 5 green chillies moderately hot
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons mint leaves roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves (cilantro) roughly chopped

For mutton

  • 1/2 kg mutton medium-sized pieces
  • 5 medium onions thinly sliced
  • 10 green chillies moderately hot (sliced lengthwise)
  • 1 inch ginger finely chopped
  • 10 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves (cilantro) roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • salt

For rice

  • 1/2 kg jeerakasala rice about 2 1/2 cups
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 1 piece star anise
  • 2 cardamom
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 piece mace
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves (cilantro) roughly chopped
  • salt

Instructions

  • Take the green chillies, ginger and garlic mentioned under the marinade ingredients, chop them, and mix well to create a coarse paste.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the mutton pieces, the marinade, and salt.
    Mutton pieces coated with the marinade
  • Add chopped mint and coriander leaves.
    Add chopped mint and coriander leaves to the marinade.
  • Combine well to get the mutton pieces evenly coated with the marinade ingredients.
  • Keep aside to marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Heat some oil in a pressure cooker and shallow fry the onions.
    Shallow fry the onions
  • Once the onions are tender, add sliced green chillies, ginger, garlic, coriander leaves and mint leaves.
    Add the remaining ingredients to the onions
  • Add the mutton pieces, combine well, close the lid and pressure cook till the meat is done.
  • Add 5 cups water in a pot. Add the whole spices and the mint and coriander leaves.
    Boil water with whole spices and mint and coriander leaves
  • Bring to boil.
  • Wash and drain the rice. Add to the boiling water.
  • Cook the rice to 90%. It shouldn't be fully cooked.
    Cook the rice to 90%
  • Open the pressure cooker. The mutton pieces should be cooked well by now.
    Open the pressure cooker and the mutton should be cooked perfectly by now
  • Transfer the almost cooked rice to the pressure cooker.
    Transfer the almost cooked rice to the pressure cooker
  • Add the remaining coriander and mint leaves as a top layer.
    Add the remaining coriander and mint leaves
  • Level the rice so that it evenly covers the cooked mutton in the cooker.
  • Close the lid and cook for 10 more minutes on a low flame (without pressure cooking).
  • Switch off. Keep the cooker closed for another 15 minutes.
  • Serve hot with some raita and pickle.

Notes

Pressure cooking meat

Close the lid, put the regulator weight whistle, and cook on a high flame. When you get the first whistle, reduce to a low flame. Cook for 3-4 more whistles depending on the meat. If you are using meat that is not tender, you might have to cook for a couple more whistles.
Wait for the pressure to release naturally before opening the lid. Do NOT force open.

6 Comments

  1. Usha Vidot

    Hi Arun, when u add the marinated meat to the onion masala in the cooker.. do u add any water at that point ..? Wondering whether the contents would get burnt if water is not added…? Ta

    • The Take It Easy Chef

      Hi Usha,
      Juices from the meat is usually sufficient to pressure cook the mutton. Especially with tender mutton/lamb, we don’t have to add any water. However, I recommend adding a little water (just enough) if you have to cook the mutton for a long time.

  2. Hello Chef,
    I badly want to try this recipe. But very often I find it difficult to cook the biriyani rice perfectly. Most of the time, it turns either over cooked or under cooked. Please share some tips on it.
    Thanks in advance😊

    • The Take It Easy Chef

      Hello Vinsha, Thank you for checking out the biriyani recipe. Did you try this recipe? If not, shall we try once? Stick to the instructions especially keep an eye of the amount of water you use.

  3. Tried this biriyani,it was amazing. Thanks for the recipe.Your measurements are very accurate

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