Mutton Dum Biryani Recipe Hyderabadi, How To Make Mutton Dum Biryani

Mutton Dum Biryani Recipe is again a different variation of mutton biryani where the mutton is dum cooked and is almost similar to Hyderabadi Biryani and it is also a hyderabadi mutton dum biryani recipe.

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            This mutton dum biryani recipe is cooked with the help of the steam itself but here long marination is not required and placed on dum with tightly sealed and more spices have been included.

                     Here I have used raw papaya paste to tenderize the mutton and did not marinate the mutton for a long time. The recipe requires less time as meat tenderizers help in cooking the biryani fast and selection of fresh red meat is very important for perfect biryani and fresh biryani.


In my hyderabadi mutton biryani recipe  earlier I have not used the tenderizer and marinated for a longer time but not everybody can wait for such a long time to cook.

So here is the mutton dum biryani recipe which does not require patience and can be cooked quite easily just with the help of a tenderizer. Every biryani recipe requires fried onions and here is the recipe on how to fry onions for biryani recipe.

 If tenderizer is not added and directly placed the biryani for dum then the mutton inside the biryani would remain harder. So while making mutton biryani in dum method there are certain points that should be kept in mind.

If tenderizer is not added then it is better to follow my hyderabadi mutton biryani recipe procedure. If meat tenderizer is added then follow the details mentioned in this recipe.

Biryani recipes be it chicken or mutton can be made in various ways and in hyderabad for dum method we say as kachhi yakhni biryani or kachhe gosht ki biryani and if the mutton is cooked before to make biryani then it is called as pakki yakhni biryani.


Yakhni is the mutton marinade or the masala gravy in the biryani.

Biryani is all about spices and flavor and a mix of many ingredients. Biryani making appears to be a long process but I feel making biryani is the easiest and simple once we get hold of the technique in making it.

                              The meat tenderizer makes the mutton so soft that the mutton piece just melts in your mouth and this is way the dum biryani is made in restaurants and you can buy meat tenderizers from market if raw papaya is not available.

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 Lets take a look at how to make mutton dum biryani recipe hyderabadi with detailed instructions:

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Mutton Dum Biryani Recipe Hyderabadi
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Mutton Dum Biryani Recipe - a special rice delicacy made with mutton and rice...
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Hyderabadi
Serves: 5-6
For The Marination:
  • 1 kg mutton cleaned and washed well
  • salt - to taste
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 green cardamoms
  • 4-5 black pepper corns
  • 2-3 cloves
  • ½ tsp jaiphal powder(nutmeg)
  • ½ tsp javitri powder(mace)
  • 2 tbsp green chillies paste(paste made by adding a pinch of salt)
  • 1 bunch of freshly chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 bunch of freshly chopped mint leaves
  • 1 tsp raw papaya paste
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 cup of deep fried onions
  • 2 cups of yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon extracted juice
  • 2 tbsp oil
For The Rice:
  • 5 cups of rice(600-700 gms approx...)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tsp caraway seeds
  • 3-4 black pepper corns
  • 1-2 cloves
  • salt - to taste
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • water for boiling rice
Other ingredients(Seasoning the Dum):
  • 1 tbsp desi ghee
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ¼ cup saffron flavored milk(saffron mixed with the milk)
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint leaves for garnishing
  • 1-2 tbsp of deep fried onions for garnishing
  1. Firstly, in a large vessel, add washed mutton pieces, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste.
  2. Into the marinade add cinnamon stick, cardamoms, cloves, black pepper corns, nutmeg powder, mace powder and mix well.
  3. Add green chilli paste, mint leaves, coriander leaves, crush the deep fried onions and add into it.
  4. Mix the whole mixture well.
  5. Add raw papaya paste, add oil and mix it well.
  6. Rest this marinade aside for about 1 hour.
  7. After marination add beaten yogurt into the marinade, add garam masala powder, add lemon juice and mix well.
For The Rice:
  1. Wash basmati rice and soak the rice in water for about 40 minutes.
  2. In a cooking pot, add water generously for about 10-12 cups or more than that.
  3. Add salt into it.
  4. Add whole spices that are cinnamon, cardamoms, caraway seeds, cloves and black pepper corns.
  5. Add oil and lemon juice into it.
  6. Mix it well.
  7. Bring the water a boil.
  8. Add the soaked rice into the boiling water.
  9. Cook the rice until it is 60-70% done.
  10. Strain the rice completely and put it aside.
For The Dum Procedure:
  1. Take a cooking pot in which Biryani is cooked.
  2. Coat the base of the pot with oil.
  3. Add the mutton marinade into it and spread it evenly.
  4. Add the rice over the marinade and spread it evenly.
  5. Over the rice season it with saffron flavored milk, mint leaves, corinader leaves.
  6. Add lemon juice all over.
  7. Add crushed onions all over the rice.
  8. Top it with some desi ghee.
  9. Smear oil all over.
  10. Cover the lid and seal it tightly with a dough or put heavy weight on the lid.
  11. Switch on the flame.
  12. Place a skillet/tawa on the flame.
  13. Place the cooking pot on the tawa.
  14. Dum the biryani for about 15 minutes on high flame.
  15. Reduce the flame to sim and dum the biryani for about 35 minutes on sim flame.
  16. Switch off the flame.
  17. Dig the biryani from one side of the corner.
  18. The biryani should be taken out with a spatula from the bottom to the top.
  19. Serve the mutton dum biryani with raita!!!
1.Adding raw papaya paste works as a meat tenderizer and is usually added to mutton dum biryani.
2.If raw papaya paste is not available then meat tenderizers are easily available in super markets.
3. If the tenderizer is not added to mutton then the mutton does not become soft while giving dum.
4.If tenderizer is not used then mutton has to be marinated for about 4-5 hours.
5.Spices such as mutmeg and mace are totally optional.
6.Placing a tawa below the dum pot prevents the biryani from burning at the bottom.
7.Adding oil in steps does not make the biryani dry.
8.Desi ghee gives the fragrance to the biryani.
9.Spices added can be increased or reduced according to one's taste.


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  1. Uzma says

    Dum biryani was awesome…yesterday i tired it 4 the first time …al the measurements everything whr so perfect …u just need to close ur eyes n just follow the instructions….perfect 100

    • asiya says

      Thank you so much…This has been the best feedback so far…Thanks a lot Uzma for trying out the biryani and giving such a wonderful compliment…Indeed its the perfect hyderabadi dum biryani….

  2. azeem says

    Hi Asiya

    I tried the chicken biryani with the procedure you explained. It was so perfect that I had to eat the whole biryani in 2 installments afternoon and night.And the saddest part of all is there is no one to share my biryani at that time else I would have got lot of compliments. I missed them all.

    Now I am writing here because I just wanted to prepare mutton biryani in the same way. As the above comment suggests that all the ingredients are so perfect I have to give it a try.

    Thank you so much

    • asiya says

      Haide we do not need to cook the marinated mutton since we are marinating it for few hours and also in this recipe raw papaya paste acts as a great tenderizer so do not worry about cooking it as it also tenderizes completely during dum…

  3. prashansa says

    Hi thank you for the recipe! I am just trying it out. I don’t have access to raw papaya or meat tenderiser. I have marinated the mutton overnight. Do you think I can still use it raw for the biryani or would it be risky? Thanks a ton!

  4. Kantha ruban says

    Asiya, tried it for the first time and it turned out to be very good, thanks for such nice recipe, I used vinegar to tender the meat since raw papaya was unavailable

    • asiya says

      Thanks for your feedback Kantha Ruban, I am glad you tenderized it with vinegar and you can also do it with lemon juice if vinegar is not available but make sure it is marinated for longer time…

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