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Ambur Mutton Biryani Recipe

Ambur mutton biryani recipe is a popular biryani made with onions, tomatoes, yogurt and spices in dum style.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Servings 5 -6
Calories 600 kcal


For the mutton:

  • 1 kg mutton pieces cleaned and washed well
  • 5-6 tbsp oil
  • 2-3 large cinnamon sticks dalchini
  • 4-5 cloves loung
  • 4-5 cardamoms elaichi
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds shahi zeera
  • 4-5 large onions finely sliced
  • 3 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander leaves
  • 4-5 large tomatoes finely chopped
  • salt - to taste
  • 7-8 dried red chillies soaked and made into a paste
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 ½ cups beaten yogurt
  • 3 tbsp mint leaves

For the rice:

  • 1 kg rice ordinary/basmati
  • water for boiling
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds shahi zeera
  • salt - to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp ghee


For the mutton:

  • Firstly, take a cooking vessel or pressure cooker, into it add oil and heat it.
  • Add a tbsp of yogurt into it.
  • Add cinnamon sticks, cardamoms, cloves, caraway seeds into it and saute.
  • Add chopped onions into it and mix well and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add half a bunch of coriander leaves into it and mix well.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute well to get rid of raw smell.
  • Add mutton pieces into it and roast well until mutton color changes.
  • Add salt, mix and cook for few minutes.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add turmeric powder and mix.
  • Add dried red chilli paste into it, mix and cook for few seconds.
  • Add beaten yogurt into it, mix it well and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add mint leaves into it and the rest of the coriander leaves and mix.
  • Add about 2 cups of water and mix.
  • Cook the whole mutton mixture well until the mutton gets tenderized or pressure cook the mutton mixture.

For the rice:

  • When the mutton is about to tenderize prepare the rice with the following steps.
  • In a cooking vessel, add water and salt.
  • Add whole spices such as cardamoms, cinnamon stick, cloves, caraway seeds.
  • Add a tbsp of oil into it.
  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • Add rice into it and cook until it is 70% done.
  • Strain the rice.

For the dum:

  • When the mutton is cooked completely, transfer the strained rice into the cooked mutton mixture, mix the rice with the mutton.
  • All little oil all over the rice and mutton mixture.
  • Add ghee and lemon juice all over the biryani.
  • Cover the lid tightly.
  • Switch on the stove.
  • Place a tawa.
  • Heat the tawa.
  • Place the vessel on the tawa.
  • Dum the biryani for about 20 minutes on low flame.
  • Place any weight on the vessel to not let any steam out.
  • Serve the biryani with any raita!!!


1.Ambur biryani does not take any ghee and lemon juice but I have made certain changes to the recipe and added them. These ingredients can be skipped.
2.Adding oil in biryani recipes is necessary as the biryani turns out dry if not added as required.
3.Placing a tawa is essential as the biryani may burn at the bottom if the tawa is not placed.
4.If basmati rice is used for this biryani then soak it for half an hour to 45 minutes before cooking the rice.


Nutrition Facts
Ambur Mutton Biryani Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 600
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.