How to make Hyderabadi Biryani -

When it comes to biryanis this stalwart is the first one that pops up in our mind. Succulent mutton chunks – check. Fragrant long grain basmati rice – check, dum cooked – check. This true blue, tried and tested authentic kachchi biryani recipe from Hyderabad has satisfied even the most stringent critics. If you haven’t tried it one yet, your biryani story is incomplete

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Mutton (मटन), Basmati rice (बासमती चावल)

Cuisine : Hyderabadi

Course : Rice

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Hyderabadi Biryani

Hyderabadi Biryani Recipe Card


A biryani from Hyderabad is like its people, exciting, spicy, sweet and tangy – all in one!  Pieces of marinated mutton, long grain basmati rice and fragrant whole spices layered and cooked together on low heat till the meat is tender and falls of the bone and the rice has fluffed up and is soft.  Fried onions or barista, kewra water and saffron strands added to this brings along plenty more aroma and flavour! Sunday brunch or house party – this biryani is fit for any occasion!

Prep Time : 2-2.30 hour

Cook time : 41-50 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Hyderabadi Biryani Recipe

  • Mutton a mix of chops, marrowbone and shoulder pieces 500 grams

  • Basmati rice 1 1/2 cups

  • Salt to taste

  • Bay leaves 2

  • Green cardamoms 10

  • Black peppercorns 25-30

  • Cinnamon 3 inch sticks

  • Oil 1 tablespoon + to deep fry

  • Onions sliced 5 large

  • Caraway seeds (shahi jeera) 1/2 teaspoon

  • Cloves 10

  • Ginger paste 1 tablespoon

  • Garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 tablespoon

  • Yogurt 1 cup

  • Fresh coriander leaves torn 2 tablespoons

  • Fresh mint leaves torn 2 tablespoons

  • Pure ghee 4 tablespoons

  • Black cardamoms 2

  • Saffron (kesar) mix in 1/4 cup milk a few strands


Step 1

Heat five to six cups of water in a deep pan. Add drained rice, salt, bay leaves, five green cardamoms, seven to eight black peppercorns, one cinnamon stick and cook till three fourth done.

Step 2

Drain and set aside. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep-fry half the onion slices till golden. Drain and place on an absorbent paper. Grind caraway seeds, one cinnamon stick, remaining black peppercorns, cloves and remaining green cardamoms to a fine powder and set aside.

Step 3

Take mutton pieces in a bowl. Add ginger paste, garlic paste and salt and mix. Add the spice powder, red chilli powder, half the fried onions crushed, yogurt, coriander leaves, half of the mint leaves and one tablespoon oil and mix. Let it marinate for about two hours in the refrigerator.

Step 4

Heat two tablespoons ghee in a pan, remaining cinnamon and black cardamoms and sauté till fragrant. Add remaining onions and sauté till light golden. Add marinated mutton, stir and cook on high heat for three to four minutes. Cover, reduce heat and cook till almost done.

Step 5

Heat the remaining ghee in a thick-bottomed pan. Spread half the rice in a layer. Spread the mutton over the rice. Sprinkle remaining torn mint leaves. Spread the remaining rice. Sprinkle saffron milk. Cover and cook under dum till done. Serve hot with a raita of your choice.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.