Thalapakatti Mutton Biriyani

This is our favourite biriyani any time, any day!!!!!!

Mutton: 1/2 kg
Turmeric Powder: 1/4 tsp
Kashmiri Chilly Powder: 1/2 tsp
Salt: 1 tsp
Oil: 1 tbsp
Mix all this, add 1/4 cup water and cook on high in pressure cooker for 6-7 whistles.
Measure the stock and keep aside.
Keep the mutton aside.

Basmati rice: 2 cups
Soak in water for 15 minutes.

Ginger: 1 inch
Garlic: 4 cloves
Green Chillies: 4
Mint leaves: a handful
Grind this in a mixie without adding water. keep it in the jar itself

Onion: 2 chopped
add this to the ground mint paste and pulse for a minute.

Oil: 2 tbsp
Cinnamon: 1
Star Anise:1
Coriander leaves; a handful.
Tomato: 2 chopped
Chilly Powder: 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder; 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala; a pinch
Curd: 1/4 cup
Water: 3 cups (including the stock) 

heat oil in a pressure cooker. Splutter the whole garam masala.
Add the coriander leaves and saute for a minute.
Add the onion mint paste and saute till the raw smell is gone.
Now add the tomatoes and cook till limp.
To this add the chilly powder, turmeric and garam masala and saute for a minute on low flame.
Add the curd and mix everything.
Now add the mutton and the stock and water (stock and water measured together should be 3 cups)
Immediately add the drained basmati rice, required salt and close the lid without keeping the weight.
The flame should be high.
When the steam comes out steadily, keep the weight and count till 20.
Now switch off the stove and leave the kitchen.
Watch 1 episode of F.R,I.E.N.D.S and return to the kitchen. 
and if you dont have F.R.I.E.N.D.S on ur pendrive, dont worry, any sitcom will do... the point is you shouldnt mess around with that pressure cooker for 20-25 minutes.
Now come back, take off the lid and mix the rice.
O yes, the rice will be perfectly cooked!!!! u gonna love me for this tip.
Serve warm with raitas, pickles and papad.

Recipe got from a tasty appetite.


  1. yummy biryani what is meant talappakkatti

    1. i dont know the meaning.... the madurai dindigul style biriyani is called thalapakatti biriyani, just like we have arcot biriyani, ambur biriyani, chettinad biriyani, hyderabadi biriyani, malabar biriyani etc....

  2. this sounds yummy and easy. could we do with chicken also. bookmarked for trying

    1. yes, we can do with chicken. But then no need to pressure cook chicken in the beginning. In the same step where we add mutton in the end, here we add chicken and get it 80 percent cooked before adding the water and rice....but since it is a pressure cooker biriyani, be careful abt the water added... for 2 cups rice, only 3 cups water strictly...... regards, Sojo

  3. Tried this, came out well. My grocer's mutton packet was on the bony side, so I would make it next time with 2/3rd of the rice mentioned here. (So water 1.5 times the uncooked rice as you mentioned above).
    Secondly, I made a large quantity (3 times the measure). The rice & mutton together wouldn't fit in my pressure cooker, so just cooked it on low flame (instead of switching off) for about the same time as you mentioned in a lidded container.