Srilankan Mutton Biriyani Recipe

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Section A:
mutton pieces – 500gm
vinegar – 1 tbsp
salt – 1 tsp
coriander seeds – 2 tsp
cumin seeds – 2 tsp
black pepper corns – 1 tsp
curry leaves – few
cardamoms – 6
cloves – 4

Section B:
coconut – 1, large
basmati rice – 4 cups
salt – 2 tsp or to taste
rampe leaves – 2 pieces

Section C:
ghee – ½ cup
cashew nuts – 2 tbsp
raisins – 2 tbsp
rampe leaves – 2 pieces
curry leaves – few
onion – 1 cup, sliced
butter – 1 tbsp
cardamom, cloves, cinnamon – 6 each, powdered together
hard boiled eggs – 4
potato wafers – 1 cup

Mix the mutton pieces with vinegar and salt. Roast rest of the ingredients in section A and grind together to a fine powder.
Add to the mutton and set aside.
Grate the coconut and extract 1 cup thick milk and 2 cups of thin milk.
Wash the rice, drain well. Add the thin milk and 5 cups of water.
Add rampe leaves ( in section B ) and salt to taste.
Cook till all the liquid is absorbed. Spread on a wide tray and allow to cool.
Heat ghee (section C) fry cashew nuts and raisins, drain and reserve.
Add rampe, curry leaves and onion to the remaining ghee in the pan.
Fry till onion is golden brown. Add the mutton mixture, fry for 5 minutes.
Add 1 cup of water and simmer till the mutton is cooked and almost dry.
Add the cooked rice to the mutton in the pan. Pour the thick coconut milk on top.
Sprinkle with the powdered spices. Mix gently.
Dot with butter and leave covered on a low flame for 8-10 minutes till the coconut milk is absorbed.
Alternately, place the mutton and rice mixture in a oven proof dish , cover with aluminum foil and bake in a hot oven (200 C) for 20 minutes
Transfer the biryani to a serving dish and serve garnished with fried cashew nuts, raisins, hard boiled egg halves and potato wafers.

Note: Rampe is an aromatic leaf which looks like the leaf of lily plant. It is extensively
used in Srilankan cooking along with curry leaves. It is also known as Panduan or Theoy.
If it is not available, just omit it or use bay leaves as an alternate flavor addition.
Note: Packaged coconut cream may be used instead of thick coconut milk and the same, diluted with water may be used instead of thin coconut milk.

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123 thoughts on “Chicken Biryani

  1. Shikha said on December 6, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    The rice will be raw or half cooked??

  2. k.janaki lakshmi said on September 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    tasty vegetarian curries

  3. Praveen Kumar said on January 2, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    There will not be much of a water left. At step 13 and 14, you can sprinkle the leftover water on top if needed. The rice would have by now absorbed most of the water and will be wet.

  4. Dhanu said on January 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    i didnt understand the 11th point Pressure cook till 3/4ths done and remove. Wudnt the cooker wil have water in it with the rice ?

  5. indugetscooking said on October 23, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Love chicen biryani so much that I can eat it any time of the day! Yumy looing biryani

  6. Praveen Kumar said on October 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Please check out Vegetarian section here –

  7. JYOTIRLINA BISWAS said on October 17, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Please,give me a tasty vegetarian food.

  8. aliasgar said on October 7, 2013 at 3:18 am

    good one

  9. Shema | LifeScoops said on September 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    This chicken biriyani looks divine…made me drool!

  10. Ritesh Budden said on June 20, 2013 at 4:37 am

    i love it! it’s really awsome

  11. Akash Vaidya said on May 24, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Excellent recipe. My wife made this at home and came out yummy.

  12. snehashish nath said on May 21, 2013 at 12:27 am


  13. Hima said on April 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Very nice

  14. B,ARAVIND said on April 13, 2013 at 12:49 am

    a better and good experience

  15. Praveen Kumar said on April 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Please note step 10, the marinated chicken is added to the paste and cooked.

  16. Arun said on April 9, 2013 at 11:44 am

    when do u put the paste made from step 9,

  17. aman said on November 1, 2012 at 4:41 am


  18. aman said on November 1, 2012 at 4:39 am

    fist class

  19. shalini said on October 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    waah waaah taaaliyaaan…

  20. miss.anjali (kolkata) said on May 28, 2012 at 9:58 am

    so so so good dude

  21. miss.anjali (kolkata) said on May 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

    it was so good

  22. supriya said on March 22, 2012 at 12:38 am

    easy and nice recipe

  23. Lily Grace D'Silva said on February 22, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Very Good and simple but tasty Chicken Biryani. Thanks Dominic.


  24. kavi said on January 9, 2012 at 11:13 am


  25. Praveen Kumar said on October 19, 2011 at 12:28 am

    You can increase the quantity for 10 person.

  26. SRI said on October 19, 2011 at 12:20 am


  27. Violeta Paculan said on August 2, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Excellent Recipe,

    i love chicken biryani especially the smell it taste fabulous really delicious. I copied the recipe so that i will learn by myself to prepare so i can share to my loveones.

    thanks a lot.

  28. Akshara said on July 6, 2011 at 8:20 am

    lemme try

  29. Akshara said on July 6, 2011 at 8:20 am

    lemme try

  30. prem said on May 31, 2011 at 1:34 am

    nice recipe………but the language is difficult………..

  31. Uma said on April 24, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Very excellent

  32. swethaishu said on April 12, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Hi this dish is very yummy iam going to try this asap.

  33. Tushar Kanti Dey said on April 10, 2011 at 10:34 am

    This is a good recipe, it will be more delicious if some ghee is mixed with rice before putting into the pressure cooker

  34. nazreena said on March 19, 2011 at 9:26 am

    marniate the chicken about five tablespoon onion paste and ginger garlic paste five tablespoons and curd eight tablesppoons and cashew and almond paste eight tablespoons pepper powder fivetablespoons .

  35. shabbu said on March 8, 2011 at 7:50 am

    It was good….

  36. arun said on February 22, 2011 at 2:39 am

    shortcut way… what about if it has to prepared in a large quantity?? lets say for 10 to 20 peoples???? where i could get that much big pressure cooker…. plz suggest.

  37. Sheeba Aloysius said on February 18, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Biryani should not be made in cooker , the taste will not be good

  38. Mrs. Preeti Tiwari said on February 5, 2011 at 11:55 am

    A mouth watering easily cooked chickenyani for biryani lovers enjoy it

  39. michaelvk said on January 28, 2011 at 3:57 am

    What I feel is 5 glasses of water is too much for 2 cups of rice.Wont the rice become too sticky.

  40. chandrasen said on January 25, 2011 at 11:04 am


  41. Ayesha said on January 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    it tastes wonderful!!!!!!!!!

  42. jagadeeswari said on December 31, 2010 at 8:23 am

    no comment

  43. swathi said on December 30, 2010 at 8:54 am

    very nice

  44. debarati said on December 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Very good

  45. soujanya said on December 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm


  46. ANSHU said on November 11, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    cool and best for beginners!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. satyam said on October 16, 2010 at 8:45 am


  48. satyam said on October 16, 2010 at 8:44 am

    very beautifull recepie

  49. praveen said on October 6, 2010 at 1:05 am

    i very nice to taste……i love chicken biryani

  50. Neha said on September 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    now i used to eat it more than my favourite dishes.

  51. geetha said on September 14, 2010 at 8:16 am

    fine few words should be expland in proper waay ,,becoz tey dnt underst wat dos tat means … simple fine,….

  52. Sandeep Sinha said on August 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    You cant have a flavourful biryani in a pressure cooker….

  53. pradip roy said on August 20, 2010 at 11:09 am


  54. nusrat said on August 14, 2010 at 2:50 am


  55. CHEF SUMAN said on August 9, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    the tastiness of a particular food is in the person’s hand cooks not in the recipes………… so please don’t blame the recipe

  56. CHEF SUMAN said on August 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm


  57. CHEF SUMAN said on August 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm


  58. Issack Rajan said on July 31, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Wah so tasty chicken Biryani Recipe. I will give it a try to know its reall taste.

  59. raj said on July 10, 2010 at 8:49 am

    so bad it’s not taste

  60. shaheen said on July 2, 2010 at 1:59 am

    wow its so easy method to prepare a chicken biryani……..

  61. tausif said on June 30, 2010 at 7:48 am

    i have made at home by seeing this recipe

  62. sridhar said on June 14, 2010 at 8:48 am

    its good and nice recipe for home made biryani

  63. Asha said on June 1, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Of very good standard

  64. kpragalathan said on May 21, 2010 at 5:14 am

    SUPERB But i did,’t try

  65. VEERU said on May 1, 2010 at 5:54 am


  66. shweta said on March 26, 2010 at 7:22 am


  67. chandan said on March 2, 2010 at 9:11 am

    nice hay try kro…..

  68. adsglobe said on February 27, 2010 at 3:59 am


  69. krishna roy said on February 5, 2010 at 4:29 am


  70. Anthonyamma said on February 4, 2010 at 6:52 am

    very tasty

  71. victoria said on January 23, 2010 at 9:23 am


  72. pranav roy said on December 30, 2009 at 11:02 am

    yes,the method is easy, and the biryani will have a good taste….

  73. Issack Rajan said on December 25, 2009 at 12:40 am

    These recipe is very tasty and good. My wife made it well.

  74. sunitha suresh said on December 20, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    wow excellent taste!!

  75. Amla said on December 8, 2009 at 10:21 am

    This is a very good basic recipe. This is how its made in most homes where it is eaten on a daily basis. Only, its not baked in an oven, but the layers are arranged in a deep, preferably aluminium vessel, closed with a lid and sealed with wheat dough to prevent steam escaping. Cook for ten minutes. Its done. I had called in a professional cook to demonstrate a basic Biryani recipe to me once and this is exactly how she did it. You may add saffron soaked in a little milk, about half a glass and pour it on top when done and leave to absorb.

  76. praseeth said on November 29, 2009 at 6:09 am

    this is very good for prople who do not have that patience to cook a dum biriyani..try it!!.. its very good for biriyani substitute..

  77. katrina said on November 26, 2009 at 3:50 am

    giid i have to try it

  78. suho chav said on November 25, 2009 at 9:56 am

    r u really cook? i think, this is new invention of chicken biryani.

  79. Shivani said on November 20, 2009 at 1:16 am


  80. Divya said on November 17, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    this recipe is also good. i tried it myself.

  81. rudzita said on November 9, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    i think i will cook this recipe tonite for my pakistani husband . wish me luck.

  82. DEEPAK said on November 4, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Thanks for such a wonderful & very easy chicken biryani recepy.just double the ingredients for8 to 10 peoples.

  83. Arathi said on October 26, 2009 at 5:35 am

    I never feel that chicken biryani would be too easy which canbe prepared in a cooker..Not an ideal hyd biryani..

  84. Raj said on September 30, 2009 at 5:44 am

    I don’t think this is how Biryani is made…This is simple Chicken n Rice…Poor Recipe…

  85. meenu sankar reddy said on September 18, 2009 at 8:41 am


  86. shruthi said on September 1, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    it tasted good!!

  87. varalakshmi.T.R. said on August 27, 2009 at 4:50 am

    It is very tasty. in my house all.are liking very much.

  88. varalakshmi.T.R. said on August 27, 2009 at 4:50 am

    It is very tasty. in my house all.are liking very much.

  89. Suhani said on July 30, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Simple and the best recipe…….. i’ll surely try once i get married…… thanks

  90. rekha said on July 28, 2009 at 2:26 am

    good i really like this recipe because it is very easy to prepared this recipe.

  91. priya dharshini said on July 8, 2009 at 10:10 am

    its tasty

  92. chaitanya reddy said on July 8, 2009 at 10:05 am

    it is tasty

  93. chaitanya reddy said on July 8, 2009 at 10:04 am

    very tasty

  94. chaitanya reddy said on July 8, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Its an great and delicious chicken biryani which i have never ate

  95. Anand said on July 7, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I can`t get it…… Its not easy for freshers….

  96. mayur said on June 28, 2009 at 5:29 am

    very nice

  97. swetha said on June 24, 2009 at 12:13 am

    too gud, very easy

  98. beenar said on May 27, 2009 at 6:51 am

    very eaisy

  99. lishi said on May 26, 2009 at 10:21 am

    not good n original taste of india is missing

  100. Indian Recipe Video's said on May 22, 2009 at 7:46 am

    What a gorgeous Recipe! So rich, decadent and delicious!. Real yummy!

  101. davinder said on April 25, 2009 at 3:04 am

    it is really very good recipe . by reading only mouth is full of water.

  102. swati dadlani said on April 17, 2009 at 10:11 am

    What I feel is 5 glasses of water is too much for 2 cups of rice.Wont the rice become too sticky.

  103. Nicky said on April 11, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Recipe is good.

  104. Abhishek said on April 11, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Not good for health.I lost my 400 rs after eating .
    This recepie is made for Rich people not for poor like please remove this reccepe from site..

    Kindly reimburs my money

  105. Abhishek said on April 11, 2009 at 11:15 am

    very poor receipe not for poor people

  106. snehal said on April 7, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Not good.

  107. snehal said on April 7, 2009 at 12:08 am

    very bad. no layers of rice.

  108. TandooriBoy said on April 5, 2009 at 3:56 am

    Good work. Now only to look for an oven (Oh Damn! electricity is gone 😉 )

  109. shiv said on March 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I liked it very much, my better half cooked for me.

  110. Lalit Kumar said on February 23, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I like only non-veg. items.

  111. leela said on January 17, 2009 at 3:51 am

    very good

  112. aarti said on December 8, 2008 at 5:14 am

    what kind of flavour difference it has…….it has no kesar and no layers of chawal………sorry

  113. malliswari said on November 19, 2008 at 11:10 am


  114. malliswari said on November 19, 2008 at 11:09 am


  115. Meena said on October 9, 2008 at 12:05 pm


  116. Meena said on October 9, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    I tasted it was very good.

  117. meenu said on September 30, 2008 at 1:38 am

    super! super! super!

  118. meenu said on September 30, 2008 at 1:35 am

    how tasty

  119. anjali said on September 16, 2008 at 2:22 am

    hi i read the recipe that is excellent

  120. abhishek said on April 20, 2008 at 3:55 am

    this is a good recipe

  121. Piyush said on April 19, 2008 at 9:36 am

    with due respect, you need to know the difference between biryani and chicken chawal.

  122. rohit sharma said on March 21, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    i really liked it this one

  123. L.DIANA ANUPAMA said on February 21, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    it wudnt taste so well

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