Lamb Biriyani

This recipe makes an southern Indian (Tamil) style lamb biriyani that has been adapted to a more western audience (a bit less spicy) and can be made with either lamb or mutton. Best served with a sauce such as an onion raitha.



  1. Wash the rice till the water turns clear and let the rice soak for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Chop the tomatoes down into tiny cubes and the onions into julienne slices. Grind the ginger and garlic into a paste.
  3. For the green chili slice it midway to maintain it in one piece.
  4. In a big pot, add 30 ml of neutral oil and toast the spices for 30 seconds on medium heat.
  5. Add the onions and saute for around 3 min.
  6. Add the tomatoes, ginger and garlic paste and saute for another 3 minutes.
  7. Add the mutton / lamb and 2 cups (500ml) of water. Add one tbsp of salt.
  8. Turn the heat up to high and add the green chili, turmeric powder, chili powder and 2 tbsp of salt and let the mutton cook for about 40 to 50 minutes.
  9. Ensure that the pot does not run out of water and top up with more if required.
  10. Add about 2 cups of water or to about 800 gm of water in the pot while accounting for water left in the pot (1:2 ratio of rice to water).
  11. Once boiling again, Add the rice, garam masala and lemon juice / vinegar to the pot.
  12. Once 80% of the standing water has evaporated, turn to the heat down to as low as possible and check the salt and spice levels and add more as required.
  13. Now with a lid on, let the pot simmer for another 10 minutes.
  14. Serve with onion raitha and boiled eggs and garnish with coriander or mint sprigs.



Recipe tags: lamb mutton indian

Recipe posted on: 2021-03-24, last edited on: 2021-03-24, written by: Sylvain Gauthier