Malabar Mutton/Lamb Biryani…A Biryani from Northern Kerala

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I had received a request to put up Malabar Biryani recipe from a friend of ours. I have never made any Malabar Biryani nor did I have the recipe. Keeping this in mind, I asked my friend Taha, who belongs to the Malabar region, if he could help me in this regard. He promptly directed me to Safeera H S, who graciously agreed to share her recipe with me.

Safeera is a home maker and a proud mother of two beautiful girls, residing in the United Arab Emirates. During our interactions, I felt that she too shares the passion for cooking. She feels that people from the Malabar region are great cooks and that must be why the Biryani is famous. I made this Biryani following Safeera’s recipe and I was grinning from ear to ear when I saw my boys really enjoying their food. Words are not enough to thank Safeera for the recipe. I intend to trouble my new friend for more such recipes 🙂 Thanks again Safeera… 🙂

Malabar Mutton Biryani

Source: Safeera H S

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Malabar Mutton/Lamb Biryani...A Biryani from Northern Kerala
I had received a request to put up Malabar Biryani recipe from a friend of ours. I have never made any Malabar Biryani nor did I have the recipe. Keeping this in mind, I asked my friend Taha, who belongs to the Malabar region, if he could help me in this regard. He promptly directed me to Safeera H
For Mutton/Lamb
For Rice
For Mutton/Lamb
For Rice
  1. Heat a pan/utensil and add ghee.
  2. When hot, saute the cashewnuts, raisins and onions separately till they turn golden brown. Drain and keep aside.
  3. In the remaining ghee, lightly toast the rice.
  4. Add boiled water and salt. Cover with lid and cook on high flame for 3 minutes.
  5. Tranfer the pan/utensil onto a griddle and cook for another few minutes. Our aim here is to avoid direct heat.
  6. Stir the rice lightly with a spoon, cover and cook for another 5 minutes and switch off the heat.
  7. In another pan, heat oil.
  8. When the oil is hot, add onion along with 1/4 teaspoon salt and saute for a while. Cover with a lid and cook on low heat.Stir in between to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  9. Once the onions turn pink, add turmeric, chilli paste, ginger-garlic paste, sliced tomatoes and lime juice. Mix well, cover and cook on low heat.
  10. Once all the ingredients are well blended, add cleaned and washed mutton with salt and stir well. There is no need to add water.
  11. Cook on low heat with the lid on, till the mutton is 3/4 cooked. Take off the lid and let it cook till there is no moreliquid.
  12. Add garam masala powder and coriander leaves and take off the heat.
  13. Layering:
  14. If you want to have some colour to the biryani, take a bowl of cooked rice and divide into two. Add yellow colour into one part and red colour into the other. Mix well and keep aside.
  15. Take a utensil and spread a layer of rice topped with some lamb.
  16. Sprinkle a pinch of garam masala powder.
  17. Put another layer of rice, followed by mutton. Continue the process and finish off with a top layer of rice.
  18. Add the coloured rice if using. Sprinkle garam masala powder and rose water. Cover the utensil with a lid and seal the edges with atta (dough made of wheat flour) and keep it atop a griddle and cook on low heat for 30 minutes.
  19. Those opting for baking, can take a deep dish and layer the rice and mutton as mentioned above. Cover with an aluminium foil and place on a preheated oven of 180 C and bake for 30 minutes.
  20. Arrange in a dish and garnish with the fried cashewnuts, raisins, onions and chopped leaves.
Recipe Notes

Your Malabar Mutton/Lamb Biryani is ready to be served.. 🙂 You can eat it plain or serve with Raita and pickle.


You can adjust green chillies according to your heat tolerance.

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  1. anonymous says:

    Dear Mareena. thank you for sharing your Malabar mutton recipe. I must admit it’s was a great dish. It was delicious n tasty. Cant get enough. I do intend to prepare it again for some of my friends who are dying to taste it.

    My special guest was happy and enjoyed the meal 🙂

    Thank you Mareena for making my day special with your recipe.



  2. Mareena Jerrish says:

    I was truly hoping that you and your special guest like it.. Great to know that you both enjoyed it. Thanks a lot for the feedback.

  3. Priya Pinto says:

    Dear Mareena,

    Thank you dear for sharing your Malabar Mutton recipe. it was a super-hit and my special gyest was delighted and could not resist the dish.

    I have decided to prepare this dish again for my wonderful friends. cant stop craving about this excellent recipe.

    Thank you again

  4. Priya Pinto says:

    Dear Mareena

    kindly promote and post some more exciting dishes….. so we can make and feed our loved ones 🙂

  5. Mareena Jerrish says:

    What did you have in mind??? If you could suggest what you are looking for, I could post accordingly.. 🙂

  6. divyanakul says:

    This is exactly how i learned to make biriyani from a muslim friend’s mom too. have been doing it for years now and it has never failed me. I sometimes add a paste of khus-khus and cashew in milk, to the mutton. Not sure if it makes a huge difference, but end result is nice 🙂

  7. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Next time I will try that .. Thanks for the suggestion Divya…:-)

  8. Anuradha says:

    Hi Merri..tried this.. delicious..and it’s easy to prepare too..thnx a lot dear..

  9. Mareena Jerrish says:

    You are Welcome Anu..:-) I should be thanking Safeera for the recipe 🙂

  10. Stephly says:

    All I can say is Amaaaazzzzing recipe.. This was my first attempt at making biryani and i’m sooo glad it came out well. This recipe is simple but rich in taste.. 🙂 ..
    If it was sooo tasty wen cooked by an amateur cook like me, OMG I cant imagine the taste wen cooked by expert cooks like u… 🙂

  11. Mareena Jerrish says:

    AWWWW that’s so sweet to hear…I am not an expert expert dear…But really glad that u liked it..Keep it going!!

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