Lamb Dum Biryani

The other evening I was quite busy with errands and I really did not have much time to spend in the kitchen. However I was mentally prepared during the day that I was going to prepare Lamb Biryani for dinner. This recipe is the most trusted one if you are running late and still you would not want to compromise on the content and and quality of your weeknight dinner. I had lamb in my fridge but it wasย not marinated yet. Still I decided to go ahead with my plans of preparing this biryani; I was not sure though how good it would turn out since I skipped the marination process entirely. However, to my huge surprise when the final product was laid down on the dinner table, it was as gorgeous and delicious as would a biryani cooked in the actual way, which is I agree a little time-consuming. By the end of our dinner not a single grain was left. Hubby and my LO were happily satisfied souls!


For this recipe, the lamb needs to be cooked first using a pressure cooker. We also cook the rice separately until it is 50-70% done. For the final “DUM”, we layer the rice and lamb and cook until the beautiful aroma of biryani will capture and encaptivate your hearts and minds. ๐Ÿ™‚


For the Lamb you will need:

Mutton / lamb – 750 gms

Onions – 3-4 thinly sliced

Garlic – 8-10 cloves

Yogurt – 2-3 tbsp

Black peppercorns – 8-10

Cloves – 8-10

Cinnamon stick – 1 large

Green cardamom pods – 5-6

Red chilli powder – 1 tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1 tbsp

Coriander powder – 1 tbsp

Ground cumin – 1 tbsp

Garam masala powder – 1 tbsp

Goda Masala – 1/2 tbsp (optional)

Salt – as per taste

For the rice you will need:

Rice – 3 cups (washed and soaked for 30 mins)

Cloves – 4-5

Bay leaves – 2-3

Oil / Ghee – 1 tbsp

Salt – as per taste


Heat some oil in a pressure cooker.

Add the thinly sliced onions. Fryย them for a few mins.


Add the peeled garlic cloves. You do not need to chop or grind the garlic, instead add them as whole. They will ultimately melt and cook along with the gravy.

Cook the onions and garlic until golden brown.


Add in the lamb pieces. Mix and saute for around 2 mins.


Add in the yogurt and all the ground spices – red chilli powder, turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, salt and garam masala powder. Goda masala powder is optional. If it is not available, you could also replace it with some Biryani masala powder.

Give everything a good mix and saute for another 2 mins.


Add some water, just enough to cover the lamb pieces. At this point, throw in the whole spices – black peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. Give everything a good mix.


Cover the lid of the pressure cooker. Cook on high until you get the first whistle. Then reduce the flame to low and cook for 20 mins or until the lamb is tender.

After 20 mins, wait until the pressure goes down. Open the lid and check the consistency of the gravy. If it is still watery, cook it down until you get a thick consistency of the sauce. Also check the salt.


For the rice:

Take some water in a pot and bring it to a boil. Add cloves, bay leaves, salt and oil/ghee to the boiling water.

Add the washed and soaked rice. Cook until the rice is 70% done.

Drain the rice.


For DUM:

I usually prefer to put biryanis on DUM in rice cooker. However you can also do it in the oven.

Layer the cooked lamb at the bottom of the rice cooker.


Then add the rice. Layer some chopped coriander leaves on top of the rice. Also add 2 tsp milk and 1 tbsp ghee on top of the rice. Sprinkle on top with some garam masala powder.

Cook it on DUM for around 30 mins.

If you are doing it in the oven, you simply need to layer the meat and rice on a baking dish, cover the baking dish tight with an aluminium foil. Bake in the oven at 180 degree celsius for 30 mins.


Once the biryani is done, let it rest for 10 mins before you open the lid. After you open the cover, give it a gentle mix. Do not overmix.


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Serve Lamb biryani with your favorite raita. I served it with a simple onion and cucumber salad. Enjoy!!















23 thoughts on “Lamb Dum Biryani

    1. Thanks a lot! DUM is a name given to the method of cooking with steam. Biryani is usually a process of layering the meat and rice, and then the vessel is sealed so that the meat and rice can cook together in their own juices with the steam generated inside the sealed vessel. Traditionally this is achieved by sealing the vessel with flour dough. However in modern day cooking this can be achieved in a rice cooker and also in an oven if you cover and seal the baking dish tightly with an aluminum foil. I hope this makes it clear. Thanks for reading๐Ÿ˜ƒ


      1. Thanks so much for the explanation. I really love Indian cooking and am trying to learn as much as I can so I can make dishes at home. Sadly there are no Indian restaurants within a reasonable distance from my home. I love your blog. You give great descriptions with the American names of ingredients. That’s so helpful. Your photos are nice and clear and huge. Easy to see what the process is supposed to look like. Thanks for a terrific blog.

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      2. Thank you so much. I am glad you like my blog and my recipes are being of some help to you. I hope this will help you learn Indian cooking. I try to keep my posts as simple as possible so that its easier for my readers to understand. Thank you again! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day!!


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