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Famous Dindigul Biryani - South Indian Mutton Biryani/Chicken Biryani Recipe

Updated on December 9, 2014
Famous Dindigul Biryani -  South Indian Mutton Biryani
Famous Dindigul Biryani - South Indian Mutton Biryani

Whenever I think of traditional south Indian mutton biryani or chicken biryani my mind immediately pictures the tasty Dindigul biryani .The biryani, made with small grain rice , has a distinct brown color and an appetizing aroma .

Dindigul is a town in south india that is famous for its biryanis and you can find hot biryani making brisk business from 7 am.There are many popular hotels like Thalapakatti Hotel and Venu Hotel that specialize in making the distinct tasty dish.You will find people waiting to buy take away and stop over en route while travelling .

My in-laws are from Dindigul and I was fascinated by the way by husband's aunt prepared the biryani ,that matched in taste to the one you find at the famous hotels,when she hosted a party for us as newlyweds. I immediately asked her for the recipe and she was kind enough to share it and this recipe has become one of my favorite ones for special feasts that always impresses my guests too.

I am happy to share the recipe here for you to make and savor the traditional Dindigul Biryani at home.

I usually do the biryani using the ingredients without measuring by way of practice but I weighed them before doing this time to give an idea ,to those who are trying it for the first time, how much to use.

Image credit :Myself - Photo of mutton biryani prepared by me.

  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
  • Yields: 4


  • chicken/mutton - 500 gms
  • short grain seeraga samba rice --350 gms - 2 cups
  • small onions - 100gms - 3/4 cup {Pulse the small onions and garlic in the mixie to chop them fine.Grind ginger to paste.}
  • garlic --- 20 gms - 8 nos
  • ginger --20 gms - 2 inch piece
  • green chillies -20 gms - 6
  • mint leaves -20 gms -2 fists
  • coriander leaves - 10 gms - 1 fist
  • refined oil - 35 gms - 1/4 cup
  • ghee -35 gms - 1/4 cup
  • curds --80 gms - 1/2 cup
  • coconut - 40 gms - 3/4 cup
  • lime -- 1/2
  • Biryani masala powder- 1 Tbsp {Make into fine Powder - 4 cinnamon,13 cloves,7 cardamom }
  • cinnamon - 2
  • cloves - 4
  • cardamom - 3
  • water -- 4 1/2 cups {add 1/2 cup more if it is old rice}


  1. Heat oil+ghee.Add cinnamon,cloves and cardamom.
  2. Add chopped mint and coriander leaves followed by slit green chillies.
  3. Add small onions,garlic and ginger and saute for few minutes till onion color changes and you can see the oil separate.
  4. Add the mutton/chicken pieces ,mix and fry till meat changes color.
  5. Add the curds,Biryani masala powder made into a paste with water and mix.
  6. Add ½ cup water and salt to taste .
  7. Cover and pressure cook for one whistle after keeping weight if you are using chicken and 2-3 whistles if it is mutton.
  8. Wash rice and keep it aside.
  9. Take coconut milk from the coconut gratings adding about 2 cups of water.
  10. Once the pressure releases separate the chicken/mutton pieces from the gravy.
  11. Measure the gravy and add coconut milk and if needed water to make the liquid amount to 4 ½ cups.
  12. Now the final stage - you can make the biryani in the rice cooker or pressure cooker.
  13. If using the rice cooker just mix the chicken/mutton pieces ,rice and measured gravy.Add ½ lime juice and salt to taste and press the cooking button.Do not disturb after the cooking is over and let the biryani be in keep warm mode for 10 - 15 minutes before opening.
  14. When using the pressure cooker mix all together as for doing in the rice cooker and let it come to a boil.Stir in between and when 90% of the water is absorbed close lid,put weight and keep in sim for 10 minutes.Off the flame and open cooker after the pressure subsides.
  15. Serve the hot and tasty biryani with onion raita and dalcha{ gravy made with dal and mutton/chicken pieces}.

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Panasonic SR-G06FG Automatic 3.3 Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker (Silver)
Panasonic SR-G06FG Automatic 3.3 Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker (Silver)

Cooking made easy ! Just add all the ingredients and let it cook to perfection.

This is the rice cooker I use to turn out tasty mutton biryani.



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