Mutton Keema Kofta Biryani Recipe

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This Keema Kofta Biryani recipe is one of our favourite mutton keema recipes. With just an extra step of making the mutton keema koftas, this Keema Biryani recipe comes together as a wholesome meal for the whole family. Here, I have shared the more elaborate version of making the luxurious Kofta Biryani which can be a meal fit for the kings.

For those who are running short on time and energy but need to serve something extra special at the dinner table, I have included a quick version of making this Mutton Keema Goli Biryani in this blog post. Ingredients are the same but can be easily made into a one-pot rice biryani.

Mutton Keema Kofta Biryani

Ultimate Mutton Keema Kofta Biryani recipe for all the Biryani lovers

If you are a biryani lover or you know one, then you have to try this mutton keema recipe where biryani has delicious mutton keema kofta balls in it. This is one of those biryani recipes which are a true labour of love but once you serve, everyone would end up licking their plates clean. That’s my promise.

Don’t want to sound bragging but some of our relatives still reminisce about enjoying this mutton keema kofta biryani at my place!

Without much delay, I want to get you my way of making mutton keema koftas and then layering them with perfectly cooked basmati rice to make the most delicious and flavourful mutton biryani.

Tips to make the most flavourful Mutton Keema Goli Biryani

  • Be patient with the BerestaBeresta is the fried onion which you often see used in Mughlai, Awadhi or Persian recipes. Here finely sliced onions are fried till golden and crispy on a very gentle flame. Here, the important thing to keep in mind is that the sliced onions should be submerged in oil while frying and the heat should be gentle. Once they get the golden-brown hue, take them out of the oil and lay them out on an absorbent paper. They will turn crispy and ready to be used
  • For the best mutton keema koftas, the secret lies in the fat – Ask your butcher to add some pieces of fat to the meat while grinding it. It is this fat which would give maximum flavour to the koftas and subsequently to the biryani
  • Keep the recipe a bit undercooked – My personal way of ensuring perfectly cooked Basmati rice for biryani is to stop cooking just when the rice gets one boil. Remove from heat and drain the water. Let the rice sit in the sieve for a few minutes before layering it up with gravy and other ingredients of the biryani. This way you will get the perfectly cooked rice in your biryani
  • Be very generous with Ghee – Ghee brings flavour and aroma to your Biryani so if you want it to be perfect, this might not be a good time to be counting calories
  • A true labour of love – While I prefer cooking one-pot quick meals, this mutton keema biryani recipe needs time and effort to turn out to be the best possible version of mutton keema kofta biryani that you would ever eat. So plan it out ahead and keep your schedule clear of any other tasks when you are up to making this

I have included the recipe in great detail below here in the recipe card. You will find the list of ingredients that went into the making of this along with the steps that I followed. A little scroll below that you will find serving ideas for this mutton kofta biryani and a few more rice-based dishes from my Blog.

Mutton Keema Kofta Biryani Recipe
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins

This Keema Kofta Biryani recipe is one of our favourite mutton keema recipes. With just an extra step of making the mutton keema koftas, this Keema Biryani recipe comes together as a wholesome meal for the whole family. Here, I have shared the more elaborate version of making the luxurious Kofta Biryani which can be a meal fit for the kings.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Biryani Recipe, Eid Special Recipes, Mutton Recipes, Rice Dishes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Priyanka
For Beresta –
  • 2 Onion large, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp Refined Sunflower Oil
For Meatballs –
  • 500 gms Minced Mutton Meat
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger
  • 6 Garlic finely chopped
  • 1 Green Chilli finely chopped
  • Salt as per taste
  • Pepper
For Rice
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 2 Bay Leaf
  • 2 Green Cardamom
  • 5 Cloves
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Refined Sunflower Oil
For Gravy –
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 2 Onion large, finely chopped
  • 3 Tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Biryani Masala Powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder as per taste
Layering –
  • Finely chopped Mint leaves & Coriander leaves
  • Ghee
  • Green Chilies
  1. Make the beresta by frying the sliced onions on low heat till they turn golden brown. Once done, take them out and allow them to cool
  2. Boil the rice till its 75% done along with the spices. Drain the water and keep it aside
  3. Prepare the meatballs by mixing all the ingredients. Divide it into smaller portions and roll them into balls. Shallow fry them till they turn golden
  4. After they are done, take them out and keep aside
  5. In the same pan, add some ghee. Now add the chopped onion and cook till they loose the raw smell. Now add rest of the ingredients and saute
  6. As it releases oil, add water and make the gravy
  7. Drop the fried meatballs and let it simmer for 5-6 minutes
  8. Now remove half of it in another bowl. Add half of the boiled rice on top of the gravy. Spread it evenly.
  9. Put a layer of herbs and beresta
  10. Add some ghee & green chilies

  11. Now again add rest of the gravy and repeat
  12. Allow this to cook on very low heat for 10-15 minutes
  13. Serve hot

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

How to make one-pot Mutton Keema Kofta Biryani

  1. Make the mutton keema meatballs and keep them aside
  2. Prepare the gravy as per the instructions here. Once it is ready, gently place the meatballs in it. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes on medium flame. 
  3. Next, wash the rice and drop it in the gravy. Give everything a very gentle mix. 
  4. Add water to this. The ratio of water to rice should be 2:1
  5. Cover the pot and let it cook till the rice is done and there is no water left
  6. Open the pot lid and using a form loosen the rice
  7. Top it with finely chopped mint and coriander leaves, green chilies and serve

How to serve this very delicious Mutton Keema Biryani ?

Perosnally I find this Keema Kofta Biryani quite a meal on its own. At best a bowl of chilled yogurt raita on the sides would be great. However you can reserve a portion of the gravy as salan to go with it.

Few more Rice & Biryani recipes from my Blog

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Indian Food Blogger Priyanka Bhattacharya

Hi! I’m Priyanka!

A passionate home cook and food lover who loves nothing more than sharing my favourite recipes with the world.


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