Mutton Donne Biryani Recipe

Donne Biryani was originally created by the weaving community in southindia. The recipe I have posted is simple easy to find ingredients. The biryani itself is served in a simple donne (plantain bark  or betelnut tree bark cups) which is hand made or machine pressed. The donne has a very nice aroma when food is served in it. Through out south India you can find people using these cups to serve food in temples and streets this is a biodegradable product.

Donne Briyani can be prepared with mutton or chicken. This briyani is famous all over Bangalore rich or poor everyone enjoys this amazing street food. The intense spices and methi (fenugreek leafs) aroma sets this  amazing recipe apart.

I would suggest people visiting Bangalore, should try this dish specially at shivaji military hotel. I've recreated this unique recipe and I'm sure will be a new recipe addition for all briyani lovers out there. Try my recipe do post your comments...:)

Briyani Masala:
2 Medium Size Onions
6-8 Green Chilies
Fist full Mint and Coriander leafs
2 Tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
2-3 Strands Javithiri
5 Black Pepper Corns
2 Inch Sticks Cinnamon
3 Cloves
3 Cardamom Pods
2 Tbsp Oil
1 Tbsp Ghee
  • Heat a wok add  oil and ghee add the above list of ingredients leaving out the mint and coriander leafs fry till the onion turns transparent then add the mint and coriander and fry all the ingredients.
  • Allow the fried ingredients to cool before grinding to a smooth paste.
  • Add the ingredients to a blender and grind to a smooth paste.
  • Add very little water to grind the masala paste.
Marinate Mutton:
1/2 Kilo Lamb Meat
1 Tsp Chilly Powder
1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 Cup Yogurt
1 Tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • Add the above listed ingredients to the meat and marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.
Lets Prepare Briyani:
  • Heat 2 Tsp oil in a pressure cooker add the marinated meat and fry for 10 minutes add 2 to 3 cups water and salt cover place the whistle  pressure cook till meat is tender for 5 to 6 whistles.
  • Once the mutton has cooked separated the stock and meat set aside.
  • For this recipe we need to use 2 cups seeraga samba rice.
  • Wash the 2 cups of rice thrice drain and set aside.
  • Heat a pressure cooker with 2 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp ghee.
  • Add 2 cloves 1/2 inch cinnamon 2 cardamom and a bayleaf fry a bit.
  • Add the masala paste and fry till oil surfaces.
  • Add the cooked meat to the masala and fry a bit.
  • Add the rice and fry a bit for 3 to 4 seconds.
  • Add 1tbsp  kasuri methi and fry a bit.

  • Measure the mutton stock and water. we need to add 3 cups of liquid for 2 cups rice.

  • Add the liquid to the rice mix well.
  • Add salt as per taste.
  • Add 1/2 lime juice mix all the ingredients well.
  • Bring to a boil and cover place a whistle and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Allow the pressure to reduce before opening the cooker. once the briyani is done mix well and serve hot in a donne with raita and boiled eggs....enjoy...:)

The ratio for this mutton briyani is 1/2 kilo mutton and 1/2 kilo rice. 
liquid measure: 1 cups rice add 1 1/2 cups water.

Recipe demo video...:)


  1. i love biryami, but your video in English my mam can't understand English, please post your video in Tamil also, your ice cream cake nice, keep go

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  3. Hi Vidya, Thanks for this lovely recipe. U made me a Hero last Saturday when I cooked this for few friends and family. I prepared the biryani with half a KG of rice & 1 KG of chicken. Within half an hour's time the Cooker was completly empty.The remaining weekend all I could hear was praise of my Biryani. All Thanks to you.

  4. looks delicious :)

    Mrs Prsanna

  5. hi vidya i am mrs.praveena from dubai.i am a great fan tamilviduoo9.i have tried some of ur recipe especially potato chips & idiyappam recipe which came out very husband liked it so much.i am waiting for more veg recipes from ur side to try.can you show "appam & ari pathri" from NIRAPARA product?.

  6. Hi Vidya, I am RajeshMORE from mysore working in Qatar, i tried your Donne biryani its comes very Great Taste my wife likes your recipes.


  7. Hi vidya, today I tried ur Donne Briyani recipe with chicken it tasted really good thanks for u recipe..... My family liked it a lot....

  8. Vidya,

    Thank you so much for the recipe.
    I always wondered how to make donne biryani.
    I eat it every time i go to bengaluru
    and that is 2/3 times a year.
    i will try this recipe today.

    i also went through your sunday special biryani recipe.

    i had this question for you,
    what is the difference between this recipe and sunday special biryani recipe.( i see the rice is different besides that ).


    1. There is a lot of mint coriander and methi in donne biryani all recipes are not the same its different you can prepare and see how it all tastes all the best...happy cooking...:)

    2. Vidya,

      The biryani came out so well, i loved it.
      I gave myself 9.9/10...
      Could not help myself from finishing the complete dish.

      Thanks once again.

  9. Hi Vidya,

    where can we find seeraga samba rice?


  10. Hi Vidhya,

    I am a foodie and a Banglorean by birth and lived in a neighborhood(KR Puram) where my mom shared and learnt all the recipes from all our south Indian neighbors.

    Stumbled upon this blog when i was looking for liver fry recipe... your recipe is similar to what my mother cooks, and i love it. I tried it out last night and it came very good. Thanks.

    Donne Biryani is one of my favorite, and I cook 3-4 types of biryani but i did not get the recipe for this one. In fact many times I was keeping this donne biryani in mind and trying to cook it, but it turned out to be some thing else.
    I am keen to try this now, I am sure it would come out well just by looking at the color of the biryani in your pics. Thanks again, will update more.


  11. super............. really very gud recipe

  12. Recently i saw your recipe and tried it, biryani came out very well. Thanks a lot for the recipe.
    But in the last stage of cooking the biryani in pressure cooker ended up with little bit of burned rice in the bottom. Please let me know how to avoid it. (I used 450 gram of rice in 5 liter cooker.)

    1. Thank you so much prakash...from house to house the standard of pressure cooker varies all that i can say is practice makes things perfect...try placing the whistle once the pressure is formed and cook until 4 minutes...all the best..Happy cooking...:)

    2. Thanks a lot for the reply. It is my favorite recipe, i will be keep on trying it :)

  13. Hi Vidya Mam,
    Every sunday in my home ur Donne Biryani recipe, My Hubby loves it a lot and congratualtes me each and every time when i prepare. Thanks for the Recipe.Take care and Have a nice day :)

  14. Thanks for posting the recipe.. after we had into the restaurant we planned to prepare it at home without any idea. I came across your recipe and we are going to follow it. Thanks again..

  15. Hi Vidya, Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe. Made it a few times and it comes out well. I have few questions.

    1. Using chicken instead of Lamb. The chicken is getting overcooked. Kindly suggest some tweak.
    Putting the chicken twice in the pressure cooker is taking away all it's juices.
    2. The cooker is getting burnt at the bottom for the ratios mentioned. I saw your response to someone
    who had a similar issue. Will try that.
    3. Please post the recipe for the green sherwa that is served along with it in all these military hotels.

    Thanks again. Enjoyed it.

  16. Hi Vidya,

    Is this shivaji military hotel recipe ????

  17. Looks delicious and I love how easy to follow the recipes are. Would love to try it out.
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  18. Vidya, this must be the nth time I visited your blog for this recipe, though i have it by rote. Just love your presentation. And thank you for sharing this recipe. My husband so loves it that this has become my weekend special every single time.

  19. I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!….. I’ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work restaurant in rajendra nagar

  20. I made this biryani today with chicken..I made it in a hurry as it was unplanned. .
    But the taste was excellent and nobody could stop without a second serving. ..

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  22. Hi Vidya, by any chance do you have the recipe for their pepper dry too. Im a regular visitor to shivaji and since im out of country im missing their dry so badly. I tried your biryani recipe and we all loved it. Please share the pepper dry recipe too if you could. Thanks in advance


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