This recipe for Vella biryani is very famous in and around the Coimbatore region. The one thing that comes to mind when someone says vella biryani (white biryani) is the famous biryani from Angannan biryani kadai. Vella biryani is so traditional and unique to our region. The masala is very lite and the biryani itself is very fragrant. I have been fine tuning this recipe for years. Kalpasi (stone flower) and Maratti moggu (kapok buds) is very important for this biryani. Kal pasi has a very rich earthy aroma to it and is very important for this biryani.
Another thing about this biryani is the seeraga samba rice. The short aromatic rice reigns supreme in Kongunad and the regular basmati rice is very rarely used for biryani in this region. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. Soaking is an important step that makes for fluffy biryani. Do not forget to soak the rice.
Note: If you cannot source seeraga samba rice, basmati rice can be substituted. For basmati rice, the water ratio is 1 rice:1.5 water.
Here is Vella biryani recipe my style.
The ground masala is what makes for the flavour of the vella biryani.
Grind all the masala ingredients in a mixie with half a cup of water to a smooth paste. Set aside. Add extra chillies if you want a spicy biryani.
Cook the mutton with two cups of water and a teaspoon of salt for 5-6 whistles. I marinated the mutton for 30 minutes with a tablespoon of raw papaya paste to tenderize the meat. This step is optional but yields extremely soft meat. After 5-6 whistles, open the cooker and check for the meat done-ness. If the meat is not tender, cook for 3-4 whistles more. Set aside.
Heat ghee and oil in a pan and add in the cinnamon, bay leaf, maratti moggu and kalpasi. Saute for a minute.
Add in the sliced onions and the chopped garlic. Lots of chopped garlic is used for this biryani. I have used around 10 cloves of chopped garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes more till the onions are soft.
Add in the tomatoes and the ground masala paste.
Now, add in whole green chillies. I added about 10 whole green chillies. The flavour of chillies gives a nice dimension to this biryani. Do not slice. Just whole chillies. You do not want it too spicy. Just the essence. If you want a spicy biryani, have 3-4 chillies sliced and have the rest as whole. Add in the chopped mint leaves and coriander leaves. Fry for a couple of minutes.
Add in the rest of the salt and the mutton along with the mutton water (stock) used for cooking. Measure the water while adding.
Add in the required water (1 rice : 1.5 water). We have used two cups of rice. We will need four cups of water. (Have the mutton water included in the measurement and add water accordingly.) Let it all come to a boil. Once boiling, add in the soaked and drained seeraga samba rice to the cooker.
NOTE: If you want a really fluffy biryani, use (1 rice : 1.25 water).
Mix well. Cover and cook for exactly two whistles. Switch off the flame and wait for the pressure to release naturally.
Open the cooker and add in a cut banana leaf and cover the cooker and allow it to rest for 10 minutes more. The flavour of banana leaf is unbeatable.
Kongunad Vella Mutton Biryani
Recipe for Kongunad Coimbatore style Vella Mutton Biryani. Recipe very similar to Angannan style Vella Mutton biryani. Recipe with step by step pictures. Measurements used: 1 teaspoon 5 ml 1 tablespoon 15 ml 1 cup approx 240 ml
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 4 persons 1x
- 500 grams mutton with bone
- 2 cups seeraga samba rice
For the masala paste:
- 7 Small onions
- 5 green chillies
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1 inch piece ginger
- 4 cloves
- 1 inch piece cinnamon
- 3 cardamom
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 2–3 tablespoon ghee
- 2 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 inch piece cinnamon
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 maratti moggu (kapok bud)
- 1 tablespoon kalpasi (5–6 small strips)
- 2 onions, sliced
- 10 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 10 whole green chillies
- 10 sprigs of mint, leaves alone
- 5 sprigs of coriander leaves, chopped (stem and all)
- 2 teaspoon salt
- banana leaf to cover rice (optional)
- Cook the mutton with two cups of water and a teaspoon of salt for 5-6 whistles. Set aside
- Grind all the masala ingredients in a mixie with half a cup of water to a smooth paste. Set aside.
- Soak the seeraga samba rice in water for 30 minutes.
Cooking the biryani
- Heat ghee and oil in a pan and add in the cinnamon, bay leaf, maratti moggu and kalpasi. Saute for a minute.
- Add in the sliced onions and the chopped garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes more till the onions are soft.
- Add in the tomatoes and the ground masala paste.
- Add in the whole green chillies, chopped mint leaves and coriander leaves. Fry for a couple of minutes.
- Add in the rest of the salt and the mutton along with the mutton water (stock) used for cooking.
- Add in the required water (1 rice : 1.5 water). Take the mutton stock included during measurement of water. Let it all come to a boil. Once boiling, add in the soaked and drained seeraga samba rice to the cooker.
- Mix well. Cover and cook for exactly two whistles. Switch off the flame and wait for the pressure to release naturally.
- Open the cooker and add in a cut banana leaf and cover the cooker and allow it to rest for 10 minutes more.
- Serve hot!
- Prep Time: 30 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Category: biryani
- Cuisine: Kongunad
45 thoughts on “Kongunad Vella Mutton Biryani”
Tried your recipe to the tee and it came out so delicious! I cooked Mutton biriyani for the first time and it was cooked perfectly! the spices were very well balanced 🙂 Your Muslim Biriyani and Prawn Biriyani are our go to recipes. Now added this vellai Biriyani too 🙂
I love your recipes.. Thanks for making it available
Thank you so much.
Awesome flavour. Aromatic Biryani. Your Thalapakatti biryani and this recipe are fir keeps… forever.. thank you so much
Awesome recipe. For the first time, I got the my briyani right and my whole family love it.
I need mutton kola urundai gravy Kongunadu traditional type.
Hi. I’m a huge fan of your recipes! Just downloaded your app – its awesome! I have a hawkins futura – how would I translate whistles into time for that, for this recipe, do you have any suggestions?
A recipe to be treasured, thanks for this recipe. The flavor brings back lots of memories of Angannan kadai. Tried out with chicken, added a little bit of coconut milk and it came out just perfect. Next time will try with mutton and will get hold of a banana leaf 😊
Thank you very much! Glad you liked it!
Great receipe Suguna !! I take a pride in my cooking and is always appreciated by my friends and family for this skill of mine . This receipe has enhanced my biriyani and thank you for sharing this receipe .
Although I visit a couple of food blogs once in a while, I always come to yours for biryani recipes.. I tried this one and it filled the house with a nice fragrance and tasted delicious.. i had also tried thala Ajith style biryani and that was a keeper as well.. !
Thanks a ton for this wonderful recipie. Tried it today for dinner. Is very delicious and light.
Please clarify one cup rice equals how much Granms of rice
Hi. I will definitely try this biriyani coz my husband every time talks about angannan biriyani. But if I am using chicken what changes should I make. Please tell me
I found this recipe super awesome. It is my family’s fav. thanks for sharing. looking forward!
Mam you know Coimbatore beriyani side dish kachar
This is an awesome recipe…I’m making it today for lunch again.
Tried this as well as your Thalappakatti Biryani .. both came out super delicious .. I am totally new to cooking Biryanis and had flopped several times , but when I tried these two biryanis following your instructions, it came out so well.. that last 20 minutes tip is so useful to get fluffy Biryani .. your blog is so easy to follow . The small small tips you give are so useful .. thank you 🙂
Thank you Diya. Really glad you like the recipes.
It’s a Treasure Recipe. Very well done.
Nice recipe signs giving a good recipe I tried it yesterday awesome can we use coconut milk
Sure. You can.
Thank you for this excellent recipe. Reminds us of angannan biriyani and it was perfect!!!
Thank you Karun!
Tried this recipe and it came out very well.all my family members said it is the best. Tried many of ur recipes and everything came very well..always got appreciation for ur recipes:)
Thank you so much!
I tried this recipe and per my family this is the best biryani they ever had.
Thank you so much. Really glad that you liked the recipe. Happy cooking!
Thank u so much for this recipe. It came very nice
Glad you liked the recipe. Happy Cooking!
Madam cooking for two whistles in medium flame or high flame?
medium flame always for biryani!
Thank you mam
I am using induction stove
Kindly tell me the temperature. Or Watts. Setting to cook biriyani
superb recipe!! can i use the same style for nattukozhi biryani too?
Akkaa Semma semma ka.. Finally chefs magical hand is shown.. Lots of kisses to your magical hands ka. Akka thanks a lot for taking lots of effort in teaching us the best n yummy recipes ka… Vella biryani is yummy o yummy ka. With lotts of love.
Thank you so much.
Am following your blog for quite a long time…All your recipes are awesome..loved your thalapakatti biriyani recipe especially,it came so nice when tried…keep rocking as always….all the best