To make biryani masala grind cinnamon,star anise, mace, cloves, cardamom, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, pepper corns, coriander seeds into a fine powder.You can also dry roast the ingredients and then grind.
In a pressure cooker heat equal quantities of oil and ghee,add 2 bay leaves,cinnamon stick and then add sliced onions,required salt and saute until the onions are golden brown.
Then add ginger garlic paste ,Slit Green chilies and cook until the raw smell is gone.then add turmeric powder, Chili powder (as per your spice preference 1-2 tbsp) and also add the freshly ground biryani masala powder(from step 1) and mix it once
Immediately after adding the masalas add sliced tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are soft.It is important to cook the tomatoes well otherwise we will end up with tomato chunks in our biryani. Once the tomatoes are soft add 1/2 cup of yogurt / curd and mix it well
Add the Mutton pieces and also add 1 cup of water, required salt and cook for 4 whistles on a medium heat or until the mutton is cooked perfectly.
Now add a handful of mint and coriander leaves.Add 2 cups of water (the ratio of rice:water for biryani is 2:3,since we have already added 1 cup of water while cooking the mutton it is enough to add 2 cups of water
add the soaked aromatic 'Seeraga Samba Rice' and mix it well.Cover and cook for 15-20 on a medium heat without placing the cooker weight and after that let it stand for 15 more minutes undisturbed.
Open to serve and enjoy our delicious Thalapakatti Mutton Biryani with some fresh Raita. Happy Cooking!!!