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Beef Biryani

Updated: May 21

Beef Biryani

Total cooking time

40 minutes



Number o servings


Beef Biryani is a delectable and aromatic rice dish that combines succulent pieces of beef with fragrant basmati rice and an array of spices. It is a beloved and popular dish in South Asian cuisine, particularly in countries like India and Pakistan. This flavorful one-pot meal is perfect for special occasions or gatherings, and it will surely impress your family and guests with its rich flavors and enticing aroma.

To prepare Beef Biryani, you will need a variety of ingredients that come together harmoniously to create a truly satisfying dish. Let’s go through the ingredients and the step-by-step process to make this delightful meal.

  1. Beef: Choose tender cuts of beef, such as boneless cubes or thinly sliced pieces, that are suitable for cooking in a biryani. The quality of the beef will greatly influence the final taste and texture of our biryani.

  2. Basmati Rice: Basmati rice is a long-grain rice known for its distinctive aroma and flavor. It is an essential component of any biryani recipe. Rinse the rice thoroughly to remove any excess starch before cooking.

  3. Spices: A blend of aromatic spices is the heart and soul of a flavorful biryani. Commonly used spices include cumin, coriander, turmeric, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and bay leaves. These spices infuse the meat and rice with their distinctive flavors.

  4. Onions: Thinly slice onions and caramelize them to add a touch of sweetness and depth of flavor to the dish. The caramelized onions give the biryani a rich and savory taste.

  5. Tomatoes: Ripe tomatoes add a tangy element to the biryani. Chop them finely and cook until they release their juices and blend with the other ingredients.

  6. Yogurt: Yogurt is used to marinate the beef, adding tenderness and creaminess to the meat. The yogurt also acts as a natural tenderizer.

  7. Ginger and Garlic: Freshly minced ginger and garlic bring a zesty and aromatic flavor to the biryani. They complement the other spices and enhance the overall taste.

  8. Fresh Herbs: Chopped cilantro (coriander) and mint leaves are added to the biryani for freshness and a pleasant aroma. These herbs add a vibrant touch to the final dish.

  9. Ghee or Oil: Ghee, which is clarified butter, or oil is used for frying the onions and cooking the beef. Ghee lends a rich and buttery flavor to the dish.

  10. Nuts and Raisins : Fried nuts, such as cashews, and raisins can be added as a garnish to provide an extra layer of texture and sweetness.

Method of preparing biryani :

  1. Cook the rice: Rinse the basmati rice under cold water until the water runs clear. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add the rice along with whole spices like cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and bay leaves. Cook the rice until it is about 70-80% done, as it will continue to cook when layered with the beef. Drain the rice and set it aside.

  2. Frying cashew nuts and raisins : In a separate pan, heat ghee or oil over medium heat. Fry cashew nuts and raisins.

  3. Prepare the caramelized onions: To the same pan, add thinly sliced onions and cook them slowly until they turn golden brown and caramelize. Stir them occasionally to ensure even browning. Caramelized onions provide a rich and sweet flavor to the biryani. Once done, remove the onions from the pan and set them aside.

  4. Cooking of beef : Cook the beef over medium-high heat until it is browned on all sides. This will help seal in the juices and enhance the flavor. As the beef cooks, the yogurt marinade will blend with the spices, creating a delicious sauce. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they soften and release their juices. The tomatoes will further enhance the flavors and add a tangy element to the dish.

  5. Mixing of Biryani : Mix the pressure cooked beef curry with the boiled basmati rice.

  6. Garnishing of Biryani : And coming to the last and final stage, garnish this delicious biryani with fried cashew nuts, raisins, coriander leaves and caramelized onion.

Beef Biryani is a labor of love, requiring time and attention to detail. However, the end result is a delicious and satisfying dish that will bring joy to your family and guests. Enjoy the rich flavors, tender meat, and aromatic rice in this classic South Asian delicacy.


  1. Basmati Rice – 3 cups

  2. Beef, cut into cubes – 500g

  3. Chopped onions – 4 ( 3 for beef curry and 1 for rice )

  4. Chopped Tomatoes – 2

  5. Curd – 1 cup

  6. Ghee – 4 tablespoon

  7. Oil – 2 tablespoon

  8. Lime juice – 1 tablespoon

  9. Cinnamon, 1″ piece – 2

  10. Cardamom – 6

  11. cloves – 6

  12. Salt – as needed.

To ground :

  1. Green chillies – 3

  2. Ginger pieces – 1 tablespoon

  3. Garlic pods, chopped – 1 tablespoon

  4. Coriander powder – 1 tablespoon

  5. Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

  6. Bay leaf – 1

  7. Fennel seeds – 1 teaspoon

  8. Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

  9. Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup

  10. Mint leaves – 1/4 cup

To garnish :

  1. Cashew nuts – 15

  2. Raisins – 15

  3. Onion, sliced vertically – 1

  4. Coriander leaves, finely chopped – 2 tablespoon

Method of preparation

  1. Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes and then drain in a colander.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoon each of ghee and oil and fry the ground ingredients in a pressure cooker.

  3. Add 3 chopped onions and stir for 2 minutes.

  4. Once the color of onion is changed, add chopped tomatoes.

  5. When the tomatoes are cooked and oil separates, add the beef pieces to it.

  6. Stir till the gravy dries up.

  7. Pour curd and salt to taste and close the pressure cooker.

  8. Now, pressure cook the beef for 3 to 4 whistles.

  9. Wait till the pressure is released naturally and then keep the cooked beef aside.

  10. Now add 2 tablespoon of remaining ghee in a large biryani pot and fry the cashew nuts, raisins and vertically sliced onions one by one.

  11. Keep the cashew nuts, raisins and caramelized onions aside to garnish.

  12. To the same ghee, add cardamom, cloves, bay leaf and cinnamon.

  13. Then add 1 chopped onion and sauté well.

  14. Now add 4.5 cups of water, lime juice and 1.5 teaspoon of salt and allow the water to boil.

  15. Then add basmati rice, which was kept aside.

  16. When the rice starts to boil, cover the pot with a lid and cook on low flame till the water evaporates completely and the rice turns soft and dry.

  17. Now using a fork, mix the biryani beef curry with basmati rice.

  18. Once mixed, garnish the beef biryani with fried cashew nuts, raisins, onion and coriander lees.

  19. Cover and keep it hot in basket of hay till it is served.

  20. Transfer the rice to a serving bowl and you can microwave for a piping hot biryani.

  21. Serve the beef biryani with raita’s, dates pickle and pappad.

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