Beef biryani

Cooking time: 30 min. / 1 hod. 30 min.Difficulty: easy


This beef biryani I have learnt in one muslim village in Kerala, India. When you moved out of the village for just a few kilometers, cows were sacred there because of hinduism.


Put beef into a pot with turmeric, submerge in water and cook till soft, about 1 hour. If the water evaporates, add some more. To make the process faster, it is good to use a pressure cooker. 

Rinse rice and cook in salted water. Do not cook it completely, just that it is ready from about 4/5.

Heat up oil in a kadai pan, add green chilies and onion. 

When the onion is golden brown, add tomatoes, turmeric, meat curry mix, chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala, garlic, ginger and salt to taste.

In about 3 minutes add beef and warm up. Set aside.

Heat up ghee in a kadai pan. Add bay leaf, anise and coriander seeds. In about 1 minute add green cardamon seeds. In one more minute add cashew and raisins. In 1 more minute stir in 1/4 tsp turmeric and rice. Mix well. When the rice is well done, it is ready. 

Serve with rice at the bottom of a plate with the beef on top. Or you can cover the beef with another layer of rice and create a nice heap.


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For 4 portions:

  • 1/2 kg beef diced
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

For the gravy:

  • 2 large red onions cut on strings
  • 1-2 green chilies sliced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 cm fresh ginger crushed
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp meat curry mix
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 small tomatoes cut on 1/8s
  • 2 tbs oil

For biryani rice:

  • 1/2 kg basmati rice
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp anise
  • 1 coriander seeds
  • 10 green cardamon pods
  • 2 tbs cashew nuts
  • 1 tbs raisins
  • 1/4 turmeric powder
  • 1-2 tbs ghee

Authentic tools needed:

  • rice cooker
  • kadai pan
  • Bay leaves sold from bags on the market in Kumily, India by Authentic World Food
  • Cowboy with his cows in Bhuj, India by Authentic World Food
  • Green cardamon pods sold on market in Delhi, India by Authentic World Food