Beef Biryani

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Servings 
4

This rich and aromatic meal is one of the most delicious amongst the rice dishes. Tender morsels of steak cubes cooked in a beautifully thickened spicy gravy, served over fragrant basmati rice makes the beef biryani a meal to remember.

Ingredients
500 gm
steak - preferably rump steak or fillet, cubed
(marinate the steak overnight in the ingredients for marination below)
Marination Ingredients
1/2 cup
fresh plain yoghurt, whipped
1 tsp.
salt
1 tbsp.
oil
1 heaped tsp.
ginger paste
1 heaped tsp.
garlic paste
1 tbsp.
tomato puree/paste
1 tsp.
whole jeera/cumin
pinch of saffron
1 tsp.
red chilli powder/chilli flakes
5
black pepper
2
cloves
2
cardamom
juice of half a lemon
2 tbsp.
chopped coriander
1
green chilli, chopped
1
bay leaf
1/4 tsp.
turmeric powder
Masala Ingredients
4 tbsp.
oil
4
onions, sliced and fried until golden, then crushed
3
tomatoes, cubed
1/4 tsp.
garlic paste
1/4 tsp.
ginger paste
1
cinnamon stick
2
green chillis, chopped
1/4 cup
fresh plain yoghurt, whipped
1 tbsp.
tomato puree/paste
1 tsp.
sugar
(to cute the acidity from the tomatoes)
2 1/2 - 3 cups
water
4
potatoes, peeled and quartered, then fried until tender
salt to taste
Instructions 

Heat the oil in a pot, add the tomatoes and cook until they are mushy and oil begins to separate from them.  Add the ginger and garlic paste, followed by the cinnamon stick and chopped green chillis and cook the mixture for a few seconds then add the marinated steak.  Fry on high heat for 3 minutes.

In the meantime, in a bowl, mix the yoghurt with the crushed fried onions, tomato puree, sugar and 1 tsp. salt.  Pour this mixture into the pan and cook until the gravy is dry.  Add the water, turn the heat down to low and cover the pot. Allow to simmer and cook gently for 15-20 minutes or until the beef is tender and the gravy is thick.

Taste and adjust salt and spice. Add the fried potatoes and give it a mix.

 

Rice Recipe

Wash then soak 2 cups of rice in water for about 20-30 mins.

Soak a few saffron strands in some water and set aside.  Mix some orange food colouring with a bit of water and set aside.

Bring a big pot of waster to boil, add salt, 2 cardamom pods, 2 cinnamon sticks and 2 cloves plus about 2 tbsp. of oil.

Drain the soaked rice and add it to this water when it is boiling.  Cook until the rice is about 3/4 done, remove and strain out all the water.

Put the rice back into the pan and sprinkly a handful of fried onions and some chopped fresh coriander.  Then drizzle about 2 tbsp. of oil and the saffron water.  Add a bit of orange color on one side and mix it up a bit with a spoon and cover the pot tightly.  Steam this on low heat for 15 minutes or put in a 180C preheated oven for about the same time.

Serve hot, topped with beef masala/gravy and garnished with more fried onions, chopped coriander leaves and chopped green chillis!

Enjoy!  :)


Comments

excellent dish! couldn't stop raving about it as i was eating it! so good.

when marinating shoud we keep in the fridge?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes, always marinate meat/chicken products in the fridge.

nom nom. Looks delicious. I love how it looks! Can I replace beef with chicken?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Thanks and yes you can, chicken will cook faster. :)

Honeidah's picture

Hi! does the meat has to be pre cooked in a pressure cooker or something to make it tender? wont it be hard?? thank you!

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi. No the meat will get cooked if you follow the directions. :)

yummy food........i just love biriany!!
thanks for ur post.but when we have to add the potatoes??in gravy or rice??plz reply asap,i m going to cook it today..
thanks

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Thanks. The addition of potatoes is mentioned in the instructions.

Aswas. As biryani is always layered. Can we do
D same wid dis biryani. N if yed.den how
Do I do it.thnkd

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, actually biryani is not ALWAYS layered. :) It depends on what type of biryani. In any case, yes you can layer the cooked rice and cooked masala and then steam them together in the end for 10-15 minutes.

Hi, first great thanks for ur recipes. Today I have tried this biryani, so yummy....
But i missed saffron. .even though it tasty..
Thanks
one question which salad is best for this biryani?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, thanks! Kachumbar salad goes best with this.