Meat biryani

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Total Time:
15-30 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Course: Main Recipe
Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Bake Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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Ingredients

  • 675 gms - rice, washed and soaked for 40 mins
  • For the sauce:
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 4 medium sized potatoes, quartered
  • 675 gms - beef, cubed
  • 3 tsp - crushed garlic
  • 3 tsp - grated ginger
  • 4 green chillies, finely sliced
  • 250 gms - peeled, chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp - tomato puree
  • 1 tsp - garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp - turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp - chilli powder
  • 3 tsp - coriander powder
  • 1 small carton plain yoghurt (150 gms.)
  • a pinch of saffron
  • 6 cloves
  • 6 black peppercorns4 cardamoms pods, opened
  • 2.5 cm (1 inch) cinnamon stick
  • a handful of coriander leaves, chopped
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • For the rice:
  • 1 liter (2 pints) or more of water, to cook the rice
  • 1 tbsp - salt (or to taste)
  • For the topping:
  • 2 tbsp - oil
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 4 cardamom pods, opened
  • 2.5 cm (1 inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp - whole cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp - yellow food color

How to Make Meat biryani

  • To make the sauce:
  • Deep fry onions and potatoes, separately, until golden brown (the potatoes do not need to be fully cooked at this stage).
  • Set the oil aside.
  • Mix all the ingredients (except a handful of onions, to be used later) in a large saucepan, cover and simmer over low heat for an hour, until the beef is tender.
  • For the rice:
  • Boil the washed, soaked and drained rice for 25 mins until just cooked (i.e. not mushy) and drain.
  • Take a big ovenproof dish and make alternate layers with the sauce and rice and ending with the rice.
  • For the topping:
  • Heat oil and add all the ingredients except the food color.
  • When the cumin seeds start to crackle, remove from heat and spread over the top layer of rice.
  • Sprinkle the top with the remaining fried onions (saved from earlier) and pour the yellow food color over the rice in the shape of a cross.
  • Cover and place in a pre-heated oven (160 deg C) for 50 mins, until the biryani has heated through.

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