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A white plate with beef and rice biryani
Beef Biryani Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 10 mins

An easy Beef Biryani Recipe that is bursting with deep, rich Middle-Eastern flavours, this is the perfect dish to share with your family. The fragrant rice and the tender spicy beef make a perfect marriage in this superb dinner recipe. It might not be authentic, but it surely is delicious! The beef is cooked in a flavorful curry sauce, then mixed with the spiced rice, then baked until everything is cooked to perfection.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: biryani recipes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 704 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 lb diced beef
  • 2 onions
  • 1 tbsp garlic puree
  • 1 tbsp ginger puree
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 8 cups beef stock/broth
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander/parsley
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 cardamon pods
  • 1 tsp saffron threads
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper
  1. Heat up 2 tablespoons of oil, add the garlic and ginger puree, and cook for 20-30 minutes until fragrant.

  2. Add the chilli powder, and cook for a further 10 seconds.

  3. Pat the diced beef dry with kitchen paper, and add the to the pan, cooking until lightly brown.

  4. Add the turmeric, garam masala, cumin and the chopped tomatoes together with 4 cups of water.

  5. Leave to cook on a medium heat with the lid on until the liquid has been absorbed.

  6. Add more broth as necessary until the beef is tender, and coated in a sauce. Add more spices if necessary.

  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  8. Rinse the rice under cold water, and add it to the pan together with 1 1/4 cups water, the cardamon and cloves.

  9. Leave to cook until the rice is nearly cooked, then drain well.

  10. In an oven-proof dish, spread half of the amount of rice, top with the beef.

  11. Add the remaining oil to a frying pan, cut the onions into strips, and fry on a low to medium heat until golden brown.

  12. Spread the fried onions over the beef, then cover with the remaining rice.

  13. Mix the saffron with the milk, and set aside for 5 minutes until the milk is coloured.

  14. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit).

  15. Drizzle the saffron milk over the rice, then cover the dish with kitchen foil.

  16. Bake for 15 minutes until the rice is fully cooked and fluffy.

  17. Garnish with chopped parsley or coriander.

Nutrition Facts
Beef Biryani Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 704 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 21g105%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 1284mg54%
Potassium 1543mg44%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 234IU5%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 149mg15%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.