In this special recipe, Beef chunks are pressure cooked with Onion and spices. While the liquid reduces down, onion is sautéed with whole spices, powdered spices & tomato, together with fried Onions and Ghee.

The Beef liquid is added slowly, together with the Beef chunks and this is thickened with a mixture of Yogurt and Biriyani Masala. Rice is semi cooked and drained and then layered with the meat and Mint leaves. It’s topped with food colouring, fried onions, and toasted Cashew nuts and Almonds and then cooked covered in a hot oven.

Beef Biriyani

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Pressure cooked Beef

  • Oil
  • 800 gms of Beef Round or any cut you prefer
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp ground black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 cups sliced Onions
  • 2 tsps of Ginger & Garlic paste
  • Juice of Lime


  • Oil reserved Fried Onion Oil – optional
  • 1 cup sliced Onions
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp Peppercorns
  • 2 black Cardamoms
  • 5 Cloves
  • 3 Star Anise
  • 2 – 1 inch sticks Cinnamon
  • 5 green Cardamoms
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp sliced green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsps red Chilli powder
  • 2 tsps Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Biriyani Masala
  • 1 cup of finely chopped Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fried Onions
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp Biriyani Masala


  • 2 cups pre-soaked and rinsed Basmati rice add 3 cups for a lighter Biriyani
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 – 3 Sprigs of Mint
  • Other
  • Pinch Saffron strands in 1/2 cup of warm Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee
  • Mint leaves
  • 1 cup fried Onions
  • Food colouring
  • 1/2 cup toasted Cashews & Almonds


  • Heat up Oil in Instant Pot or stove top Pressure Cooker
  • Add the Beef
  • Add Salt to taste and ground black Pepper
  • Add the Turmeric powder and. sear the Beef on all sides
  • Add the Onions and the juice of a Lime
  • Add the Ginger & Garlic paste
  • Close the Instant pot and I’m going to cook this for 30 mins
  • Mix together the Yogurt and Biriyani Masala
  • After 30 mins, allow the steam to escape, then turn it back on to saute mode to reduce the liquid
  • Heat up some Oil (leftover Oil used to make fried Onions preferred)
  • Add the sliced Onions and all the whole Spices
  • Add the sliced green Chillies
  • Next add all the powdered Spices and the finely chopped Tomatoes
  • Mix this and allow the Tomato to cook and soften
  • Add the fried Onions
  • Mix this all together and add the Ghee
  • Add the reduced liquid from the pressure cooker and the Beef chunks as well
  • Add the chunks of meat and continue to cook in in the gravy
  • Add the Yogurt mixture that was prepared earlier and cook this for about 5- 10 mins and keep aside
  • Boil some Water to start cooking the Basmati rice
  • Add Salt to taste, Cumin seeds and a few Sprigs of Mint to flavour the water
  • Add the rice and cook it till it’s about 80% cooked for about 15 – 20 mins
  • Once down, remove and drain it and discard the mint stalks
  • This is optional – add Ghee at the bottom of the pot and it should melt with the heat of the pot
  • Add a thin layer of rice at the bottom – I like to do this as the bottom tends to get nice and brown and crunchy
  • Add some Mint & Coriander leaves
  • Add all the gravy and top with the rest of the rice
  • If you like a lighter biriyani, you can cook 3 cups of rice instead of 2
  • Add the Saffron Milk and some more Mint leaves
  • Add powdered food over the top together with some fried Onions and toasted Cashews & Almonds
  • Cover this tightly with foil so the rice can steam with the gravy and finish cooking
  • Bake this in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 60 mins
  • Once it’s cooked,, gently mix it and serve with some raita or yogurt with tomatoes and cucumber – enjoy!