Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Beef Biriyani

Have you heard of 'Kalyani' before? No, I didn't mean the girl 'Kalyani' but the biriyani which is sold by the name 'Kalyani' in Hyderabad? It's nothing but a biriyani made with beef. I've never heard of it until I got married. Jobin used to mention about Kalyani every now and then and how much he loves it.So I thought of making some at home. Amma used to make Beef Biriyani once in a while but Chicken Biriyani was the most preferred at home, since my brother likes it and the rest of us didn't mind :) Looks like this month is a Biriyani month for the two of us...with the Afghani Ruz Bukhari making an entry into our lives, this is the second one for this month.
Beef Biriyani

This is a very simple and easy biriyani recipe with delicious results. You can substitute Mutton/Goat meat for Beef (or even chicken, but cooking time will vary) because I know a lot of people especially Indians, don't eat beef due to religious reasons.I made the meat and rice separately as always and this time I used a Pressure Cooker to fasten up the process and I must say I will be using that step for all biriyani's now saves a lot of time especially when you are hungry! Well, that reminds me of the 'Cooker Biriyani' Amma makes...I should get the recipe from her.
Beef Biriyani

You can use boneless meat or with bones, the choice being yours. Personally I feel meat with bones tastes better as the juices from the bones add to the taste. Sorry, vegetarian folks, this might sound way too much detailed for you :)

My own recipe
Serves 8

For the rice:
3 1/2 c basmathi rice, washed and drained (no need to soak)
1/4 c ghee/oil / unsalted butter
1 stick cinnamon
4 pods green cardamom
3 cloves
Salt to taste
7 cups water

For the beef:
2 lbs/ 1 kg beef , cut into 2 inch cubes
2 big onions, sliced fine
10 green chilles, slitted (or to taste)
2 medium size tomatoes, chopped small
4 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder (this is optional if you don't want it to be too spicy, but I added it)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala
1/4 c yogurt, whisked
1 bunch coriander leaves/ cilantro , chopped
1 bunch mint leaves ,chopped
Salt to taste
Lime/lemon juice to taste
5 tbsp ghee/oil/unsalted butter

Wash and clean the rice.Drain out the excess water.
On medium- high,heat oil, add the spices and after 30 secs add the rice.
Fry the rice for 3-4 mins, stirring constantly. Add the water and salt to taste. Cover it and let it come to a boil. As soon as it boils, reduce the flame to medium- low and cook covered for 15 minutes.
After 15 mins, switch off the heat and fluff up the rice with a fork.

Heat the oil in a pressure cooker or a pan with tall sides. Add the onions and saute till soft and translucent.
Add the green chillies and saute till it is soft. Next, add in the tomatoes and cook till they become soft.
Add in the ginger garlic paste and mix well.Add the powders and mix well for a minute or 2.
Add the meat and mix well.Now, add in the whisked yogurt,herbs,salt and water if needed. Mix together for one last time and close the cooker with the lid. Cook for 5 whistles (It totally depends on how tender or how tough your meat is, I needed 5).Let the pressure go down on it's own. Open the lid, stir, taste and see if everything is alright.
If there is too much gravy, cook and reduce it. If you need it to be a bit tangy, add some lime/lemon juice.
When I opened the cooker, it was perfect, the oil could be seen on top and the meat was cooked completely.
You will not need a lot of gravy or else the biriyani might taste watery after you assemble it. Make sure you have gravy to the level of meat.

Take a pan with tall sides. Brush the bottom and sides generously with ghee/oil.
Put a layer of meat , cover it with a layer or rice. Then you can sprinkle some fried onions, garam masala and some turmeric water/saffron over it for colour.
Repeat the process one more time. Cover with a tight fitting lid and let it simmer for 30 mins.
When you serve, dig all the way down to the last layer of meat so that you get all the goodness the way you layered it.
Serve hot!

* I personally feel any biriyani tastes good the next the flavours get mixed very well over time.

Verdict: This was very well received and we had a very delicious Sunday Dinner :)
I'm sending the biriyani to The Kerala Kitchen event hosted by Magpie.


Justbeanme said...

Ria what a beautiful background and rich looking biriyani.Already mouthwatering here

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love that background too! What a delicious dish.



Sunanda said...

Biriyani looks extremely tempting. Nice presentation..

Priya said...

Marvellous and beautiful looking biriyani,real feast for nv lovers..

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Love that you used a dupatta [or a sari] The biryani looks good, I love biryani, but I'm a chicken person too. :)

divya said...

Wow!! superb..briyani looks awesome and tempting..

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Love the presentation..You are very innovative dear Ria. I don't eat beef so I will only look at it.

Divya Vikram said...

Will cook this with chicken after lent . Thanks for the recipe Ria!

Divya Vikram said...

Yes Ria. Have given up Non-Veg for lent.

Rachel said...

Never heard of Kalyani in terms of biriyani. Beef in a biriyani is somthing I am yet to try too..

magpie said...

Yumm! Biriyani in any form- chicken, beef, prawn, fish is my absolute favourite!

Sheeba Asariah said...

Aaaawesomeeeeee!! Will def try it:)

Tina said...

yummy yummy biriyani...

Plateful said...

Thanks for introducing us to the Kalyani biryani- this's the first time I've come across this dish. In our place, we have the kayikka's biryani which is quite popular and he makes it with fish, chicken, mutton, etc.

And oh, I have some awards waiting for you in my blog and I hope you visit soon. Thanks!

Seema Kamath alias Seema Abbas Ali said...

Hey Ria,

I have a few awards in my space for you. I would be honored if you picked them up.


Nate @ House of Annie said...

beautiful photographs of your briyani. Now I am hankering for mutton LOL

forkbootsandapalette said...

yummy yummy yummy!

Justbeanme said...

The presentation was so tempting that i so wanted to try this and really it took the half the time than the usual Biryani.We had the beef gravy for lunch and the biryani for lunch.BTW i made it in Sona masoori rice and still i was awesome.
Ria i had a good less time in kitchen on a Sunday.. Thanks to u

Ani said...

I just tried out your recipe for the new year and it came out yummy!!This was the first time I made beef biriyani.Thanks a lot Ria.:)

Nandini said...

Hi Ria,
I tried this today and it turned out great! Thanks for the recipe....I love your blog!
Thanks again for sharing all your recipes...I am a regular visitor to your site!


Hey Ria....what a biryani it turned out to be. I just added a paste of grinded cashews and coconut in the beef. Everybody in the family loved it...Thank yoy for sharing this

Reshma Arun said...

Hello Ria!!!
Tried your Beef Biriyani recipe. Can't say how wonderful I felt after serving my husband. It was such a happy day for me as I haven't heard such a heart felt comment from him.
Thankyou for sharing such a wonderful recipe with us.
It was such a delite.

Reshma Arun said...

Hello Ria!!!
I tried your Beef Biriyani recipe. It was such a wonderful day for me, after I served my husband. I never haven't heard such a heartfelt comment from him. He almost bit his finger. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe with us. It was such a delight.

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