Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pressure cooker Beef Biriyani

  1. Basmati rice - 2 cups
  2. Beef - 2 lb cut into large pieces
  3. Curd - 3/4 cup
  4. Water - 2 cups
  5. Whole spices - 4 cardamom,2 cloves,1 bay leaf,1/2 inch cinnamon stick ,5 whole peppercorns
  6. Onion - 2 medium large sliced thin
  7. Tomato - 1 large sliced thin
  8. Ginger - 1 inch piece crushed to coarse paste
  9. Garlic - 1 pod crushed to coarse paste
  10. Green chillies - 7
  11. turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  12. coriander leaves - 1 cup chopped
  13. Mint leaves - 1/4 cup
  14. salt to taste
  15. Ghee - 3 tbsp
  16. Biryani masala - 1 tbsp (crush together cloves,cinnamon,cardamon,Fennel)

Marinate the Beef with 1/2 cup curd , and 1/2 of the crushed Ginger and garlic plus 2 slit Green chillies and turmeric powder.Add salt to taste and keep aside for 30 minutes.
Soak the Basmati rice for 20 minutes while the meat is marinating - drain and keep aside.
Heat Ghee in a pressure cooker and add the whole spices and  saute for a few secs.
Add sliced onions and saute until they start turning color about 8 minutes.
Add the remaining ginger and garlic and saute until raw smell is gone.
Add in the marinated meat and stir fry for 5 minutes.
Add the chopped tomatoes and saute until tomatoes are cooked.Add in the biriyani masala and remaining curd and the mint and coriander leaves and stir well.
Add in 2 cups of water and salt to taste and bring to a boil.
Add the drained Basmati rice and cover the cooker.
Once the steam starts forming put the weight on and keep on flame for 4 minutes (2 -3 whistles).
Turn the flame off and leave the cooker undisturbed for 25 minutes.By then the pressure would have released .Open the cooker and serve the biriyani hot with Salad, pickle and chutney

NOTE : The Beef we get in US takes very little time to cook.Adjust cooking times according to the type of meat you use.If you are using Goat meat you will have to precook the meat for 30 minutes (until it is 3/4'th done) before adding rice and pressure cooking.


  1. Simply tempting and droolworthy beef briyani, my hubby will definitely love this briyani for the sure..

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  2. This sounds so good. I love the fact that it is cooked by a pressure cooker

  3. I am just learning how to cook - not being inquisitive, what happens to the rest of the green chillies ? Can you mention when to add them please ?

  4. Sorry about that . My bad - you have to make a paste of the remaining green chillies ad sauté it along with the ginger garlic paste . The few u add to the meat is to flavor the meat itself and the rest goes into the biriyani masala :)



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