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Beef Biryani Recipe

Beef Biryani

Beef Biryani is a delicious and aromatic rice dish with tender beef, fragrant spices, and herbs. This recipe is a satisfying meal that is perfect for any occasion.

Hello, friend! Get ready to experience the warm and inviting aromas of this Beef Biryani recipe. This is not your everyday rice dish; it has tender beef, fragrant spices like cumin and turmeric, and fluffy basmati rice.

It’s a delicious, one-pot meal that’s perfect for sharing with family and friends.

Let us cook up a storm of flavors!

Utensils You Need:

Gather these tools to prepare this delicious dish:

  1. Large pot or Dutch oven
  2. Cutting board
  3. Knife

The Recipe

Beef Biryani

Beef Biryani

This dish is a delicious and aromatic rice dish with tender beef, fragrant spices, and herbs.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 minute
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 450 kcal


  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons biryani masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece ginger, grated
  • 2 cups basmati rice, rinsed
  • 3 cups water or beef broth
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish


  • In a bowl, combine beef, yogurt, biryani masala, turmeric, chili powder, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper (if using), and salt. Mix well to coat the beef. Cover and marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add sliced onions and cook until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Add minced garlic and grated ginger. Cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add marinated beef and cook until browned on all sides.
  • Add the rinsed rice and water or beef broth to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.
  • Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork, garnish with chopped cilantro, and serve warm.


  1. You can use any type of beef you prefer, such as sirloin or chuck roast.
  2. For a more intense flavor, you can dry roast the whole spices before grinding them into biryani masala.
  3. If you don’t have biryani masala, you can use a combination of garam masala, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and chili powder.
  4. You can also add other vegetables to the biryani, such as carrots, peas, or potatoes.
Keyword beef, beef biryani, biryani, easy, Indian food, one-pot meal, rice dish, spices

Alternative Ingredients:

If you do not have the ingredients I listed above, do not worry. You can swap them out for the alternatives below:

Plain yogurtCoconut milk
Beef stew meatChicken or lamb
Basmati riceJasmine rice
Fresh cilantroFresh mint

What to Serve with Beef Biryani:

You can pair this delicious Beef Biryani with the following:

  • Raita (a yogurt and cucumber dip)
  • Salad
  • Naan bread

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use brown rice instead of basmati rice?

Yes, you can use brown rice, but it will take longer to cook and may require more liquid.

Can I make this biryani in a pressure cooker?

Yes, you can cook the biryani in a pressure cooker for about 20 minutes. Be sure to adjust the amount of liquid according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Can I make this biryani vegetarian?

Yes, you can substitute the beef with vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, or paneer (Indian cheese).

Can I use pre-made biryani masala?

Yes, you can use pre-made biryani masala if you don’t have the time or ingredients to make your own.

How do I store leftover biryani?

Store leftover biryani in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Reheat thoroughly before serving.

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