Beef Biryani

One of the tastiest and most satisfying all on one meal you will ever have. Beef Biryani is an Indian dish of yoghurt and spice marinated beef pieces cooked to tender perfection with fragrant basmati rice.

Growing up I was never a fan of the Indian cuisine and I guess that goes the same with most of the Filipinos who grew up in the Philippines, we were not used to the heavy spices used on their dishes and find it too powerful and strong, specially that our cuisine is quite simple, the only used spices on Filipino dishes are primarily salt, pepper, onion, garlic and ginger, sometimes chillies and if you’re lucky you will encounter some dishes with turmeric. Back when I worked in Malaysia was my proper introduction to the Indian cuisine, it was a hard adjustment specially that their Indian dishes are quite stronger than usual, a mix of Malay and Indian cuisine, so things are much spicier, much hotter and much tastier. Little by little I got used to it and started to appreciate the complex combination of spices on this cuisine.

Today I love the Indian cuisine, can’t live without it, once in a while I crave for it especially those spicy ones. I tried to learn some of our favourite ones and now cook them on a regular basis like Butter Chicken, Vindaloo, Paneer Butter Masala, Tandoori and Korma to name some. One of the recent additions to this list was the Beef Biryani after I was inspired by the ones be bought in an Indian restaurant near our place before. I usually make Chicken Biryani and this was my first attempt on making a beef version.

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Beef Biryani

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Indian


Beef Biryani is an Indian dish of yoghurt and spice marinated beef pieces cooked to tender perfection with fragrant basmati rice.


Units Scale


  • 1 kg beef brisket or any stewing beef cut, cubed
  • 1 tsp saffron threads
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • handful of chopped coriander
  • 4 tbsp ghee
  • crispy onions


  • 1 cup plain yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 4 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne



  1. In a large container that you can cover, combine all marinade ingredients together. Add the beef and coat it well, cover tightly then marinate overnight.
  2. In the day you will cook the biryani, remove the beef from the fridge one hour before cooking.
  3. In a large pot bring 3 litres of water of a boil, add all rice ingredients then bring back to a boil, cook for 4 minutes. After 4 minutes drain then set it aside.
  4. Prepare the saffron by soaking them in 2 tbsp warm water, set is aside.
  5. In a large pot, add the marinated beef together with the marinade. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours minutes. Remove the cover bring heat to medium then continue to cook for 10 minutes until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  6. Arrange the beef so it covers the entire bottom of the pot, add a generous amount of the crispy onions and coriander. Top it with the par boiled rice together with its spices. Flatten the surface then drizzle the prepared saffron together with the liquid it was soaked on. Drizzle the ghee on top. Put the lid back on, place pot back on the stove in medium heat, once it starts steaming turn heat to low then cook slowly for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove from stove, keep the lid on the set it aside for 15 minutes.
  8. To serve, grab some patches of different coloured rice, get some beef pieces then garnish with crispy onions and coriander.

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