Easy Beef Biryani Recipe

This beef biryani is all about the perfectly cooked fragrant rice and the tender juicy beef, cooked in all the aromatic and warm spices

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, SRI LANKAN
Servings 8
Author Florita Balaskantha


Marinating beef:

  • 1 kg Beef diced
  • 375 g Natural yogurt
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 2 tsp Chilli powder
  • ½ tsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic paste
  • 3 Cardamom pods crushed


  • 400 g Basmati rice Washed and drained
  • 2 Clove whole
  • 2 Cardamom pod whole
  • 1 Cinnamon stick whole
  • 2 Onion sliced


Method of Marinating beef

  1. Make a paste with all the ingredients for the marinade.
  2. Add beef to the marinade and mix well.
  3. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours, ideally overnight.

Cooking the beef:

  1. When ready to cook, add the beef marinade to the pressure cooker
  2. Close the lid and cook for about 20 minutes on medium heat, this should prevent the meat from over reducing and sticking to the pan. If you don't have pressure cooker then cook the beef in a normal pan with the lid on for about 30 - 35 minutes.

  3. Release the pressure from the pressure cooker before opening the lid.

Instruction for cooking Rice:

  1. Wash the rice to get rid of dust and starch
  2. Leave it in the colander to drain the water
  3. On a pan, fry the onion in hot oil with cardamom, cloves, cinnamon stick and curry leaves. This will infuse the aromatic flavours to the rice.

  4. Add the washed rice to the pan and stir and fry with rest of the ingredients for about 2 minutes.

  5. Add water (preferably hot water) to the pan. Remember one and a half part of water to one part of rice.
  6. Close the lid, turn the heat to slightly below medium and cook until the rice absorbs all the water.

Mixing the curry and rice for making Biryani.

  1. Now add rice into the pan with beef and mix.
  2. Keep adding rice until you get the right balance of rice and flavour from the gravy. You can keep the excess rice (if there are any) for later use or freeze them.