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25 Jun 2009

Kerala Beef Biryani

Can you imagine of a period when biryani was not much famous? Yeah, mom remembered an incident that happened during her child hood.The day was her cousin's marriage (mom now in her fifties) and lunch for the bridegroom's people were arranged at bride's place.At that time biryani was not much a well known dish in Thrissur, and it was mostly cooked by the Muslims of North Kerala. Mom's uncle wanted to serve some thing special on his daughter's marriage day and arranged some chefs to prepare delicious Mutton biryani.All the guests arrived before noon, and when the food served , many of them - especially ladies - started covering nose! Garlic was not widely used that time and the smell of biryani cooked with garlic was so irritating for them.What to serve immediately for those biryani haters, chefs soon prepared rice gruel / rice soup / kanji and served with chammanthi! :) This happened decades back and the people of that period couldn't even imagine of a catering service! Still my grandma - mom's mom - hates garlic, I am always delighted by the thoughts of the few delicious dishes she prepared, specially with lots of small onions / shallots!
When a sweet friend of mine asked for a Beef biryani recipe, soon mom agreed to prepare it.Since I don't eat beef I was little hesitant to do.I just watched everything what she is doing, that I never did before! Every time when she prepared some thing I would ask how much you put that, how much you put this.. like questions but she could never give me a satisfying answer.. A handful of this , a pinch of that etc are her usual answers I get, which would confuse me a lot.. :)



Beef Biryani Ingredients
beef 3/4 kg
onion 6 medium
tomato 4 medium
green chillies 4 or as per taste
garam masala powder 1 tsp
garlic paste 1 Tb sp
ginger paste 1 Tb sp
coriander leaves chopped 1/2 cup
mint leaves chopped 1/4 cup
coconut milk 1 cup medium thick
almonds peeled 1 handful
curd 2 Tbsp
lemonjuice 1 lemon
ghee
salt



Here is how mom prepared it..

For cooking beef,
coriander powder 2 tsp
chilly powder 1 tsp
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
pepper powder 2 tsp
garam masala 1 tsp
garlic paste 2 tsp
ginger paste 1 tsp
salt
water

Cook everything together, without adding much water.
The water comes from the beef it self will be enough to cook.

For garnishing,
onion chopped finely 1
raisins few
cashews few
ghee little

Heat ghee.
Roast cashews and raisins, remove them.
Fry onion, until it is crisp and little golden brown.

For cooking rice,
basmati or biryani rice 3/4 kg
cardamoms 4
cloves 4
cinnamon sticks 2, 1/2 " pieces
turmeric powder optional
salt
ghee little

Boil water, add the spices, salt and turmeric powder.
Put rice allow to cook.
Add little ghee.
When the rice is 3/4 cooked , check it, and drain.
Keep aside.

For preparing biryani masala,
Chop onion and tomato.
Grind green chillies.
Cut onion into two, then cut lengthwise again and chop.
Make a paste of almonds with coconut milk.
Heat ghee.
Saute onion.
When transparent, saute tomato, with garlic, ginger and green chilly paste.
Put half of coriander leaves and half of mint leaves.
Saute well until the tomatoes are cooked and mashed well.
Add garam masala, cooked beef, curd and the thick almond plus coconut milk solution.
Allow to boil, check salt, turn off heat.
Spread the cooked rice on top of this.
Slightly mix it with the masala, don't mix too much, allow the masala to be in the bottom side.
Pour little pure ghee or RKG on top.
Sprinkle lemon juice and little curd over this.
Spread fried onions, raisins and cashews with remaining coriander leaves and mint leaves.
Cover with aluminium foil.
Close the lid, bake it or keep on a low flame until the steam comes out.
You can check other biryani recipes here to follow layering method.

See other Biryani recipes of Simple & Delicious!





31 comments:

  1. Wow...thats a delicious briyani Seena :)

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  2. Looks mouthwatering ,just can't get enough of the aroma and flavors:)

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  3. thanks a lot for putting this recipe..it has been ages since i have had beef biriyani..its a favourite of mine and i have it when i get tired of chicken and biriyani..but its always right up there in the top!!

    seeing this pic...it should be a common rule that the first commenter would be delivered the biryani by the chef!!;-D

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  4. Delicious biriyani Seena! Never had beef biriyani before but my hubby was asking me to make it for quite some time now! Mouthwatering and tempts me to make one!

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  5. biryani looks delicious Seena. Lovely photo



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  6. oh..i cant look at the pic again..kothichu chathu povoonna thonnane..:D..am drooling..!

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  7. very intersting to see this biriyani recepe. in fact i wanted to try out as i had a quarell with my spouse 3 days ago. our kitchen also joined the strike. both of us manage our food from some where. letz try out this biriyani this evening. if it does not work well, i shall contact you. i never made biriyani so far. all other dishes i have tried including pizza, burger, chicken curry,fried rice.
    here in trichur dum biriyani is available at hotel pearl regency. das continental has started biiryani festival. but not tated from there.
    the best biriyani i hve ever tasted is from madras buhari hotel.

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  8. very intersting to see this biriyani recepe. in fact i wanted to try out as i had a quarell with my spouse 3 days ago. our kitchen also joined the strike. both of us manage our food from some where. letz try out this biriyani this evening. if it does not work well, i shall contact you. i never made biriyani so far. all other dishes i have tried including pizza, burger, chicken curry,fried rice.
    here in trichur dum biriyani is available at hotel pearl regency. das continental has started biiryani festival. but not tated from there.
    the best biriyani i hve ever tasted is from madras buhari hotel.
    jayaprakash vettiyattil
    trichur 680021

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  9. Beef biryani? hmmm.. don't think i have had this before..

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  10. yes.. its simple and delicious.. :)

    for me.. its not simple .. :( but i will try once ..insha Allah..

    all the best..

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  11. Beef biriyani, I dont remember if i had it before...Looks too good...we normally make chicken,mutton,fish or prawns....Seena, next time u give the recipes,can u please mention the measure mention the onions and tomatoes in cups also...Cos the onions here are so large and even the medium ones are huge. I always have trouble wth onion measurements..Still a beginner na...I have to try one recipe of my moms 100 times to get her results cos she also give apprx measurememnts like ur mom:).......

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  12. This is real amazing, what is the right amount of water to be added to cook the rice?, what should be done in case excess water is added?

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  13. About the amount of water used for cooking, just do as you cook rice usually. If you follow the ghee rice method, check that recipe.. :)

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  14. hey Seena, just came across ur food blog n already fascinated by the variety. the biriyanis r so tempting n i am itching to try it all in the coming weeks.wish me luck as i hone my culinary skills... u r a wonderful cook..great!

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  15. Dear Esly,
    welcome to Salkkaaram!
    thanks for the comment, hope to see you back with your feed backs.. :)

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  16. Aslm ALkm Seenatha,i tried out this biryani today for lunch and it tasted DELICIOUS!!!Cant really express how tasty it was...Reduced the coconut milk to half cup though.Hope you and your family are fine.Thanx
    Zeb

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  17. Wa alaikkum salam, dear Zeb!
    Valare santhosham thonni, zebinte mssg kandappol.
    specially umma will be very happy seeing it. here we all are fine, had come there for 10 days during eid holidays..howz your little one..?
    thanks and all the best! :)

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  18. this recipe is a winner. It's the first time in years I've had success with a good biriyani recipe from scratch. Next on my list is the fish kabsa. I love the Jordanian style and cannot wait to try yours. A suggestion- I would love for you to incorporate a way to convert recipes according to weight or servings on your website. It would make it easier.I could not get a print out of the recipes either. I don't know why. Only the ads show up on paper and not the recipe. Anyways, I'm glad I stumbled on this website.

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  19. I would get comments and mails telling they would take print out from this site. Don't know what happened with you. Anyway, thanks a lot for leaving your comment.. glad to know you became successful with this recipe.. :)

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  20. I tried this recipe last Saturday.And all my friends liked it very much.I got a lot of compliments because of you.
    Thank you for posting it !!!!
    Keep on cooking...Cheers

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  21. Welcome to Salkkaaram!
    dear child,
    thanks for the fb, keep trying out more recipes.. :)

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  22. Hi Seena,

    Got to share this..:) Yesterday was my hubby's birthday and I tried this recipe.. It was too good! My husband and I recently ate biryani from Kayees in Ernakulam (I dont know if you have heard) and he said that this was comparable! Im so thrilled! Will try out more of your recipes..Thanks a million! Regards, Justina

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  23. Dear Justina,
    Happy to see you here. I haven't been much to Ekm, so don't know Kayees, surely will check when visit next time. Me too thrilled reading your comment, thanks for the sending such a lovely comment... Hope to see you again.. :)

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  24. Hi seena,

    today only ihave gone through th recipe about beef biriyani... infact my wife and child has gone to my native place and expected to be back only by next week... i am taking roti and egg curry for the last couple of days as i only know to prepare that one... one of my cousin and his friend are there at home.... unwantedly i told them taht i will make biriyani for them today... so from mornin onwards i was searching to get good recipes on that.... i dont know what will happen tonight... anyway i have decided to go and try tonight... pls pray for me ... anyway thank you for publishing such recipes for us to keep our face clean in front of others.... Manoj Ekm

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  25. Manoj, this recipe is from mom, so nothing to worry.. all the best! :)

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  26. hi seena,
    i made this biriyani for my baby's first christmas.....great success..we were bored of chicken biriyani and this was a great change....thanks a million for your help.
    manju

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  27. So nice...I made it..

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  28. thnk u for dis yummmy recipeee...

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  29. hi seena.. just wanted to let u know.. ur recipe is awesome! i m a novice wen it comes to cooking so i was not sure how it would turn out.. it was just perfect! we cooked it once wen we had frnds over and today i cooked it again for myself bcoz i couldnt get enough of the taste :) keep ur splendid recipes coming!

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  30. hi seena.. just wanted to tell you that this recipe is awesome! i am a novice wen it comes to cooking so i was not sure how it would turn out.. it was just perfect!!!we cooked it once wen all of us frnds got together and today i cooked it for myself again because i couldnt have enough of t taste.. keep your splendid recipes coming :)

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