Biryani has always been a dish that I have always wanted to know how to make for years now, the first time I made biryani I was pretty low on supplies, he he he. I didn’t have any meaty product so I ended up making vegetable biryani…yes, vegetable biryani. It turned out so well I had to try the beef and chicken biryani. In my opinion, biryani needs certain moods and determination to make. You can’t just make it without wanting to make it, I mean…. This is biryani we’re talking about. And finally, it’s hard to get it wrong if you follow the steps. So, let’s get to it.
- Pre-cooked rice (2 cups)
- 1 kg beef/ ½ kg beef
- 4 large onions(diced)
- 4 large tomatoes(blended)
- 1 tablespoon garlic paste
- 1 teaspoon ginger paste
- A cup of yoghurt (you can use maziwa lala)
- Salt to taste
- Pilau masala (or garam)
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 2 tablespoons royco powder
- 1 royco cube
- 5 large potatoes quartered
- Orange food colour
- Tomatoe paste
Let’s marinate the beef;
Set the beef in a large bowl, add in some salt, the pilau masala, the cup of yoghurt, curry powder, paprika
- Get some frying oil in a pan, as soon as the oil is hot drop in the onions and let them get crispy and golden brown and set them aside
- Deep fry the potato quarters but not fully fried
- On a separate pot/sufuria, put some oil that you used to fry the onions and potatoes, add the garlic and ginger paste and fry for 2 mins.
- Add in the marinated beef and cover for about 30 mins, make sure the oil is enough and cook under low heat.
- Add the royco in some small amount of water, stir and pour it inside the stew, stir till the stew is thick.
- Add the fried potatoes and ¾ of the fried onions and stir gently.
- Add in chopped dhania and the royco cubes, cover for about 3 mins then stir.
- Let the stew sit for a while.
- In a small dish put some oil and mix in the food colour
- In a separate sufuria, start layering the rice, put a not so thin layer of rice and drizzle in the coloured oil. Add some of the stew and repeat the process until your rice and stew is finished.
- On top, add the remaining fried onions
- Cover and let it steam together for around 10 mins.
- Serve while hot and enjoy with some kachumbari….. better yet some guacamole……… what a dish. ENJOY!!!!!