One Pot Keema Biryani / Ground Beef Biryani

The beginning of winter calls for warm dishes and comforting flavors, and this flavorful and mouthwatering one pot rice dish hits the mark!


Basmati rice – 2 cups
Ground beef- ½ kg
Onions – 5, thinly sliced thin
Tomatoes- 2, finely chopped
Ginger-garlic paste- 1 tsp
Green chilies- 2-3, finely chopped
Chili powder- 2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 2 tsp
Fennel powder- 2 tsp
Ground cumin- ½ tsp
Bay leaves- 2
Whole cardamoms- 2
Whole cloves- 2
Cilantro- A small bunch, finely chopped
Fresh mint leaves- A small bunch, finely chopped
Chicken broth- 1 cup
Water- 3 cups
Ghee/clarified butter- As needed
Salt – To taste
Oil- As needed

Method: Soak the basmati rice in water for 10-15 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside.

Heat oil in a large pan. Add half of the sliced onions and fry until golden brown. Drain them onto a paper towel and keep aside. In the same pan, add the whole spices- bay leaves, cardamoms, & cloves & saute for a few seconds. Add the remaining sliced onions and saute until translucent. Add the green chilies and ginger-garlic paste and fry for a few seconds until the raw smell goes away. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they are soft and mushy. To this, add the cleaned ground meat and mix well to break any lumps. Once the meat turns lightly brown, add the spice powders- chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, fennel powder, cumin powder, and salt and mix well. Cover with a lid and cook until the meat is cooked well- about 15 to 20 minutes. Add the basmati rice to the meat mixture along with the chicken broth and water and mix well. Cook for about 20 mins until the water has evaporated. Remove from flame. Top the biryani with fried onion, ghee, cilantro & mint leaves, and mix well. Keep covered for another 10 minutes. Just before serving, mix the biryani and serve with raita and pickle.

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