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Beef Briani Recipe

Recipe Overview

This Beef Briyani is full of flavour and the perfect crowd-pleaser. Briyani is undoubtedly one of the most famous dishes in Mauritius. It is often served at weddings, festivals or special occasions though you can now make it at home.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg Basmati Rice
  • 1.5 kg beef (clean and cut in pieces)
  • 1 kg onion (peeled)
  • 1 kg potato (peeled)
  • chopped coriander and mint leaves
  • salt and vegetable oil
  • ginger and garlic paste
  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • clarified butter (ghee)
  • Cumin seeds
  • cardamom and cinnamon
  • 3 green chillies
  • pinch of yellow food colour
  • pinch of saffron

For biryani spices (dry spices)

  • 15 cardamoms
  • 4 medium cinnamons
  • 2 nutmegs (jaifal)
  • 2 dry chilli
  • 1 tbsp cloves
  • 3 tbsp anise seeds


  • Chop and deep fry 3/4 of onions
  • Tip: Can be fried night before and keep in refrigerator to save time
  • Tip: while frying add a pinch of salt to make it more crispy
  • Drain, spread on a plate and keep aside
  • Peel, cut potatoes in halves and fork
  • Add salt and food colouring
  • Deep fry on high heat
  • Blend the remaining 1/4 of onions, adding a little water and keep aside
  • Roast spices on low heat for 5 minutes, dry grind in a mixer grinder to a powder consistency and keep aside
  • Wash and soak rice
  • Tip: Use high quality long grain rice and soak for atleast 30 minutes
  • Dissolve food colour and saffron in 1/2 cup of warm water and keep aside
  • Heat 3 tbsp of oil over medium heat in a pressure cooker
  • Add meat, salt to taste, 1 tbsp of ginger garlic paste, 1 tbsp of dry briani spices
  • Cover and cook for 15 minutes on medium heat
  • Add the following in a large briani pot: cooked beef, onion paste, 4 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • Add 5 tbsp of dry briani spices
  • Add the fried potatoes
  • Add the chopped coriander, mint leaves and green chillies
  • Add a handful of fried onions
  • Add 1 cup of oil
  • Add 1 cup of yogurt and salt to taste
  • Add 1 cup of water and mix well
  • Boil water in another pot for rice
  • Add salt to taste
  • Pour the soaked rice, and add anuse seeds, cardamoms, cinnamon
  • Tip: Do not overboil or underboil rice. To chek if rice is done, press one, if it breaks easily, it is cooked just right
  • Tranfer rice to briani pot using a slotted spoon by layers, adding fried onions in between
  • Top with 3 tbsp of ghee, remaining fried onions and saffron and food colour mixture
  • Cover and let cook on dum (low heat) for 20 minutes
  • After 20 minutes, use a fork to check if spices have dried
  • Serve with chutney, tomato salsa, cucumber and carrot salad and pickles


Source: eMauritius Videos