Beef Biriyani

Ingredients
Ginger, chopped- 2 inch slice
Garlic- 1 full pod
Green chilies- 15
Whole cardamom- 3
Whole cloves- 2
Whole cinnamon- 2 inch slice
Ghee- 2 tbsp
Red Onions, sliced thin and long- 5
Bay leaves- 2
Tomatoes, chopped- 2
Beef, cubed: bone- in or boneless stew cut- 1 Kg (1000 gm)
Fennel powder- 2 tsp
Turmeric powder- ⅛ tsp
Garam  masala- ¾ tsp
Coriander leaf – ½ cup
Fresh Mint leaves, chopped- 6 leaves
Curd – 1 cup
Lemon Juice –  ½ lemon
Water- ½ cup
Salt- to taste
For Cooking Basmati Rice
Basmati Rice- 2 cups
Whole cardamom- 3
Bay leaves- 3
Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
Salt- to taste
Ghee- 1 tbsp
Water- 2¾ cups (for cooking in rice cooker)
For frying Onion (Do not ignore fried onions)
Oil- enough to fry onions
Red Onions sliced thin and long- 2
Other Ingredients
Ghee- 1½ tbsp
Roasted Cashew nuts- ¼ cup
Roasted kiss miss – ¼ cup
Preparation
Cook the basmati rice in a rice cooker. Add all the ingredients mentioned 'for cooking basmati rice' into the bowl of a rice cooker and cook till the rice cooker turns to warm mode. Remove the rice bowl from the cooker and keep aside.
(If cooking the rice in a saucepan, add 4 cups water for 2 cups rice and cook till rice has cooked well and the water has completely absorbed.(make sure the rice is not cooked too much and should be hard)
For better taste, fry fresh onions rather than using store bought fried onions. Add enough oil in a hot frying pan, add onions and fry till they turn golden brown in color. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fried onions onto a plate lined with kitchen paper towel. Keep aside.
Also fry the cashew and kiss miss in ghee till golden brown and keep aside.
Making Beef Masala
Place a pressure cooker over medium heat. Add ghee, let it turn hot. Add the onions, when slightly brown add the sliced chilly, garlic and ginger also add some salt then add the garam masala, tomatoes, curd, lemon juice check for salt once again and then add the beef Add ½ cup water and close the cooker with its lid. Place the whistle and cook over medium heat till 2 whistles or for 20 minutes. Remove the cooker from the heat and let the pressure subside completely and then open the lid.
There will be some gravy in the masala. Place the pressure cooker over hight heat and cook till the gravy in the beef masala has thickened. Do not make the masala too dry, let there be some gravy in the masala as it will be absorbed by the basmati rice while mixing. Taste and add more salt if needed. Turn the heat down to low heat. Add the cooked basmati rice into the beef masala, combine well into the masala.  Add 1½ tbsp ghee and combine well. Garnish with fried onions, roasted cashew nuts & kiss miss , chopped coriander and mint leaves. Give everything a good mix, remove the pressure cooker from the heat. Close with its lid and keep the biryani covered for 20 minutes.

Serve this delicious biryani on a plate and serve along with raita, pickle, pappadam etc.

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