While Biryani can be quite an effort to make, Mince Biryani cooks quickly and doesn’t require much effort at all! This South African recipe tastes delicious and is popular whether you create it with lentils or fresh peas, or a mixture of both. It’s filled with all our favourite spices from turmeric to saffron, chilli powder to cinnamon.

Mince Biryani Recipe

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Mince Biryani
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 6
Biryani can be quite an effort to make. Mince biryani cooks quickly and doesn't require much effort.
  • 1 kg lean beef mince,
  • 2 cups either boiled lentils,fresh peas or mixed
  • veg.
  • 2½ cups basmati rice boiled and drain when half
  • done.
  • 2 onions sliced and fried golden brown
  • A few potatoes fried until golden brown
  • ½ tsp turmeric,
  • half cup yoghurt,
  • 1 tsp crushed red chillies or chilli powder,
  • 2 whole green chillies,
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 pieces whole stick cinnamon
  • 3 whole cardomon
  • 2 whole cloves
  • ¼ tsp saffron,
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes skinned and grated
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsps ginger/garlic paste
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 2 tbles melted butter or ghee
  • Oil for frying
  1. Braise mince with garlic/ginger,salt,red
  2. chillies.coriander & cumin powder
  3. When almost dry,remove from stove and cool.
  4. Add the saffron, yoghurt, grated tomato,lemon juice and whole cumin seeds, green chillies,
  5. cardomon,stick cinnamon and cloves.
  6. Fry potatoes until golden brown.
  7. Fry onions in the same oil and remove when light golden.
  8. Drain oil and when cool crush and add to mince.
  9. Put left over oil in a flat bottom oven proof pot and sprinkle some rice over the oil.
  10. Place the mince over floor of the pot and
  11. place potatoes over the mince.
  12. Add the lentils or veg.
  13. Lastly add the rice.
  14. Sprinkle some fried onions and a few tablespoons of melted butter
  15. Add little cold water steam gently in 180 degrees oven till done (30-45 minutes)