Get ready to eat this mouthwatering, aromatic brown rice biryani. Tender pieces of meat and perfectly cooked, springy grains of rice are coated in a perfect blend of spices. You are going to love this flavorful Instant Pot Beef/Lamb Brown Basmati Rice Biryani.
Biryani used to be a special occasion dish in our household, but now we can celebrate with this meal whenever we want. It’s so easy to make this brown rice biryani in an Instant Pot that we can even eat like kings/queens on a regular weeknight.
I have a delicious chicken biryani recipe in my cookbook, Indian Food Under Pressure. But today we are talking about beef biryani or lamb biryani depending on the type of protein you use. The great thing about cooking either beef or lamb is that it cooks perfectly in the same amount of time as brown basmati rice.
If you read my post on cooking brown basmati rice in an Instant Pot then you already know it takes 22 minutes. Thankfully, you can cook beef and lamb cubes in that amount of time as well. The result: tender morsels of meat mixed in nutty brown rice.
It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with my Instant Pot – especially when it comes to Indian cooking. In fact, I wrote a blog post dedicated to why this gadget is perfect for Indian cooking. The main reason: what traditionally took several pots and pans plus several hours to cook can now be made in a single pot!
Biryani is an example of one of those recipes that used to take forever and was reserved for special occasions. Now we eat some type of biryani almost weekly – sometimes we’ll have my shrimp biryani and other weeks we’ll enjoy some meat and rice dishes from my cookbook (chicken biryani, keema pulao, chicken tikka masala rice).
Some background on biryani: there are two main methods to making biryani: pakki biryani and kacchi biryani.
With pakki biryani, you cook the meat separately and partly cook the rice then you have to layer them together then cook the whole thing together. A lot of steps, right? The only reason I would ever use this method is if I have leftover curry that I want to use (like my leftover goat curry biryani).
With kacchi biryani, you marinate the meat for a long time then cook it with the rice over low heat.
Then there’s my method. Skip the marinating and cook both the meat and rice together in ONE pot in an electric pressure cooker. This new method is clearly my favorite one. You get all the same flavor of traditional lamb biryani (or beef biryani) with the least amount of work.
That said, my method works with brown rice because the cook time for the meat and the rice works out perfectly. If you prefer white rice, then you’ll have to marinate the meat overnight (in yogurt or coconut milk). I’ll put this on my to-do list if you’re interested in this kind of recipe 🙂 Let me know!
I can’t wait to hear what you think of this dish! If you love it, then be sure to check out my Instant Pot Cookbook: Indian Food Under Pressure for more Indian recipes!
- 1 cup brown basmati rice, soaked 15 minutes
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 5 cardamom pods
- 4 whole cloves
- 2 bay leaf
- ½ cinnamon stick
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1 pound beef stew meat or lamb (the meat should be cut into bite-sized pieces)
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 4 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- 2 teaspoons coriander powder
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons salt, adjust to taste
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne, adjust to taste
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons ghee
- 2 tablespoons golden raisins
- ⅓ cup cashews, halved
- Cilantro leaves, chopped
- Mint leaves, chopped
- Soak the brown basmati rice in cold water for 15 minutes. Drain, rinse and set aside.
- Press the sauté button, adjust the heat to high, and add the oil to the pot. Allow it a minute to heat up, then add the whole spices and stir. Once they begin to sizzle, add the meat and the onions. Stir-fry for 5-7 minutes, or until all sides of the meat have browned.
- Add the garlic, ginger, ground spices and stir, then add the rice and water to the pot. Give everything a good stir.
- Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 22 minutes at high pressure.
- Naturally release pressure for 10 minutes, then open the valve to release any remaining pressure.
- Discard the whole spices, add garnish if desired and serve.
- While the rice is cooking, melt ghee in a pan over low-medium heat on the stovetop. Add the cashews and raisins and stir-fry until the cashews begin to turn golden.
- Sprinkle the ghee-coated cashews and raisins along with the cilantro and mint on top of the biryani.