Instant Pot Keema Biryani (Spiced Ground Meat and Rice)


This flavorful instant pot keema biryani, a spiced ground meat and rice dish, is going to be your new favorite one-pot meal. 

Instant Pot Keema Pulao

What is Keema Biryani?

Keema biryani or keema pulao is a one-pot dish made up of spiced ground meat, long-grain basmati rice, and aromatic spices. It’s a weeknight favorite at our house as well as a dish we serve when we have last-minute company. It’s easy to make and impressive too!

This dish is very flavorful so I suppose it really is more like biryani since pulao is typically more subtle in flavor. You can call this keema biryani or keema pulao or keema rice or ground meat pualo. Or just call it “that super scrumptious rice dish from myheartbeets” which to be fair, could refer to any one of my super tasty rice recipes… okay, it’s not like we really need another name for this dish, lol. Whatever you call it, know that it’s absolutely delicious.

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If I’m making this keema biryani on a weeknight, I’ll sometimes leave out the herbs (I usually have cilantro in the house, but I don’t always have mint). If you’re serving this on a special occasion though then be sure to add the herbs. They add a bright fresh flavor to the dish. My goal for the spring/summer is to grow my own cilantro, mint, and parsley so hopefully, I’ll always have fresh herbs nearby. I have a brown thumb (both literally and figuratively) so I’m hoping I don’t kill my new plants right away. It makes me so happy to see pretty green herbs every day.

If you’ve tried my chicken biryani or my shrimp biryani or my lamb/beef biryani then you know I know good biryani. Biryani has been one of my favorite things to eat for as long as I can remember so I know what good biryani should taste like. This keema biryani is so dang good. You are going to love it!

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Keema Biryani (Keema Pulao)

Instant Pot Keema Pulao

Keema Biryani (Keema Pulao)

This one-pot dish of spiced beef and rice is both a weeknight favorite at our house and a dish we serve when we have company. It’s flavorful and really quick to make. I’ll sometimes leave out the chopped cilantro and mint, but if you want it to taste extra special then don’t forget to add the herbs.
4.92 from 56 reviews
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Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 ½ cups basmati rice soaked for 15 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons oil of choice

Whole Spices

  • 1 pound ground meat of choice
  • 1 onion diced
  • 5 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • ½ – 1 Serrano pepper or green chili minced, adjust to taste

Ground Spices

  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves chopped
  • ¼ cup mint leaves chopped


  • Soak the basmati rice in cold water for 15-30 minutes. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  • Press the sauté button, then add the oil to the pot. Allow the oil a minute to heat up, then add the whole spices to the pot and give them a stir. Once the spices begin to sizzle, add the ground meat, onions, garlic, ginger, Serrano pepper and cook until the meat is mostly browned.
  • Add the ground spices, mix well, then add the tomatoes and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until they have softened.
  • Dump the rice on top of the meat (do not mix) then pour water on top. Sprinkle half the cilantro and mint on top of the rice.
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 6 minutes at high pressure.
  • Naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Open the valve to release any remaining pressure.
  • Remove whole spices and sprinkle with remaining cilantro and mint.
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  1. Beth Romig says

    5 stars
    This was super easy and bursting with vibrant, strong flavors. Highly recommend making this one!!

  2. Nancy says

    5 stars
    Made with brown rice, added a few minutes cook time and about 3/4 cup more water. I used two large spoonfuls of canned diced tomato. Threw in cashews at end. This was delicious!!

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Hi Kazi, this recipe calls for 1 pound of ground meat – it’s listed in the ingredients but I can see how it looks hidden. I recently changed recipe cards and am working on figuring out formatting issues so thank you for bringing this to my attention!

  3. JayCeeGee says

    Like your IP recipes – but the the website is fraught with an overload of ads and is very distracting.
    Anyway decided to buy the book on Amazon to stay focused.

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