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Minced Meat Biryani

Minced Meat Biryani is not a common Pakistani dish but  everyone likes it. This recipe comes from my kitchen and we do not use biryani masala rather we use spices from our kitchen.

It can be made easily by using the following ingredients:


  • Rice 1 Kg
  • Minced meat 1 kg (you can use any minced meat i.e.  chicken, beef, mutton etc.)
  • Yogurt ½ Kg
  • Onions 1 Kg finely chopped
  • Tomatoes  2 normal size
  • Ginger paste 1 table spoon
  • Garlic paste 1 table spoon
  • Dry coriander powder 1 table spoon
  • Bay leaves 2
  • Black pepper 9
  • Cloves 4
  • Cinnamon stick 1 inch
  • Cardamom 4
  • Dried plums 5
  • Red chili 2 teaspoons
  • Salt 6 teaspoons
  • Turmeric powder ½ teaspoon
  • Ghee or oil 6 serving spoons
  • Green chili 6 chopped finely
  • Yellow food color (zada in Urdu) 1/4 teaspoon


  • Soak rice in plain water;
  • Put an open mouthed pan on medium heat and add ghee or oil and chopped onions
  • Keep stirring so that the onions get brown evenly
  • When the onions are dark brown put tomatoes, garlic and onion paste, 2 teaspoons chili powder, two teaspoons salt, ½ teaspoon turmeric and sauté for five minutes;
  • Now add minced meat  and sauté for ten to fifteen minutes on medium heat
  • Mix the remaining ingredients in yogurt and add in the cooking pot
  • Cook until the yogurt changes color and there is no water remaining (do not dry but make sure that the ghee is shining on the top)
  • Add chopped green chili and cover it;
  • In another open mouthed cooking pot pour 3 ½ liters of water and add 4 teaspoons of salt;
  • when water boils add the soaked rice;
  • Lower the flame;
  • Let the rice get soft and drain the remaining water;
  • Now in a third pot make the layers of the rice  and minced meat curry;
  • First layer should be of rice then meat, then rice and then again meat;
  • Put the remaining rice on top and decorate with food color
  • Cover the pot with a lid and put it on a very low flame for 5 minutes;
  • Put out the flame and leave it on the hot cooking range for 15 minutes;

Minced Meat Biryani is ready serve it with salad and raita (yogurt)

Note: For decoration put the ¼ teaspoon of food color in quarter cup of water and decorate. You can make any design.

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