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East African Beef Biryani By: SJ


3 mugs basmati rice
3 tbsp oil
3 - 4 sticks taj (Cinnamon)
4 - 5 elchi (Cardamom)
5 - 6 laving (Cloves) 1 tsp jeera (Cumin whole)
3/4 Cup Yogurt
2 tbsp oil
2 medium tomatoes
7 approx. 2 - 2 1/2'' diameter Pottatoes
1 1/2 cup fried onions
1 tbs kothmiri (Corriender or Cilantro )
1 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp tomato paste (optional).
1/4 tap Kesar (Safron)
1 tsp Aadu (Ginger crushed)
1 tsp Lasan (Garlic crushed)
1/2 tsp Lal Marcha (Red chilli powder)
1 lime or 2 tsp lemon juice


3 mugs basmati rice - soak in water for about 2 hrs
In a pot, put 3tbsp oil and heat. Add taj, elchi, jeera. Stir for a minute or so. Then add approx
4 1/2 to 5 cups water and salt. When water starts to boil, add rice.
When almost done, make about 4 holes and pour the kesar and sprinkle over
rice (little kesar - should be crushed and mixed with little warm water first)
Cover pot completely, put in oven at 350* for about 20 mins.
Masala or Curry

Cut up beef (3 lbs) and wash well. Put in pressure cooker. Add lasan,
adu, salt, lal marcha, 3/4 cup yogurt, water, 2 tbsp oil, 2 medium tomatoes
(skinned and blended or you can use crushed tomatoes from tin), 1 tbsp tomato
paste (optional). Let it cook until meat is very tender.

Fry about 14 pieces potatoes (7 potatoes, cut in half).

In the meat mixture, put potatoes and 1 1/2 cup fried onions (crush them
well). Mix well. If you find water is less, add about 1/2 to 1 cup
Cook until oil comes on top.

Then add kothmiri, 1 tsp garam masala and lemon juice.

In a small pot, heat 3 tbsp oil and add laving, taj and elchi. Pour over the meat masala.

Put on very low heat. Add water again if you find it's too dry (depending how saucy you want)

PS. In most cases East African Biryani Rice and Curry is kept seperate. They are not mixed or layered. Sometimes you may find Curry spread on top of the Rice. (This is mostly when distributing a plate to a friend or neighbour.)

East Africans also serve a good Sliced French or Italian Bread. So here curry comes on handy with bread (here name could be Kalio and if you have over rice becomes Biryani. 2 for for the price of 1. Smart :-)

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