Beef Biriyani – Nanaaba’s beef recipe ideas

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Biriyani is an Indian inspired , one pot rice dish, cooked, and served party style. You’ll find Biriyani at most parties, such as weddings in Swahili East African countries, such as Tanzania and Kenya.
* 8 beef short ribs seasoned with tsp salt and tsp crushed black pepper
* 2 large red onions thinly sliced and crispy fried (fry in batches)
* 2-3 cups oil for deep frying onions
* 1 medium red onion thinly sliced for sauce preparation
* 1 beef/chicken/or vegetable bouillon cube (optional)
* 3 Serrano chilis minced
* 1/2 tsp curry powder
* Pinch of grated nutmeg
* 1/4 tsp crushed black pepper
* 1 tbsp each garlic and ginger paste
* 1 tbsp paprika or chili powder
* 2 cups freshly chopped tomatoes
* Juice of 1/2 a lime or lemon
* 1 tbsp chopped cilantro (and extra for garnish)
* 1 cinnamon stick
* 2 bay leaves
* 2 star anise
* 8 green cardamom pods
* 1/2 cup plain yogurt
* 1/6 cup of water (as braising liquid)
* A shallow film of fried onion infused oil for searing beef short ribs 2-4 mins on all sides

*** braise for 40 to 45 mins or until beef short ribs are fork tender. Retrieve star anise and cinnamon stick prior to serving ***


* 4 cups basmati rice washed
* 12 cups water brought to a boil and generously seasoned with salt
* 3-4 tbsp fried onion infused oil
* Pinch of saffron steeped in 4 tbsp of hot water (substitute saffron with 4 tbsp carrot juice, or a pinch of turmeric steeped in 4 tbsp hot water)

*** parboil rice for 10-12 mins, and drain. Add rice to beef sauce. Drizzle saffron juice to a select portion of rice and add a handful of fried onions, spread over top of rice, and place a clean towel and lid, cook on low heat for 20 mins, and serve. ***

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Vitamix 5300 Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz –
Shun Classic 8” Chef’s Knife Handcrafted in Japan
Shun Classic Knife Block Set (5-Piece)
Coconut Meat Remover –

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  • I just absolutely love you ❤️. So sweet and so talented ❤️

    prisilla lawrence July 21, 2021 2:03 pm Reply
    • You bet! Eno be small oo sis 👍

      JOYCESTYLEOFCOOKING July 21, 2021 2:26 pm Reply
    • Thank you ❤️

      Nanaaba's Kitchen July 21, 2021 2:27 pm Reply
  • Present Prof…I Will Sit Through This Class, Won’t Miss It For Anything!….I Have Tried Biriyani Several Times, On Trips To, The Emirates,😋 It’s A Very Popular, Arabian Dish, Not Unlike, Our Jollof Rice! 😋 Infact, There Are So Many Versions, One Can Say, No Two Biriyani Dishes Are Alike! 😋 But, The Defining ” Character / Signature “, Of Any Self Respecting Biriyani Dish, Is The Distinct Presence Of Saffron (Which Is Super Expensive By The Way), 😋 The Fried Onions, Which Is Reminiscent Of Our Ghana, ” Angwamo “😋 And, The Particular Middle Eastern, Umami, That Is Achieved, With Spices Such As Cardemom, And, Cinnamon, And Also, The Addition Of Dates, In Some Versions😋 Chef Nanaaba, Replicated This Middle Eastern Iconic Dish, To A “T” 😋 Delicious, Decadent, Very Arabian Nights ! Thanks Chef Nanaaba, 😋For Sharing This Recipe With Us! Please Be Well 😀🙏💗

    Wendell B Smith July 21, 2021 2:05 pm Reply
    • I needn’t say more as Brother Wendell B Smith has spoken!! Thank you for breaking it down 🙏🏽

      Nanaaba's Kitchen July 21, 2021 2:34 pm Reply
    • @Nanaaba’s Kitchen Thanks Big Sis, I Always Appreciate You! And It’s Always A Super Pleasure 🙏💗

      Wendell B Smith July 21, 2021 2:38 pm Reply
    • @Nanaaba’s Kitchen powdered shito recipe pls.

      Amanda One August 1, 2021 4:19 pm Reply
  • Can’t wait to try this. Got my Sunday meal! Thanks Nanaaba.

    Yolanda Anderson July 21, 2021 2:26 pm Reply
    • You’re most welcome 🙏🏽💕

      Nanaaba's Kitchen July 21, 2021 2:35 pm Reply
  • Welcome back my beautiful sis. You look refreshed✨ that sauce was perfectly created and super flavorful. Rice was Well PERBOILED, and White . Turned out absolutely awesome after the marriage. Love the Yellow Spice learnt something new. Welldone dear ❤️❤️❤️

    Queenvarieties Channel July 21, 2021 2:32 pm Reply
    • Great to be back! Thank you so much for your continued support and love 🙏🏽❤️

      Nanaaba's Kitchen July 21, 2021 3:24 pm Reply
  • You are so specific, gentle, neat and brief with your cooking presentations, I like that. Keep it up. God bless you.

    Ekwuyah July 21, 2021 2:38 pm Reply
    • Thank you and God bless you too 🙏🏽

      Nanaaba's Kitchen July 21, 2021 2:52 pm Reply
    • May I add to your complimentary that Sister Madame is blessings to us all. Her persona is priceless because she is an elegant woman and beautiful inside and outside. No flattering just facts.

      Fanouvvi July 21, 2021 4:20 pm Reply
    • Awwww, you’re way kind to me! I appreciate you 🙏🏾❤️

      Nanaaba's Kitchen July 21, 2021 5:12 pm Reply
    • Eveytime I watch nanaaba’s videos that is exactly what I think..

      Juwairiya Abdillahi July 21, 2021 5:57 pm Reply
  • Waaaooow! first of all, the social distancing bit got me laughing😀😅 Words cannot even describe how perfect this dish is, I just wish it goes viral. You are very much loved Nanaaba😘🙏🏽

    Owusuaa's Kitchen July 21, 2021 2:38 pm Reply
    • Awwww Owusuwaa 🙏🏽 I appreciate your kind and loving word dearie ❤️

      Nanaaba's Kitchen July 21, 2021 2:53 pm Reply
  • There’s nothing Queen Nanaaba can’t do! 🙏🏾👑🥰

    Miss Abyssinia July 21, 2021 2:42 pm Reply
    • I certainly try, and give it my best shot 😁🙏🏽❤️

      Nanaaba's Kitchen July 21, 2021 2:54 pm Reply
  • wow! sitting with a hungry tummy and watching this is pure torture 😩. I was swallowing Silva all the way through. this is the very first time I am seeing this dish and its honestly something I will want to follow every detail step and give it a shot. great of you to have given alternative ingredients for ones that a not easily accessible. I really appreciate this video Nana! looks absolutely delicious 👌❤

    Dine with Sianorkie July 21, 2021 4:00 pm Reply
    • Sianorkie! Thank you 🙏🏾 I also appreciate you deeply ❤️

      Nanaaba's Kitchen July 21, 2021 4:58 pm Reply
  • Iam from Tanzania 🇹🇿
    Thanks for representing us 🥰🥰

    Lilian Myenda July 21, 2021 4:05 pm Reply
    • Asante sana 🙏🏾😘

      Nanaaba's Kitchen July 21, 2021 4:59 pm Reply
  • I love how you explain the procedure step by step ,this is my first time of seeing and hearing about the beryani rice
    It looks inviting and I would love to try it from you kitchen Ma

    ZIKKIE'S WORLD July 21, 2021 4:21 pm Reply
    • You’ll love it! I promise 🙏🏾🥰

      Nanaaba's Kitchen July 21, 2021 5:01 pm Reply
  • This looks so good, Onuawaa. It is about time I tried some biriyani at home. I actually have saffron threads at home and those short ribs look like something my gang here will happily enjoy. Thanks for sharing. And the social distancing did work Paa 🤣🤣🤣🙌🏾🙌🏾👏🏾👏🏾👌🏾👌🏾

    Kwankyewaa's Kitchen July 21, 2021 5:03 pm Reply
    • Hahahaha 🤣🤣🤣😅 to social distancing 😝😆 all the 3nam lovers, namely Onuawaa herself, Andy, Ivvie, and Bra K will thank you for a pot of Biriyani!!!! 🙏🏾😘

      Nanaaba's Kitchen July 21, 2021 5:08 pm Reply
    • @Nanaaba’s Kitchen y3b3 usu y’ano paa 🤣🤣🤣

      Kwankyewaa's Kitchen July 22, 2021 12:32 am Reply
    • You two ladies are Godsent… Nyame Nyira mo..

      Derrick Acheamfour August 2, 2021 7:49 pm Reply
  • This sure looks delish especially with the short ribs 😍😍my goodness. The sauce looks incredible and well fried. I was blessed to have some saffron threads in a basmati rice I recently purchased, I gotta give this a try with the short ribs… I think that’s the highlight of this dish for me especially with the extra flavor it will bring to this dish. Yumm. Thx for sharing!

    COOKING WITH GIFTY July 21, 2021 6:28 pm Reply
    • Absolutely a must try dear Gifty! Glad you have saffron 👌🏽🤩🙏🏽😍

      Nanaaba's Kitchen July 21, 2021 7:36 pm Reply
  • I just love how I’m learning new things on YT everyday😋

    Abena's World July 21, 2021 10:09 pm Reply
    • It’s a university out here on YouTube. We have God to thank for the incredible abundance of knowledge 🙏🏾😊

      Nanaaba's Kitchen July 26, 2021 5:04 pm Reply
  • Your family is so blessed to have such a great cook in the kitchen. I love your cooking.

    Karen Mabin July 21, 2021 11:57 pm Reply
  • I knew when this came up on my feed I was in for a treat. This dish looks delicious 😋 and can not wait to give it a try!

    Love this channel and your method of cooking. When you use the same oil and after searing the meat gives the dish so much flavor.

    Dave Davenport July 22, 2021 1:40 am Reply
    • Yes indeed. My mouth was watering when she made that curry sauce…. And the final dish? Wow…

      southerninddigo1973 July 28, 2021 12:26 pm Reply
  • That looks so divine..I’m a South African born Indian from Durban and you prepared our biriyani so well! 😝👏

    Sandy Harrod July 22, 2021 6:56 am Reply
  • I’m new here but already found a couple recipes to try. Can’t wait to see more. Thanks for all the good work.

    Diana kilian July 24, 2021 9:07 pm Reply
  • Welcome
    Back Aunty. You were missed. This recipe wow. I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen to try this. This recipe is definitely going to take me out of my comfort zone. I love the way you say Biriyani. I enjoy this recipe so much. ❤️

    Aba Anyimaye July 25, 2021 7:01 pm Reply
    • Thank you 🙏🏽❤️

      Nanaaba's Kitchen July 26, 2021 4:34 am Reply
  • This is an Arabic food waaw, I remember when I traveled to Kuwait this is the best food in Arabia , Nana thanks for sharing love youuuu💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃

    Dorcas Amoako July 29, 2021 12:13 am Reply
  • Oh my gosh that food looks so delicious I could probably eat that whole pot by myself I wish I had somebody to cook it for me though.

    Major In MauriceP July 31, 2021 4:33 pm Reply

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