Quick lamb biryani

Quick lamb biryani

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(74 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Get your mates round and cook up this simple biryani, team it with a few of our Indian side dishes and you've got a party

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal387
  • fat12g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein32g
  • salt1.05g
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  • 1 tbsp balti curry paste
  • 500g lean lamb leg steak or neck fillet, cubed



    A lamb is a sheep that is under one year old, and is known for its delicate flavour and tender…

  • 200g basmati rice, rinsed in cold water
  • 400ml lamb or chicken stock
  • 200g spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…


  1. Heat a large pan, fry the curry paste until fragrant, add the lamb, then brown on all sides. Pour in the rice and stock, then stir well. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid, then cook for 15 mins on a medium heat until the rice is tender.

  2. Stir through the spinach, put the lid back on the pan and leave to steam, undisturbed, for 5 mins before serving.

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Comments (85)

cecileb's picture

Have made this several times with leftover roast lamb and can recommend it. Nice with cucumber and yogurt raita.

smudgebee's picture

This recipe was very tasty and easy to do. I shall definatly serve it again. We used broccoli as none of us are that keen on spinach.

emmclean's picture

Didn't work for me, not enough stock, basmati wasn't nice and fluffy like the picture, flavour wasn't great. Maybe it was my ingredients!

greavess's picture

Made this last night,added finely chopped fresh green chilli before adding spinach and served with raita mango and naan -really tasty

justineaguilera's picture

I had a rice cooker for xmas and i was wondering if i could cook the meat in the paste in a sauce pan first then transfer it all to the rice cooker?

popadum's picture

Quick, easy and delicious. Enjoyed by adults and kids alike. Didn't have curry paste so used medium curry powder instead and it was fine.

jb5370's picture

Lamb wasn't very tender although flavours were good.

ellenh's picture

My 10 year old suggested that the spinach be shredded, and then both her and her 7 year old sister ate it spinach and all. Great, quick, easy healthy midweek meal.

traciekan's picture

very very tasty BUT i used a garam masala paste which was fab, i also used sliced mushrooms, leeks and then peas instead of spinach. sauteed the mushrooms and leeks first then added the paste then the same as the original recipe.
i used leftover lamb.

lisallisallisal's picture

this is just the best quick lamb biryani.
I slowly simmered the lamb for 2 half hours and it was delicious and tender

57aloha's picture

I love this dish and return to it again and again. I have also used a Balti sauce and not added any stock-that works well. I also leave out the lamb and just add raw prawns for 5 minutes at the end-Lovely!

pinkice's picture

this dish is yummy,and with so few ingredients.it's even quicker in the microwave.try adding fresh coriander.mmmm

spike67's picture

Simple, quick and delicious.

ms_scarlett's picture

I make this slightly lower fat by adding 300g of lamb and a punnet of chestnut mushrooms - delicious and more variety of texture too! I use Jalfrezi paste in mine because I prefer the flavour, and I'd recommend people don't feel too penned into using only "balti" paste - I tend to make it with whatever I have around, and it's always tasty! Sometimes I stir in a couple of tablespoons of natural yogurt or creme fraiche at the end before serving, and this is good if you fancy something a little creamier (or if you accidentally made it a bit too spicy for your palette!).

psamiad1's picture

Nice quick and easy no fuss midweek dinner. I used rogan josh paste as I had some to use up and I served it with natural yoghurt and a green salad on the side.

lillytea's picture

This was my first biryani. It not only was super quick but was absolutely delicious! I added some cashew nuts to mine to add another texture.

kathynicolson's picture

this is a great quick healthy recipe for weekday tea, I often use chicken breast as that is what my family prefer, we usually serve with natural yogurt and mango chutney, if time allows we also have our favourite indian sambals with it

jackiepiggy's picture

Delicious and easy!!

anniska's picture

Made this for a last minute dinner party - it was impressive and everyone loved it . Served it with yoghurt & garlic dip and it was delicious. Reheats really well too. Can imagine making it again and again.

ruby07's picture

I make this at least once a week. It's delicious and so fast to make. Anyone who has tried has loved it.


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