Lamb and Vegetables Biryani-Style
Recipes and photos excerpted from Instant Pot Meals: Comfort Food Fast!, published by Meredith Operations Corporation (2022).
Servings Prep Time
4Servings 20Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4Minutes 30Minutes( Marinate)
Servings Prep Time
4Servings 20Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4Minutes 30Minutes( Marinate)
  • 1/2cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/4cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1tbsp minced Garlic
  • 1tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2tsp garam masala
  • 2tsp kashmiri chile powder
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/8tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/2tsp salt
  • 1pound lamb shouldercut into 1-1/2 inch pieces
  • 1cup Basmati rice
  • 3tbsp ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2cups halved and thinly sliced onion
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1cup Orange Bell Peppercut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1cup trimmedhalved fresh green beans
  • 1 large golden beetpeeled and cut into 1/2-inch wedges (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1cup Water
  • Toasted cashewsgolden raisins, and additional chopped fresh mint and cilantro (optional)
  1. For marinade, in a large bowl combine the first thirteen ingredients (through cloves) and 1 tsp salt. Stir in lamb until well coated. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse rice under cold running water. Place in a bowl and add cold water to cover and soak for 20 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Place a 6-quart Instant Pot on Saute setting, Add ghee. When ghee is hot, add onion. Cook 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add lamb mixture; stir to combine. Add bell pepper, green beans, and beet. Top with drained rice. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 tsp salt; pour 1 cup water over all. Lock lid in place.
  3. Set Instant Pot on High Pressure to cook for 4 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes to release pressure naturally. Release any remaining pressure. Open lid carefully. Remove bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Serve topped with cashews, raisins, and additional mint and cilantro (if using).