Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spicy Chicken Biryani and Awards

Hot n Spicy Chicken Biryani .... Who doesn't love biryani? I'm a huge biryani fan. This was a bit too spicy for me, but hopefully you'll like this recipe :)

Spicy Chicken Biryani
Recipe taken from a Pakistani food magazine

* Prep. Time : 30 minutes
* Cook Time : 90 minutes
* Serves : 3 - 4


For Marination :
  • 500 gm. chicken, cut into medium sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. black pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp. red chillies powder
  • 3/4 tbsp. salt ( or to taste )
  • 4 -5 dried plums  
For Rice :
  • 500 gm. Basmati rice
  • 2 inch piece of cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp. salt ( or to taste )
  • Water, as required for boiling
For Curry :
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 large black cardamom
  • 3 - 4 cloves
  • 6 - 8 whole black pepper
  • 2 inch piece of cinnamon stick
  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/2 bunch fresh mint leaves
  • 4 - 6 green chillies, chopped ( I only used 3 )
  • 1 tbs. ginger, julienne cut
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds, roasted and ground
    For Topping :
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • Orange food color, as required
    • 1 tsp kewra water

    Method :
    • Wash the chicken pieces and drain the water completely.
    • Combine all ingredients for marination in a bowl.
    • Add chicken pieces and marinate for 1 hour.
    • Now cook in a non-stick pan on medium heat until chicken is done and the water dries out.
    • Transfer it to a bowl and keep aside.
    • In the same pan, heat oil. Add cardamoms, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon and wait to splutter.
    • Add remaining ingredients for curry, mix well.
    • Cook on medium heat until tomatoes are soft.
    • Add cooked chicken mixture, cook on high heat until the oil leaves the sides of the pan.
    • Meanwhile, soak rice for 30 minutes in enough water to cover; then drain.
    • Boil water, add rice, cinnamon stick and salt and boil rice till 2/3 rd done.
    • Drain the water off in a colander.
    • Now in a thick bottomed pan, spread a layer of boiled rice.
    • Now layer with the chicken with gravy. Top with remaining rice.
    • Pour orange color dissolved in milk and kewra water over top. 
    • Cook on a very low flame, with the lid tightly closed, for about 15 - 20 minutes.
    • Serve hot with fresh salad and Yogurt raita.

    Now, time for awards. I am so grateful to fellow blogger Zareena of My Experiments With Food for sharing this wonderful award. Thank you so much Zareena for your encouragement! 

    The rules of this award are:
    1.Accept the award. Post it in your blog with the name of the blogger who has given you this award with a link to his/her blog.
    2.Pass it on to 15 other blogger friends…. to keep the ball rolling.
    3.Let the nominated blogger know about their award [leave a comment in their most recent post].

    I am passing this to my fellow bloggers:
    1. Raji of Vegetarian Tastebuds 
    2. Pushpa of Taste as you Cook 
    3. Sarah of Spoonful of Delight 
    4. Saraswathi of Sara's Corner 
    5. Sunanda of Recipes from Sunanda's Kitchen
    6. Priya of Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes
    7. Dr.Sameena of My Culinary Creations
    8. Magali of Magali March 
    9. Akila of Learning-to-cook 
    10. Shanavi of Kitchen Secrets 
    11. Fajeeda of Faji's Hot Pot
    12. Sanyukta of CREATIVE SANYUKTA 
    13. Jaleela of cookbookjaleela 
    14. Priya Sreeram of BON APPETIT  
    15. Sneha Benny of Art of Cooking
    Please aceept this award.Thank you once again Zareena. 

    Also Priya of Now Serving has given this One Fine Dessert Award for participating in her event Best Western Dessert  . Thank you so much Priya :)

    Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!! 


    1. I am also a huge fan of Biriyani.. looks just prefect...

    2. first time here... Congrats on getting award !wow...you have such a lovely blog.....awesome....this is one of the best designed blogs I have come across ! loved it.....this chicken biriyani looks absolutely tempting ...!delicious...happy to follow u ! do visit my space whenever you have time !

    3. Congrats dear and wish u many more !!! keep rocking !! Chicken biryani looks absolutely delicious and yummy !!

    4. Congrats on your well deserved award..and thanks so much for passing it on to me.

    5. Thanks a ton ambreen for sharing the award with me- truly appreciated and i loved ur peanut-butter cookies !!

    6. Congrats on ur award.....biriyani looks soo tempting and delicious....can u pass to me..

    7. Slurp,mouthwatering here, such a delicious and droolworthy briyani..

    8. Super recipe Ambreen, Rice looks perfectly done.. Congrats on ur well deserving award dear..Thanks a lotttttt for passing the awrd to me.. I've updated it..check out my awrds page


    9. Biriyani looks super awesome. Already drooling over it.

      Hamaree Rasoi

    10. Great ingredients chicken biryani looks absolutely delicious.Congratulations on the award and thanks for the award I will post it in my award page.

    11. plums in biriyani is some thing different.love the colour and flavour .

    12. congrats for award..biryani looks perfect

    13. Biriyani looks mouth-watering... Its just morning here and I'm already craving for some. Thank you so much for the award. It is very sweet of you :)

    14. Double-Congratulations on your awards :)

    15. Sunanda @ Thank you so much dear:)

      Only Fish Recipes @ Welcome & thank you so much for your words of encouragement! So nice of you to appreciate my efforts and follow me. You have made my day :)

      SravsCulinaryConcepts @ Thank you for your sweet note :)

      Raji @ Thank you for stopping by :)

      Priya Sreeram @ Thank you for liking Peanut-butter cookies.They are my favorite,too!

      Divya @ Thank you! I wish I could pass it on to you :)

      Priya @ Thank you so much dear :)

      Shanavi @ Thank you dear for your appreciation:)

      Hamaree Rasoi @ Thanks a lot Deepa for your nice words :)

      Pushpa @ Thank you dear for liking the recipe :)

      Savitha @ Plums were not there in the original recipe...For me, biryani is not complete without it. Thank you dear for liking it :)

      Preety @ Thank you dear for liking it :)

      Sarah @ Thank you dear for your appreciation. Thanks for the visit :)

    16. Wow Biryani looks really good. Congrats on the award :)

    17. Congrats dear on your well deserved awards!!
      Biryani looks very exotic.. must be a treat for chicken lovers..

      US Masala

    18. Congrats on your well deserved award.
      Biryani looks yummy and tempting!

    19. Congrats for the awards and wonderful chicken briyani :) looks awesome :) U have such a delicious space and happy to follow u :)

    20. Madhu @ Thanks for visiting and liking it :)

      Aipi @ Thanks! Good to hear that you liked this :)

      Dimah @ Thanks dear.You have made my day :)

      Ila @ Thanks for the encouraging words. I appreciate it. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and joining as a follower.

    21. thanks for the award dear..means a lot...
      biryani looks yummy n mouthwatering..
      first time here ,u hv a lovely space

    22. Wonderful briyani recipe dear. very colorful and drool-worthy clicks too.

    23. Hi ambreen, sorry it has taken me couple of days to get to writing this dear - Congrats on your awards and wish you many many more - thanks too for graciously sharing with me - kindly send me the link to the post and I will collect :)
      Also FYI I had passed on some awards to you earlier here is the link dear -Thought I left a message for you - here is the link to that http://priyasnowserving.blogspot.com/2011/02/cluster-awards-passing-on-kindness.html

    24. Priya @ Thanks dear for thinking of me while sharing your awards. I will collect it. Thank you again!

    25. dear ambreen
      thank you very for your lovely award,
      chicken biriyani looks very tempting.


    Thank you for visiting and brightening my day with your sweet comments. I try my best to respond to your comments ASAP, though it might take some time to get back to you.

    Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory)

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