Saturday, October 13, 2012

Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani ... A world-renowned rice dish made with boiled rice and a thick chicken curry, flavored with spices. Both rice and chicken are cooked separately, then layered and cooked over low heat until fully done. Enjoy this masalay dar biryani!

Chicken Biryani

Ingredients :

For Chicken :
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil / ghee
  • 250 gm.  onions, sliced
  • 250 gm.  tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp.  cumin seeds
  • 1 kg.  chicken, medium sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp.  ginger garlic paste
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • 2 large black cardamom
  • 4 - 5 cloves
  • 8 - 10 whole black pepper
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp.  nigella seeds
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp.  red chillies powder
  • 2 tbsp.  coriander powder
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp.  salt
  • 8 to 10 dried plums ( sour prunes / sookha aloo bukhara )
  • 6 to 8 tamarind pieces, washed
For Rice : 
  • 700 gm.  Sella rice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt, to taste
  • Water, as required
For Layering :
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil / ghee
  • 2 tomatoes, cut in round slices
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp.  ginger, julienne cut
  • 4 to 5 whole green chillies
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Orange / yellow food color
  • 1 tsp.  kewra water
  • 1/2 tsp.  garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp.  nutmeg & mace powder

Method :
  • Soak the rice in enough water to cover, for half an hour to two hours, depending on the variety of rice you are using.
  • Heat 1/2 cup oil in a pan. Add onions and fry until light brown. Remove from oil.
  • Take tomatoes, yogurt, cumin seeds and fried onion in a blender and blend to a fine paste.
  • Reheat oil in the pan. Add chicken and ginger garlic paste to the oil. Fry on medium heat until the chicken changes its color.
  • Add green cardamoms, large cardamom, cloves, black pepper, star anise, cinnamon stick and nigella seeds. Fry for few seconds. 
  • Pour the blended mixture and mix well. Add red chillies powder, coriander powder, salt, dried plums and tamarind.
  • Mix well and cook on medium heat until chicken is tender and a thick gravy is left.
  • While the chicken is cooking, boil rice with cinnamon stick, cloves, bay leaf, salt and plenty of water in a separate pan until the rice is 3/4 done.
  • Transfer them in a colander to drain off all the water.
  • When both curry and rice are done, add little oil in the pan  ( you used for the rice ) to coat the base.
  • Spread 1/3 of the rice in a layer at the base of the pan, following with 1/2 of the chicken layer.
  • Place tomato slices, mint leaves, ginger and green chillies on top.
  • Repeat this process of layering rice and chicken. Finish with the remaining rice layered on top.
  • Dissolve food color in milk, add kewra water. Mix and sprinkle over the rice.  
  • Sprinkle garam masala powder, nutmeg and mace powder. Pour remaining oil.
  • Cook on a very low flame, with the lid tightly closed, for about 20 minutes until the rice is fully done. Mix it gently to slightly mix the layers.
  • Serve hot with Yogurt Raita and salad.

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


  1. It's almost midnight 12 here and I'm tempted by this briyani. Perfectly made, looks very delicious

  2. This Biryani looks simply perfect!

  3. What a fantastic Biryani recipe my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. wow mouthwatering biryani dear... so tempting...

  5. Looks absolutely yum Ambreen :) wish i can try it now, makes me hungry... wil try this version some time

  6. this looks amazing! I am SOOOOO happy that you posted this, because i've always had a hard time with homemade biryani. Lately I've been relying on Shan Masalas and hate it. I'm sooo excited to try your recipe! I've always had amazing results with your recipes :)

    1. Thank you so much friends for your lovely comments :)

      Hina, that's one of our favorites. Thank you so much for your nice words about my recipes. Do try out and let me know how it turned out :)

  7. hi anmbreen, wow! what a pretty and delicious looking biryani... cant wait to feel the taste. have a nice day

  8. looks sinfully delicious. all time fav

  9. are making me hungry. Look at the colors and the fluffiness of the rice. You wanna invite me for dinner? Plz??

  10. wow very perfect and yummy briyani..

  11. Looks so royal!!! This is a perfect biryani!!! Well presented...
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  12. Makes me hungry,highly irresistible.

  13. Wow v inviting n colourful....first time to ur space...glad to follow u!

  14. This looks and sounds so good! I will definitely have to try this. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Petites Passions. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. Love it! Looks delicious..perfect for upcoming Eid!!!

  16. Looks yummy yummy... Just love it....

  17. Thank you for the recipe.
    I think this is deliciuos.
    Bye from Italy

  18. Tempting preparation..yummy...Makes me hungry...

  19. This dish look fantastic!
    Not exactly for us as we don't eat meat and dairy together, but it definitely looks wonderful and colorful

  20. Beautiful colours.... I want to have some right now... :(

  21. Beautiful colours. I want to have biryani now... :(

  22. That looks wonderful! I've just started using garam masala.

  23. It looks great! It makes me think to start cooking your recipe. I usually cook any rice including brown rice for 15 minutes, then cover it for an hour. It doesn't matter which kind of rice, you just need to measure your rice and water.

    1. Thanks Sara! I think cooking time depends on what type of rice you are using and your preference :)

  24. Oh Ambreen that looks delicious!! I could eat it all up right now!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  25. This is a delicious Biriyani! So rich in flavors!

  26. Wow looks so tasty,I could just eat some :) thanks for linking up with us at Creative Mondays...

  27. What a gorgeous dish. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  28. Just Beautiful Ambreen! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  29. This is exactly the kind of dish my family loves. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

  30. that looks amazing. im pinning this one! please come link it up at our friday recipe link up party!

  31. This looks so tasty!
    I have / can get hold of all the other recipes besides the Kewra water - can I substitute it with something else?
    Thank you for the detailed recipe - I'm going to try this soon!

    1. Thank you Nina for visiting. You can simply skip the Kewra water or replace with rose water :)

  32. Ambreen Dear, How did I miss this? Chicken Biryani just love it. When ever I make chicken biryani it is always for two meals and I never get to take picture because as soon as I open the pot, My daughter spoon it in her plate. You just made me hungry for that:)

  33. Absolutely beautiful! I love the flavor combination you have in this dish. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  34. YOuve been featured this week at Katies language cafe's recipe link up! please stop by and pick up an "i was featured" sidebar button if you want and while there i hope you will link up another delicious recipe!

  35. hope this isn't a duplicate my last comment vanished! this was chosen as one of the three featured recipes at katies language cafe. i hope you will stop by and link up again this week, and if you want, pick up your "i was featured" button!

  36. Hi Ambreen,
    I just love this recipe and can't wait to make it. Have a fabulous weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  37. Looks so good. I've been cooking Indian food for almost 10 years now, and never get tired of seeing new recipes.

    I cook mostly south Indian food, but love all kinds. Especially all the lovely meat curries, and biryani is just one of my favorites.

    Thanks for the great recipe, and I am SOOO happy I found your blog. WHat a great resource for incredible dishes.
    So glad I stopped by today.

    Def following you now :)

    Have a wonderful day, and stop by anytime to say hello if you can.
    P.s. After coming back from an extended blogging break, I've started a 40 day challenge to get HEALTHY by my birthday. If you get a chance to check it out, I could sure use the support!
    Hugs, Bella :)
    Bella's 40 Day Challenge

    1. Thanks Bella for visiting me and for your sweet words, hope you will try it someday! Will surely check out your blog soon :)

  38. Can I use grocery store prunes instead of the aloo bukhara?

  39. This dish is really so delicious and I'm glad that you share its recipe procedure here nicely and well-explained,, good job !!. thanks for sharing and more power to your site :)

  40. I tried this recipe. This biryani looks and tastes amazing. One thing I would like to add here. Add 1-2 Tablespoon of finely chopped Pickle (Achaar) while along with Plum and tamarind and it will give a delicious achari flavor to it.


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