Friday, December 31, 2010


This is not a too spicy or too oily biryani. Only 1/4 tsp of ghee is used for this biryani. Then the only oil used is for frying onions. You can also fry onions in microwave or use store bought fried onions and skip the whole process of frying in oil.
Then I marinated chicken overnight in refrigerator.In this way, all the masalas was fully incorporated with the chicken.I usually prefer marinating overnight in refrigerator all meat dishes I cook.In doing so it will not only taste good but also saves a lot of time.


Chicken---------------------- 1 lbs
Basmati rice----------------- 1 1/2 cups
Mint leaves------------------- 1/4 cup,roughly chopped
Coriander/cilantro leaves-1/4 cup,roughly chopped
Green chilly-------------------1 sliced
Tomato-------------------------1medium sized,seed removed and sliced
Biryani masala---------------1 tsp

For marination
Ginger garlic paste------- 1 1/2 tbsp
Red chilly powder--------- 1tsp
Coriander powder--------- 2 tsp
Garam masala powder--- 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder-----------1/2 tsp
Chicken masala powder--1 tsp
Yogurt/curd------------------ 1/2cup
lemon/lime juice--------------1 1/2 tsp
salt as needed

For cooking rice
Warm water------------------ 2 1/2 cups
Ghee----------------------------- 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon stick--------------- 1 inch piece
Cardamom -------------------- 2
Bay leaf--------------------------1
Saunf/perumjeerakam-------1/4 tsp
Salt as needed

For frying onion
Onion------------------------------ 1 1/2 cup,sliced
Rice flour-------------------------1 tbsp
Oil for deep frying

  1. Mix all the marinating ingredients and marinate chicken overnight in refrigerator.
  2. Next fry the onions. For this first remove the water from the sliced onions using a tissue paper and mix a tbsp of rice flour to it.This helps to absorb excess water and will also make it crispy.Then heat oil and fry the onions till it becomes golden brown in color. Drain off the excess oil from fried onions and keep it aside.
  3. Wash and soak rice in warm water for 30 minutes. Soaking rice in warm water helps the rice to cook fast and evenly.It also prevents rice from sticking together.
  4. Now in a vessel add 1/4 tsp of ghee and add whole garam masalas (cinnamon,clove,cardamom,saunf,bay leaves).
  5. Drain off the water from rice and add it to the above vessel and slightly mix it for 2 minutes in low flame. This also prevents rice from sticking together.Note: Do not mix hard and break the rice.
  6. Now add water and needed salt and cook it covered. Rice should be half cooked.
  7. Meanwhile cook chicken in a pressure cooker. Add very little water for cooking chicken if necessary.
  8. Now in a flat bottomed vessel add the cooked chicken.
  9. Add biryani masala,green chilly,sliced tomato, mint leaves and coriander leaves to it and cook it till the water is evaporated.
  10. Now add half cooked rice to the above pan and mix it .Check the seasoning and cover it and cook till the rice is fully done. The flame should be in low.
  11. Once the rice is cooked perfectly add fried onions to it and slightly mix it and transfer to a serving bowl.
  12. Garnish with some fried onions,mint leaves,ghee roasted cashews,kismis,coriander leaves etc.    
 Note: Usually for cooking plain rice,the ratio of rice: water is 1:2. But for cooking biryani it is always 1:1 as there is enough water in the biryani marination and also in soaked rice.

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  1. looks soo yummy... perfect for the new year..
    thanks for sharing...

  2. Yummy biryani,Happy New Year to you

  3. The pic of chicken Biryani looks delicious and enticing.

  4. Just what we need for new year....yummy looking biryani and photo tutorial too..Happy New Year..

  5. Delicious biriyani.
    Wishing you and family a happy and prosperous 2011

  6. craving now...simply scrumptious clicks..
    My Heartiest Wishes for 2011..:)
    Tasty appetite

  7. wow that was really superb...

  8. wow mouthwatering chicken biryani

  9. Awesome work, chicken biriyani looks very inviting to me:)

    Happy New Year:)

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  11. Wishing you and ur family a happy and prosperous new year.,am hungry now, briyani looks fabulous..

  12. Nice recipes

  13. Have a great n prosperous 2011 dear!!
    Biryani looks great..very nicely presented!

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  14. Happy New Year!!!!
    so perfect!!! i want it right now...yummyyyyyy

  15. biriyani looks so yummy ....step by step pic is very easy to follow .1st time to ur blog and like it very much... is my blog
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  17. Chicken's one of my favorite now its my ONLY favorite because of this recipe! THANKS LOADS!

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