Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Chicken Biriyani | Kukskitchen

Biriyani is every Indian's favourite dish, especially for special festive occasions. A good lip smacking biriyani beats any other dish in any other cuisine in my opinion. :D. This biriyani was the star in our recent get together when my dear friend SP made it who is a brilliant cook. Now, she got this recipe from SG and, God, it ws so yummy. One of the best I've had. I had to get the recipe and here I share it. Hope you don't mind SG :)

A few things before we start:
  • I used 500g of chicken thigh/drumstick and 500g chicken breasts for this recipe. The ratio was perfect for us as we were trying to cut down on carbs anyway. But next time I will use less chicken and more rice since the sauce flavours the rice so well, you want to eat more and more of the rice.
  • If you end up with a lot of sauce in your chicken, keep some aside. You don't want to soak all your rice making it wet.
  • Marinate for more time if you have the time, keep refrigerated.
  • Omit the garnish ( I omitted) if you want to keep your biriyani lower in fat.


Chicken Biriyani
കോഴി ബിരിയാണി 
Serves 6-8


1- Chicken - 1 kg
2- Biriyani masala -1 1/2 tsp
    Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
    Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
    Yogurt - 1 tbsp
    Lemon juice - of half a lemon
    Salt to taste
3- Coriander leaves - 1 cup
    Mint leaves - 1/4 cup
    Green chillies - 5
    Cashew nut - 7
4- Black Cardamom - 1
     Green Cardamom - 3
     Bay leaves - 2
     Cinnamon - 1
     Cloves - 5
5- Onions - 3, roughly sliced
    Ginger-garlic paste - 3 tsp
    Tomatoes - 2
6- Rice - 2 cup
    Water - 3 cups, boiled
    Salt to taste
7- Bay leaves - 2
    Cinnamon - 1
    Cloves - 5
    Black pepper - 5
8- Onion - 1, thinly slced
    Garlic - 4 cloves,  thinly sliced
9- Ghee - 3 tbsp + 3 tbsp
10- Cashew nut -  a handful
    Onion - 2 thinly sliced
    Sultanas- a handful

  • Soak rice in water for 30 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
  • Marinate chicken in (2) and leave for 30 minutes.
  • Deep fry (10) separately in batches and keep aside.
  • Grind (3) to a fine green paste and keep aside.
  • In a pressure cooker, add 3 tbsp of ghee and add (4). Now saute roughly sliced onions till they turn soft.Now add ginger-garlic paste and saute till their raw smell disappears. Add tomatoes and saute for another few minutes till they turn mushy.
  • Now add the ground green paste, saute for a minute, followed by the chicken. Mix well to coat the chicken pieces with the masala. 
  • Close the lid of pressure cooker, let the pressure built up and when steam starts to escape, place the weight. Let the pressure built up again till you hear the first whistle. Reduce the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the pressure release itself with time.
  • Meanwhile, in a large deep pan heat another 3 tbsp of ghee and add (7) to release their aroma.
  • Add (8) and sauce till onion turns transparent.
  • Add drained and soaked rice and saute for another 3-4 minutes till all the rice grains are dry.Now add 3 cups boiled hot water, stir once and close the lid. Turn the heat down and let simmer for 4-5 minutes or till the rice is cooked through.
  • Now is the time to layer. Take a large oven proof dish and layer the cooked chicken at the base. Sprinkle some of the fried onions and dried fruit. Spread the rice over. Sprinkle the rest of the fried onions and dried fruit, close the lid tight and bake for 20-25 minutes at 150 degrees.
  • Serve hot with raita, pappadoms and pickle.

 Recipe adapted from: Smitha George and Surya Panicker

Also check out~: 

Egg biriyani

Prawn biriyani
Hyderabadi mutton biriyani

Keralan Chicken Biriyani
Thalassery Beef Biriyani

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  1. mouth watering chicken biryani. Kothiyavunnu...

    On-going event: South Indian cooking

  2. drool worthy biryani dear..looks yumm

  3. This is a very complex meal sounds real good . Thank you for sharing .You have a wonderful layout on your page.

    1. thank you for the comment Kenneth. If you take the steps in groups it is not actually that complex. And the taste makes it all well worth :D

  4. Nice recipe but a little complex for the home cook.Thank you for sharing and welcome to the community.

  5. Yummy Recipe! I am great fan of Biriyanis.. :) Was looking for this for a long time! Thanks.. Btw I dont have a provision of baking in my home. Can you suggest me what to do instead?

    1. Hi Preethi, So pleased you found what you were looking for.

      You can use a microwave to do the final step. Layer like in the recipe in a microwave safe bowl, close with a tight lid and microwave for 4-5 minutes.

      Or on the hob, but this requires a really tight fitting lid, traditionally sealed with chapathi dough and coal put on top of the lid and cooked on low flame for longer, about 15 - 20 minutes.

      You can also try steaming the layered rice and chicken.

      The idea is for the flavours in the masala to get infused in to the rice.

    2. You can also try mixing half the rice thoroughly with the chicken, add the rest of rice and gently mix only to ever so slightly to combine. So, you will end up with some well soaked and some white rice.

  6. Fine. Will try and let you know the results :)

    1. Very excited here. Pls do :D


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A doctor in my day job and a food writer and food photographer by night. I came in to cooking because of the people around me, be it the women in family who are amazing cooks or the men who luv to eat. My son is my best critic. :) Started cooking while I was at school, my first attempt being a sweetie, no surprise there for people who know me. I got interested in cooking more after marriage, as most girls do. My experiments with food blossomed after coming to the UK, where the grocery stores opened up a variety of foodie opportunities for my hungry tum.

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