Chicken Biriyani

Chicken Biriyani

Isn’t that amazing how we can bring the different tastes out of just one single recipe? Yes, you are right ..I am talking about most flavorful and aromatic Biriyani varieties throughout the Indian subcontinent. There is nothing more delicious than an aromatic and colorful biriyani. Every region in India has its own version of this dish.

Whenever I go out for dinner to Indian Restaurant, the first thing I search on the Menu would be Biriyani. I bet most of you do the same thing as well when you pop into an Indian Restaurant. I’ve been doing my experiments on South Indian biriyani recipe for a while now. I’d love to share this special South Indian Biriyani recipe with you all. Hope you will love it.

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Chicken Biriyani

Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter or ghee
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 6 to 8 crushed shallots
  • 3tbsp fresh ginger garlic paste
  • 1 sliced medium onion
  • 4 green chillies, slitted
  • Half cup chopped mint leaves
  • Half cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 medium size chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Red chili powder
  • 500g cleaned chicken
  • 2 tbsp Greek Yoghurt
  • 3 cups Basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 1/2 cups water

For Marination

  • 1 tsp fresh ginger and garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

For Masala paste

  • 4 to 5 small cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 2 cloves
  • 4 to 5 green cardamoms
  • A pinch of nutmeg powder
  • 1 tsp water                                                                                                                                            (Grind the above ingredients to smooth paste)

Preparation

  • Soak the rice in water for 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile marinate the chicken with the above ingredients listed for marination.
  • Heat the oil and butter in a pressure cooker/saucepan. Add in bay leaves with green chillies,onions and sauté for a minute. Now add in crushed shallots and ginger garlic paste and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the Masala paste and sauté this until the oil separates from the mixture.
  • Now throw in mint leaves and coriander leaves and stir for a minute. Then add in the tomatoes and required amount of salt,  let it cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the marinated chicken along with 1tbsp of red chilli powder. Mix well and cover it with the lid. Cook this on a medium flame for about 15 minutes until the chicken is tender. Do not add any water, Leave the chicken to cook on its own juice.
  • Now add in yoghurt and cook for another 5 minutes keeping the lid open.
  • Drain the soaked rice, add it to the pan and mix well with the sauce.
  • Add water and lemon juice and cover it with the lid . Let it cook for 5 to 6 minutes on a high flame and 4 to 6 minutes on a lower flame. Meanwhile, give it a gentle mix to make sure the rice doesn’t  scorch in the bottom.
  • Open the lid and check if the rice is done. Cook on a very low flame for another couple of minutes if need be.
  • When it’s done, switch off the flame and close it with the lid. Leave it to stand for next 30 minutes to allow the rice to absorb the moisture.
  • Scrumptious south Indian chicken biriyani is ready to serve. If you want to add a bit more variety to it, serve with boiled egg and raita( Indian fresh yoghurt chutney).

 

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. kanchnala says:

    Hi Nithi, tried out your chicken biriyani today and it tastes awesome. You gave precise details which was very useful.I won’t marinate the chicken for biriyani usually but this one really gives unique taste. Thank you

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    1. divinespice says:

      Thank you Kanch.. I am glad you liked it☺ Try out other recipes too😊

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  2. Just reading your recipes makes me hungry, Nithya! I wish you much success and many friends w/ your blog. Thank you for following mine. 🙂

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    1. divinespice says:

      Thanks Anna, I was pleased with it! I am glad I found you😊 Have great week ahead! … xx

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  3. Fatma Amin says:

    Hi. This was amazing. And I’m glad to find that you’re a biriyani lover. Do come to my space if u wanna to eat biriyani. I am mughal & I love to cook biriyani & serve it☺. I invite u home. I always have a hand in cooking. My greatest hobbies u can say. And your dishes look presentable. I loved this post of yours. You’re splendid. Thank u for sharing

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    1. divinespice says:

      Thank you Fatma! It’s so sweet of you to say that😊 I’d really like to visit and when you just say about mughal biriyani, it already makes me drool😋

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  4. My mom likes to toast the rice in butter until it has a shade of brown.

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    1. divinespice says:

      Hah, sounds amazing ! Thanks for the tip, anyway ☺

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  5. kanchnala says:

    Hi Nithi , Please post veg biryani recipe as well.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. divinespice says:

      Sure Kanch 👍will do !

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  6. I cook more Indian and English food, than any other kind. Being English we love it.

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    1. divinespice says:

      Thats cool, i will try and keep them coming👍

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Soul Gifts says:

    I’ve had a look around your recipes , and all those delicious looking foods and colourful photos are making me hungry !!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. divinespice says:

      Thanks a lot !! I wish I could deliver it to your doorstep 😍

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Soul Gifts says:

        Oooh , that would be awesome 🙂 The thought alone is – thanks 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  8. jmsabbagh says:

    Great recipe .l have tried many recipes this one exceptional..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. divinespice says:

      Thank you! Hope you love this too☺

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Anna D says:

    I am so not into food blogs… except yours.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. divinespice says:

      Awww, that’s very sweet of you to say that!! Thank you.

      Like

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