Tuesday, August 18, 2009

♥ Chicken Biriyani ♥ Simple & Tasty ♥

Malabar is known for it aromatic biryani's and 'Paris' in Thalaserry, 'Zaines','Paragon'&'Sagar' in Calicut are typical examples for it. But when it comes to making biriyani at home, people have some misconception that it is a difficult task and is laborious and time consuming.

But me and Amma on the other side consider this to be the most easiest ,highly appealing dish that can be made in less than 30-35 mins of cooking time! I din't realise why people consider it to be laborious until I started reading other recipes where they call in for lot ingredients in tiny amounts, grinding ,powdering etc. This realisation dawned on me on a Sunday when I told Amma that we shall try some different type of a biriyani. I scanned through many but came up with nothing quick & easy so dropped that plan and resorted to our ever fave Amma's Chicken Biriyani !

The best part is...it has no tomatoes! I hate tomatoes in biriyani! :)

Chicken Biriyani
Recipe from my mom

For the rice:
Rice:1 kg (5 cups) [We use small grain rice]
Water:10 cups
Ghee/Oil: 1/2 cup
Cardamom:3-4 nos.
Cinnamon:2" stick
Salt:to taste
Lime:juice of 1 lime

For the masala:
Chicken:1 kg
Curd/Youghurt:1/2 cup
Coriander leaves:1 small bunch
Mint leaves:1 small bunch
Green chillies:15 [trust me! It's not going to be too spicy,onions will balance it]
Salt:to taste

For assembly & garnishing:
Cashewnuts:10-15 nos.
Fried onions:1/2 to 1 cup
Garam masala:3-4 tsp
Turmeric powder:1 tsp diluted in 1/2 cup water

For the rice:
  • Heat oil/ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel.
  • Add the spices to it and fry it for 30 secs.
  • Add the washed rice. Fry it stirring well till slightly crisp. (Do not make it too crisp otherwise you will have to add more water)
  • Boil water separately and add it to the rice. Stir and add salt( Salt should be a wee bit extra because only then will it be enough when cooked completely.
  • Add lime juice ( its helps the grains to stay separate)
  • Let it cook. Stir in between.
  • Cover and cook till done.
  • If it is slightly undercooked, sprinkle some water and let it cook covered for 3-4 mins.

For the masala:
  • Grind ginger, garlic and green chillies together.
  • Heat oil , saute the ground masala.
  • Add onions and saute till soft. Sprinkle some salt to fasten the process.
  • Add the chicken pieces and mix well.
  • Add youghurt & herbs.
  • Check for salt.
  • Cook till the chicken is done. There will be some gravy left behind, but let it be there. It will all be used up during layering.
  • Fry some raisins & cashewnuts in ghee .
  • Drain and reserve them.
  • Take a large vessel with tall sides. Grease it with oil/ghee.
  • Make the first layer with chicken and some gravy. Top it with rice in such a way that it covers the chicken beneath it.
  • Sprinkle the turmeric powder +water mix on it.
  • Sprinkle some raisins, cashewnuts and fried onions.
  • Sprinkle some garam masala.
  • Repeat. The topmost layer should be rice.
  • Repeat garnishing.
  • Close the vessel with a lid and cook on low flame for 4-5 mins.
  • Serve it after 10-15 mins. ( You can serve it immediately BUT if you can keep it aside for 10-15 it will let the gravy to mingle better with rice :D )

Hope y'all enjoyed the Chicken Biriyani as much as we enjoy everytime... even last night :D


Divya Kudua said...

Wow..it does look easy peasy:).Got to try it..hubby has been asking for a "nice chicken biryani" after an overdose of veg pulao..:)

Raaga said...


I like your dishes... but I think I like the kitchen picture even better... that looks like my dream kitchen!

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

yummyyyyyyyyyyy..............last snap is very nice..put it in a plate and send it to me... :)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Wow wow making biryani in half an hour!! I cant believe it! I love biryani, one of my favorite dishes! Just had it for lunch :) Yours looks amazing!! You're really growing up amongst some amazing food!!

Zaara said...

Hmmmm - have to try your method. Every biriyani dish I've come across seems so laborious and time-consuming - I need a quick recipe for a quick fix! ;-)

Sanghi said...

yummy briyani ria!!!

Ann said...

Slurp..!! loved the easy recipe

Smitha said...

Adipoli Mole!I love biryani. Especially when someone else makes it.Defintely enjoed it :)

Linz said...

I made this today for our Wedding Anniversary... Turned out to be a super-duper hit!! My hubby loved it! Thanx Ria for making my day!! :)

Rakhee said...


What Garam masala do you use while layering?

selma samad said...

This is exactly the way me and my mom have been making biriyani for years. Yeah, just some minor differences - we don't use the turmeric water or garam masala on layering. Also, while adding yogurt is mixed with some cashew paste and then added to the chicken; A dash of rose water to the water for cooking rice. Happy to see this biriyani posted when, like what you said, any biriyani recipe of www would be with a million ingredients. Most of your recipes are simple and genuine.

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