Nov 6, 2012

Chicken Biryani

Biryani  is one among the most popular lunch/dinner item on the Indian menu, that brings the aromatic flavours of Indian spices! It can be vegetarian or non-vegetarian, and is made by preparing rice & masala(gravy) separately. And finally layering them brings the contrasting taste of the 'flavored rice' and the 'spicy masala'. The best way of eating Biryani is with Raita, Papadum and Lime Pickle! 

Total Time......2 hr 30min (Prep - 15 min, Cook- 1 hr 15 min, Idle- 1 hr)
Yield...............4 to 5 servings 

(I) Ingredients for the Rice
  • 1 1/2 cup Basmati rice 
  • 4 Bay leaves
  • 5 green Cardamoms
  • 5 Cloves
  • 1 medium sized Cinnamon  
  • 5 Pepper corns
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • Salt as required
  1. Wash rice 3 to 4 times and drain the water. Take a vessel and lightly fry rice in ghee for 2 to 3 min.
  2. Cook rice with bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, pepper and salt. 
  3. When rice is fully cooked, remove all spices(if needed) and keep aside.

(II) Ingredients for the Chicken Masala
  • 2 pounds Chicken pieces
  • 3 cups sliced Onion
  • 2 Tomatoes 
  • 3 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 3/4 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 3/4 tsp Cloves powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder 
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 5 green Cardamoms
  • 2 tsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 4 Bay leaves
  • 4 tbsp Yogurt(Curd)
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp Red chilly powder
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 1/2 cup chopped Coriander leaves (Cilantro) 
  • 1/2 cup chopped Mint
  • 5 tbsp Ghee 
  • 2 tbsp Lime juice
  • Salt as required
  1. Marinate chicken pieces in 2 tbsp yogurt, turmeric powder, 1 tsp chilly powder, lime juice & salt. Keep aside for 1 hour.
  2. Take a pan and pour ghee. Saute onion with salt till you obtain a brown colour. Then add ginger-garlic paste, chopped green chillies, tomatoes and saute for sometime.
  3. Add cardamoms, cinnamon powder, cloves powder, corriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala, pepper powder, chilly powder and turmeric powder. Saute for 2 min.
  4. Mix in marinated chicken pieces & saute for 3 minutes
  5. Add 1 1/2 cup of water, chopped cilantro, mint, bay leaves, lime juice and salt. Close the lid and cook for 15 min in low flame. (Stir occasionally)
  6. Then mix in remaining yogurt and cook for 5 more min or till you obtain a thick gravy. Take off the cardamom pods and bay leaves (if needed). Keep aside.
 (III) Ingredients for the Raita
  • 1 1/2 cups Curd
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced Onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced Tomatoes
  • Salt as required
  1. Mix onion with a pinch of salt.
  2. Add tomato, curd and a pinch of salt into the above mix. Combine well and keep aside. 

(IV) Other Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Raisins and Cashew nuts (lightly sauteed in ghee)
  • 4 boiled Eggs 
  • Fried onions (1 cup sliced onion fried in ghee)
  • 1/4 cup chopped Coriander leaves (Cilantro)
  • Papadums (fried in vegetable oil)
  • Lime Pickle 
Take a shallow pan, spread little ghee and start layering as shown below:
  • Layer a) Rice                                         
  • Layer b) Chicken masala, few Cashew nuts, few Raisins and chopped Cilantro
  • Layer c) Rice 
  • Layer d) Chicken masala and eggs
  • Layer e) Rice 
Keep in a low flame and let it cook for 10 to 15 min. When it is ready to serve, garnish with fried Onions, remaining Cashewnuts, Raisins and chopped Cilantro. Serve the delicious Biryani with Papadum, Lime Pickle and Raita!


Shema George said...

Oh wow - one of my fav dishes!! Yours looks perfect. The rice also looks perfectly done..Nice Teena :)

Suja Manoj said...

Oh my this looks awesome,beautiful preparation,so inviting.

Priya said...

Feel like inviting myself to your place, flavourful chicken briyani,beautifully prepared.

Julie said...

wow..mouthwatering biriyani dear..very inviting platter:)
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cookingvarieties said...

hi Teena, just love to see these biryani pics. They look very delicious. bookmarked with thanks. have a nice day

divya said...

Very beautiful..looks perfect..

Roshu said...

Look sooooooooooooo delicious dear.......good job....

WeR SAHM said...

My all time favorite and am mouthwatering now... nice one..

Mélange said...

I am hungry so much that I try to grab the bowl from the screen..Truly a yummy recipe and nice presentation.

Vidya said...

Delicious and rich biryani.Nice clicks.

Nisa Homey said...

Teena, that is a wonderful tempting...

Rosh said...

Wow! That is such a tempting meal!!

PT said...

very tempting and incredible..

Az said...

Looks so delicious!!! Can you UPS me a plate? :)

Faseela Noushad said...

Mouth watering Biriyani....super yumm dear

Kit @ i-lostinausten said...

Oh YUMMY! This is so mouth watering & flavorful dish that I LOVE!

SCK Recipes said...

looks sensational!!! may I have a bite, please??? ;-)

Sherin said...

chicken adipoli. Luv ur space dear. Happy to be a aprt of it :)

Suman Arthy said...

Perfect Briyani Teena...drooling...

viya sheth said...

wow!! this looks so inviting , Teena feel like having some right now:)

Asha said...

this looks yummy...biriyani is my all time favourite..

Asha said...

this looks yummy...biriyani is my all time favourite..

Shella said...

The Biriyani looks irrestible Tina, you have great recipes , n am happy to follow you


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