Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani
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Kerala Chicken Biryani

 
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Cuisine
Indian
 
Biryani got its name from the Iranian word “birian”, meaning “fried before cooking”. So we can believe that it originated from Iran (Persia). Traditionally, Biryani was prepared with rice and leg pieces of goat. Now people are make this dish with chicken, beef, egg, fish etc. Here you can enjoy a Kerala chicken biryani.

Ingredients

  • Chicken pieces – 1 kg
  • Biryani rice (ബിരിയാണി അരി) – 4 Cups
  • Hot water (ചൂടുവെള്ളം) – 7 Cups
  • Ghee (നെയ്യ്) – 3 Table spoon
  • Onion (സവോള) – 4 Nos (medium size)
  • Ginger (ഇഞ്ചി) – 1 inch piece
  • Garlic (വെളുത്തുള്ളി) – 8 Cloves
  • Green chilli (പച്ചമുളക്) – 4 Nos
  • Tomato (തക്കാളി) – 2 Nos
  • Yogurt / Curd (തൈര്) – ½ Cup
  • Cashew nut (കശുവണ്ടി) – 15 Nos
  • Raisins (ഉണക്ക മുന്തിരി) – 15 Nos
  • Chilli powder (മുളകുപൊടി) – ½ Table spoon
  • Coriander powder (മല്ലിപ്പൊടി) – 3 Table Spoon
  • Turmeric powder (മഞ്ഞള്‍പൊടി) – 1 Pinch
  • Garam Masala (ഗരം മസാല) – ½ Tea spoon
  • Cinnamon (കറുവാപ്പട്ട) – 3 Piece
  • Clove (ഗ്രാമ്പു) – 10 Nos
  • Cardamom (ഏലക്കാ) – 5 Nos
  • Pepper (കുരുമുളക്) – 10 Nos
  • Coriander leaves (മല്ലി ഇല) – 4 Sprigs
  • Mint / Pudina leaves (പുതിന ഇല) – 5 Leaves
  • Pineapple (chopped) – ½ Cup
  • Coconut Oil (വെളിച്ചെണ്ണ) – 3 Table Spoon
  • Salt (ഉപ്പ്) – to taste

Method

  1. Wash rice, soak in water for 30 minutes and drain it well.
  2. Grind ginger, garlic and green chilli into a paste. Add curd and salt to this paste. Marinate chicken pieces with this paste for minimum 30 minutes.
  3. Heat 1 table spoon of ghee in a cooking vessel, fry cashew nuts, raisins and 1 finely sliced onion separately till golden brown and keep aside. (while frying onions, when it is almost done add 1 tea spoon of sugar so that the fried onions remain crisp throughout)
  4. Heat 3 table spoon coconut oil in a vessel, put remaining 3 finely sliced onions and salt to taste. Saute until golden brown. Reduce the flame, add chilli, coriander, turmeric and garam masala powders. Stir it for 2 minutes. Add sliced tomatoes and saute it for few minutes.
  5. To this add marinated chicken pieces and stir occasionally for 5 minutes. Add 1 cup of water and cook it covered till done (reduce the flame to medium when it starts boiling).
  6. Heat 1 table spoon of ghee in another cooking vessel, put cinnamon, cloves, cardamom & pepper and stir it. Put rice and stir for 2 minutes. Pour 7 cups of hot water and salt as needed. Cook it covered till the water is absorbed by the rice completely. (Reduce the flame when it starts boiling. Take care not to over cook the rice.)
  7. Spread evenly 1 table spoon of ghee in a vessel and layer it with rice and cooked chicken. Arrange 5 layers with rice and chicken. The bottom layer and the top layer should be rice. Garnish each layer with fried onion, cashews, raisins, pineapple, finely chopped coriander and mint (pudina) leaves. Pour 1 table spoon Ghee on the top. Cover the vessel.
  8. Heat a heavy tawa, put the biryani vessel on the tawa and heat it in a very low flame for 15 minutes. Turn off the flame and let it unopened for another 10 minutes. (Instead of cooking it on a heavy tawa, you can also cook it in a pre-heated oven.)
  9. Serve chicken biryani hot with salad, pappad, lime pickle and lemon tea.

Tips

1) To avoid the raw odour of chicken, 1 table spoon of vinegar or lemon juice can be used, when cleaning the chicken.

 

       

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Myself, Shaan Geo basically a Software Engineer started my career in IT Industry. I have had a passion for food and cooking from an early age. This habit made me keep an eye out for the new variants of food and the different cuisines where ever I go. According to me cooking is an equal-opportunity talent and I find that anybody can cook. It is not limited by the age, profession, caste, colour or creed of a person. What is needed is the love for cooking. For me passion for cooking does not stop in the kitchen, when I travel, I continue to be inspired by eating in some of the best restaurants around the world.

120 comments on “Chicken Biryani

Tried at home and it was a wonderful experience for all of us.

Hi Shaan, Read ur recepie and found interesting.I have a question can you please tell me how many cups of rice should i use for 10 persons.

undakkuna reethium malayalathil paranjude

    Hi Sunil, As I am busy with my job I am not getting enough time to manage the website in two languages. But definitely I will start another recipe website in Malayalam in the future. Thanks for taking time to share your comments here, appreciate it very much :)

Interesting recipe. thanks for sharing

Hi Geooooo….
My elder sister Mousmi tried it and she told me that itssssssssssssssssss more tastyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy……my brother-in-law tells her that it can eat without side dishes….supurbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb thanxxx i will try it soonnnnn…thank you…

    Hi Maya,
    Thank you very much for such a nice feedback. I am really thrilled to know that this recipe was a hit at your circles. Once again thanks for your kind words of encouragement, appreciate it very much.

Haiiiiiiiiiiii Brother,
It is very easy & excellent, thank u so much for this dish. All are happy for this simple way & this biriyani.

Where is the use of Saffron flowers here, does it enhance taste and if so how should it be done

    Hi George, Usually Saffron is used for both colour and flavor. Soak it in half cup of hot milk for few minutes. Add the milk to the biryani at step 7. Hope this helps.

Can you please tell me what is the meaning of heavy tawa in malayalam.

Hi!! It seems easy and great taste recipe.. I will surely try to cook this tomorrow.. I’ve cooked some different kind of chicken biriyani still searching for the best one.. thanks!

I like your recipe dear friend

Is this kozhikodan biriyani?

Hi Shaan, I tried it last day, it was really good… thanks a lot..

    Hi Rose, Great to know that this recipe worked out well for you and you liked it. Thanks a lot for taking time to share your feedback.

Yoghurt evideya use cheyyunne?

Instead of these powders (coriander, chilly etc.), can we use biriyani masala or not?

    Hi Leena, Thanks for the comment. Of course you can use biryani masala. When you are using it, avoid garam masala and reduce the quantity of coriander and chilli powders.

Haaaaaaai Shaan, thanx for this recipe. aadyamayittanu veetil biriyani undakkunnathu pakshe ethrayum nannakumennu njan polum vicharicilla. oru samshayam? rice kuzhanju pokunnathu enthukondanu? cookin time?

    You are welcome Sili. Nice to know that the chicken biryani came out well for you and all of you enjoyed it. Don’t stir the rice too much once it is cooked well. Also take care to remove it from the heat when it is 90% cooked so that the rice does not stick together.

Your recipes will surely help anybody who has little taste in cooking and want to try some great dishes. Thank you.

Can I get the recipes in Malayalam

Haiii, Geoo chetta….. your recipe was stunnning, superb…..

Your way of introduction is very simple and its helps lots to prepare the biryani at home. Thank you very much and appreciated.

Very nice biryani recipe brother.

Hai brother, I made many tapes of biriyani. I am abroad for many years. I live with keralites and I like cooking very much. I not made yet your biriyani. But I know your recipe is very good and easy, tasty. I think we can avoid coriander, chilly powder. Thank you very much your recipe.

Nicely explained. Thanks very much.

Such an easy recipe to follow, and very tasty. Will definitely cook this again, and will try some of your other recipes. Thank you!

ingane oru recipe parijayappeduthiyathil santhosham

I know how to prepare tamil nadu style biriyani. I tried this and came out well. thanks a lot.

    Hi Meena, Thanks for trying this Kerala style chicken biriyani and also for leaving your feedback here. Happy to know that you enjoyed it. Hope you will try other recipes too.

The recipe is superb. Biriyani came out to be perfect! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Varun, Great to know that the Chicken Biryani cam out well for you. Thanks a lot for your kind words of encouragement and also for the feedback.

Where should we use yogurt

Hi Shaan, Thank u for your recipe. I tried this. It is very easy and delicious.

Hi Geo, 1 doubt, r u adding 7 cups of water for 4 cups of rice. athu vattikkuvanno or drain cheythu kalago????

Hai bro…, How do we know that rice had cooked upto 90%..???

    Neethu, The rice should not stick together but it should be cooked enough to eat it – that is the condition. After all it is all about the experience :)

Hi Shaan, Thanks for the recipe. Hope to surprise wife n kids tomorrow. Any particular type of rice is best suited? Long or short?

    Rosh, It is so nice of you to cook for your wife and kids. You can use any type of biryani rice for preparing this chicken biryani. I usually use long grain Basmati rice.

Hi bro, I tried dis and it came out sooo well except the rice part. It was little sticky, how can I avoid dis sticky part??? Apart from that it was yummmyyyyyy.

Thank u Shan for this gr8 recipe. I have tried making biriyani many times before. But they were not at all perfect. But ur recipe worked out so perfect when I tried it yesterday.. Thnk u again.. n keep rocking man..

very very nice…… bro

Hi Shaan, thanks a lot for ur best and simple recipe. I have tried it today, its amazing… at last I am also a biryani maker. thank u.

Hi Shaan, thanks a lot for ur simple and best recipe. My kids Rohan and Roshan likes very much.

Hi Shan, Thank you sooo… much for this wonderful recipe. Recipe is written so clear even for a fresher to start with. I am going to cook it for my son who is coming for vacation from India. Will let you know the outcome later. Best Regards, Sreerekha.

Hi Shan, Thanks a lot… I tried this and come out very nicely. A very big thanks…

Its nice, planning to prepare soon. I have a doubt, after step 5 can we remove the chicken, once we feel its cooked. Step 8, big tawa and stuffed layer or chicken with rice, can you explain how it is?

    Riscob, Thanks for the comment. You need to remove the chicken from the heat once it is cooked well. In step 8, heavy tawa means a pan with high thickness in the bottom. (Instead of heavy tawa you can use preheated ovan.) Making layer of chicken and rice means, first you need to put ⅓ of rice in the bottom of the vessel then on top of that place half of the chicken. Repeat it with the remaining rice and chicken to form 5 layers. (From the bottom of the pan it should be something like: ⅓ rice >> ½ chicken >> ⅓ rice >> ½ chicken >> ⅓ rice)

I am gonna try it out tomorrow. Wish me good luck please :)

Truly amazing.. A very authentic, yet simple recipe. I made this yesterday and was instant hit!! Shaan Geo thank you so much…. :)

    You are welcome George. Great to know that this recipe was a hit at your place. Thank you so much for trying this and also for leaving your feedback here.

Hi, Please post the recipe for Calicut Biriyani. Thanks.

water darin cheyyathe vattichu edukkunnathno taste? apo 10 cup rice eduthal ethra cup water vendi varum?

Really superb, thank u so much 4 dix receipeeeeeeeee Shaan :)

Hi Shaan, I m just a beginner in cooking. So am not confident to try new dishes. But your recipe and the comments encourage me a lot o try this. Thanks a lot.

    Thanooja, Thanks a bunch for your kind words. It is with great pleasure to know that this website inspires you to cook. Hope to see you here often. Have fun in the kitchen :)

Thank you for such a simple steps to make biriyani, for past my biriyani making was horrible but with this I made it sucess thank you.

I made Biriyani for the very first time using your recipe and it was really good!! thanks a lot for the wonderful recipe :)

    You are welcome Roshan. Really happy to know that it worked out well for you in the first time itself. Thank you very much for the good words of encouragement.

I took this recipe for my mom.. this biriyani turned out to be so tasty that I couldn’t help licking my fingers…. fabulous recipe tanks a lot….

    You are welcome Gouri. Really happy know that it turned out good for you and you enjoyed a lot. Thanks for taking time to share your feedback.

Thanks for the recipe.

Hi, I was searching for the recipe for making biriyani and found this.. I will be making it this weekend.. this will be my first time cooking experience… lil tensed about the outcome! will definitely let u know my experience..!!

    Angitha, Thanks for choosing this recipe for the week end. Hope the chicken biryani will come out well for you. Happy cooking :)

I made biryani for the first time…. with this recipe.. It really came out well… Thank you Shaan.!!

    You are welcome Shamna. Good to hear that chicken biryani turned out good in your first attempt. Thanks for the feedback.

Good job Shaan. Nice recipe. Which raisins you are using? I am not getting same colour as in the pic above.

    Liby, I used the golden colour raisins which we usually get in Kerala. I haven’t used any colours for the biryani. Colour may vary depends on the chilli powder we use. I used Kashmiri chilli powder. Thanks for the feedback.

Hi Shaan, before I used to try different recipes to make chicken biriyani, But truly saying your biryani recipe is awesome. My husband appreciated a lot for making this tasteful biriyani. Looking forward for more kinds of different recipe from you,Thanks.

    Archana, Happy to know that you get appreciated for preparing this dish. Thanks for trying this recipe and also for the feedback.

Hi Shaan, can you tell me the items you mentioned in ‘Cup’ in terms of ltr/grams?

    Hi Shibu, Thanks for the comment.
    1 Cup = 236.58ml

Dear Admin… ningalude recipe try cheythu ettinte pani kitti… sangathi okke kollam… pakshe salt eppola add cheyyende?? ricil salt vende??

    Arun, Thanks for the feedback. Please read the steps 2, 4 and 6 carefully. Adding salt is clearly mentioned there. Hope it will work out well for you next time.

Hi Shaan, First time, I made chicken Biryani today, it turned out very nicely and it tasted same as my mother makes. Thanks a lot.

    You are welcome Merlin. Good to hear that the chicken biryani turned out well for you. Thanks for the regular visit :)

Hi Shan, I tired this on Sunday it was delicious. Thanks a lot.

    You are welcome Salilal, Thanks a lot for trying this chicken biryani recipe. Hope to see you here often.

Soo many comments…. seems it works….. my biriyanis have not yet come out well. So hope this one will…. I’m encouraged seeing the comments….

    Tetsy, Thanks for trying this recipe. Hope it will come out well for you. Please share share your feedback.

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