Chicken Biryani

2012-06-24
Kerala chicken biryani
  • Yield : 1
  • Servings : 5
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 60m
  • Ready In : 1:30 h
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Kerala Chicken Biryani


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

Step 1

Wash rice, soak in water for 30 minutes and drain it well.

Step 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.

Step 3

Heat 1 table spoon ghee in a cooking vessel, fry cashew nut, raisins and 1 finely sliced onion separately till golden brown and keep aside (while frying onions add 1 tea spoon sugar so that the fried onions remain crisp throughout).

Step 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.

Step 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).

Step 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 done. (Reduce the flame when it starts boiling. Take care not to over cook the rice.)

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

2) Instead of cooking it on a heavy tawa, you can also cook it in a pre-heated oven.

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Nutritional Profile

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  • Carbohydrates

  • Proteins

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  • Phosphorus

  • Potassium

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Measurements

1 Table spoon = 3 Tea spoons
1 Dessert spoon = 2 Tea spoons
1 Tea spoon = 5 ml
1 Cup = 236.588 ml

Author

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.

Comments on Chicken Biryani

Comments (96)

  1. posted by Martin T. Philip on July 28, 2012

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

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on July 28, 2012

      Hi Martin, Thanks a lot for the feedback. Nice to know that all of you liked this recipe.

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  2. posted by Nicole on November 10, 2012

    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.

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on November 10, 2012

      Hi Nicole, Thanks for the feedback. 8 cup of rice is more enough for serving 10 persons.

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      • posted by Retheesh on April 11, 2014

        Please include simple recipe for Kerala Perotta, I have tried a lot, but failed.

          Reply
        • posted by Shaan Geo on April 16, 2014

          Retheesh, I am sorry, I have not tried Porotta yet.. But will try to include it in the near future.

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  3. posted by Sunil on December 5, 2012

    undakkuna reethium malayalathil paranjude

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on December 5, 2012

      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 :)

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  4. posted by Chandra on December 16, 2012

    Interesting recipe. thanks for sharing

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on December 16, 2012

      You are welcome Chandra. Thanks for the feedback.

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  5. posted by Mayasunil on January 17, 2013

    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…

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on January 17, 2013

      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.

        Reply
  6. posted by Anumol Alex on April 10, 2013

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

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on April 10, 2013

      You are welcome Anumol. Nice to know that you all liked it. Thanks a lot for sharing your feedback.

        Reply
  7. posted by George M on April 22, 2013

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

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on April 26, 2013

      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.

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  8. posted by Sree on May 12, 2013

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

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on May 12, 2013

      Hi Sree, Heavy tawa is called “Dosa Kallu” in malayalam.

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  9. posted by Shermie on May 14, 2013

    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!

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on May 16, 2013

      Hi Shermie, Thanks for the comment. Please do share your feedback if you happen to try this recipe. Happy cooking :)

        Reply
  10. posted by Selvansubbiah on May 26, 2013

    I like your recipe dear friend

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on May 28, 2013

      Thank you Selvansubbiah :)

        Reply
  11. posted by Soumya on June 15, 2013

    Is this kozhikodan biriyani?

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on June 21, 2013

      Soumya, It is not a 100% ‘kozhikodan’ preparation. But it is similar to that :)

        Reply
  12. posted by Rose on July 7, 2013

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

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on July 8, 2013

      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.

        Reply
  13. posted by Vishnu on July 28, 2013

    Yoghurt evideya use cheyyunne?

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on July 28, 2013

      Vishnu, Yogurt/Curd is used in the step 2.

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  14. posted by leena on August 6, 2013

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

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on August 6, 2013

      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.

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  15. posted by Sili Gopalakrishnan on August 9, 2013

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

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on August 9, 2013

      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.

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  16. posted by Gracy Shaji on August 21, 2013

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

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on August 22, 2013

      Ahhh.. I am honoured :) Gracy, Thanks a lot for your nice words.

        Reply
  17. posted by Maneesh Kumar OS on August 26, 2013

    Can I get the recipes in Malayalam

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on August 26, 2013

      Hi Maneesh, I am sorry, right now I don’t have malayalam version of recipes. But I am planning to develop it soon.

        Reply
  18. posted by Minu Praveen on September 3, 2013

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

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on September 4, 2013

      Hi Minu, Thank you very much for the nice words. Have fun in the kitchen :)

        Reply
  19. posted by Sreekumar on September 12, 2013

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

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on September 12, 2013

      Hi Sreekumar, Thanks a lot for your nice words. Hope you will try this recipe. Happy cooking :)

        Reply
  20. posted by Suresh on September 15, 2013

    Very nice biryani recipe brother.

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on September 15, 2013

      Thanks Suresh :)

        Reply
  21. posted by Abdul Rasheed on September 28, 2013

    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.

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on September 30, 2013

      Hi Abdul Rasheed, Thanks a lot for the nice words. I don’t think that it will come out well, if you avoid coriander and chilli powder :(

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  22. posted by Priya on September 30, 2013

    Nicely explained. Thanks very much.

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on October 3, 2013

      You are welcome Priya. Thanks for the comment.

        Reply
  23. posted by Melanie Ruston on October 8, 2013

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

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on October 8, 2013

      You are welcome Melanie. Glad you liked it. Thanks for the feedback.

        Reply
  24. posted by Abdul farook Kallayil (Ayiroor) on October 9, 2013

    ingane oru recipe parijayappeduthiyathil santhosham

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on October 9, 2013

      Hi Abdul, Thanks for the comment.

        Reply
  25. posted by Meena on October 31, 2013

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

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on October 31, 2013

      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.

        Reply
  26. posted by Varun on November 1, 2013

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

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on November 1, 2013

      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.

        Reply
  27. posted by Saan on November 8, 2013

    Where should we use yogurt

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on November 9, 2013

      Saan, It is in step 2.

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  28. posted by Reena Jayan on November 8, 2013

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

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on November 9, 2013

      You are welcome Reena, Thanks for the feedback.

        Reply
  29. posted by smj on November 22, 2013

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

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on November 22, 2013

      smj, no need to drain it. The rice will absorb it.

        Reply
  30. posted by Neethu on December 6, 2013

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

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on December 6, 2013

      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 :)

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  31. posted by Rosh on December 14, 2013

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

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on December 17, 2013

      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.

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  32. posted by Aswathy on December 16, 2013

    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.

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on December 17, 2013

      Aswathy, Thanks a lot for the feedback. The rice may be over cooked or you added extra water to cook. Take care next time :)

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  33. posted by Gayathri Sreeni on December 18, 2013

    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..

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on December 20, 2013

      Ohh I am honored! Thank you very much for such a great feedback, especially for your words of encouragement. Have fun in the kitchen :)

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  34. posted by Jiju on December 20, 2013

    very very nice…… bro

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on December 20, 2013

      Thanks Jiju :)

        Reply
  35. posted by Anisha on December 29, 2013

    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.

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on December 30, 2013

      You are welcome Anisha. Great to know that it turned out well for you. Hope you will try other recipes too. Thanks for the feedback.

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  36. posted by Beena on January 2, 2014

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

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on January 5, 2014

      You are welcome Beena. Thanks for the feedback. Great to know that your kids loved this chicken biryani.

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  37. posted by Sreerekha Madhu on January 9, 2014

    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.

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on January 14, 2014

      You are welcome Sreerekha. Thanks a lot for your kind words of encouragement. Hope your son will enjoy it.

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  38. posted by Sinchu on January 18, 2014

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

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on January 18, 2014

      You are welcome Sinchu. Thanks for trying this chicken biryani recipe and also for the feedback.

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  39. posted by Riscob on January 22, 2014

    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?

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on January 25, 2014

      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)

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  40. posted by Treesa on January 24, 2014

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

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on January 25, 2014

      Treesa, Thanks for the comment. Wish you all the best :) Happy cooking :) Hope you will share the feedback.

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  41. posted by George Gonsalves on January 29, 2014

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

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on January 30, 2014

      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.

        Reply
  42. posted by Averine on February 11, 2014

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

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on February 11, 2014

      Hi Averine, Thanks for the comment. I will try to include the recipe of Malabar Biryani soon.

        Reply
  43. posted by Syam on February 17, 2014

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

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    • posted by Shaan Geo on February 24, 2014

      Syam, Vattichu edukkunnathanu nallathu. For 10 cup of rice you can add 16-17 cup of water.

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  44. posted by Aami on March 15, 2014

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

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on March 19, 2014

      You are welcome Aami. Thanks for the feedback.

        Reply
  45. posted by Thanooja on March 18, 2014

    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.

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on March 19, 2014

      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 :)

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  46. posted by Viji Seeraj on March 20, 2014

    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.

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on March 23, 2014

      You are welcome Viji. Happy to know that it works well for you. Hope to see you here often.

        Reply
  47. posted by Roshan on April 4, 2014

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

      Reply
    • posted by Shaan Geo on April 16, 2014

      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.

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