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Chicken Biriyani

Chicken Biriyani 

Spicy Kerala Chicken Biriyani.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 90 minutes
Serves: 3 people

  1. Chicken,cut into medium size pieces – 250 to 300 gms
  2. Onion,sliced – 1 large( about 1 cup)
  3. Tomato,chopped – 1 small( 1/2 cup)
  4. Oil- as required
  5. Water-as required
  6. Salt-to taste

For Marination:

  1. Kashmiri chili powder- 1/2 to 3/4 tsp
  2. Coriander powder- 1tsp
  3. Lemon Juice-1/2  tsp
  4. Water-as required
  5. Salt- to taste
For Masala paste:

  1. Green chilies-3 to 4 nos( or more,according to taste)
  2. Ginger- 1″ piece
  3. Garlic-3 cloves
  4. Coriander leaves,roughly chopped- 2 tbsp
  5. Mint leaves,roughly chopped- 1 tbsp
  6. Cinnamon-1″ piece
  7. Cloves- 3 nos
  8. Fennel seeds-1/2 tsp
  9. Whole black pepper -1/2 tsp
  10. Salt- to taste
For rice:
  1. Basmati rice- 1.5 cups
  2. Cardamom pods- 3 nos
  3. Cinnamon stick,1″ piece-2 nos
  4. Cloves-5 nos
  5. Bay leaf- 1 no
  6. Water-3 cup( 1/2 cup more ,if required)
  7. Ghee-as required
  8. Salt- to taste
For Layering/garnishing:
  1. Onion,sliced- 1 small
  2. Cashew nuts- 12 to 15 nos
  3. Raisins-1 or 2 tbsp
  4. Garam masala- 2 to 3 pinch
  5. Ghee /Oil- as required
  6. Coriander and mint leaves,chopped-as required

  • Combine all the ingredients listed under ‘For marination‘ in a bowl.Marinate the chicken with this masala.Keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Heat oil/ghee in a pan and fry sliced onion,cashew nuts and raisins ( for garnishing) separately until it turns golden brown. Keep aside.
  • Combine all the ingredients listed under ‘For masala paste‘ in a blender and grind to form a smooth paste.Keep aside.


  • To prepare Chicken Masala,Heat ghee /oil in a pan,add onion and saute until it turns golden brown.
  • Add tomato and saute until it turns mushy.

  • Add the prepared masala paste and saute until raw smell leaves. 

  • Add marinated chicken  ,mix well and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.Add 1/2 cup water and salt to taste,mix well .Cover and cook until chicken is done.(Check in between,give it a stir and add more water if required)

  • Remove the lid,cook until gravy turns thick.
  • To prepare rice ,heat ghee in a pan,add cardamom,cinnamon,cloves and bay leaf.Saute for few seconds or until fragrant.Add washed and drained rice and saute for 2 to 3 minutes.Add water and salt to taste.Bring this to a boil.Reduce flame to low,cover and cook until it is 90 % done and water is completely absorbed.Allow it to cool completely.

  • For layering,Coat the bottom and sides of the baking dish with ghee.Add a layer of cooked rice.

  • Add a layer of the prepared chicken masala.Next add a layer of rice.

  • Sprinkle fried onion,cashew nuts,raisins,chopped coriander /mint leaves, 1 pinch garam masala and few drops of ghee on top.Add another layer of prepared chicken  masala .

  • Finally add a layer of rice.Garnish with remaining fried onion,cashew nuts ,raisins ,coriander and mint leaves.Cover tightly using aluminium foil.Bake for this for about 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 200 Deg C.(For stove top method,layer the biriyani in a heavy bottomed pan and cover it tightly using aluminum foil.Heat a tava/pan and place the biriyani vessel on top of the tava.Reduce flame to low and cook for about 20 minutes.)
  • Serve with onion salad

    • Adjust the quantity of green chilies according to your taste.

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      Shema George
      January 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Yummy , I love biryani.. I am so hungry now after looking at these pictures

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      January 29, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      mmmm…..yummmm… Looks mouthwatering. Amazing clicks as usual…

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      January 29, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      It looks absolutely fabulous! Awesome clicks!!

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      February 3, 2014 at 11:06 am

      Just loving the way you presented has increased my appetite level 😛

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      May 1, 2014 at 9:59 am

      The way you have presented to is very nice, its mouthwatering while I read 🙂

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      March 22, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      This was my first attempt at THE Biryani and boy oh boy were we floored. Aahhh the JOY of your first Biriyani, is joy indeed. Thank you for sharing.

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      March 22, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      This was our first attempt at THE infamous Biryani and boy ohh boy were we in for the treat of our lives. Ahh… the JOY of your first biryani, is joy indeed. Thank you for sharing this joy.

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      March 27, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Hi vidya chechi
      Can you please share the recipe of ghee rice???

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        April 27, 2017 at 6:10 pm

        sure ..Harsha

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