Saturday, 28 November 2015

Tasty easy yummy chicken biriyani

Finally I am back after a long one year gap from blogging..... Yes its almost a year and I couldn't post anything new in this blog. But I am amazed to see the number of visitors and lovely comments which forced me to start this blogging again :) So friends lets start this second phase of journey with a chicken biriyani, everyone's favorite and yummy... Lets start!!!!!!!!!!!

Biriyani is one of the easiest dish and most of us's favourite. So if you have guests at home or you want to make a special lunch on a sunday try this easy yummy recipe.. This is very easy variation of chicken biriyani which can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.

The main ingredients are as below.


  • Chilly powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2  tsp
  • Pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  • Salt

Masala for chicken
  • Onion – 3 medium size, finely sliced
  • Ginger & Garlic paste – 2 tbsp
  • Green chilly – 6
  • Tomato – 2
  • Coriander leaves – a handful
  • Pudina leaves - a handful
  • Yogurt – 4 tbsp
  • Biriyani Masala – 1 tsp
  • Cloves - 2
    Cinnamon stick - 2
    Cardomom Green - 2
    Cardomom black - 2 (optional)
    Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp (optional)
  • Water – ½ cup
  • Oil/Ghee
  • Salt

Rice preperation
  • Basmati rice – 2 cups
  • Water – 4 cups (as per the rice)
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp
  • Cloves - 2
    Cardomom Green - 1
    Bay Leaves - 1 (optional)
  • Salt - As required
  Oil/Ghee - 2tbsp / as required

Marinate the chicken pieces with the above mentioned ingredients and keep it aside. 

Cut onion into thin slices, tomatoes and keep it aside. I prefer to use green chilies as it is. If you like to cut the green chilies you can cut it and keep it aside. Grind ginger garlic and make a fine paste out of it. Also clean a handful of pudina and coriander leaves and keep aside. 

Method to prepare Rice:

Cook basmathi rice in water with  cloves,cardomom, bay leaf, salt and oil. Drain the water once the rice is almost 70% cooked and keep it aside.

Method to prepare biriyani Mix:

Heat kadai and pour oil/ghee in it. Add cashew and raisins to the oil and fry them. Keep it aside

Add onion slices to the oil and saute till they are brown and crispy. Keep them aside.

Once the onions are done we will prepare the masala for chicken. First add garam masala's like bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, Fennel seeds into the oil. Saute for a minute and then add the remaining sliced onion and saute till the onions are soft.

Add the ginger garlic paste and green chillies and saute till you get a nice aroma. 

Now add tomatoes and saute till its soft. Now add salt, biriyani masala and the marinated chicken pieces and saute for a minute. Now add a glass of water and cover the Kadai and cook for around five minutes.

Once this is ready add coriander leaves and mint leaves and saute for a minute. Stir it for a minute and add curd into this mix. Stir it continuously till the oil get separated from the masala. Check the salt. Switch off the flame once the gravy gets into a thick consistency.

Layering and Steaming the biriyani:

Now take a wide kadai and first pour some of above prepared chicken mix into it. Layer it with some of the cooked rice and sprinkle little bit powdered garam masala (I used Everest). Garnish with deep fried cashew, raisins and onions. Cut lemon and squeeze little bit on top. Now again layer with biriyani mix and then rice. Repeat this step until all the rice and biriyani mix gets over.

Optional Step:- Take a kadai lid and seal it with aatta on the edges in a way that when you cover the kadai with this lid the steam will not go out of the kadai. If you are in a hurry then just cover the kadai with lid and follow the remaining steps.

Now cook this on a medium heat for two minutes and then put a tava on the gas stove and keep this kadai on top of that. Cook in a low flame for 10 minutes and switch off. Remove the lid after five minutes and enjoy the tasty yummy chicken biriyani with your favorite raita or pappad.

Here is our biriyani picture.. Have a look :) 


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