Thursday, May 20, 2010

Chicken Biryani

Biryani is a rice based recipe which is popular not only in India but in various other countries.It is made of rice(specially basmati),spices and meat(chicken,mutton,prawns)/veggies.But every country/region has its own way to cook it.Here is my recipe which is not complicated at all but tastes great.


Chicken pieces(with bones) 1 pound

Yogurt(plain) 3/4 cup

Mint Leaves 1/2 cup

Coriander Leaves 1/2 cup

Bay Leaves 2

Cloves 4-5

Cardamom Green 3-4

Cardamom Black 2

Black Peppercorn 8-10

Cinnamon Stick 1 inch

Mace/Javitri 1-2

Cumin Seeds 1 1/2 tsp

Onions 2

Ginger-Garlic Paste 2 tsp

Red Chili pw 1 tsp

Green chili 1-2

Cumin pw 1 tsp

Coriander pw 1 tsp

Turmeric pw 1/2 tsp

Basmati rice 2 cups


Clarified Butter(ghee) 3 tbsp


1. First of all to marinate take the chicken pieces in a bowl and add ginger-garlic paste,chopped mint leaves,coriander leaves,yogurt,cumin powder,coriander powder,red chili powder,turmeric powder,salt.Mix all the ingredients together and let it marinate for 20 minutes.

2. Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 30 minutes.

3. Heat oil in a thick bottom vessel and add all the whole spices(bay leaves,green and black cardamoms,cumin seeds,cloves,peppercorns,cinnamon stick,mace).Now add sliced onions,chopped green chillies and fry till golden brown in colour.Mix the marinated chicken and cook on medium flame till its half cooked.

4. Now add the rice ,salt,water to this chicken and cook till its done.

5. Garnish it with fried onions,chopped coriander leaves.Serve hot with lemon wedges,raita and pickle.

Note: You can use dried mint if you don't have fresh one.Dried mint is available in Indian grocery stores.


  1. deepti what to say more about biryani.its looks so delicious da.feel to taste some..with raitha wow superb

  2. Hy Deepti,
    First time here..loved your space and healthy collection of recipes.
    Biryani sounds very spicy n flavorful...Just tempted to have for lunch.
    Do drop in at my space sometime.

  3. most fav biryani..Could have it at any time of the day :-)

  4. Yummmy...I just love all kinds of Biryani. Yours looks yummy and tempting.

  5. Woooow Chicku Biryani my faaaav dear i cant compromise myself for biryani recipes its divine food for me dear...You have done it very perfect looks delicious with raita dear.

  6. Biryani is one of the most comforting, fragrant foods in the world. Your recipe looks fantastic, so I'll give this a try next time I make biryani. Thanks for the post!

  7. great recipe for non-veg people!

  8. wow..chicken biryani my fav too..this is v invitin n temptin

  9. looks absolutely mouthwatering dear..yummy yumm

  10. My favourite biryani n i luv ur version......
    Drop in sometime

  11. thx for visiting my blog, now regarding Lentil Taos , I used red split lentil beans [dhuli masoor daal]....

  12. perfect looking biryani with perfectly cooked yet firm rice n yes, the perfect combo is raita which makes the pic so drool worthy.

  13. LOve that platter....that's my kind of biryani...I'm too lazy to make layered biryani so I always end up making this kind & we love it....