Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Chicken biriyani is something we like to indulge in many a times,usually on weekends.I usually prepare kerala style biriyani but this time i tried my hands on hyderabadi chicken biriyani.Both are layered biriyani ie alternate layers of rice and masala.The marination ingredients are different for both.Hyderabadi slightly spicier than the other.

The rice and the chicken is cooked separately and then arranged in alternate layers in an oven proof dish and cooked on a very low temp for about 20-30 mins for all the flavors to blend in.

For the successful completion of Recipe marathon 2,DK has awarded each of us with a trophy with a personal touch.Here is mine!!!Thanks a ton DK!!!

For cooking rice:-

Basmati rice - 2 cups
cardamam - 2 whole
cinnamon - 1 stick
black peppercorn - 5-6 nos
bayleaf - 2 nos
salt to taste

For marination:-

Chicken breasts(boneless or bone in) - 2 nos,cut to medium size pieces
Fried onions - 1 cup
yogurt - 1/2 cup
cumin seeds - 2 tsp
cinnamon stick - 1
black peppercorn - 5-6
cloves - 4-5
cardamam - 3 nos
ginger - 1" piece
garlic - 2 cloves
red chilli - 4-5 nos
cilantro - a bunch
oil - 3 tbsp
salt to taste

For masala:-

Onions - 2 medium size,sliced
Ghee and oil - a tsp each
cardamam - 2 nos, whole
cloves - 3 nos
cinnamon - half a piece
marinated chicken


Grind the ingredients required for marination smoothly and transfer it to a bowl.Add the chicken pieces and marinate for atleast 4 hrs,overnight is even better.

Wash and soak the rice for about 1/2 an hr.In a deep bottom vessel bring some water to boil.Add the spices mentioned above to flavor the rice and some salt.Add rice and cook it until just done.Do not over cook the rice ,then it will get mashed up.Strain the water and keep rice aside.You will see that the rice is very fluffy and thats exactly what you should be looking for.

While the rice is cooking prepare the chicken masala.Heat some ghee and oil in a wide pan.Add cardamam,cloves and cinnamon.Stir for a fews seconds.Then add the sliced onions.Cook it till its soft.Now add the marinated chicken and cook it until its fully done.Cook it on a medium low flame.Check salt.Garnish with coriander leaves.If you have some mint leaves add that too, adds great flavor.

Preheat oven to 300 deg F.Reserve some gravy to put on top of rice in the end,use the rest for making the layers.In an oven proof dish make alternate layers of rice and masala starting and ending with rice.Pour the reserved gravy on top.Garnish with some fried onions.Cover the top with aluminium foil.Place it in the oven and cook for about 20-30 mins.If you dont have an oven you can also make the same layers in a deep vessel and cook on stove top on low heat for the same time.Serve hot with some raita.

I had done a small voting poll on what i should post more on.I thank each and everyone who participated in the poll.As you can see appetizers has clearly won.My next few posts will be exclusively on appetizers.


Happy cook said...

Congrats with your marathon golden cup. You deserve them after posting non stop of 30 days.
I love biriyani and this looks so delcicious.

Divya Kudua said...

Biryani is looking delicious gonna try and make a vegetarian version soon,though hubby would love to dig into that bowl of chicken biryani!!

Cham said...

Congrats for the cup. I also make biryani in Sundays, my son is die hard! Looks absolutely delicous this dum biryani

meeso said...

Mmmmm, great pictures... made me hungry!

Roopa said...

Wow Ranji, thats come out zuuuupper :) i cant wait to dig in ,mmm , and that chicken gravy is making my mouth water sluuuurp :)

Vandana Rajesh said...

yummy looking biriyani ranji...chicken biriyani is one of my favorites and make it once every week. Mom makes gr8 biriyani and she would be here this weekend so looking forward to enjoying some. Yours looks simply irresistible would try this recipe next time on. Thks for sharing.

Suma Rajesh said...

layred biriyani and that too chicken...oh gosh this looks perfect..congrates for getting tht beautiful cup..if that was a passing award i would have told u to pass it on me..hehhe..(just kidding)....hey i prepared ur stuffed mini baigan...came out gud..will post it on my blog later..

Anonymous said...

Yummy!!! This looks absolutely divine!

Kalai said...

Oh, my goodness!! I'm drooling so much right now! Congrats on the cup for completing the marathon. :)

Vij said...

Yummmy briyani! they look mindblowing ranji.

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

nothing much to say except, DROOL DROOL!! its been some time since I had some biriyani....craving for it now!!!

Soma said...

Oh What a lovely biryani!! I can have chicken biryani any time of the day:-)

Mallika said...

Looks great! I use nutmeg, mace and saffron in my biryani to give it that rich flavour.

Roo said...

Masth hey biryani... properly cooked rice and nice blend... My