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Thalashery Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani is very important for festive occasions in Kerala. Different styles like Kozhikodan Biryani, Malabar Biryani, Thalashery style, Kayees Biryani famous in Central Kerala especially Cochin....the list goes on and on..... This recipe I had noted in my recipe book some time back  from a TV show. Talasherry Biryani ingredients are not much different from the usual Kerala styles,but the preparation and taste is definitely unique. In the ingredients you will find a total absence of curd and chilly powder. The rice I has used is long grain basmathi rice, as I did not have the smaller variety which is actually used in this biryani. Give this recipe a will surely feel the difference.


For the Rice
Basmathi Rice- 3 cups
Salt to taste
Cloves- 5
Cinnamon 1 inch tick
Cardamon- 3
Ghee- 1 tsp
Rose water- 2 tsp
Water- 6 cups

For the masala
Chicken- 2 lb
Onions thinly sliced- 6-7 medium
Tomatoes- 4 medium
Ginger - 2 inch thick peice
Garlic- 15 pods
Green chilly- 15
Lemon juice- 1 lemon
Mint chopped- hand full
Coriander leaves- one hand full

Biryani Masala
Cinnamon stick- 1 inch stick
Whole pepper- 1tsp
Cardamon- 3
Fennel seed- 1tsp
Cumin- a pinch
Javentri- 2
Nutmeg- small peice
Star Aniseed- 2

Coriander leaves
Cashew nuts- 20
Raisins- 15 
food color- few drops

Roast the ingredients under the masala, make a fine powder and set aside.
Bring four cups of water to boil and add in salt, whole cinnamon, cardamon and cloves and one tsp of ghee and cook rice covered until 3/4 done. When almost dry add in rose water and switch off the flame. Do not strain out the rice.
Chop onions into thin slices and fry them in ghee/oil till brown and crispy. ( I used oil and two tsp of ghee) . Drain out from the oil and set aside.
In the same oil saute crushed ginger, garlic and green chilly till a nice aroma comes. Add tomatoes and salt and fry till tomatoes are soft.Add in chicken and mint stir fry few a few seconds and pour in warm water and close the lid and cook in medium flame till almost half done. Now add the garam masala powder and 3/4 of the fried onions. Do not mix in, just layer on top and close lid for two minutes( reserve the rest for garnish) Finally mix in and cook the chicken till it is almost done. Do not allow the gravy to dry up. 
Take a heavy bottom pan and transfer the chicken with gravy into in . Garnish with coriander leaves and place one layer of rice. Again spread coriander leaves and fried onions and lemon juice add one layer of rice on top. Garnish with coriander leaves, fried onion, cashews and raisins and drops of yellow food color. Close the lid tightly. Use the dum method and also place a little weight on top. Put it in high flame for a minute and then bring to low flame for about 5-8 minutes. Serve warm with pickles, papad , salad and raita

This is going to Umm Mymoonah's wonderful event

Try this ...
Hope you will all enjoy.


  1. Delicious chicken biriyani.. luks colorful and very tempting click... simply superb

  2. Can I just say " Wowww..that looks awesome and I'm sure tastes the same " !!

  3. Thank you for following and visiting I am following too so I can see your posts
    this looks delicious I make it similar
    check out the cold dessert event

  4. Looks so delicious and different, beautiful click too...

  5. wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww...... the pic says it all!!! very delicious and actually the pic is calling me to eat..he he he

  6. eswara..vayil kappalodan thodaghi...briyaniokke kanichinghane kothipikka allee..delicious dear..:)

  7. Wow!!! very tempting briyani,mouth watering here...luks fantastic.

  8. Daivame..thalassery biriyani pothuve ellarudeyum weakness anu, ethokke kanichingae kothipikano chechi...Adipoli adipoli biriyani

  9. biriyani assal aayittunde... delicious..

  10. I have heard this name Thalaserry very often in my place back home. Your briyani looks so yummy, very colourful. Thank you so much for sending this delicious entry to my event.

  11. Hey am drooling here .........

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,

  12. Adipoli biriyani.Normally avide use cheyyunnathu kaima rice anu.athu vechittulla ghee rice oke kazhikanm.super anu.athu vere evideyum kittillalo:) Pic kandittu sherikum kothiyayi:)

  13. Mouthwatering Chicken Biriyani Dear. Loved the colour of the rice as well.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  14. chicken biriyani is my fav, looks yummy

  15. Looks delicious suja, lovely click..

  16. Spicy biriyani and looks very colorful and tempting !

  17. Wow... briyani looks superb.... want to taste it now itself....

  18. really delicious one..njanum bookmarked the same.. i like any biriyani my favoriteeeeeeeeee dish.. super one dear

  19. Looks amazing dear. Perfect and yumm :)

  20. Biryani looks so rich and delicious...

  21. superb..kandal thanne ariyam taste adipolinnu.....urappayum try cheyyame

  22. Looks very tempting. I love chicken biryani!

  23. hwy suja ,biriyani looks mind blowing,tempting click ...btw dear i am ur 100th follower :)
    happy weekend

  24. THis is my lunch time now..and I am dyingly craving the biriyani at my lunch..looks too scrummy...

  25. Very nice blog I'm following your blog now.Please check out mine at
    Please follow if you like it

  26. Hi
    Pls accept this award

  27. nice presentation.Looks so tempting!

  28. Thanks all for stopping by and the encouraging comments.
    Akheela..thanks dear for sharing this lovely award with me :)

  29. Yummmyyy!!! Just what I want to eat now!

  30. Super-tempting biriyani, really loved the recipe..Will surely try it sometime..

  31. Biriyani is very tempting, looks bit like Hyderabadi style. Nice presentation.

  32. Looks mouth watering Suja. I had to take off a couple weeks from blogging but good to be back to see your wonderful recipes.

  33. havent heard of these many varieties of biryani..

  34. My sis had told me about this recipe and tol dit was real good....yet to try...but it is diffrent from theusual thalassery biriyani...loved ur pic.

  35. Thanks all for stopping by and the encouraging comments:)

  36. the masala receipe is wrong. u didnt add onion to it.

  37. Thanks for stopping by Akbar..I did add onions as you can see in the recipe.

    I am not sure about the authentic recipe..But the one I learned asked to first fry the onions and add in when the chicken is half done..

  38. my husband says he wants this biriyani haha. sshhh suja, now i can't make my quick biriyani and fool him...

  39. Thanks Archana and kitchenmorph
    you will surely love this, it is mild and delicious biryani.

  40. don you soak the basmati before cooking or directly cook? dum method means closing the lid tightly and cooking right?

    my basmati is not the best quality. do you think i should reduce the water?

  41. Dum method means you need to close the lid tightly and do not allow steam to escape. The best way is to make a dough with maida shape of a long rope and stick to the edge of the cooking vessel and press down the lid and place a gentle weight on top and cook in low flame..when this dough becomes dry,your biryani is done.

    As to the rice I usually do not soak the rice,I just wash it and drain out the water and keep dry. So if you are adding two cups of rice add four cups of water...You will get 80% cooked rice
    If you are soaking the rice before cooking I think you have to reduce water..
    If you are not confident with rice the cook and drain method will really help as we can keep an eye on the cooking..
    Hope this will be of help for you..happy cooking and happy blogging:)

  42. could you asap tell me if you remember how much biriyani masala you many tsps? coz i've the exact mix ground and kept.

  43. I don't remember exactly..seems around 3 1/2 tsp..I just grounded the masala noted above..are you using store brought biryani masala?

  44. thanks. oh no no.i don use store bought masalas generally except chicken masala. i've freshly ground and kept it some days back. it happens to have all tht you mentioned too. so today is biriyani day!!

  45. i made it the same day, friday. and it got over sat. EXCELLENT is the word. my hunt for a good dum biryani ends here. was not happy with some previous dum recipes. thomas said it's like kayikka biriyani!!!!!!!!!
    but i have some rice cooking queries on this recipe? can you pass your email; would like to shift my queries there

  46. Adipoli aayittundallo Suja. Thalassery kkari aayittu I should definitely try this. Thanks for sharing this dear..

  47. I tried this and it was indeed a family hit.. My daughter loves biriyani and cudnt resist the temptation since i started making the masala.. thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks Bindu for the feedback,it is really encouraging..happy to know that your family enjoyed.
      Please visit again :)

  48. Happy to be the 50th one here.
    Yummy! Treats of Kerala' delicious ones.
    Had/tried Hyderabad Biriyaani now it the
    time for the Thalashery one!! LOL
    Will try this shortly.
    Thanks for sharing
    Best Regards
    Keep inform

  49. Hi Ariel,thanks for stopping by,glad you liked this recipe,do try it,it has a unique taste and is different from Hyderbadi. Thanks for being the 50th :)

  50. hi mam
    i'm a huge fan of your blog ! But now i've opened up a site that serves dishes ! i welcome you to write and share your dishes with your own credits! if interested please mail us to

    1. Thank you, so happy that you like this space.
      Congrats on your new site,thanks for inviting,will surely contribute recipes,wish you all success!

  51. Beautifully done briyani , i have bookmarked it

  52. It is very interesting to find out how fine Asian cuisine

    1. Thanks, so happy you like have a wonderful space too,very useful..thanks for inviting.

  53. This one is looking absolutely heavenly. I could just loose myself into this biriyani.


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