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Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani
 Biryani is so popular that there is hardly an occasion or a celebration without it. This chicken biryani is more or less a Southern Kerala style ( Trivandrum) and is very flavorful and more spicy. I got this recipe from my mom and  is simple and easy version.

1)For the rice
Basmathi rice- 3 cups
Cinnamon- 2 -3 pieces
Cloves- 4
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Ghee- 2 tsp
Rose essence- 1 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

2)For the chicken masala
Chicken - 1 1/2 lb
Shallots-2 cup
Ginger- 2 inch thick piece
Garlic- 10
Green chilly- 7-8
Tomato- 1 medium
Yogurt- 1 cup
Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Thin coconut milk- 1/4 cup
Lemon juice- 1 tsp
Coriander leaves -a little

3)Masala powder( to roast and grind)
Cinnamon- 1 piece, Cardamon-2, clove- 2-3
nutmeg- a small piece,star aniseed- 1cumin- a pinch,black cumin- a pinch
Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp

4)For Garnish
Thinly sliced onion- 1
Cashew nuts- 10
Raisins- 15
Coriander leaves and mint leaves chopped- 1/4 cup
Chopped pineapple- 3 tsp

To cook rice
Heat ghee in a heavy bottom vessel and add whole spices and fry till there is a nice aroma. Add turmeric powder and mix and then add rice ( soak rice for half an hour and then drain) and fry till the rice changes color and the ghee the fully coated all over the rice. Add 6 cups of water and salt and cook till water evaporates.Using a fork spread rice on a flat tray and sprinkle rose essence and allow to cool.

For the masala
Marinate chicken with salt, pepper powder and turmeric for half an hour
Roughly crush shallots, ginger, garlic and green chillies and keep aside.
Roast the masala under 3 and blend into a fine powder
Fry thinly sliced onion till brown and keep aside. 
Heat oil in a pan and add the onion ginger mixture and saute till golden brown. Add turmeric powder and tomatoes and fry till tomatoes become soft. Add coriander powder, chilly powder and fry for a minute. Add yogurt and continue to fry and cook till the gravy thicken and oil separates. Add the marinated chicken
and powdered garam masala cover and cook. The chicken will get cooked in its on water.  Cook till the gravy thickens and the chicken is done.

Final layering
You can use the dum method or the oven method.
Grease an oven proof tray and place a layer of rice followed by a layer of chicken masala. Sprinkle a little of fried onion, chopped pineapple,cashew and raisins and a little of coriander leaves. Spread rice on top and then another layer of masala. Spread the final layer of rice and garnish with fried onions, coriander leaves and nuts. Sprinkle a few drops of lemon juice and a few drops of rose essence and sprinkle a pinch of garam masala. Pour thin coconut milk all over on top and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake in oven at 300 Degree F for around 15 minutes. Serve with salad, papad or pickle.

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. Suja, I want some, I want some:):) I love chicken biryani. Okay, time to forward this link to hubby and get him to make some for me:):)

  2. nice recipe.i wanted to ask u something that if somebody has shared a link on my chocolate how will i get to know who has shared it?4 ppl hv shared the link of my chocolate how will i get to know it?

  3. Hey suja...enganeokke oralle kodipikkam ennu ninee kandu padikanna..:)...inniki non veg tinnanam ennu tonnumbol okke njan iviede vannu photos nokki irrikum.....Ippom oru photo kuudi aayi aa groupil...
    Ithum super aayittundu...aa platter parcel cheyyamo..

  4. wow...very yummy biriyani...I was also thinking of posting some biriyani there are no recipes in my blog....:-((

  5. sound delicious presentation is super

  6. wow looks amazing...sos so temptg...biriyani is my weakness dear...ur version is gud and yummy

  7. What an exotic looking biryani ~ the pics are really really nice!
    US Masala

  8. Looks wonderful and very inviting biryani !! tempting clicks !!

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  9. This Biryani is made to perfection .. looks delicious! would love to try your recipe :)

  10. My God ! I am ashamed to post mine now.It's awesome presentation ! What I always love in your clicks,you know what ? You have this special ability to focus on the food you serve,not much into the other decorations and stuff.I think even in cinematography that really counts.You have to present what's real.Truly delicious Suj..(I have one in draft,which I was planning to post.seeing your clicks I feel guilty ! hehe)

  11. Flavourful biriyani..looks very tmepting

  12. Ee kutti kodipichu kodipichu kollumello...! Absolutely mouthwatering! You know, I've been wanting to make biryani for the last two days and then you post this..!

  13. I want to steal this delicious looking rice, so tempting! I love biryani, but mine never comes out so good. Nice flavors and your picture makes me so hungry :)

  14. dear..u r killing me with ur mouthwatery biryani..
    Tasty Appetite

  15. The platter looks so delicious .....yum

  16. Beautiful Biryani , loved the use of rose water and coconut milk. Bookmarked this one.

  17. awesome chicken biriyani, really the traditional way i guess, bookmarked it dear. jus pass me the platter...:)

  18. I gottu try this without chicken. :D Looks soo yumm dear.. Cant wait for a plate of this yummy biryani :D

  19. WOW!!! This is absolutely tempting & yummy!!!

  20. Tempting chicken biryani. looks like restaurant style and yummmy....


  21. This looks yum!!! First tym at your place...hapy 2 follow u

  22. Wow looks absoutely delicious...what a lovely and yummy presentation :)

    Gita Jaishankar

  23. Greatly presented and so appetizing!

  24. Delicious chicken biryani.Looks so tempting.

  25. hooooooooo manushyan yivida vishannirippau yirippa.............

  26. Biriyani is my favorite and I like any type of it. Looks delicious and lovely clicks!

  27. Chicken biryani looks wonderful, yummy and tempting. Fabulous presentation.

  28. Superb looking biryani dear. Bookmarking it. Nice twist on pineapple and coconut milk at the end....wanna try this very soon.

  29. WOW! This looks perfect..Ete biriyani recipeyum kurachu similar annu..Next time rose essence okke add cheyyunundu..Adipoli!!

  30. The best biryani ever...truly impressed..bub and hubs luved it...put a few drops of pinapple essence for a restaurant effect

  31. During my recent visit to India, it came across my attention that your biryani picture has been used in a poster for a hotel in trissur.

  32. wow dekicious
    happy to follow you

  33. I liked your blog very much. I appreciate for your wonderful presentation. Chicken biryani looks delicious and tempting. Now I have become your follower so I will be visiting your blog hereafter.


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