Saturday 27 October 2012


I learnt this biryani from NDTV  Cookery Show.     Its  really tasty  and easy to prepare.
Basmati    Rice        ½ kg
Chicken                   1   kg
Onions                    4
Milk                       1cup
Kesar                     ½ tsp
Lemon juice         1 tsp
Ginger-Garlic paste         2 tbsp
Turmeric powder            1 tsp
Curd                                  1 cup
chilly powder                  1 tsp
salt  to taste
cloves                             4
cinnamon                      1”
Green chilly                    2
Jeera                            ½ tsp
black  cardamom         1
Cloves                            2
Green cardamom        2
Cinnamon                     ½”
Salt to taste.
Dough made from atta and water.
Soak basmati rice for half  an hour.

Marinate the chicken with curd, turmeric, salt, chilly powder and ginger-garlic paste.

Grind all the spices for the chicken in a mortar and add to the marinade. Leave the chicken to marinate for an hour minimum or up to four hours.

Heat 2 Tbsp of refined oil in a pan. Saute the onions, till they turn golden brown. Keep aside.

Put the rice into the cooking vessel and add the requisite amount of water. Add the whole spices and the salt. Cover and let it cook till the water is absorbed.

Put the milk into a saucepan and heat till it becomes slightly warm. Add the saffron and stir till the milk takes on the color of saffron. Keep aside.

Crumple half the burnt onions and add it to the marinated chicken. Put back in fridge for half an hour.


To Layer The Biryani:

In a handi or an appropriate biryani cooking vessel:  put 1 tbsp oil and heat. Add the chicken and cook on high heat till chicken takes on a light brown color and is half cooked.

Lower the flame; flatten the chicken to form a layer. Put chopped coriander and green chillies on top.

Put all the rice on top of this layer and smoothen out. Pour in the saffron infused milk over the rice and add the lemon juice.

Cover the vessel and make long snake off the dough by rolling in on the counter and use it to seal the top of the cooking vessel.

Let the biryani cook on a very slow fire till the seal is hard and the rice looks fully cooked.

Serve hot  with salad and dates chutney or lime pickle.

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