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How To Make The Perfect Fragrant CHICKEN BIRYANI The Easy Way-In A Cooker

Updated on March 21, 2011

Chicken Biriyani


 Asians and Indians in particular love the spicy dish called Biryani.It is mildly fragrant,a complete meal in itself,prepared with rice and chicken.Lamb may also be used instead of chicken.Festivals and marriages among Christians and Muslims in India must have this dish prepared in addition to other dishes.Accompaniments include sliced cucumber,a sour and spicy brinjal curry(Bagara Bhaigan),and a raitha(chopped onions,tomatoes and cucumbers in curds).You may garnish the biryani with fried onions,almonds and raisins.Chicken Kababs,boiled eggs,may also be served alongside.This irresistible aromatic dish is finished off with a dessert of payasam/phirnee at the end. 


  1. Basmati Rice or any long grained good quality rice,1 kg
  2. Chicken,around 950 gms,jointed and cut into medium-sized pieces(with or without skin)
  3. Oil(sunflower/peanut),3-4 tbsp
  4. Dalda/vanaspati(hydrogenated fat),10 tbsp
  5. Onions,3 large,sliced thinly
  6. Tomatoes,3 ripe red,pureed
  7. Coriander leaves,1 bunch
  8. Mint leaves,1 bunch
  9. Lime,1 large and juicy
  10. Curds/yoghurt,3-4 tbsp
  11. Coriander powder,2 tsp
  12. Chilli powder,3 tsp
  13. Turmeric powder,1tsp
  14. Bay leaf,1
  15. Cardamoms,3,green
  16. Cinnamon,2 long sticks
  17. Cloves,7
  18. Ginger and garlic paste,3 -4 tbsp
  19. Salt to taste
  20. Peas,shelled,a large handful 
  21. Carrots,sliced,a handful 
  22. Green chillies,3-4,with small slit in centre 



  1. Take a large bowl  
  2. Put in the cut chicken  
  3. Make a marinade with yoghurt,lime,salt,turmeric powder,chilli powder,coriander powder and ginger-garlic paste.
  4. Pour over the chicken
  5. Let stand for at least 30 minutes. 


  1. Place a large heavy bottomed vessel on the stove,or use a pressure cooker.
  2. Add 3 tbsp of oil(sunflower/peanut)
  3. Add 10 tbsp of dalda/vanaspati(hydrogenated fat)
  4. When it begins to smoke,add the bayleaf,whole cardamoms,cloves and cinnamon sticks
  5. Add sliced onions,fry them till golden brown
  6. Add marinated chicken and fry till oil separates
  7. Next add coriander and mint leaves,cut finely
  8. Tomato puree goes in next,all the while being stirred
  9. When oil begins to float on top,add about a glass of water and let cook covered.
  10. Measure the rice in a glass or jar before washing it
  11. Measure out double the number of jars of water in another pan and bring to boil 
  12. When chicken is 3/4 th done,add the boiling water  
  13. Taste to see if you need more salt which can be added at this stage
  14. Some shelled peas,and chopped carrots and a couple of green chillies may be added
  15. Washed rice goes in and let cook,covered
  16. When rice is 3/4 th cooked,uncover lid,stir lightly
  17. Cover with an extra tight lid,and lower the flame
  18. Let cook on low flame till rice is done


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      Anne Xavier 

      2 years ago

      Tomato purée is not mentioned in the ingredients but mentioned in the method. So how

      Much to use?

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      Esther Shamsunder 

      4 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Mindy, you can do away with the dalda altogether. If you prefer,you could add ghee. Adding ghee will make your biryani more aromatic and delicious.

      Reyna, if using a pressure cooker, first cook the chicken with all masalas,(about 3 whistles). Open cooker and after adding water and rice, cover with lid and just one whistle should do. Allow for about 10 minutes before opening lid.

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      Reyna M 

      5 years ago

      how long does one pressure cook the biryani for?

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      mindy cindy 

      5 years ago

      do you have to use dalda? any sustitue

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      Sarah AtHome 

      7 years ago

      Yum! That looks amazing! I'm going to try it next week. Voting up and useful.

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      8 years ago from India

      Chicken biryani is one of my favorite dish.I really happy to see the recipe here. It look's yummy. Voted up and interesting.

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

      8 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Sounds great and yummy. Nice easy to follow steps. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jools Hogg 

      8 years ago from North-East UK

      Great recipe, sounds yummy. I love Biryani but have never tried to make it at home - the Indian restaurant make such a good job :0)

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      8 years ago

      I liked ur recipe

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      Dinesh \kumar 

      9 years ago

      I love Biryani, Thanks a lot for sharing.

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      dipak sur 

      9 years ago

      i love biriyani and try today only


    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Esther Shamsunder 

      9 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Try it,Ashish.

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      Ashish James 

      9 years ago

      does it works?

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Esther Shamsunder 

      10 years ago from Bangalore,India

      jacqueline,you can choose to pressure cook if you wish or use a heavy bottomed vessel.

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      10 years ago

      is it to be pressure cooked

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      10 years ago


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      11 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe!!

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      Laila Rajaratnam 

      11 years ago from India

      Hmmm..yum,yum!!Thanks for sharing!:)

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Esther Shamsunder 

      11 years ago from Bangalore,India

      You are welcome,Kulsum Mehmood!

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

      11 years ago from Nagpur, India

      I LOVE biryani, chicken as well as meat. Thanks Purple Perl for the recipe.


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