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Shahi Chicken Biryani

Updated on August 7, 2019

Have you ever tried to cook Shahi Chicken Biryani? If No try it, Its heavenly

Here is my personal recipe about How I made Chicken biryani for first time in my life and this is totally different from restaurent or Hotel style.

Ingredients needed :-

  • I took 1.2 kg Chicken ( totally skinned removed)
  • fresh curd (take half portion according to your chicken quantity)
  • Ginger and Garlic( I prefer sole pastes and not the mixed one)
  • Mint and Coriander leaves
  • 4 cloves 2 big cardamom(black ones) and 2 thick pieces of Cinanmon
  • 1 piece Mace, 1 piece nutmeg, 1 piece Star Anise and 2 bay-leaves
  • Rice ( soaked according to your quantity coz here I took 2 cups Basmati long grained rice )
  • Onions ( finely chopped in long strips) and half tomato for taste and half Lemon
  • Oil and Ghee ( Clarified butter)
  • Pinch of Saffron for color and taste
  • You can add ornage or yellow food color according to your choice
  • A bit of Red chilli powder and 4 green chilis and one spoon Coriander and Cumin powder and Garam Masala ( if you have)
  • Salt for taste

I started first with Chicken Marination and After I cleaned the chicken completely, I put fresh Curd, salt for taste, a bit of lemon juice, 1 spoon ginger and garlic paste and mix with well. Covered it and put it asided for atleast 30mins-45 mins

Then I focused on Rice preparation. To ease the process, you can take double amount of water to merged the rice completely, Here I took 4 cups of water , put 2 spoon of oil into it, squeezed the half lemon and spinked salt for taste, added bay leaves and saffron in the water to let it cook with covered lid. when rice will e cooked 3/4th you just drain the left over water with the help of a stainer.

On Stove, put a big covered utensil to slowly cook the biryani which help your chicken to get mixed with all spices and will absorb the flavours.

After 45 mins when your chicken will be completely marianted, you can start making the chicken process.

--> Add oil and Ghee into the pan, fry all the 4 cloves, 2 Cardomom, 1 nutmeg, 1 mace, 1 star anise , 4 green chili into and lower the heat into medium.

--> Fry the spices until the raw smell goes away, add finely chopped Onions, and half cut tomato in it. Saute it.

--> Add one spoon ginger paste and one spoon garlic paste into it again , then add one spoon of cumin and coriander powder. into it , Saute it again.

--> Mix well all the spices then add one spoon red chili powder and put few leaves of mint and corianders. Add salt for taste.

Covered the pan and lower the heat to cook slow and put it for 2 mins..

Now Add your marinated chicken into the spices and mix it well untill all the spices get along together. You can add one spoon of tumeric powder but its not necessary.

Saute it well and cover the lid of pan to let it cook in slow heat with all the spices and masala.

When Chicken will be cooked almost and you can checked the Solid pieces get soften , remove all the chicken pieces carefully from the pan and keep it aside on a plate.

Let the masala left on pan, Take your rice and spread one layer of Rice on the pan with masala left over. Put the chicken pieces on the top of it and again repeat with spreading of Rice and then Chickens on the top of it.

After you done with spreading, keep ready a 200ml of water with saffron in it and other colors u want to add in rice. just spread the colorful water on the top rice and cover the lid of the pan.

Important tips:-

Dont mix or saute it untill 10- 15 mins. Keep the stove heat to minimum to slowly cook it. After 15 mins, Remove the lid, and take a look of your Shahi Chicken Biryani and inhale the flavor.Garnish it with mint leaves and coriander leaves

P.S-- dont forget to eat carefully with all the spices in ur biryani not to ruin the taste of your mouth while licking your fingers.. Enjoy your Biryani.


I shared my cooked biryani Images. The differnet colors didnt got up coz I accidently sauted it after mixing the color and all rice turned yellow. Hope it will taste good.

Shahi Chicken Biryani
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© 2019 Hena Ghosh

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    • Hena Ghosh profile imageAUTHOR

      Hena Ghosh 

      18 months ago from Bengaluru

      @ Larry Slawson , trust me I made it for first time and It was amazing,, the whole dish was like melting in my mouth with so many flavors and its not that too oily or heavy food, trust me .. try it once and you can feel exactly what I am telling u ... i just cudnt bring differnet colors in rice

    • Larry Slawson profile image

      Larry Slawson 

      18 months ago from North Carolina

      Looks delicious!

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