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Recipe: Chicken Biryani

Updated on August 16, 2008

Chicken Biryani

This is a very famous Indian dish, available in most Restuarants. We prepare at home with our own little twist ...


  1. 1 full chicken cut in medium size pieces
  2. 3 spoons Biryani masala, I use Shan brand Malay biryani
  3. 2 onions
  4. 6 chillies (small) cut in lengthwise
  5. Ginger, Garlic paste 1 tbsp each
  6. 2 tbsp salt
  7. 3 tbsp yogurt (curds)
  8. 1/4 tbsp garam masala
  9. 1 tomato
  10. 2 tbsp coriander powder
  11. Coriander leaves (Cilantro)
  12. 3.5 cups white Basmati rice
  13. Optional - few bay leaf, couple of Cinnamin sticks
  14. 4 tbsp oil

Preparation method:

  • First marinate Chicken pieces with Yogurt, garam masala, salt, Biryani masala, ginger & garlic paste for few hours. This gives Chicken very good taste.
  • Soak rice in water for about 1/2 to 1 hour
  • Now heat oil in a vessel in which you will be cooking biryani
  • add chillies and fry for 1-2 minutes
  • add onions and fry untill they are brown
  • add tomato fry for couple of minutes
  • now add marinated Chicken with other ingrediants, coriander powder and mix everything together and fry for 15 minutes turning once every few minutes
  • now add bay leaf, cinnamin sticks, coriander leaves and fry for 2 minutes
  • now add 5 cups of water and soaked rice
  • cook until rice is done mixing the contents occasionally

This is a classic chicken recipe and should serve for 4-6 people.

bon appetit


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    • Kulsum Mehmood profile image

      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 8 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Very nice and tasty sounding recipe. Will have to try it out. Thank you.