Chicken Biryani and More for the Real Biryani Fan

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Non-vegetarians love it, almost every state has their own version of it, and weddings in India are incomplete without it. Yes, we’re talking about chicken biryani, the all-time classic non-vegetarian dish that’s been winning hearts for a long time. And what’s not to love about this celebratory meal – tender and juicy chicken pieces nestled in a heap of fragrant rice, with each grain wrapped in the goodness of ghee and an assortment of delicate spices. Is your mouth watering already? Try this chicken biryani recipe at home.

Chicken Biryani Recipe by Chef Amitesh Singh Virdi, Punjab Grill, Mumbai

Ingredients for Chicken Biryani Recipe:
For the Marinade

2 tbsp curd or yoghurt
3 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilli powder (reduce if necessary)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garam masala
7 to 9 pieces of chicken (a mix of legs, breast and thighs cut into the right size. When you are cutting the chicken pieces, keep the size of the pressure cooker in mind)

For the Main Dish
3 cups basmati rice
3 cups water
1/4 cup oil
Salt, to season
2 large tomatoes
2 tbsp curd or yoghurt
1 cup mint leaves
A handful of coriander leaves
2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
2 large onions, sliced
3 green chillies, whole
1 tsp red chilli powder (reduce if necessary)
3 to 4 tbsp ghee

Spices for Tempering
2 to 3 bay leaves
2 inch long thin piece of cinnamon stick
6 cloves
6-8 green cardamoms
3 star anise
1 tsp caraway seeds

Method for Chicken Biryani Recipe:

  1. Take a large bowl. Place the chicken pieces and then add curd, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric and red chilli powder, garam masala and salt. Spread the mix of masalas on the chicken pieces well until the chicken pieces are coated all over. Cover and set aside for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Pour some oil into a pressure cooker. Heat the oil over a medium flame for about a minute. Add the tempering spices. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until they sizzle. Add the sliced onions and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until translucent. Next, add the ginger-garlic paste and cook over medium heat for another 3 minutes.
  3. Once the above ingredients are sautéed and begin to brown, add the chicken pieces into the pressure cooker and fry the chicken. Keep turning the chicken pieces at regular intervals to make sure the chicken cooks evenly.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked, add the remaining curd. Next, add tomatoes, garam masala and red chilli powder. Mix well and let it cook for around 5 to 10 minutes over medium heat. Add a layer of coriander and mint leaves. Let it cook further till all the liquid dries completely.
  5. Add some salt to the water and pour it into the pressure cooker. Turn up the heat and let the water boil. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to medium and then add the drained basmati rice into the pressure cooker.
  6. When the water reduces, cover the pressure cooker with its lid and let it cook for another 3 to 5 minutes or turn off the heat just before the first whistle.
  7. Take the pressure cooker off the stove and let it rest for another 2 minutes allowing the rice to further cook. Release the heat by lifting the pressure regulator with a wooden spoon and let the steam escape.
  8. Take the lid off and immediately transfer your chicken biryani to a large platter. Top with ghee and mix well. Serve hot.

Tips to Master Chicken Biryani Recipe

Make the chicken biryani recipe using a pressure cooker if you're in a hurry. Wondering how to get more flavour into the chicken pieces for your chicken biryani recipe? These expert tips will help you master the chicken biryani recipe.

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The best Awadhi Biryani can still be found in the streets of Lucknow. Wahid Mia’s is one such biryani outlet in Lucknow which was set up in the 1950’s. Check out this story to know more about the history of Awadhi biryani, the biryani that belonged to the nawabs.

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Popular Biryanis from India
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Kalyani Biryani
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Malabar Biryani
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Kolkata Biryani
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