10 Simple Steps To A Perfect Chicken Biryani

By: Jon_tk

This is one of the most famous Indian / Pakistani dish that I have had the pleasure to eat when I was on a vacation in India. It is traditionally reserved for special occasions such as parties, weddings, holidays such as the Ramadan. The preparation is quite lengthy but the outcome is simply amazing.

The Secret to Perfect Chicken Biryani
The secret to making an awesome chicken biryani is all in the spices. I personally recommend using Basmati rice. It's thin and a fine grain rice which can be used for a variety of purposes. You need to use Ghee instead of butter. Ghee will give biryani that authentic taste.

Ingredients to Perfect Chicken Biryani (8 pax)

  • 1-1/2 kg chicken disjointed
  • 1kg soaked basmati rice
  • 2 cinnamon (powder)
  • 6 cloves - whole & 1/2 tsp cloves powder
  • 5 cardamoms & 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tbsp whole cumin & 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 2g oriental saffron 
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 50g crushed onion & 500g fried onion
  • 500g fried potatoes (marinated in a pinch of yellow food coloring before frying)
  • 1 cup oil, 1/4 cup ghee, 1 tbsp salt
  • 50g fresh coriander leaves (finely chopped)
  • 50g fresh mint leaves (finely chopped)
  • 5 green chilies cut lengthwise

Before doing anything else.
Take some flour (around 1/2 kg) and mix it with 1 - 2 cups of water. We are preparing a dough. Once done, keep it aside. We'll be using it later (see step 8).

Now follow these 10 simple steps to 
Your Perfect Chicken Biryani

  • (1) Marinate chicken in saffron, chili powder, turmeric, ginger-garlic paste and crushed onions.
  • (2) Add dry spices to yogurt and mix with chicken. Marinate for 1 hour.
  • (3) Add fried onions, fried potatoes, coriander, mint leaves, green chilies to the marinated chicken. Smear again.
  • (4) Gradually add oil, ghee and 2 cups of water to the marinated chicken. Keep aside for 30 minutes.
  • (5) Boil 1500 ml (1.5 L) of water with whole cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, salt and soaked rice. Boil until half done.
  • (6) Strain and place a layer of rice on chicken. Sprinkle with fried onions, a little ghee and saffron diluted in 1/2 cup of hot water.
  • (7) Top with remaining rice. Sprinkle again with fried onions, 1 tsp ghee and 1 tsp saffron.
  • (8) Seal the pot lid with the dough. 
  • (9) Cook on high heat for 10 minutes, then reduce heat (or reduce heat when sizzling occurs). Simmer for 1 hour. 
  • (10) Serve with spiced yogurt, thinly slice carrots and cucumber salad.

Tips: Use a heavy utensil when cooking the biryani. The dough can be replaced with a heavy lid for sealing. For crispy fried onions simply fry them in oil. Dinner is ready.

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