Chicken Biryani

I got the original recipe for this from my sister in law.  I made a few changes...added potatoes and more spices.  I usually make this with boneless stewing veal but this time I wanted to try it with chicken.  The origianl recipe uses yogurt but I didn't have enough so I used sour cream.  I usually eat biryani with dahi ki chutney (raita) but I didn't have time to make any so I just ate it with plain yogurt.  If your meat gets tender and there is still a lot of water left in the pot, remove the meat and cook the water down.

Chicken Biryani
Printer Friendly

1/2 whole chicken, skin removed
2 potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch slices
3/4 cup fried onions
1/2 cup chopped coriander
8 whole green chillies
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp food colour

3 tbsp canola oil

1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 1/4 tsp coriander powder
3/4 tsp cumin powder
4 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp salt

4 Roma tomatoes, diced
3/4 cup sour cream (or yogurt)

Garam Masala:
1 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
2 cloves
4 whole black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
4 green cardamon
2 brown cardamon
1/2 tsp whole cumin

3 cups rice, washed and soaked

Wash and soak the rice.

Heat the oil.  Fry the garam masala in the oil briefly.  Add the spices and cook.  If the mixture starts to stick add a bit of water.  Cook until the oil seperates.  Add the chicken and fry for 5-10 minutes.  Add the tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes.  Add the potatoes and mix.  Partially cover pot (I used a splatter guard because my tomatoes released a lot of water) and reduce heat.  Cook until the chicken and potatoes are tender and the water has evaporated.  Add the sour cream or yogurt and cook until the moisture is moistly gone.  You don't want this to be totally dry.  You need it to be a little moist.

Boil the rice in salted water until 3/4 done.  Drain.

In a large pot, layer 1/3 of the rice.  Layer 1/2 of the chicken mixutre.  Top with another 1/3 of the rice.  Layer the remaining chicken mixture followed by the rest of the rice.  Sprinkle food colour, lemon juice, coriander, green chillies and fried onions on top.  Put a paper towel across the top of the pot and seal with the lid of the pot.  Cook for about 1 hour on low heat.  Check after 1/2 hour to see if the rice is done.

When biryani is done mix with a flat spatula or a small plate.

Serve with dahi ki chutney (raita) or plain yogurt.


  1. I love biryani but have never made it at home! Thanks for sharing this recipe! You make it sound so simple that I may finally try it!!! :-)

  2. It's not difficult at all. I used to be hesitant to make biryani too. Let me know how it turns out if you give it a try.

  3. Ahhh what a nice break after my studying...except that this is making me very hungry! And I really shouldn't be eating at 12:30 am :) I agree, you make everything sound simple! With biryani I'm always afraid that the rice will turn out wrong but I might just try this...I wish I lived near you so I could eat leftovers :)

  4. After a couple of times you get the hang of it. I know you are sooooooo far. Let me know how it turns out if you try the recipe (even if it doesn't turn out good!!!)


Featured Post

Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins