Thursday, May 24, 2007

Hyderabadi Chicken Biriyani


Marinating Chicken for 3 hrs or 24 hrs:

Boneless Chicken - 1 kg (diced in to pieces), Green Chillies - 4 no. (slit length ways), Yoghurt - 1/2 cup, Milk - 1/2 cup, Chilli powder - 5 tsp, Big Lemon - 2 no.(take the juice), Salt - 2 & 1/2 tsp, Ginger & Garlic Paste - 3 tsp, Garam masala - 1 tsp, Turmeric - 1/2 tsp., Red Orange Color - 1/2 tsp.

Mix all the above and marinate for minimum 3 hrs or overnight.

For Par-boiled Rice:

Basmati Rice - 6 rice cups (electric cooker measure), Whole Cloves & Cardamom - 4 each., Shahjeera - 1 tsp, Cinnamon - 1/2 inch., Water - 9 cups

Par-boil rice (please read tips and comments too) with all the above. Once half boiled drain and spread it on a plate.

Deep Fried Onions:

Onions - 2 no. large (Sliced thinly), Oil - 1 cup (use electric rice cup measure, only)

Deep fry sliced onions until light golden color, keep these aside on a plate. (please read tips).

Powder these in Pestle:

Cardamom - 10 no., Whole Cloves - 10 no., Cinnamon Stick - 1 inch, Salt - 2 tsp.

Powder first three ingredients in hand pestle. Add salt, powder again and add very little water to dilute. Keep covered.

For garnishing:

Mint leaves - 1 big Bunch, Corainder leaves - 1 bunch, Lemon juice - 1 no.

Chop these together and add lemon juice to it.


1) We need a large pressure cooker. Smear some ghee from top to bottom, add chicken marination inside the cooker. Spread evenly.

2) layer with some deep fried onions.

3) Layer the top with some half boiled rice.

4) layer the top with some chopped herbs.

5) Sprinkle some of the powder liquid on top.

6) You can even add few tspns red orange color liquid (1/4 tsp ROC which is been diluted in little milk).

7) Repeat the layers from Point2 - Point6.

8) Top it with the oil in which onions were fried earlier.

Close it with a stainless steel lid and wrap a wet cotton towel (remove water by twisting) around it and cook this on medium-low for 40 - 45 mins until u get this nice aroma while cooking. Switch off once cooked.

After 30 mins stand by mix gently with fork or dig in through layers and serve.

For Hyderabadi dinner party:

Serve it with Haleem, Perugu Chutney or Raita, Mirchi ka Salan and for dessert Double-ka-meetha


Always use Kohinoor Basmati Rice for quality and aroma, next bet would be Daawat.

Par-boil? When u cook the rice it just reaches bubbling or boiling point (60% cook rice). At this point switch off and drain immediately in a colander and spread it on a thali or a plate.

Always fry onions until golden color. Drain it on a plate, once cooled it turns in to dark color. If u cook the onions darker, it will taste bitter. Here we need sweetness from onions.

Always prepare this dish when everything is ready. Do not do multi tasking.

Always check the wet cover, if is dry wet again and wrap around the lid or u can keep atta dough around to seal the edges well. If the steam is escaping put the atta paste to stick where it is damaged.

Use pressure cooker utensil only, not stain less steel utensil, other wise you will burn the dish.

Electric element works even cooking, where as some gas cooking elements burns the dish. So keep an eye and sniff method while cooking.

Cooking on gas, then keep a skillet (means dosa pan) underneath the pressure cooker to get even cooking. As always said keep an eye on it.

If you are unable to powder the ingredients in pestle use coffee grinder to powder only. Remove this in to small bowl and add very small amount of water as shown in the picture.

Don't forget to post your comments, much appreciated:-)

© 2007 by Rajani Rayudu