Mughlai Chicken Biryani Recipe

Chicken Biryani is simply delicious food . I think this should  be called “Rice layered with spicy chicken Moghul style” for a reason.  Save it for an occasion, but I am going to keep this recipe as an ace up my sleeve for when I really  need to impress some of my husband’s relatives , Once he tasted and  told me if I would have known that you can cook so delicious Biryani , I would have got married earlier Smile  it was the best biryani he ever tasted… THE BEST. That made me feel like all my hard work was worth it.

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients Quantity
Chicken 700 grams
Basmati Rice 2 cup
Onions(thinly sliced) 4
Bay Leaf 4
Cardamoms Brown 4
Cardamoms green 3-4
Cinnamon 1/2 inch piece
Cloves 3-4
Cumin Seeds 2 teaspoon
Nutmeg a large pinch
Mace a large pinch
Pepper corns 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder 2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder 2 teaspoon
Green chillies 5
Ginger 20 grams
Garlic 16 flakes
Coriander Leaves 2 teaspoon
Tomato (chopped) 2
Salt to taste
Saffron (dissolved in 1 tablespoon milk) 1 teaspoon
Curd (beaten) 1 cup
Vanaspati /ghee 1/2 cup


For Marinade: Chicken

1. Grind together ginger , garlic , nutmeg , mace , cumin seeds , cardamoms brown , cardamoms green , cinnamon , pepper corns , cloves ,tomato into a paste.

2. Rub ground paste into chicken , add turmeric powder , salt , curd , mix well and keep aside for 1 hours.

3. In a large frying pan , heat oil for about 5 minutes , divide onions into 2 batches , fry each batch with 3/4 teaspoon salt till onions are golden brown and crisp , remove onions on a strainer  to drain off excess oil , crumble the fried onions and mix with marinated chicken.

4. In a pan heat oil for about 5 minutes , add marinated chicken , coriander powder , chilli powder  and 1 cup water .

5. Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat .

For rice:

  1. Wash the rice and soak in water for 15 minutes.Cook separately by adding 3 cups of water for 2 cup of rice, along with some cardamom brown and green , Cumin seeds , cloves , bay leaf , salt , and cinnamon stick(2 each).
  2. Cook the rice until it breaks  while pressing in hands(3/4th). After cooked remove the rice and spread it out on a thali or a big pan.
  3. Put 2 tablespoons of ghee in an oven proof dish. Place a layer of cooked rice followed by a layer of chicken. Place a layer of fried onions,  Repeat a  layers of cooked rice and then a layer of chicken and finish with a layer of rice. Sprinkle some ghee,  saffron , fried onions and mints and on last layer of rice.
  4. Place in an oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until the top gets brown. In case of stove you can keep in low flame and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Now Chicken Biryani is ready and serve hot with yogurt.
  6. Enjoy!!

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