Friday, 23 November 2007

Chicken Biryani

Deepavali cannot be Deepavali without Biryani for me. My mother makes Biryani on that day. Many of friends think it is odd to cook non-veg on Deepavali. As with almost all recipes there are many different versions. I learnt to make mine from my cousin who is a fantastic cook. She was my savior when I first came to the big bad(or good) city of Chennai. She actually taught me the basics of many things apart from cooking like the art of buying make-up and draping a sari really-really fast. We don’t see each other or talk often now, living in different continents doesn’t help. Following in the family footsteps I made Chicken Biryani for Deepavali. Before I go in depth detailing my family history here is the recipe.

  • Red Onions – ½ Kg
  • Tomatoes – ½ Kg
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 2 Tbsp
  • Slit green chillies - 5
  • Mint leaves – a big bunch
  • Coriander leaves – a big bunch
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Cinnamon – a long stick
  • Cloves – 3
  • Chicken – 1 Kg
  • Oil – 6 Tbsp
  • Basmati rice – 1 Kg ( 4 cups)
  • Salt as required

Slice the onions thinly, and chop the tomatoes finely. Chop the coriander and the mint leaves finely. Wash and rinse the rice. The preparation and cooking takes time. Heat the oil in a hard bottom vessel and add in the spices. When they start to pop add the green chillies. And when the skin of the green chillies start to turn white add in the sliced onions and fry. This is the most important stage of cooking. The deep dark brown color comes from these well fried onions. The quantity of onions should reduce to at least one fourth the original volume. When the onions are a deep brown and reduce considerably in volume add the tomatoes and fry them till the oil floats on the top. After this add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell disappears. Then add in the chopped leaves and again fry till they are well combined and sweated down. Add the chicken into the masala and coat the chicken well with this. Add the washed rice and 6 ½ cup of water and mix well. Season with salt and leave the vessel open until bubbles start to appear. Close with a lid and get the stove flame to as low as possible. You could also finish the cooking in a mild oven. To maintain the flavours, you can seal the lid with dough made from wheat flour. It takes approximately 25 minutes to cook, you can check by opening the lid to see if all is well. You can serve the Biryani with onion raita. I always make more, so there will be plenty of left-overs for the next day. The re-heated Biryani, the day after tastes even better. Enjoy!!!


Shella said...

mmmmmmmm Devi, the biriyani looks yummy.

Happy cook said...

Love biriyani.

Anonymous said...

Chicken Biryani looks so good. I wish I have this biryani right now. But I am going to make this Tomorrow for sure. Excellent post.


SpiceHolic said...

Great dish for a fine dinner!

Just a small correction, this could be called 'Pulav' not 'Biryani'!

The reason is wonderfully explained by Wudhi at:

I had the best ever Biryani (not Pulav) at Bawarchi in Hyderabad.

Who can beat the Moguls in making the best Biryani??


Tamilnadu Biryani Lover said...

Nothing comes close to home made briyani on Deepavali. Call it what ever, don't like that Mogul Biryani. Like many other dishes, it Briyani got seasoned to suite the regional flavor/taste. Made this dish following your recipe. Turned out to be awesome. Thank you

Anonymous said...

Iam a student, and decided to make biryani the first time ever in my life and followed ur came out so well....i feel very proud of myself.....just simple amazing...

Anonymous said...

Devi.. you rock!!!.. my wife is a big fan of your cooking.

Suganya said...

I am a vegetarian, but I cook non-veg for my husband. Though I'm a good cook when it comes to veg dishes, I am handicap in non-veg cooking as I dnt taste them to make necessary corrections. I tried your biryani recipe y'day & my husband was all praise for me. This is the first time he was so happy with my non-veg cooking after two years of married life. Thanks a ton!!!