Chicken Biriyani

Chicken Biriyani



500g basmati rice
500g chicken (cut into big pieces)
100g red onion (chopped)
50g ginger (chopped)
8 garlic cloves (chopped)
50g coriander leaves (chopped)
200g plain yogurt
50g pine nuts or cashew nuts (roasted)
25g mint (chopped)
10g cardamom and cloves
2 inch cinnamon stick
4 bay leaves
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoons raw curry powder
1 teaspoons coriander powder
1 teaspoons garam masala
1/2 teaspoons turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon saffron (optional)
2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Marinade the chicken with with the spices and salt, lemon juice , yogurt (for best results leave overnight in the refrigerator)
  • Heat the oil, saute the garlic, ginger, onion, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon
  • Add the chicken, mix well and add one cup of water and the coriander leaves. Cover with a lid and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • In a separate saucepan boil the rice until half cooked, the drain off  the water
  • Mix the chicken well then top with the half boiled rice.
  • Sprinkle some saffron or turmeric in 1 tablespoon of water, and pour through a few holes you have poked in the rice (the result will be a colourful white and yellow appearance to the dish)
  • Cover with a lid and cook on a low flame until rice is completely cooked (add some boiling water if necessary)
  • When the biriyani is cooked, give it a good mix and  garnish with chopped mint, pine nuts and deep-fried onion
  • Serve with raita and lime pickle

This my own recipe which always goes down well with my friends. I hope you enjoy it too!

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4 thoughts on “Chicken Biriyani

  1. One of my Favourite dishes from your blog! Who needs to go out for a curry when you can follow this fantastic recipe? Great as a quick yet filling snack or as part of a luxury 3 course meal.

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