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Chicken Biryani

This post has been contributed by my dearest friend Sasmita. Thank you Sas for this sweet gesture of sharing your delicacies with us 🙂

Read on to know Sasmita’s version of Chicken Biryani in her own words.

Chicken Biryani is one of the most popular and most liked cuisines in India. More so, every state in India has its own version of Biryani. Hyderabadi, Luckowi, Mumbai, Kerali and so on. Mind you.. every home in India also has its own version of biryani 🙂 “apne ghar ki biryani“, “mummy ke haath ka biryani“…list goes on.

Here, I share with you, my style of Hyderabadi Dum Biryani cooked in the same process but in pressure cooker instead of a handi or pot. It’s not pressure cooked though.

P.S. The container used is pressure cooker because it has a thick base and a lid which can be easily used for dum cooking. It’s cooked on Neff electric stove.

Ingredients (For 4 persons):

  1. Basmati Rice (long grain rice) – 250 grams
  2. Chicken – 250 grams
  3. Onion –  2 big or 3 medium
  4. Garlic – 4 to 5 cloves
  5. Ginger – 1 inch
  6. Tomato – 2
  7. Yogurt – 1 cup
  8. Cumin – 1 tsp
  9. Bay leaves – 4 to 5
  10. Indian whole spices – Green cardamom (2), clove (4), black cardamom (1), cinnamon (2 small sticks), black pepper (5)
  11. Curry powder – 1 tsp
  12. Biryani masala – 2/3 tsp
  13. Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  14. Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  15. Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  16. Dried basil leaves – 1 tsp
  17. Turmeric powder – 2 tsp
  18. Salt – 2 tsp (can be adjusted to taste)
  19. Unsalted butter – 1 tbsp
  20. Olive oil – 3 tbsp
  21. Fresh mint and coriander leaves
  22. Hard boiled egg – 1 (cut into halves)
  23. Dough (from wheat flour) for dum

Whoaaa.. that’s a whole long list of ingredients 🙂

Method of Preparation:

Marinating Chicken:

  1. Wash, drain and dry the chicken pieces and keep those on an open plate.
  2. Add half of the ginger-garlic paste, salt, cumin and coriander powder, 1 tsp biryani masala and yogurt.
  3. Sprinkle dried basil leaves on it. Also add 2 tsp olive oil on top of it and mix well.
  4. Keep it marinated for good 20-30 minutes.

Cooking Rice:

  1. Soak rice for 20 minutes before cooking.
  2. Boil about double the water as compared to your rice in rice cooking container. Put cardamom (green and black), cinnamon, black pepper and cloves in the water along with 3-4 drops of oil (Keep some of the whole spices to add while cooking chicken).
  3. Cover the container lid (this will retain the authentic smell of the Indian whole spices) and boil for few minutes.
  4. Now drain the soaked rice and add to the boiling water.
  5. Typically, almost all kinds of Basmati rice easily gets cooked within 10-15 minutes.
  6. It is advisable to cook the rice 80%-90% only and drain the excess water.
  7. Leave it to dry in a sieve of flat plate.

Cooking Chicken:

  1. Heat pressure cooker for 3-4 minutes and add unsalted butter and remaining oil to it.
  2. While the oil heats up, add cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves. Then add cut onions (of one onion), ground onion paste (of rest 2 onions) and rest half of the ginger-garlic paste (the other half would have been used for marinating chicken).
  3. Saute till golden brown and curry powder as specified in the ingredients section.
  4. Add turmeric, cumin and coriander powder. Also add cut/grated tomatoes (2).
  5. Saute till the mixture turns into fine silky gravy.
  6. Then add marinated chicken with all it’s contents. Cover and keep stirring occasionally.
  7. After around 5-7 minutes of adding the chicken, add biryani masala, yogurt and stir well. Let the chicken be cooked in the gravy. Do not dry up the gravy content. It’s good to have medium gravy till completely cooked.
  8. Then add freshly cut coriander and mint leaves to it and take off the heat.

Layering for Dum Biryani:

  1. You can use the same pressure cooker and apply butter to the base.
  2. Heat it for 1-2 minutes and sprinkle some cumin seeds.
  3. Now layer first layer of rice. Then second layer of chicken with gravy spread evenly over first. Then repeat the same.
  4. On the top most layer, sprinkle freshly cut coriander and mint leaves and garnish with boiled eggs cut into halves.
  5. Optional: For colouring rice into various shaded and making biryani more attractive, you can use beetroot or turmeric

Hope your neighbors can smell biryani from your window now 😉

Dum using dough

  1. After layering the rice and chicken, cover with any lid and apply a dough lining along side the lid.
  2. Let it cook slowly on low flame for 5 minutes.
  3. Now the flavours would have percolated through all layers.
  4. Switch off flame. Serve hot biryani through a cross section of the layers.   
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