Essay On My Favorite Food Biryani Chicken


By Manu63 Comments

Today’s recipe is definitely a special one.  It is one of my favourite Indian dishes.  Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani, like all the food of the area, is greatly influenced by the Mughals, Arabic, Turkish and Iranian food that use plenty of rice, wheat and spices.
I particularly like the mix of spices and herbs in this recipe: the aroma of the mint that you can smell throughout the house while the biryani is cooking is inebriating.  My husband says it is one of the best biryani he has ever eaten, and that is a fantastic compliment being that he has actually eaten plenty throughout his life! hehehehe
When you read the long list of ingredients, this dish looks like a lot of work, but you’ll be amazed by how quickly it actually comes together, so much so that I often make it as a mid-week’s dinner.  You basically need to mix all the marinade ingredients together, put the chicken in it and refrigerate it.  Then cook the rice for a few minutes and layer both the chicken, rice and herbs in a heavy bottomed pot… let it cook for 30 minutes and you will have a dinner set for a king… or better still, a maharaja!



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  • 400gms– 0.9 lbs. chicken tenderscut in 3 pieces
  • ½bunch coriander leavesroughly chopped
  • ½bunch mintroughly chopped
  • 1cinnamon stick
  • 2cloves
  • 2green cardamoms
  • 1black cardamom
  • 1bay leaf
  • ½tspcumin powder
  • ½tspcoriander powder
  • ½tspblack cumin
  • 1tbspginger paste
  • 1tbspgarlic paste
  • 1green chilliyou can use more if you like your food more spicy
  • ¼tspred chilli powderyou can use more if you like your food more spicy
  • 1tbspgaram masala
  • 1tbspjaveri mace
  • 1tbsplemon juice
  • 1cupfried onionsI bought mine at my local Indian store
  • 1tbspvegetable oil
  • 3pepper corns
  • ¼tspturmeric powder
  • 235gms– 1 cup yoghurt
  • Salt to taste


  • 300gms– 1 ½ cup basmati rice
  • Salt to taste
  • 1tbspvegetable oil


  • ¾cupfried onions
  • ½bunch coriander leavesroughly chopped
  • ½bunch mintroughly chopped
  • 1pinchsaffrondissolved in 2 tbsp warm water


  1. To make the marinade, mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl, add the chicken pieces to it, mix well and marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours (or overnight).
  2. When you are ready to cook your biryani, prepare the rice. Wash it and soak it in cool water for 30 minutes. Fill a big pot with water, add salt and oil and bring it to a boil. Cook the rice in it for 4 or 5 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, take another big pot, spray it with some oil and add the chicken and its marinade to the bottom. Make sure to spread it all around.
  4. When the rice is ready, drain it and spread it on top of the chicken.
  5. Add the mint and coriander leaves, the fried onions and the saffron water.
  6. Put a tight lid on and put the pot on the fire, on top of a tawa or flat pan (this will help the heat to spread uniformly).
  7. Put the fire on high for the first 5 minutes, then keep cooking the biryani on a medium fire for 15 minutes and on low for the remaining 10 minutes (for a total of 30 minutes).
  8. Serve warm with some raita on the side!
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Chicken Biryani Recipe

by TNN

Updated : Jan 18, 2018, 12:25 IST
  • Total Time 1h
  • Prep Time20 m
  • Calories560

Biryani, which when cooked perfectly, can turn into a dish par excellence. Loved by all food lovers across the world, this traditional recipe represents the rich culinary heritage of India. This easy to make chicken recipe is perfect for special occasions and can be prepared quickly with ingredients easily available in your kitchen like garam masala, chicken, saffron( kesar), ginger, garlic, basmati rice. If you want your Chicken Biryani to be more aromatic, you can dry roast the spices before preparing this easy chicken recipe. Chicken Biryani recipe can be cooked in various innovative ways and you can also add your own innovations to it! This royal delicacy is prepared using a balance of spices and meat cooked with rice in perfect proportions and it tastes best when cooked in low flame, this actually makes the chicken pieces more tender, aromatic and juicy. So put in a little bit time and energy of yours in making this delicious Indian dish by simply following the given steps below and relish this delectable recipe. Wish you a happy meal!

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