Festive Chicken Biriyani

06 May

Biriyani is flavored rice with good amount of spices added with chicken or Mutton(Lamb), or Prawns, or Fish, or Eggs or vegetables.

This kind of  Chicken Biriyani is so special to me and I would like to call it as festive time Biriyani. During Ramzan and Bakrid festival ,I used to get a box of this special biriyani from my friends . It was always filled with a nice aroma and a unique taste than the other biriyani kinds. I tried the recipe and almost I could bring the taste closer to what I used to enjoy .


  1. Chicken – 1kg  (preferrably with bones, cut in to pieces)
  2. Rice – 3 cups (less than a kg), Preferably Basmati Rice , I have used a normal rice.
  3. Water – 3  cups
  4. Oil – 3 Tsp
  5. Cinamon 1 inch- 2 sticks
  6. Cloves – 5
  7. Cardomom – 2
  8. Bayleaves – 2
  9. Onion – 2, finely slit
  10. Tomato – 1 , finely chopped
  11. Garlic paste – 2 Tsp
  12. Ginger paste – 1 Tsp
  13. Lemon – 1, juice of it
  14. Curd(yoghurt) – 1/2 cup
  15. Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  16. Chilli – 1Tsp
  17. Corriander – 1 Tsp
  18. Corriander leaves – 1/2 cup (finely chopped)
  19. Mint leaves – 1/4 cup (finely chopped)
  20. Clarified Butter – 3 Tsp
  21. Salt for taste


1. Soak the rice with water for 1/2 an hour. Add oil to the heavy bottomed vessel.

2. When the oil is hot  add cinamon, cardamom, cloves and bayleaves and stir for a minute.

3. Add onions and fry till golden brown color. Add the ginger and garlic paste followed by chicken. Stir it for atleast 5 minutes.

4. Add the 1/4 cup of corrainder, mint leaves and mix it up for 3 minutes.

5. Add spice powders turmeric, corriander and chilli powder and stir for 2 minutes.

6. Now add just rice, salt and 3 1/2 cups of water and let it boil.

7. Once the water  starts boiling add curd ,lemon juice and clarified butter. Cover the lid and cook in a very low flame for 20 minutes.

8. Once the rice is cooked, garnish the biriyani with 1/4 cup of corriander leaves and serve it.

Tip : 1. Chicken Biriyani is good to go with raitha( yogurt onion salad) or simple yoghurt.

2. Right level of  cooked rice gives a good appearance to perfect biriyani. The taste depend upon the right level of spices that is added.


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  1. tasteofbeirut

    May 6, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I love to order biryani but have never attempted to make one myself at home! Your recipe is going to help me make it at home now~ great.

  2. Sushma Mallya

    May 7, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I love biryani and love to try various type, this surely looks very tempting & yum

  3. SathyaSridhar

    May 7, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Biryani is our all time fav dish ,,there is no compromise in this. Ingredients sounds great with lot of spices sure it will taste delicious n yummy.

  4. Priya

    May 7, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Biryani makes me drool, just love it…

  5. uma

    May 7, 2010 at 6:53 am

    tempting platter! carrot flowers are cute! would try your version of biryani 🙂

  6. Hema

    May 7, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Very Tasty Briyani. I would love to have for my Lunch.

  7. Manju Rajender

    May 7, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Perfect….loved the preparation and most of loved the presentation. Wonderful!!!

  8. sms

    May 8, 2010 at 3:05 am

    i love chicken biryani with yogurt, have u heard Hyderabadi biryani ever week we will have biryani but in summer we take twice in a month ,

    hey nice biriyani
    enjoy weekend
    advace mother’s day wishes