Chicken dum biryani recipe | how to make chicken biryani recipe

Chicken Recipes recipe

Chicken dum biryani | chicken biryani

So you are planning a get-together at home, don’t forget to prepare Chicken dum biryani. It’s an easy dish, whose ingredients you can easily find in the market nearby. The cooking and preparation time is also quite low. It’s a healthy dish, which will be loved by people with different taste palates. Your entire family will love this Chicken dum biryani for its brilliant flavours. This Chicken dum biryani is popular all over the world. However, don’t forget to experiment. This Chicken dum biryani by parveen can be twisted and twirled in several ways to make it an exciting dish for your loved ones. Try this Chicken dum biryani today and you won’t be able to stop gushing about it. Chicken dum biryani is made with authentic ingredients and will also be loved by kids. Warm up hearts and people’s lives with this delicious Chicken dum biryani.
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Ingredients (240 ml cup used)

For rice

  • 2 cups basmati rice (preferably aged rice)
  • 2 to 2 ½ litres water
  • 1 tsp shahi jeera
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 2 inch thin cinnamon, 3 green cardamoms, 4 cloves (optional)

For gravy

  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 medium onions sliced thinly
  • 1 star anise / chakri phool
  • 3 green cardamoms / choti elaichi
  • 1 black cardamom (optional) / badi elaichi
  • 4 cloves / lavang
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick / dalchini
  • ½ tsp shahi jeera / caraway seeds
  • 1 bay leaf / tej patta
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • ½ kg chicken (500 to 600 grams) (or 1 lb)
  • Salt as needed
  • 1/8 to ¼ tsp turmeric / haldi
  • 1 ½ to 2 tsp biryani masala (or chickn masala)
  • ¾ to 1 tsp red chili powder / lal mirch powder
  • 2 green chilies slit (adjust as needed)
  • 1 cup thick fresh curd / dahi / yogurt (do not use sour curd)
  • Handful of pudina / mint finely chopped
  • Handful of coriander leaves finely chopped

Optional ingredients

  • 2 tbsp hot milk with pinch of saffron soaked
  • 1 tsp kewra water
  • 1 tbsp ghee / clarified butter

How to make the recipe

Cooking biriyani rice

  1. Wash rice few times until the water runs clear. Soak for 30 mins. Drain the water.
  2. Bring 8 to 10 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Add bay leaf and shahi jeera. You can also add cinnamon stick, cardamoms and cloves. You can also tie these spices in a muslin cloth and add to the pot. It can be discarded later
  3. When the water comes to a boil, add salt and drained rice.
  4. Cook until it is done al dente. Rice should be firm, grainy and you must feel the bite into the grain when you bite it. Drain it off to a colander.

Making chicken biryani gravy

  1. While the rice cooks, Saute onions in hot oil to make fried onions. When they are golden and evenly done, set aside 1/4 of them aside on a kitchen towel.
  2. Lower the flame and saute bay leaf, star anise, shahi jeera, cloves, cardamom.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste and fry until the raw smell has gone completely.
  4. Add chicken and fry on a medium heat until it turns pale or white.
  5. Sprinkle salt, biriyani masala, red chili powder, slit green chilies and turmeric. Mix well and fry for 3 mins.
  6. Cover and cook on a low to medium flame for 3 to 4 mins to let the moisture out from the meat.
  7. Pour yogurt and mix well. Cover and cook on a medium heat until the meat is completely cooked and the gravy thickens. At this stage a thick gravy is left for the dum process. Taste and adjust salt as needed.
  8. Lower the flame, sprinkle some mint and coriander leaves. Stir well.
  9. Layer the rice evenly. Sprinkle fried onions, mint, coriander leaves, saffron soaked milk, kewra water & ghee. You can also skip using saffron, ghee and kewra water but these give an authentic touch.
  10. Cover the pot with a foil or a moist kitchen cloth. Place a tight lid to trap the steam or dum. If the lid is not tight then you can place a heavy pot on top of the lid.

To make multilayer hyderabadi chicken dum biryani:

  1. Use a small pot . Just before layering the rice, set aside half of the chicken curry. Layer half the rice. Then layer the rest of the curry. Repeat layering rice then ghee, kewra , mint coriander and fried onions.

Dum process on stove top

  1. Heat a old tawa or a pan, place this biryani pot and dum cook for 12 to 15 mins on a medium heat. If using a induction stovetop, you can directly place the pot at 3 No for 15 to 20 mins.

For oven method

  1. Grease an oven safe bowl, Add the cooked chickn mixture, Layer the rice, sprinkle mint, coriander, saffron milk and seal it with a foil, dum in the preheated oven at 180 c for 15 to 25 minutes.
  2. Serve chicken dum biryani with salan and raita

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