Thursday, June 23, 2011

mom's chicken biryani

Or should I say Shakila aunty's biryani.

soum this one is for you,stop haunting me in my dreams:)

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  • 1 kg chicken (with bone cut to medium pieces)
  • ghee rice
  • 3 medium onion (roughly chopped)
  • 2 inch cinnamon
  • 5 cloves
  • 25 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 inch ginger
  • 6 tbsp coriander leaves(chop 3 tbsp finely and keep aside)
  • 4 tbsp mint leaves(chop 2 tbsp finely and keep aside)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 4 green chillies
  • 10 to 12 cashew nuts
  • 2 tomatoes (chopped finely)
  • 25 to 30 green chillies (slit slighty in the top)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 ghee or more (be very generous)
  • salt to taste
  1. Grind onion, turmeric ,ginger,garlic,cinnamon,cloves,cashewnuts,4 green chillies,3 tbsp coriander leaves and 2tbsp mint leaves into very fine paste (do not use water)
  2. Place a big vessel on medium high flame, add ghee,when hot add tomatoes and little salt,fry the tomatoes till its melted,now add the slit green chillies.Stir for a minute.
  3. Now add the ground masala and fry till the raw smell dissappears and ghee leaves the sides.
  4. Add chicken ,salt,chopped coriander and mint leaves.Cover and cook (add 1/2 cup water or less if required)
  5. When chicken is almost done add lemon juice and mix,adjust salt to taste.
  6. Good sign for a good gravy is when the ghee is floating on the top,
  7. Prepare ghee rice
To assemble

Take a big vessel apply little ghee to the bottom of the vessel,put one layer of ghee rice and a layer of chicken masala.Continue the layering till you are done with the chicken and rice.
Place a flat pan on low flame and place the biryani vessel on top of the flame and cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Mix carefully and serve with raita


  1. sounds divine..there's nothing to beat mom's hearty taste...:P
    Tasty Appetite

  2. Looks yummy! and we know that mom's the best. Thanks for sharing the recipes. Gladly following your blog. You may like to follow mine.Here's my popular video

  3. wow..absolutely delicious..this is my fav....looks so temping and perfect,..yum

  4. Biryani was the only thing i learnt to make before coming to scotland ..... couldn imagine waiting for a year to have aunty s biryani !!!!!!

  5. biryani is the only dish i m fond of from my childhood days,till dated.ur recipe has a gud aroma in it,wht is the trick behind it?

  6. Hi Cherrie,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. I am a big fan of ur blog. I made this biryani last sunday. In 8 years of my married life this was the first time I saw my husband taking 3 servings of biryani. He lauded my effort saying the biryani was too good.My only variation was instead of cashew I used almonds. Thankx a ton once again. You must compliment ur mom on my behalf for this wonderful recipe.



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