Chicken Biryani Is among one of the most loved Rice Dishes in our family. We can have this spicy, fulfilling dish 2 or even 3 times a week, because it's so good and tasty. Boiled steamed rice, layered with aromatic Chicken curry potatoes and spices. Then put on Dum (low fire) to give it that perfection...
Ingredients: serving for 6-8
prep time 20 min
cook time 35-40 min
2 pounds whole cut washed chicken, chicken breast
2 medium size onions
4 medium tomatoes
4 tbsp oil
3 green chili's
1 table spoon ginger garlic paste
2 cups yogurt
half can of tomato sauce/puree 4 tbs
1 tsp salt (according to taste)
1 box of Biryani masala(shan national etc)
cups of water
(If you don't have Biryani Masala Make your own like I do)
pinch of saffron
1 tsp red chilli powder/chilli flakes
6 pieces of black pepper
3 cloves of cardamon
juice of 2 lemons
1 bay leaf
For the Rice
Wash and soak 4 cups of rice let soak for up to 30 min
put about 10 cups of water in a pot. Add a couple seeds of cumin, 1 tsp oil, and salt according to taste. Once it comes to a boil add rice cook until rice is half way done, strain and pour in a large pan, very large bowl,( you don't want the rice to get mushy if there in a small bowl or pan once strained)
In your wok or pan add oil, then add onion fry until it becomes golden brown. get 1 portion of the onion, and place on a paper towel to absorb access oil ( this will be for the garnishing on the Biryani)
now add tomato, peppers, chicken, potato, your biryani masala, salt, ginger garlic and lemon juice.
Stir cover and cook for about 10-15 min.
Once you see the curry's getting nice and red add the yogurt, stir cover and cook for another 5-6 min. now add 2 cups of water cover and let the curry cook lower the flame after 5-6 min, once you see the gravy is a nice thick consistency (not too thick) shut of your heat, and remove immediately.
Now the fun part layering
For this particular biryani I put a layer of the Curry first about 2 inch thick, then a layer of rice, then another layer of curry, now more rice, then garnish with your favorite, fried onion, tomatoes, chili peppers, and cilantro ( you can add a little bit of food coloring to it) Then cover and put on dum on a very very low heat for about 15 min. once you see steam releasing from the biryani YOUR ALL DONE! So enjoy.... with your family, and loved ones.
I hope you've enjoyed this wonderful recipe. If you have any questions or comments let me know below, and I will get back to you ASAP.
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