Wednesday, November 07, 2007


This is my second version of first version looks alike but there is a lot of difference in taste and preparation too..I want to try a different version of biryani today and bought "shaan sindhi biryani masala powder".i din't follow the package directions.i just used some powder and did the rest of it with my idea.I used MDH hyderabadi biryani masala ,shaan sindhi biryani masala,some spices from my pantry.the main spice that gave taste to my biryani is nutmeg and mint.i half boiled the rice with less water and then cooked it along with chicken curry.i deep fried the thinly sliced onions and added as a garnish.It gave a bit sweet taste in the middle.
For preparing chicken curry:

1 pound chicken
onions 1 (finely chopped)
green chillies 4 (cut long)
ginger garlic paste 1 1/2 table spoons or less
shaan sindhi biryani masala powder 1 table spoon
MDH hyderabadi biryani masla powder 1 table spoon
yogurt 1 cup ( 8 ounce cup)
chillipowder( to taste)
salt( to taste)
turmeric 1/2 teaspoon
dhania powder 1 1/2 teaspoon

Spices to cook rice

basmati or normal rice (3 1/2 cups for 1 pound chicken( 1 cup =1 eight ounce cup))
cloves 4
nutmeg 1/2 seed (finely ground)
shah jeera/kala jeera 1 teaspoon
cardamom pods 4 (mashed)
bay leaves big 3( if small 5 or 6)
cinnamon 1 inch sticks 3
star aniseed 2 or 1
mace 4
salt 1/4 teaspoon
minta handful
cilantro a handful
ghee 3 teaspoons

For garnish(optional)

onion greens
lemon wedges
boiled eggs
deep fried onions
raw onions

cut and marinate the chicken with yogurt,ginger garlic paste,turmeric,chilli powder,salt,dhania powder,shaan n MDH powders.
keep this aside.
heat oil in a pan. fry onions,chillies till done.
now add chicken pieces to it and cover till the water comes out.
remove the lid and cook till the water is evaporated .

now prepare the rice by washing it .
heat oil in a wide pan.
add cloves,bay leaf,cardamom,star aniseed,mace,cinnamon.
saute it for a minute on low flame.
now add shah jeera,nutmeg powder.saute for a minute.

drain the rice and add this to the sauted spices. now to this add ghee,salt,mint,cilantro .
add 1 or 2 cups of water for 3 1/2 cups or pour the water till the rice is covered.

half boil the rice .it takes like 5 to6 min to half boil the rice.

At this stage it is important to check for salt n spice.if u want it spicy u can add pepper powder and chilli powder.
Now add chicken curry to this rice and mix well.add a cup of water and cook covered on very low flame .the steam helps rice cook with out breaking it.

now when u think the rice is cooked ,drizzle a teaspoon of lemon juice.
now baking is important for this to let the spices infuse .
line an oven proof dish with aluminium foil. put the rice and cover it with foil again.make small holes to the cover.Bake it for 30 min on 300 degrees F .

Top it with lemon wedges,onion greens and cilantro.drizzle some lemon juice if required.
Now top with fried onions .
to make the fried onions u need to slice them and fry it in a teaspoon of oil and ghee.
deep fry the onions till dark brown.
they doesn't taste good when tansparent.
so deep fry them.
Serve hot with raitha.


Saju said...

delcious looking biryani. Lovely presentation too.

Asha said...

Dhansak? Looks delicious Shanthi. Happy Diwali:)

Jyothi said...

Hi Shanti! biryani looks delicious and yummy. Like the color of the biryani with step by step process. Thanks for sharing a lovely recipe for diwali.

A very happy diwali to you and your beloved family. Enjoy the day.

Kribha said...

Looks great shanti. I've always wanted to try biryani in the oven with a foil tray as my cooker is not enough to feed a crowd. Thanks for sharing your version. Looks really really good and perfect.

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

I am a staunch veggie, but your biryani looks inviting to me too!! :)

Rina said...

Shanti That was pefect recipe adn presentation for the yummy Chicken biriyani. Thax a lot. I didn't have luck with the ready made powder you have mentioned, I used them too. May be I should try them again with your recipe. Really loved reading your post. How about a food blog evetn with non-veg food and biriyanis.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Looks Great Shanthi :-)))

Swaroopa said...

looks absolutely llip smacking. will try it soon.

Anonymous said...

Biryani Looks yummy!!!!!!!

sagari said...

wowwwwwwwwww i love chicken biryani

Shella said...

WOOOOOOOOH the biriyani made me drool. I just got to have some. Absolutely yummy.

Cynthia said...

This dish is always a winner isn't it :)

sri said...

What a mouthwatering dish. Thank you for this recipe.

gowri said...

What a beautiful dish. Yuor write-up, step-by-step photographs all are excellent. Great job.

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