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19 Apr 2007

Kerala Chicken Biryani

This is the usual method of making biriyani in muslim homes of Thrissur.Mom makes biriyani using other methods like adding coconut milk or blended coconut. I will come with that recipes later Insha Allah.

Ingredients to make Chicken Biriyani

Basmati rice - 2 1/2 cups
Chicken- 1/2 kg
Onion(medium) - 6 nos(chopped finely)
Tomato(medium) - 3 nos(chopped finely)
Garlic - 7 big cloves
Ginger - 1 and 1/2 inch piece
Green chilly - 2
Garam masala powder - 1 tbsp
Yogurt - 4 tbsp
Coriander leaves - 1 cup
Mint leaves(Pudhina) - 1/4 cup
Ghee - 1/2 cup
Lime juice - 4 tsp
Chilly powder - 1 tsp or
Pepper powder - according to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Cardamom(Elakka) - 2 nos
Cinnamon(Karugapatta) - 3 small pieces
Cloves(Grambu) - 2 nos.

How to prepare

1)Grind garlic,ginger and green chilly together to make paste.
2)Heat ghee in a pan.
3)Saute onions till golden brown.
4)Add garlic-ginger-green chilly paste and fry for 2 mins.
5)Add chopped tomatoes, chilly powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, mint leaves ,salt and coriander leaves into it.
6)Saute for a few minutes till the masala becomes thick.
7)Add cut and cleaned chicken pieces and stir.
8)Pour little water [if required] and mix.
9)Cook till chicken is done.
10)Add yoghurt.

For rice

11)Boil water in another vessel.
12)Add enough salt, a pinch of turmeric powder, cardamoms, cinnamon, cloves and 1 spoon ghee into this.
13)Cook rice until it is done and drain. :- Take care the rice not to be sticky.
14)Heat a vessel.
15)Pour a little of ghee.
16)Put a little of cooked rice and spread 1 tsp of lime juice over it.
17)Place one layer of the chicken masala above it and repeat the process till the rice and masala are over.
18)Close the lid tightly and heat on a low flame for about 10 mins.
19)Mix before serve.:- Serve with yoghurt and cocunut-pudhina chutney and pickle.


  1. Thank you for the wishes Seena,hope you did have a great Vishu!Biryani my fav too!

  2. Seena, I shouldn't have come here at this hour. It is dinner time here and three delicious dishes!!!!! That aatirachi is so good. I am definitely going to try this one. Avial with shallots!! never tried. Must taste really good as shallots do add flavor to any curry. btw what is the medicinal value you mentioned?

  3. Seena,

    Salam Alekkum!

    The Biryani looks yum. I love biryani prepared by muslim way. Never knew how to make it. Will give this a try.


  4. സീന ,

    മാസത്തില്‍ ഒരിക്കലെങ്കിലുംവെള്ളിയാഴ്ചകളില്‍ ബിരിയാണി വെക്കാറുണ്ട് , ഇന്നേവരെ ഒരിക്കല്‍ വെച്ചതുപോലെ പിന്നീടായിട്ടില്ല :)

  5. അപ്പോള്‍ തറവാടി,
    ഇനി എന്നും ഒരേപോലത്തെ ബിര്യാണി ഉണ്ടാക്കാന്‍ ഇവിടന്നു പഠിച്ചോളൂ..:)

  6. Hi Seena,
    I am going to try the biryani today and let you know. It really looks delicious.Biryani has kept me far for sometime now.i am apprehensive of using curd and heating it! Still today im going to try.
    Your blog has a regular visitor, my sis. She just keeps her laptop in kitchen and cook what u have here and tells me that i prepared this and that from your blog... I am very thankfull seena. Lats yr i tried the chicken curry and fry and u saved me. Now i cook better and so will visit you regularly.


  7. Hi again, forgot to inform you something. I created a blog recently and have added you to the blogroll. Hope its fine
    Thanks you.

  8. Seena, i have yet another blog which is new born and was finding it difficult to send this message through OpenID, so this 3rd msg.
    i have added you to my blogroll.
    Please do visit.
    Thank you.

  9. Nimi, glad to see u again!
    I was thinking what happend to you, since couldn't see your comments for long.. :)
    I hope you learned to cook well.
    Now are you at TVM?
    I remember you had mentioned about your sis before, pls tell her to leave her valuable comments here..:)

    Ok, I hope this biryani recipe will save you, this was the one which saved me in many occasions, I din't fail even the first time.. :)
    keep visiting, I visited your baby blog too, good, keep up the work..
    see you,

  10. Yes it was a great success, and yes your biryani saved me.This was the first time i prepared biryani, and more than me he liked it very much.. every credit to Seena..
    thank you.
    I stay in TVM.And sure will pass on the message to my sis.
    I will be posting some snaps of dishes i prepared (offcourse all the recipe credit to you people) in future, so do keep visiting my new blog.It was nice of you to have a look at it.
    Thank you.

  11. Dear Seena,

    I must thank you for the delicious recipe of this chicken biryani.. i made this biryani for my husband's birthday and it was the first time in my life that i was attempting to cook biryani..i have always been a little afraid to try and make biryani as i was scared it wont come out well and the whole quantity of food will be a waste..
    But i decided to try for my husband's birthday and he lovvveddd it.. i was so happy and i cant thank you enough..
    He tell everyone now that im an expert biryani cook.
    All thanks to you seena :)

  12. Dear Nisha,
    Thank u so much for letting me know.You know , appreciation from people like you really makes me happy, more than that what can I expect?
    Wish u all the best to become a good cook,
    Keep visiting and don't forget to leave the comments.. :)

  13. ഹായ് സീന ഒരു പരീക്ഷണം നടത്താന്‍ അവസരം തന്നതിന് നന്ദി...
    പിന്നെ ഒരു കാര്യം പറഞ്ഞില്ലാട്ടോ... 2.1/2 കപ്പു അരിക്ക് എത്രത്തോളം വെള്ളം വേണം എന്ന്...

  14. അരി വേവിക്കാന്‍ ആവശ്യമുള്ള അത്രയും വെള്ളം വെക്കുക. വെറുതെ ഊറ്റി കളയാന്‍ അല്ലെ, നെയ്ചോറ് പോലെ കണക്കൊന്നും ഇല്ല കേട്ടോ. പിന്നെ കമന്‍റ് ഇടുമ്പോള്‍ പേര് കൂടി വെക്കാന്‍ മറക്കരുത്. നന്ദി. :)

  15. Assalamu Alaikum..i'm a first timer to ur was recommended by my cousin..gosh its superb...i too make chicken biriyani the same way.the only difference is that i make ghee rice(with little ghee) instead of just cooking and draining the rice.anyways really enjoyed a tour through ur site.

  16. Thanks Sareena for the nice comment!
    Yeah, some makes biryani as you said.. keep visiting.. :)

  17. Seena you are great and helpfull to people like me with little knowledge in cooking and living in Dubai as batchler.Thanks and Best wishes

  18. Welcome Sulfikar! Thanks for letting me know,keep visiting here.. :)

  19. can u send me a recipe for chicken biriyani made in pressure cooker??

    can u send me a link or post it to my mail...

  20. I haven't published such a recipe yet. You can follow the same recipe for that. But have to check the amount of water used. Let me prepare the recipe to mail you, insha Allah.. :)

  21. Salaam Seena,
    Thanks to my friend who has suggested this site to me. Special Thanks to you for posting such delicious recipes. I love the way you have organised the site.I am a very bad cook indeed, but after visiting your site i feel like i have improved my stds of cooking.I have tried many of your recipes and they have come out very well.This encourages me to try new and invite people for food.
    I do have a question about the quantity of rice that i need to take for chicken biryani.The recipe is written for 2 1/2 cups of rice. For how many people roughly does the biryani made of 2 1/2 cups rice be enough for?Is there any ratio b/w the number of onions/rice/chicken pieces/no of people?If you could pls let me know, it will be fantastic.As you know, i am very poor with these calculations and measures.Thank you for your time.'am looking forward for your reply. Many thanks

  22. Simi, thanks for the kind words, its a pleasure to see your comments.. :)
    About making biriyani, this 2 1/2 cups will be enough for 2 or 3 persons.,. Appor. 5 1/2 cups will be equal to 1 kg, so we normally take 1 kg or 1 1/2 kg of meat for 1 kg rice. You can reduce the amount of onion, and use some other method like making kuruma,(refer beef biryani). And one kg rice will be equal to about 6 people, I think..
    Ok, Simi, try making little amount for the first time, later you can increase. We all learnt like that..
    All the best! hope to see you again,.. :)

  23. Hi Seena,
    Thanks a lot in advance...I am gonna print this out for my wife to give a try...waiting to blame you...
    :) kidding..i know wil be superb..lets see..

    Raj Kris

  24. RK, tryout and come back.. hope it will be ok.. lets see.. :)

  25. Dear Seena.
    We have normally seen people putting fire on top of the vessel also after proper sealing of the vessel lid. Seeing all these complications we tend to shy away from trying our luck on byriani. But your recipie seems to be very simple and straight forward. Will give a try. Thanks and best wishes,

  26. Deepa, me too had the same thought before I start, but even for the first time I got success using this method, so try it, all the best and come back.. :)

  27. peace be upon you (salam)

    this is a very nice way to cook a tasty biriyani, me and my wife make this biriyani it was very testy.

  28. Wa alaikkum salam ,
    thanks for the nice feedback, keep trying out more from here.. :)

  29. Seena

    i have tried making biriyani so many times in so many methods as well.
    everything ended out to be a disaster. my husband has strictly asked me not to try biriyani ever.
    this is the first time i hav visited your blog.
    Am going to try this now ...
    will post the comment after dinner tonite.

    wish me all the best .. :)

  30. Hi Seena

    I tried your recipe for the biryani for dinner and it came out very well, thanks for posting. Your cooking tips are good too!


  31. I just made chicken biryani-friend's mom's recipe. Unfortunately I did not have saffron, needless to say it was yummy. I had lamb biryani at a restaurant sometime agao and it was a colossal waste of money and time. Where is the meat was the question posed by my son. It tasted OK, nothing mind blowing, but to have two huge bones with out meat, sad indeed. I have to make lamb biryani now that I have finally conquered my fear of making biryani. My family will be ecstatic.

  32. dear seena,,
    i tried it ,, it was soo tasty,,,
    first time got a good comment from my dear sreekanth,,, thank u seenaaa,,, god bless u


  33. thank u seena,,,


  34. HI Seena,

    My first biryani recipe and success, thanks to you.The comment that i received-" Doesnt taste like its made for the first time :)".
    Thank you friend.


  35. nice...........i tried this..............realy delicious

  36. Sabna,Jenny, Sheeba, Reena.. thanks dear friends! Really glad to see your comments, thanks for encouraging , keep trying out and don't forget to leave comments.. :)

  37. Hi Seena,

    Thanks for the great recipe. It looks yummmmmmmy. I can't wait to try it. I have few doubts. Could you pls tell me how much weight in grams exactly is 1 cup of rice. I am a person who needs proper measurements for cooking.When you say 2 1/2 cups of rice,what cup do you use? Is it the normal tea cup(small one) or is it the marked cups you get it in supermarkets? But i think its quite vague .I have tried making biriyani so many times. i do not have a proper measurement and its different everytime when I make it. All of my friends are excellent biriyani makers. If i ask them the recipes they never give me the right measurements. I feel it very difficult to cook. Do you know what I mean? I do not have the skills of improvisations as well. Can we fry the pieces and make biriyani ? I know it would not be very healthy.
    waiting eagerly for you answer. thank you Seema.

  38. Smitha, thanks for the nice words.I wouldn't use measurements in gms but use the normal tea cups and teaspoons and Tbspoons. I think 1 cup will be approximately 195 gms.Any way use the normal tea cup to measure. First you start making biryani without frying meat, that would be easy for you.All the best and hope to see you back with a good result.. :)

  39. Dear Seena,
    I was hesitating to ask someone how to make Chicken Biriyani. Now, without asking anyone, I know to make my delicious and favourite lunch, i.e., Chicken Biriyani. It is an easy and tasty recipe. Thankyou so much.
    By Krishna G

  40. Thanks Krishna G! Its really good to know you can make biryani easily now.. keep trying out more from here.. :)

  41. Hi Seena,

    How are you? I made my first chicken Biriyani using your recipe. It came out really very good. My husband was saying it tasted almost like the biriyani his GrandMom used to make.
    I made it in a little different way. Instead of doing dum on stove top, I preheated the oven at 310F and baked for 10 minutes.


  42. My cousin made delicious biriyani last weekend and I asked her how she did it. She sent me this blog link. I noticed no one here has posted AFTER they tried the recipe. I wanted to say that IT IS delicious. I have had this dish myself and therefore can firmly say "I am going to make it myself so I can eat it again!"
    Thanks Seena. Lincy.

  43. thank u seena,good recipe.

  44. am going to try this recipe on Sunday Seena...tried many of your chicken and beef kerala recipes... and its so lovely...will keep you posted ..:)

  45. Hi Seena

    I tried your chicken biriyani last saturday..usually my husband is not interested in foods I prepare reading blogs but this time he was excellent and wanted me to prepare the same way hereafter. Next I am thinking of inviting my in laws for christmas and prepare this biriyani for them. Thanks so m,uch for this wonderful recipe.Am gonna try out ur receipes one by one.. Keep rocking

  46. This was my first time making biryani, and it turned out delicious! Thanks so much, I'm so glad I followed your recipe!

  47. Thanks for the awesome recipe... I am a north Indian Girl Married to a keralite. My husband was overwhelmed with this Biryani. Planning to present the same to my in-laws....... Will start trying your other recipes...

  48. Hi,

    Love u're recipes! Could you please add u're mom's Biryani recipe using coconut milk. Would love to try that variation.

  49. I never tried making biriyani before...I was buying it from restaurants and its expensive also...I will try it till I am married again!!!

    Thank you


  50. hi seena

    i am new to your blog,tried your pathiri n chicken curry,it came out good. I ws tried many times to make biriyani but all time it was a flop.I want to try this method and have a doubt.In the chicken preparation you mentioned as "10.add yogert". Can u pls expalin.I hv to add the yogert in chicken after swich off the flame or hv to cook the chicken with yogert for some time? pls help..

  51. hey seena,
    I tried this bud, it was really awsome n thanx for such a perfect recipe. this biriyani turned out to be a great success.... (you know i made biriyani once with cook book n was utter flop :p)thanx 4 ur recipe loved it dear

  52. Hello
    Nice to see the recipe. Cooked it for two times and going for the third attempt to-day. Marvelous one at that. Really nice. Thanks.

  53. Hello Madam
    I have tried it two times and going for the third attempt to-day. Marvelous recipe. Took everyone by surprise whether I will cook this way. Thanks

  54. I tried this recipe and came out Super!!!!

  55. Hi,

    Chicken cook ayadhinu shesham ano yoghurt add cheyyande?Pinne adhu pinneyum boil cheyyano?

  56. a printer version of this recipe (and others on your site) would be really, really useful!

    thanks :)

  57. Hi seena
    I tried ur recipe and every1 luvd it...I once tried a recipe frm othr site fr a chnge bt wz diasppointd..ur recipe rocksss :)

  58. Hi seena
    I tried ur recipe and every1 luvd it. Once I tried a recipe frm othr site fr a chnge bt wz disappointd..ur recipe s d best :)


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