Chicken Biryani

My weekend starts today...I'm off to LA for a few days. Can't explain how excited I am, this is a much awaited trip. Will be back on Tuesday, so I'm gonna be on  a break from blogging until then. Though I would be carrying my laptop, I'm not sure I'd be able to check regularly. So wishing all of you'll a happy weekend in advance. 
As a parting shot, thought I'd serve some chicken biryani, a dish I wouldn't mind having for breakfast:)....

Chicken Biryani

500gms chicken, (preferably leg pieces)
1/4cup yogurt
2tbs ginger garlic paste
1tbs lemon juice
1/2tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste

1 tsp ghee/ oil
1 cup basmati rice
10 peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
5 cloves
4 cardamoms
1 star anise
2 bay leaves
2 cups water

1tbs oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3-4 green chillies, finely chopped
1/3 cup coriander leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup mint leaves, finely chopped
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tbs coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
salt to taste

Wash the chicken well. Make a marinade by mixing yogurt, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, turmeric powder and some salt. Mix in the chicken, cover and marinate for a couple of hours.
Wash and drain the rice. Heat 1 tsp ghee in a pan and add peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, cardamoms and bay leaves and fry for a few seconds. 
Add the rice and fry  for about a minute till glossy and all the water has evaporated. Soak the rice along with the spices in 2 cups water for 30mins.
In the meantime, heat 1tbs oil in a pan and fry the onions and green chillies on medium heat till brown. Add the coriander leaves, mint leaves, red chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala. Fry for 1min.
Add the chicken with the marinade. Mix well and cook on medium heat till the chicken is almost done and there is no gravy left. The dish must be almost dry.
Add the rice and water and salt to taste. Mix well and bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low heat for 15mins. 
Turn off the heat and keep aside covered for another 15mins (do not uncover the pan in between cooking or when resting).
Fluff up the rice and serve hot with a raita of your choice.

P.S. Please do not forget to send in your entries for the cashew and chocolate event. Eagerly looking forward to your contribution. See you guys next week.


  1. Me too...I can have chicken biryani any time...even as a midnight snack!! Ur biryani is making me crave for it...sigh!! Have a wonderful weekend at LA gal...hope you are not into much of gambling!!!

  2. I always fond for this delicious dish, looks gorgeous, just tempting me to have rite now..Have a great weekend Poornima, also have a great time at LA!!

  3. Have fun at LA Poornima ! Chicken briyani for breakfast, yummy idea :)

  4. Mouth watering. Cant wait to taste it. It looks lovely.

  5. This is a good recipe....and the biryani looks delicious too....but for breakfast i will think twice :)......
    Poornima I wish you have a fantastic trip and a happy journey.

  6. Wow poornima biryani looks so inviting and tempting dear.Happy weekend dear.

  7. Looking spicy and delicious poornima..

  8. The biryani looks wonderful poornima.
    have a great trip , will miss you until then :(

  9. Biriyani looks yum... Perfect and easy to cook with lotsa ppl coming home...

  10. Yummy biryani,but biryani for b-fast?
    Have a wonderful holiday and do blog abt that when u r bac.:)

  11. Cool..We are also planning to vist LA soon..have fun..:)..So no vishu??
    Yum Biriyani n I just posted an entry for ur event..:)

  12. Biryani looks awesome Poornima, perfect texture. This recipe is a must-try! :)

  13. I have been wanting to try biryani. It looks really good!

  14. great looking biryani! have a great trip. enjoy!! :)

  15. yummy yummy treat poorni..! Lovely click too!

  16. has come out perfect; 1 tiffin box (4 adukku minimum)yennakku anappidunga please :)

    have a nice trip!

  17. yummy biryani for sure poornima..loved the color and texture..Wish you a wonderful jounrey...Enjoy friend !!

  18. This looks so delicious and flavourful!

  19. Hi......Poornima......First of all......Wish you a happy Briyani is my Fav........

  20. That looks so yum! I am drooling over here...

  21. Happy vishu to u and to ur family

  22. A plate of this right now would be lovely!

  23. hi poornima even though i dont eat chicken biriyani is making me tempting , lovely picture

  24. Lovely biryani Poornima...nice clicks...Have a nice time in LA.

  25. wow this is comfort food for me and I can eat tons of it.Very very nice looking biryani.Have a nice time in LA

  26. who doesn't like chicken biryani? looks awesome.
    Have a wonderful trip:)

  27. Yummy chicken biriyani. Yes, can have chicken biriyani for breakfast too:) its my favorite too and just posted it on my blog a few days bk:). Have a gr8 holiday.

  28. Biryani-yum,yum.
    God you've got some awesome recipes-the chicken fry and the shrimp biryani too look 'to die for' kinds.


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