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Fragrant Chicken Biryani with Basmati Rice and Spices

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Spicy Chicken Biryani

Fragrant Chicken Biryani with Basmati Rice and Spices

Chicken Biryani - a spicy and flavorful dish that will transport you to the streets of India. Spicy and Deliciously appetizing taste will leave you stunned.
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 450 kcal


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 kg chicken cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp biryani masala powder
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish


  • Rinse the basmati rice in chilly water until the water becomes clear. Immerse the rice in water for half an hour, then drain it thoroughly.
  • In a spacious bowl, infuse the chicken with yogurt, ginger, garlic, and half of the biryani masala powder. Allow it to marinate for a minimum of one hour.
  • Warm oil in a substantial and deep pan over medium heat. Introduce the thinly sliced onions and cook them until they attain a golden brown hue. Set aside half of the onions for garnishing. Add the cumin seeds, cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and bay leaf to the pan. Stir them for a minute until their aroma fills the air.
  • Incorporate the marinated chicken into the pan and cook it until it turns a rich brown on all sides. Include the chopped tomatoes, the remaining biryani masala powder, turmeric powder, chili powder, and salt. Cook for approximately five minutes, until the tomatoes turn tender.
  • Gently add the soaked and drained basmati rice to the pan, ensuring it mingles harmoniously with the chicken and spices.
  • Pour an ample amount of water into the pan, ensuring it covers the rice by approximately an inch. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a low setting and securely cover the pan with a well-fitted lid. Allow it to cook for a span of 20-25 minutes or until the rice becomes tender and the liquid is fully absorbed.
  • Remove the pan from heat and allow the biryani to rest for ten minutes. Use a fork to fluff the rice, and garnish it with the reserved fried onions and fresh cilantro leaves.

Some serving suggestions for chicken biryani:
Raita: Raita, a yoghurt-based condiment. You can serve chicken biryani with raita which is made by mixing youghurt with chopped tomatoes,cocumber, onions and spices like mint and black pepper.
Salad: A simple cucumber and tomato salad with lemon juice sprinkled, salt, and pepper can provide a cooling contrast to the spiciness of the biryani.
Pickles: Add a tangy kick to your meal with a side of Indian pickles. Different pickles like mango pickle, lime pickle, or mixed vegetable pickle complement the biryani flavours.

Mint Chutney: You can prepare a mint chutney by blending mint leaves, coriander, green chillies, and yoghurt. This vibrant and zesty chutney pairs well with biryani.

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