Monday, March 19, 2012

Chicken Dum Briyani

Biryani is one of the most popular dishes in Hyderabad, India.
There are two ways to prepare Hyderabadi Biryani. One is, precooked meat method and the other is raw meat method. In both the methods, meat and half cooked rice are arranged in layers, and cooked until the rice and the meat are fully cooked. This Chicken Biryani is precooked meat method.
Whenever I make it is for my husband.He love briyani. It always turns out great. 
It takes such a short time to make. 

Total Time: 2 hours
Preparation Time: 30 minutes 
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Serves: 3-4
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Ingredient I (Chicken Marination):
 2 or 3 half thigh  
Yogurt 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
coriander powder 1 tsp
Ginger/garlic paste 1 tbsp
salt little just for marination

Ingredient II(Cooking Rice):
Basmati Rice3 cups
Bay leaves 2 nos
Cloves 2 nos
wateras needed
Saltas needed
Oil 2 tbsp
black jeera2 tsp
Cardamoms2 nos

Ingredient III (Chicken Gravy Preparation):
Bay leaves 2
Cardamoms 2 no
Cloves2 no
Cinnamon stick2 no
Mint leaves1/2 bunch
Coriender leaves 1/2 bunch 
Onions2 medium
tomato2 medium
Ginger/garlic paste1 tbsp
Red chilli powder2 tsp
Coriander powder1 tsp
Star anise 2 no
Garam masala 1 tsp
Salt  as needed 
Oil2 tbsp
Ghee2 tbsp
Fryed Onionas needed
curd2 tbsp
cashew nut 5 to 8 nos 
dry grapes  2 to 5 nos
food coloras needed
Milk1 tbsp
Green Chilli 4 nos


Wash the chicken.
Marinade the chicken by mixing yogurt,ginger/garlic paste,turmeric powder,chilli powder and some salt.
Mix it  and marinate for 2 hours.
Soak the saffron in a tbsp of milk.
Wash and soak the rice.
Heat the water with some salt on it.
Add cloves,bay leaves,cardamoms,black jeera and oil.
Let it comes to boil.
Now add the soaked rice in the water.
Drain the water  when the rice is half cooked.
Heat 2 tbsp oil and ghee in a pan and add cloves,bay leaves,cinnamon,cardamoms,green chillis,mint and coriander leaves fry for a few seconds.
Now add the onions, tomato and ginger/garlic paste and fry it.
Add red chilli powder,coriander powder,garam masala.
Add the chicken with the mariande.
Mix it well and cook on medium heat till the chicken is done and the gravy is thickens.
Take a big baking tray first spread some ghee at the bottom of the tray.

Now Spread the half cooked rice in baking tray

Add the chicken gravy, Second a layer of rice,followed by a chicken.
Now add the soak saffron  milk on the top of rice and some food color if needed.

Add a tsp of ghee and add cashew nut , dry grapes & fry it till it turns light golden brown.
Add sprinkle it on the top of the rice.

  Now sprinkle chopped coriander and fried onions.
Biryani is  ready to be baked.
Seal it tight with aluminum foil.
Pre heat the oven and bake biryani for about 30 mins at 400 degrees.
After 30 mins take out the tray and mix it.

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