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Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani

Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani

 Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani Recipe

Hyderabadi chicken biryani recipe is the most commonly cooked among the other rice recipes. It is served
as a main course of Pakistani food recipes.

hyderabadi biryani recipe
Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Chicken Marination
  • 1 1/2 kg chicken cut into large pieces
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • as per taste salt
  • 1 bunch mint leaves
  • 7 - 8 green chillies
  • 1 tsp cumin or white zeera
  • 3 - 4 cloves(loung)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks(dalchini)
  • 3 - 4 black cardamoms(elaichi)
  • 3 - 4 black pepper corns(kali mirch)
  • 2 cups fried golden brown onions
  • 2 cups yogurt
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
For the Rice
  • for boiling Water
  • 1 kg Basmati rice / Saila Rice
  • 2-3 cloves (loung)
  • 1 cinnamon stick(dalchini)
  • 2-3 black cardamoms(elaichi)
  • 1 tsp white cumin
  • 2 - 3 black pepper corns(kali mirch)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • to taste salt
For Dum Seasoning:
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp fried onions
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup  milk
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp kewra
  • as required Yellow color
Recipe Notes

Read the detailed procedure below.


Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani Procedure

Chicken Marination:

  1. After washing chicken with lemon juice and water strain chicken very well.
  2. Add ginger garlic paste into it.
  3. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and mix well.
  4. In a blender add a bunch of coriander leaves, a bunch of mint leaves, green chillies, add a pinch of salt and make the paste called as green paste or hara masala paste.
  5. Add the green paste to the chicken marinade.
  6. Add whole garam masala that is cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper corns, caraway seeds.
  7. Mix the whole mixture well.
  8. Crush the onions and add into the marinade.
  9. Add beaten yogurt and mix well.
  10. Add oil over the marinade and mix well.
  11. Add garam masala powder and lemon juice and mix well.
  12. Check the taste of salt and add if required.
  13. Rest this marinade inside the refrigerator for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

 Procedure To Cook The Rice:

  1. Firstly, wash the basmati rice and soak it for about 35 minutes.
  2. Take a cooking pan, add water generously into it.
  3. Into the water, add salt as per taste, cinnamon stick, cloves, cumin,  black pepper corns, cardamoms.
  4. Bring the water to a boil.
  5. When the water starts boiling, add the soaked rice into it.
  6. Cook the rice for about 6 – 7 minutes until it is three fourth done.
  7. Strain the rice completely and rest the strained rice aside.

Procedure To Give The Dum:

  1. In a cooking pot, to the base add oil and spill it all over the base.
  2. Add the chicken marinade into it and spread it evenly.
  3. Add the rice which has been cooked into it.
  4. Spread the rice evenly all over the marinade.
  5. Season the rice with coriander leaves, mint leaves, fried onions.
  6. Add lemon juice all over the rice.
  7. Add  milk(Kewra and yellow color in it)).
  8. Add ghee into it.
  9. Add little water all over the rice(optional).
  10. Make a chapathi dough and seal the lid and the cooking pot tightly with the dough.
  11. Switch on the flame, put the cooking pot onto the flame.
  12. Dum the biryani on sim flame for about 45 minutes.

Procedure to take the biryani out:

  1. Take the biryani out with a spatula from one corner side and when taken out, the spoon has to go deep down and should come out with the rice and chicken.
  2. Serve the lip smacking biryani on a serving plate.
  3. Garnish the hyderabadi chicken dum biryani with fried onions.
  4. Also it can be garnished with coriander and mint leaves.
  5. And also serve it with lemon slices and raw onion rings.

 Important Notes

1.Using basmati rice while making biryani makes the biryani very delicious.
2.Always soak the rice when the period of chicken marination is about to complete.
3.Start boiling rice for water when rice has been soaked for about ten minutes.
4.Do not cook the rice for a long time as the rice becomes soggy while giving dum.
5.The longer the time of marination, the more tastier the chicken would turn out.
6.If one is looking for more spicy flavor then the spices can be added more in quantity or can be reduced if less spicy flavor is required.
7.Using fresh herbs gives wonderful fragrance to the biryani.
8.Always check the salt taste while cooking rice, else the biryani would not get the required taste.
9.Another way of giving dum is, the cooking pot should be placed on a high flame and then simmer the flame and place a tawa/griddle below the cooking pot and dum for about 35 minutes.
10.Placing a tawa below the cooking vessel prevents the base of the cooking vessel from burning

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