Mom's Chicken Biriyani

Basmati Rice: 2 cups
Chicken: 500 gms
Cinnamon: 1
Star Anise; 1
Oil: as needed
Ghee 2 tbsp
Onion: 3 sliced
Tomatoes: 3 chopped
Coriander Leaves; a handful

To make a paste:
Ginger Garlic: 11/2 tbsp
Green chillies: 4

To marinate Chicken:
Chilly Powder: 1 tsp
Garam Masala: 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder: 1/2 tsp
Curd; 2 tbsp

Marinate the chicken and keep it aside for atleast half an hour
Wash and soak the basmati rice in water for atleast 20 minutes
Heat oil and shallow fry the marinated chicken (3/4 done) and keep aside
In a pressure cooker, heat ghee, throw in the whole garam masala
Add the onions and saute till it browns along the edges.
 Now add the ginger garlic green chilly paste and saute till everything is brown.
Add the coriander leaves and saute again
 Add the tomatoes and cook till limp.
 Add the fried chicken pieces and mix everything properly.
Add the drained rice, 3 cups water and keep the lid.
When steam comes out steadily, keep the weight and wait for 20 seconds.
Turn off stove and wait for 20 minutes. (By this time, the pressure would have completely released and rice would have cooked properly)

Open lid and serve warm with raita and any curry of your choice.


  1. Hmmm yummm biryani... Looks so inviting...

  2. Flavorful delicious preparation..

  3. Yummy!

  4. wow. lovely and yummy biryani.. delicious.

  5. Marinated and Fried Chicken tastes really good in Biryani, tried this easy recipe twice, thanks for sharing!!

    Sara, IL

    1. Sara, Thanku so much for trying, and most importantly for the feedback. :)
      Love, Sojo

  6. machan, you are a lifesaver da! I have struggled with biriyani for almost 4years now. this one came out how it was meant to come out. the technique of cooking for only 20seconds and then letting the steam do the rest of amazing!
    if i can repeat this and get the same results the second time, i can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
    until then, ciao!

    1. i do all my variety rice this way... turn off the stove after 20 sec..or sometimes 25... :) it comes out perfect... :)

  7. Perfect! Forwarding this link to a friend. 😃