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Chicken Biryani Recipe

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Nitya Nara

Biryani in its most fundamental form, is a layered rice dish made with Indian spices, rice, fresh herbs, and usually some type of protein, such as meat, cheese, or eggs. It is traditionally assembled in a clay pot, sealed with dough, and cooked for hours over a low flame. The original biryani recipes always include meat, but the modern variations include vegetables, paneer, and other sources of protein.

Marination ingredients: 

  • 1 lb Chicken
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 ¼ tablespoons ginger garlic paste
  • ½ to 1 tablespoon garam masala (or biryani masala)
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric 
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon red chili powder 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Cooking chicken ingredients:

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • 6 cloves 
  • 1 inch cinnamon piece
  • 1 star anise 
  • ¾ teaspoon of Shahi jeera (caraway seeds)
  • 1 strand mace 

Directions: 

  1. Mix all the marination ingredients to marinate the chicken. Then cover it and set it aside for 1 hour. You can also rest it overnight in the refrigerator. 
  2. In a large bowl add 2 cups of Basmati rice and rinse it at least thrice. Drain and soak the fresh water for 30 mins. 
  3. Heat ghee or oil in a cooking pot and add the below spices and the cooking chicken ingredients into it and mix it well. 
  4. Add thinly sliced onions. On a medium heat, fry them stirring often until they reach light brown color. 
  5. Add marinated chicken & saute until it becomes pale for 5 minutes. 
  6. Check if the chicken is cooked by pricing with a fork. It has to be just cooked and not overdone.
  7. Taste test it and add more salt if needed. 
  8. Then add these required ingredients, ¼ cup of yogurt, 1 teaspoon of garam masala
  9. Mix everything well and spread it evenly in a single layer. 
  10. Then layer the drained rice all over the chicken. 
  11. In a separate pot add 3 cups of water and 1⁄2 teaspoon of salt and stir it well. Make sure the water is warm.
  12. Then pour those 3 cups of water into the rice and chicken pot. 
  13. Finally, cover the pot and cook it on a medium heat until the rice is completely cooked.
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Nitya Nara, Staff
Junior Nitya Nara is a staffer on Panorama. This is her first year on staff. Nitya loves to spend her time by painting and playing badminton.

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