Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Chettinad Chicken Biryani | Chicken Biryani ~ Chettinadu Style

Whoever was the first to discover biryani seriously needs a standing ovation. Its a science, making that perfect biryani is a science and skill by itself and it needs experience to get that texture and flavors right. My mom makes the best dum biryani in the world and me and my brother go bongers whenever she makes it. I had never had the courage to attempt her version cos its quite lenghty and I had never had that patience. So I always stick to the pressure cooker version. It is easy but still it took me an year and lots of trials to perfect it. And now I can proudly say that I make a good biryani.

I have started trying new varieties of biryanis these days, the first bring the Dindigul chicken biryani. It was so tasty and it has become a regular in the kitchen. Last week when I was reading the booklet that my MIL had presented, this chettinad biryani had me hooked to it. The ingredients were huge and the process lengthy but I knew that it would be a stunner by taste. And so it was.

~*What U Need*~
For Marination:
Chicken - 500 gms, with bone
Thick Curd - 2 tbsp
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - a big pinch

For Briyani Masala Powder:
Fennel Seeds - 1 tbsp
Cinnamon - 1"
Cardamom - 2
Star anise - 1/2
Cloves - 2

For Grinding:
Pearl Onions - 8-10
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
Mint leaves - 1/2 cup
Green chilli - 1

For the biryani:
Onion - 2, chopped, medium
Tomato - 1, chopped
Green chilli - 2-3
Bay leaf - 1
Cardamom - 1
Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
Thick curd - 1/4 cup
Coriander and mint leaves - a handful each
Oil - 2 tbsp
Ghee - 4 tbsp

Biryani rice - 1 1/2 cups
Coconut milk - 1 cup
Water - 1 cup

How I Made it:
Marinate the chicken with the marination ingredients and set aside for 20 mins. Soak the basmati rice in water for 20 mins. Grind the biryani masala powder in a coffee grinder. Grind the coriander, mint leaves and green chilli and set aside. Grind the pearl onions and set aside. Heat oil and 2 tbsp ghee in the pressure cooker and fry the cardamom, bay leaf, cinnamon and green chillies.

Add onions and fry till golden brown. Add the ground pearl onions paste and fry till the oil separates. Add ginger garlic paste and once the raw smell goes off, add the chopped tomatoes. When the tomatoes are cooked till mushy, add the ground mint-coriander paste.

Add the curd and mix well followed by the freshly ground biryani masala powder, turmeric, coriander, and red chilli powder. Fry for 3-4 mins. Add the chicken pieces and cook till half done. Meanwhile drain water from the basmati rice and saute this in 1 tbsp ghee till it turns non-sticky. Add the rice to the masala, pour water and coconut milk, season with salt and cook for 2 whistles. Once the pressure is released, add the remaining 1 tbsp ghee and chopped coriander and mint leaves and fold carefully not to break the rice grains.

Serve warm with raitha!!!

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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  1. Mouthwatering biriyani....irresistible...

  2. Wow! lovely, mouthwatering biryani.. You are making me hungry now :-)

  3. Wow!! seriously mouthwatering biryani...just too yumm...

  4. Oh Vimithat! You're such an angel. I was looking for this Biryani since God knows when. I had it in Banglore and fell in love with it. I'm so happy you shared this recipe. Can't wait to try it :)

  5. Absolutely mouthwatering biryani. Will tryout ur version very soon.

  6. Yummy and tempting biryani...I made your dindugal biryani...Superb...Will post soon...

  7. Biryani, the word itself makes me hungry, cant resist to this beautiful and very tempting biryani.

  8. lovely biriyani vimi .we cant start our week without a biriyani .

  9. you are right Vimitha making biryani is really a science you know.. fantastic post :) keep my share dear

  10. Though its a long process but It is worth spending time to make this at home.It took time to get the correct biriyani and thiss looks really yum.

  11. Yummy mam ,seeing the recipe and pictures itself i am feeling hungry now lol .. will sure try and let u know

  12. really nice taste. different one


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