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Kerala style Chicken Dum Biryani

Recipe by: Rini Mathew

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For rice:

Basmati rice-2 cups

Bay leaf-1

Cardamom pods-4

Cinnamon sticks-3


Ghee-2 tsp

Lemon juice-1/2 lemon

salt-as required

Hot water-4 cups

For chicken:

Chicken-3/4 kg

Big Onion-3

Gingergarlic paste-2 tsp


Tomato-2 medium

Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp

Chilly powder-1/2 tsp

Coriander powder-1.5 tsp

Pepper powder-1/2 tsp

Garam masala-1 tsp

Curd-1 tbsp

Lemon juice-1/2 tsp

salt-as required

For layering:

Ghee-1 tsp

Fried cashew nut,raisins-as required

Fried onion-as required

Coriander leaves-a handful

Mint leaves-a handful

Rose water-3-4 drops


Step 1:Cooking the rice

Wash and soak basmati rice in water for 30 minutes.Drain the excess water.Heat 2 tsp ghee in a pan ,add the cloves,cardamom,cinnamon and bay leaf and fry for a minute.Add the rice to it and fry for 2-3 minutes.Pour 4 cups of hot water to it .Add enough salt and lemon juice.Cook on high flame until the rice is 75% cooked and all the water is absorbed.Switch off the heat and spread the cooked rice to two wide plates.

Step 2:Marination and frying

Marinate chicken pieces with 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste,1/4 tsp turmeric powder,1/4 tsp chilly powder,3/4 tsp coriander powder,1/4 tsp pepper powder,1/2 tsp garam masala ,1/2 tsp lemon juice and enough salt for one hour.Shallow fry the marinated chicken and keep it aside.

Step 3:Preparing the gravy

Heat oil in a pan and saute the big onions,1 tsp ginger-garlic paste and green chilles until the onion turns light brown in color. Add the remaining powders left after marination(turmeric,chilly,coriander,pepper and garam masala) and fry until the oil separates.Add the curd and mix well .Add the tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes becomes mushy.Now add the chicken pieces and 1/2 cup water and mix well.Cover and cook in low flame for 10 minutes.

Step 4:Layering

Apply some ghee to a a heavy bottomed deep pan. Put one layer of chicken with gravy in the pan. On top of that spread some rice and make another layer. Spread coriander leaves,mint leaves,fried onions,cashew nuts and raisins.Again spread another layer of chicken . Repeat the process until the chicken and rice is finished. The top layer should be of rice. You can drizzle ghee & sprinkle 3-4 drops of rosewater on top. Cover the pan with an aluminium foil and close with a tight lid. Dum for 25-30 minutes.

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