Chicken Dum Biryani

                        When I was in school, and it was time for Eid ( Muslim festival) the only thing my friends used to ask me was.....Biryani!! Muslim Biryani is sooooo famous! This recipe was given to me by 2 dear family friends....They are such talented cooks and I admire them greatly!thanks aunty Rizwana n Aunty Parveen:)
                        Iv made this recipe more than a dozen times...and it just keeps getting perfect. I remember the first few times when the rice was sooo overcooked that you did'nt need teeth to chew. Or the times when the masala was too much and the rice was too little......vice versa! So only practice makes perfect children! :) We all learn from our own mistakes. Dont we??

                       I recently made Biryani with 1 kilo of rice.....Thats when I clicked these pics! But this recipe is just for 2 cups of rice.... thats the quantity I used to make when I first started cooking!:)

2 cups basmathi rice (or slightly more. maybe 1/4 cup more)
4 cardamoms, 5 cloves, 1inch piece cinnamon
8 pieces chicken or half a chicken
4 big onions,sliced finely
1 big tomato, chopped
5-6 green chillies, cut lengthwise
3 to 4 tbsps ginger-garlic paste
1.5 tsps chilli powder
1/4 cup plain yoghurt
3/4 cup mint leaves
3/4 cup fresh coriander leaves
half a lime (as per taste)

  • Marinate the chicken in the yoghurt and quarter of the mint leaves/ coriander leaves and keep for atleast half hour. 

  • In a big wok or pan heat some oil. 
  • Throw in the cardamoms,  cloves and cinnamon.
  • Add the onions and saute. Add the green chillies. Stir till the onions become slightly brown.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and stir for few seconds

  • Add the tomatoes and stir for a minute.
  • Add the chicken and stir till it gets coated by the onion and tomato mixture.

  • After about 2 minutes add the salt, chilli powder
  • stir and let the chicken cook. Add little mint leaves/ coriander leaves

  • Dont add water. As the chicken cooks it will leave water.
  • Check for salt and close and cook on low flame stirring occasionally
  • When the chicken is almost done, on another stove cook the rice in water. Dont let it cook fully. Switch off the flame when the water starts bubbling for the first time switch off the flame. 
  • Now the chicken must be cooked. Squeeze some lime and taste. Mix well.
  • Drain the rice and save the water.
  • Now in another big pan, arrange the layers of chicken and rice and adding mint leaves/ coriander leaves in between.

  • Now on the stove, keep a dosa tawa. Next comes the pan with the rice and chicken. Put a kitchen towel on top. Close with a lid. Tightly pull the towel on top and put another pan (containing the water from cooking the rice) above it. The blue box in the pic below is filled with coins (just for the weight ....hehehe)

  • keep the flame on low and let it cook for about 8-10 mins or untoil the rice is cooked through.
  • Alternatively, if you find the above method too tedious you can use a rice cooker. Layer the rice and chicken in the rice cooker and press the button....voila! hehehe..........I use both methods!... 

  • if you want to make it spicier dont add more chilli powder. It changes the taste. Add more green chillies instead.
  • dont stir the rice too much or else it will break. Thats why we layer not much stirring is required.
  • The finish in the 'dum' process(1st method) is slightly better. But when im making it for home and feel lazy I just use the rice cooker :)


  1. Luv this biryani all time...My fav.

  2. mouthwatering biriyani.....yummy

  3. Masha-Allah! so wonderful Farah!!! im sooo day you are making me this.. hehe

  4. My favorite biryani... drooling here

  5. wowie mouth watering biryani, thanks for sharing dear will sure try this and let you know.... simply superb

  6. Omg, look at those cooked grains,omg cant take my eyes.

  7. love the beautiful grains..first time here..:)you have a great collection

  8. Wow super inviting biryani, mouthwatering ;-)
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  9. bookmarked it :) happy new year dear..

  10. I tried this biryani for a get together and it was a huge success. The magic of biryani lies in the way rice is transformed into something ambrosial. I modified this recipe a bit. Instead of chicken I added lamb pieces. Yummy Gosht Biryani it was. Thank you Farah!

  11. I love this chicken dum biryani and it looks so yummy. I will try it out for sure. There is an another Sindhi biryani most people gives best review about it.

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