Thalassery Chicken Biryani

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kg biryani rice
  • 1/2 kg chicken
  • 800 ml water
  • 4 tbsp refined oil
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp crushed ginger
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2.5 cups sliced onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 15 cashew nuts, split
  • 15 raisins
  • 5 cardamoms
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 green chillies, slit
  • A handful of mint and coriander leaves
  • 1 large onion, sliced for frying
  • 1” cinnamon stick
  • Salt to taste

For Garam Masala (to Grind) –

  • 5 cardamoms
  • 4 cloves
  • 1” cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 piece mace
  • 1 tsp fennel

Method –

  1. Marinate chicken with a little turmeric, lime juice and salt for 30 minutes
  2. Soak rice in water for 30 minutes and drain
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp ghee in a pan
  4. Toss in cinnamon, cardamom and cloves
  5. Next add hot water, salt and bring to a boil.
  6. Drop the drained rice into the water and cook by absorption method for 15-20 minutes. Keep aside.
  7. In another pan, heat oil and fry cashew nuts along with raisins and keep aside. Also fry the single onion to golden brown and keep aside.
  8. Add 1 tbsp ghee to the pan with oil and sauté the onions and green chillies for 7-8 minutes, until the onions turn golden brown.
  9. Toss in ginger and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
  10. Add the remaining turmeric powder, coriander powder and pepper powder and continue sautéing.
  11. Add chopped tomato and cook the masala for 6-7 minutes.
  12. Drop in the marinated chicken, coriander leaves, mint leaves and the ground garam masala. Cook chicken for 12-15 minutes in its own juice and masalas. Once done, keep aside.
  13. Take a thick-bottomed vessel and layer precooked rice and chicken masala.
  14. Top with fried onions, cashew nuts and raisins.
  15. Cover the vessel with a tight lid and keep on a hot plate for 15 minutes.
  16. Serve hot with raita

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