Home-Made Chicken Biryani

Edition Super-Mom: On special demand!


I love my Mom, just ‘coz she makes the most yummilicious biryani in the world (and maybe for some yet-to-explore other reasons too)!!! <Eeks!>

To all my friends and family who’ve been pestering me to share the recipe, here’s to the most lip-smacking, aromatic and finger-licking biryani in the world… Put your drool guards on.. and read on!



The compulsions:

  • Long-grain Basmati rice – 1 kg
  • Chicken drumsticks – 8
  • Sliced onions – 2 (big)
  • Finely chopped tomatoes – 2 (medium)

The flavour enhancers:

  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Red chilli powder
  • Black pepper powder
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Oil – 4 tbsp
  • Pure ghee – 1 tbsp
  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste

The aromatic secrets:

  • Home-made garam masala -> psst… exceptionally tasty, secret recipe
  • Saffron strings soaked in 1 tsp of milk


  • Bay leaves
  • Cinnamon sticks


  • Mace / Javitri
  • Clove pods
  • Whole black pepper


  • Green chillies
  • Coriander leaves

Serves: 6 (if you’re just eating biryani ;))

Ingredients at play!


Rice rice baby:

— 1 cup rice: 2 cups water

— 1 kg rice: ?? (Double the amount of water) 😀

  • Set water to boil in a pan.
  • Add oil, salt, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, javitri/mace.
  • Add some golden brown onions to it.
  • When water starts boiling, add immediately-washed basmati rice to boiling water. The trick is not to soak the rice.
  • Let it boil in high flame, till the level of water reduces. Then simmer the flame.
  • Stir to check if almost cooked.
  • At this point, add pure ghee as droplets in different spots, and saffron milk. Do not stir.
  • Allow it to continue cooking.
  • Add freshly chopped coriander.
  • Keep the rice aside.


Rice with its tantalizing aroma


Chicken spa:

  • It’s chicken spa time – Clean, wash, remove fat and slit the chicken properly (so that the spa chemicals, namely masala/spices seep in)
  • Fry onions in a pan, till golden brown.
  • Take out and keep it aside for garnishing.
  • Take another portion of onions, fry till transparent.
  • Add chopped ginger, garlic, chillies. Add tomatoes. Stir well. Keep aside. – easy, simple! 😉
  • To the same pan, add little oil. Add sliced chicken to it. Cover it for some time, till it leaves/releases water.
  • Cover it and let it fully cook, on medium fire.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon powder, black pepper powder, red chilli powder and home-made garam masala.
  • Add the most obvious white powder (hell yeah, salt!)
  • Add chopped coriander leaves.
  • Mix everything well.. and at last, pour lemon juice on each piece. Be careful to evenly distribute the juice, without confining it to one portion.


Chicken, nearly done!


Let’s give some ‘dum’:

Dum is the art of covering the cooked biryani for an extended period, to let the aroma and essence of every spice seep through the mix for a romantic flavour-play!

— > Add the cooked rice to the chicken pan and cover it tightly for dum.

— > Before serving, mix well, and this is when you see the different colours and flavours of biryani basking in the magical fragrance of Mom-made Biryani!


#FancyThrills a.k.a. Garnishing:

Garnish with golden brown onions.


Buy 1 Get 1 FREE:

Free raita recipe: 

  • Onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves – finely chopped.
  • Add the above to beaten curd.
  • Salt to taste + red chilli powder.


But first, lemme take a biryafie!



Aroma: 11/10

Tate: 11/10

Presentation: 11/10

Secrecy (for keeping the recipe hidden for years): 2/10

Overall rating: 100/10 <no wonder my Math, Accounts, Tax profs hated me!>



Read – Drool – Eat – Share – Thank my Mum!


                                                                                                                                       Your’s truly,

                                                                                                                                     Biryani lover!!!

15 thoughts on “Home-Made Chicken Biryani

  1. I absolutely adore biryani!! I grew up being close friends with an Indian family (they now own an Indian restaurant), and I love Indian food! If only I had a big enough kitchen to prepare this in! Maybe I’ll need to make a mini version:) Thanks a lot for sharing!!

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