Hyderabadi Briyani


The authentic Hyderabadi Biryani is the king of all Indian Biryani recipes that you will ever savour. A truly delicious Hyderabadi Biryani will draw you in with its aroma and would make you to drool.

There are two ways of making this biryani, one is called Pakki biryani, in which you cook the meat separately and then layer it with the rice, seal and cook on a very low heat. The other method is Kachi biryani, in which you marinate the meat, place it at the bottom of the pot and cover it up with par boiled rice, seal and cook on a very low heat. The meat and the rice are cooked in an air tight pot on very low flame, so that the rice is cooked in the flavors of meat and gets the aroma of the meat. The meat gets the direct heat from the flame and the rice is cooked with steam generated by the air tight method of cooking, also known as Dum method.

This is one of the easiest briyani and the marination can be done one day in advance too. I always prefer this briyani for guests who prefer less spicy briyani and low fat and also for parties that requires lots of work, i prepare this marination a day in advance.

Ok now on to the recipe…


To Marinate

1 kg Chicken/ mutton cut into desired size
1 cup fried onions
½ cup Yogurt
1 1/2 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1-2 tsp Chili Powder
2 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Cumin powder
5 -6 green Chilies split into two
1 cup chopped Mint Leaves
1 cup chopped Cilantro
½ tsp Turmeric
Juice of 1 lime
Salt to taste
10 Pepper Corns
5 Cloves
½ tsp Cardamom Seeds
½ tsp Sahajeera or Black Cumin
1” Cinnamon Stick
1 cup Oil
½ tsp of saffron strands
½ cup milk
4 cups Basmati Rice soaked for 30 minutes
Spices for boiling rice (6 Cardamoms,3 Cloves,2 Bay Leaves,1 Bay Flower or Biryani Flower,1 tsp Sahajeera)
1 tbsp of Oil

Marinate chicken pieces in salt, ginger garlic paste, whole garam masala, curd, chily, turmeric powder, coriander and cumin powder, mint & coriender leaves, lime juice & green chillies. Fry onions till brown. crush onions and add to the chicken. Keep the marination for min 4 hrs, the more the better. If you are in a hurry, you could directly start the process.

Soak rice for 30 minutes. Boil 8 cups water add one lemon juice and salt. When the water starts boiling add soaked rice and boil for 3 minutes. now drain the excess water.

Grease a big pan with oil. put in it the marinated chicken. Add oil and add the boiled and drained rice. Cover the vessel with foil so that the steam does not go out. Cook high flame for 5 minutes. now simmer the flame and cook for 30 minutes. Once done switch off and do not remove the cover for 15 minutes. Serve this yummylicious briyani with Mirchi Ka Salan and Raita.

Bye till the next post..


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