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Special Hyderabadi Biryani

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This is a traditional biryani recipe in which Chicken marinated with all spices overnight and then cooked with rice.
Special Hyderabadi Biryani recipe

Total servings: 6
Pre-Prep time:
Preperation time: 15 minutes
Occasion: Any, Eid-ul-Adha, Eid-ul-Fitr
Cuisine: Pakistani
Effort: Easy
Best for: All
How to serve: Hot


2 whole chickens skinned
1 1/2 kilograms rice basmati
500 grams yogurt
1 tablespoon red chili powder
As per taste salt
12 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoon coriander powder
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 lemons' (large) juice
4 medium onion skinned & thinly sliced
3 tablespoon garlic (crushed)
2 teaspoon ginger (crushed)
10 green chillies
1 cup coriander fresh chopped
1-2 cup mint leaves
1-2 cup oil
6 green chillies chopped
2 tablespoon coriander leaves chopped
some saffron soaked in two tbsp water drops kewra
few drops of yellow food color


Heat the oil or ghee in a heavy based sauce pan and fry the onions for 810 minutes until light brown. Remove the onions from the oil and reserve 14 onions for later use.
Put the fried onions, garlic, ginger, coriander leaves, mint, green chilies, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor and blend to a paste. Mix this paste with yogurt, garam masala, lemon juice and 2 tbsp. oil. Cut each chicken into eight pieces and then marinate with the yogurt mixture for about 6 hours or overnight in a refrigerator.
Put the rice in a sieve and wash it thoroughly under a running cold tap until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in plenty of water for half an hour. In a large heavy based pan put plenty of water and add 1 stick cinnamon, 6 cloves, 5 big cardamoms, 8 small cardamoms, 2 bay leaves and salt. Bring it to a rapid boil and add the washed rice. When the rice are 14 cooked, drain and keep aside.
In a large pan place 1-2 cup of oil at the bottom of a large heavy based pan then place the chicken and all the marinade. Cover the meat with the rice and level it with a spatula. Sprinkle reserved fried onions, chopped coriander, green chilies and saffron on the top of the rice. Mix the food color with a little water and sprinkle over the rice.
Cover with a tight fitting lid or cover with a large piece of thick aluminum foil and then place the lid. Cook for 15 minutes on medium heat then reduce the heat to a very low and cook for further 20 to 25 minutes, until the rice and meat are tender.
Once the dish is cooked, leave it covered for a few minutes. Then remove the lid, fluff up the rice with a fork.
Serve with Raita and Baingan Ka Raita.

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