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Mughlai Chicken Biryani

By: Admin
Region: Indian
Dish:Non Vegetarian - Chicken
Servings: 4
Time to Prepare: 1 hr


-Basmati rice-1 cup
-Chicken-½ kg
-Curd-1 cup
-Fried onion-1 cup
-Cashew-10 grind into paste
-Mint leaves-1 cup
-Coriander leaves-1 cup
-Coriander powder / Malli podi-1 tblspn
-Garam masala powder-1 tsp
-Cumin seeds / Jeera-1 tsp
-Bay leaf / Brinji ilai-1
-Cinnamon / Pattai-1 small piece
-Cardamom / Yelakai-4
-Mace/Anasi moggu-1
-Ginger garlic and chilli paste-2 tblspn
-Raisans-1 tblspn
-Butter-1 tblspn
-Saffron / Yellow colour- a pinch mixed with some milk
-Oil-2 tblspn


- Soak the rice for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside. Heat a large pan with plenty of water until boiling. Add salt and the soaked rice. Simmer until the rice is ¾ cooked. Drain and allow to cool so that the grains separate.

- Marinate the chicken in curd, coriander powder, salt, and garam masala powder for 30 minutes.

- Heat butter and oil in a kadai..Add in cardamom,bay leaf,cinnamon,cumin,mace in this and fry for 30 sec.

- Add in ginger garlic and chilli paste and cook for 30 sec.

- Add in cashew paste and cook till oil separates.Add in the marinated chicken and mix well. Add mint leaves and coriander leaves. Pour in a splash of water and bring to a boil.

- Simmer until the chicken is cooked, leaving some gravy in the pan.

- Now take an oven-proof dish or a microwave-safe dish. Spoon half of the chicken gravy into the bottom. Add rice,fried onions,mint,coriander leaves on top.

- Spoon some more gravy on top of the rice. Finish by layering more rice, fried onions, mint, coriander leaves, raisins, and saffron liquid.

- Cover with foil and place it in a 120°C (240°F) oven for 30-45 minutes. If using a microwave, cover with the microwave lid or plastic wrap and cook on high for 10 minutes.

- Take it out of the oven and mix gently...Serve hot with any curry.


Mughlai biryani is a rich and aromatic rice dish with origins in the Mughal era of India. It showcases fragrant basmati rice, tender chicken, and a blend of spices. Cooked in layers, the biryani allows the flavors to meld together, resulting in a delightful and satisfying meal.

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