Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Malabar Chicken Biriyani

Malabar biriyani is probably the first thing which I started serving for my guests, it has taken atleast one round among most of my friends and the fact that its so easy to make without compromising  taste makes me cook this over and over again. In malabar there are different ways to make biriyani and this is how we make at our home, all versions are yummy, some are just with green masalas with no spice powders and some with fried chicken, some with little masala  etc etc, but I make only this way and I love it.

If you look carefully can you notice that rice I used for this biriyani is slighlty different from the usual long grain basamathi rice, we use a small variety of biriyani rice and this is one of the precious things which I pack  from India every time. I always use this rice for making Malabar biriyani and I think the rice also makes a difference in the taste !

Chicken - 1 kg ( with bones )

To marinate 
Redchilly powder - 1 tbs
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tbs
Chicken masala - 1 1/2 tbs ( i used eastern chicken masala )
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbs

For gravy
Onions - 6 -7(thinly sliced )
Tomatoes - 2
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbs
Green chillies - 1-2 
Garam masala - 1 tsp
pepper powder - 1tsp
Corainder leaves- fistful
Mint leaves/ pudina - few
oil or ghee ( I used oil )

For rice
Biriyani rice - 3 cup
Ghee - 2 tbs
Onion - 1 (thinly sliced lenghtwise )
Cinnamon sticks - 2-3 sticks
Cardamom pods - 4-5 
Cloves - 4 
bay leaf - 2
Star anise - 2
Fennel - 1 tbs
Peppercorns - 1tsp (optional )
Lime juice- 1 tbs
Boiling Water - 5 1/2 cup

For garnishing 
Ghee - 1 tbs
Fried onions - 2 tbs
Cashewnuts - 1 tbs
Sultanas /raisins - 1 tbs

  1. Soak the biriyani rice in some water for 1/2  hour - 1 hour.
  2. Drain the rice and allow it to dry.
  3. Meanwhile marinate the chicken with all the ingredients mentioned under  marination and keep it aside for 30 minutes.
  4. In a big wok add oil /ghee and saute thinly sliced onions adding a pinch of salt. Saute until they are brown, it may take upto 30 minutes.Walk away from  onions and come back once in while and give it a stir.
  5. Once onions are well browned add ginger garlic paste, green chillies,fry for a minute or so.
  6. Add chopped tomatoes and cook until slighlt mushy.
  7. Add marinated chicken and cook covered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked.
  8. Finally add garam masala, pepper powder, corainder leaves, mint leaves and  cook for a minute and remove from fire.
  9. Meanwhile in a heavy bottomed pan add 2 tbs ghee and throw in the whole garam masala and fry till a nice smell comes, add in the sliced onions and saute the thinly sliced onions for rice until they are soft and light brown.
  10. Add the rice, lime juice , salt and fry the rice for few minutes until rice becomes lighlty  brittle.
  11. Add 5 1/2 cups of boiling water, salt and cook till the water has all been abosrbed , rice will be 99  % cooked now.Switch off  the flame, leave the rice covered ( it will get fully cooked from heat) for 5 minutes.
  12. In a oven proof dish layer rice and chicken masala alternately and cover the dish tightly and pop them into a preheated oven at 180 degree C for 15 - 20 minutes.
  13. In a pan add ghee and fry cashewnuts until brown, fry sultanas/raisins until they puff up and keep it aside.
  14. Once the biriyani is out of the oven garnish the biriyani with fried onions, cashewnuts and sultanas.
  15.  We serve it hot with some coconut chutney, raita, pappad, pickles and cabbage thoran but you can
    even enjoy the biriyani on its own  !



Unknown said...

Flavorful Malabar Chicken Biriyani.. nice one.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Biryani looks super tempting...Kandittu kothyavunnu...biryanni rice make a great difference...I agree with that..

divya said...

looks mouthwatering dear..yummy & fab clicks!!

Julie said...

love that flavor rich rice,yummy biriyani..inviting presentation too:)

Swathi said...

Chicken biriyani adipoli,

Priya Suresh said...

Who can resist to this rich looking irresistible briyani, sis feel like inviting myself to your place.

Unknown said...

Wow very temtping briyani,nice version...

Shibi Thomas said...

Heard a lot about Malabar biriyani but never got a chance to taste some. Now I can try my own. Thanks for posting this recipe!!

Mélange said...

Wow..I especially loved the kaima rice there.For me,it's an un-gettable here...Lovely !

Chitz said...

Yummy pic :) Very inviting.. And whats the name of the rice that u buy?? Let me know coz I have bookmarked this one :)

Nava Krishnan said...

Yum to the delicious biriyani and those gorgeous and stunning pics.

Unknown said...

Looks awesome. would love a plate

Rafeeda AR said...

that is such a flavorful biriyani... approaching lunch time and literally drooling... :)

Vineetha Sush said...

Thanks to all for ur lovely comments ..@chitz..I think the rice is called kaima or jeerakashala ,we usually go and ask for biriyani rice , but never asked the name...the biriyani rice which u get in malabar is this small rice . when I lived in Pune I used to buy a rice calle ambi mor which resembled a bit like malabar biriyani rice :)

Unknown said...

Wow! looks so flavourful recipe dear...looks perfect and yumm...

meena said...

Delicious briyani,looks so perfect,so tempting

Unknown said...

Superb recipe Vinee will sure try this sometime. Makes me drool already :-) can I use ordinary rice/ usual basmati rice? Love all your clicks

Shema George said...

This looks too good - me drooling big time - Love the way you have presented it !!

Chitz said...

Thanks Vineetha :) Will get them next time I go to Calicut :)

Unknown said...

Superb biryani.i ll surely try this recipe in my home.

Unknown said...

Spicy Chicken Biryani

Ethnic Food said...

Its looking lip-smacking. Love cooking it this weekend

Hotels in calicut said...

My mom's place is calicut & I am great fan of this Biriyani from childhood.your recipe is just the Same..

haven't thought of trying this Briyani but now after seeing yours will try for sure..please post for mutton also because I am not sure about the mutton since it takes longer time to cook..

Unknown said...

What about the ingredient mentioned under "for rice"

Vineetha Sush said...

@Dhannya Nambiar, Thanks for pointing it out, I have edited the recipe now.

Frenie said...

I really enjoy your recipe. Looks so yummy and the presentation is really superb. thanks for sharing :)

Ammu said...

Nice blog..Biriyani is my all tym favorite..especially the palakkadan biriyani and malabar biriyani..yesterday i had tasty biriyani form the Best Restaurant in Palakkad..its something different compared to others...

Unknown said...

Wow Very Good Looking and Tasty Looking Biryani I will try this at home and do u have a recipe of Arabic Fish Kasba ?