Thursday, May 24, 2012


Who can ever resist biriyani ???
 we have so many variations of them with vegetables, mutton, chicken and today I have made with chicken mince for a change. 

Chicken Keema/Mince .... 200 gms.
Rice .................... 2 cups
Eggs ................. 2 (hard boiled to garnish)
Onions ................ 1 big ( about 1 cup sliced)
Tomatoes ............ 1
Green chillies ..... 1-2 (as per your preference)
Mint leaves ......... handful
Coriander leaves .. handful
Garlic paste ......... 1 tsp
Ginger paste ....... 1 tsp
Cardamoms ...... 2-3
Laung/cloves .... 2-3
Bay leaf ........... 1
Cinnamon stick .. 1" piece
Yogurt .............. 1/2 cup
Orange food colour .. a pinch
Turmeric powder .. 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder .. 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder ....... 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder ... 1/2 tsp
Garam masala ....... 1/2 tsp
Biriyani Masala ...... 1 tbsp ( I use the Shan Sindhi Biriyani Masala, available in the Indian grocery stores in USA)

1. Heat oil in a pan and add the sliced onion.
2. Saute for 5 minutes and add the tomato, chillies, garlic-ginger pastes and the cleaned chicken mince.

3. Stir-fry until it is brown and cooked, adding the cumin, coriander, turmeric,chilli, garam masala powders and salt.

4. In a bowl beat the curd/yogurt and mix the finely chopped coriander and mint leaves and biriyani masala.

5. To make the rice, heat some oil and tip in the whole cardamoms, cloves, bay leaf and cinnamon stick.

6. When they leave out aroma, add the washed and soaked rice. Saute and add salt and three and half cups of water. (little less than double, because we will add curd while layering) Cook until done.

7. In a small bowl take little cooked rice and add the kesari/orange food colour.

8. In a pyrex serving dish, layer the biriyani. First white rice, the keema, yogurt with greens-biriyani masala and spoon a little coloured rice. Pour hot oil on each layer. Repeat this again until the rice and mince are used up.

9. Cover it with a foil and keep it in a pre-heated oven for dum. about 5-7 minutes. You can even layer it in a different pan and keep for dum on the gas, low flame keeping the pan on a tawa/griddle.
Garnish with boiled eggs before serving. It can be served with raita or Mirch ka Salan.


  1. Am inviting myself to ur place, super delicious and inviting biryani.

  2. Wow.......beautiful presentation & the biryani looks yummy.

  3. delicious looking biryani with nicley decorated with eggs. awesome

  4. Looks delicious and colorful
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    1. Thanks Lavanya.. will surely check out and participate

  5. i like to do this too...feels like we can get more flavor out frm the chicken ...he he

  6. Can imagine the flavor and taste..makes me hungry

  7. Biryani looks awesome!!!!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leading me to your wonderful space...

  8. Delicious biryani Shobha:)

  9. DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!thats one yummy looking biryani.

  10. Dear Shobha,
    I love rice in any form. This looks and sounds delicious. My mouth is watering. I wished I lived close to you...I'd be feasting like a king! (LOL) As always, excellent instructions & presentation. Thanks for sharing.

    The Flame Of A Lonely Woman

    1. Ha ha .. yes definitely I would have sent you some food everyday

  11. Dear Shobha
    How are you? Just reading blogs after blogs before I leave home again. I like this recipe and very unique for me, a must try when I am back. let me read all that I have missed. It seems you are cooking and writing faster than I could read, forget about cooking , ha ha . have a nice weekend

    1. Ha ha.. nice to hear that my recipes keep reminding you not to forget cooking .You should try it when you come back.

  12. I like any flavored rice and biryanis are my favorite. Keema biryani looks great! Thanks for sending it over to Chicken Feast event.

    1. Thanks Usha.. Biriyanis are my favourite too.. always make many variations.

  13. Nice tasty one !! Thanks for linking to the event !! Appreciate it !!

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