Chicken Biryani Has Always Been My Favorite Indian Dish & I Just Found Out How Easy It Is To Make At Home!

Chicken Biryani Has Always Been My Favorite Indian Dish & I Just Found Out How Easy It Is To Make At Home!

Savory Chicken Biryani brings the best of India to your table and the Cilantro Yogurt Sauce co-stars as the perfect accompaniment.

Ingredients That You Will Need:

  • ½ cup ghee
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 smashed cardamom pods
  • 1 extra large onion ( 1 lb) diced
  • 1 cup yogurt ( don't use low or no fat)
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3-4 sliced green chilis ( split lengthwise)
  • 1 lb diced tomatoes ( 3 medium tomatoes)
  • ¼ Cup oil
  • 2 pounds chicken thigh meat
  • 3 cups washed Basmati rice
  • 3 cups chicken stock or water
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ½ cup cashews
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro and Cilantro Coconut Yogurt Sauce:

Cilantro Coconut Yogurt Sauce

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ¼ cup flaked coconut or fresh grated coconut ( see above)
  • 4 green chilis
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 inch ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Tempering oil for Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoon oil
  • 1½ teaspoon black gram dal
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seed
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida powder
  • a few curry leaves

The Step By Step Directions On How To Make It:

  1. In a large dutch oven ( one that has a tight fitting lid) melt ghee over medium-high heat. Add cinnamon, cloves, crushed cardamom pods and diced onion. Saute 2 minutes and turn heat down to medium, stirring occasionally.

  2. Place yogurt, cilantro, mint, ginger and garlic into the blender and blend, adding a little bit of water to get blender going, if necessary. Set aside.

  3. Add dry spices and salt to the pan with the onion- turmeric, cumin, coriander, chili powder and salt. Stir for a minute or two, then pour in the yogurt mixture from the blender. Add the tomatoes and the split chilies. Cook over medium-low heat about 10 -15 minutes, or until oil separates.

  4. Cut and salt the chicken, and add it to the pot, and continuing cooking, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes, until chicken begins to brown and becomes tender. Slowly stir in ¼ cup oil.

  5. Add the washed basmati rice and the water. Double check you've added the salt.

  6. Stir just a bit. Bring to a boil. Continue simmering over medium heat, uncovered until most of the water has evaporated. Be patient. Once it looks like the photo above its ready to cover.

  7. Lower the heat to lowest setting.

  8. Cover pot with a moist cloth, place the lid over top, bringing the corners of the cloth towards the lid handle ( to prevent a fire). Cook on lowest heat 40 minutes -1 hour or until the rice is tender.

  9. Make the Cilantro Coconut Yogurt Sauce:

  10. Place the yogurt, coconut, chilies, cilantro, ginger and salt in a blender and blend. Place in a bowl.

  11. In a small skillet, heat the oil, and add the spices. When the mustard seeds begin popping, after 30 seconds or so, pour over the yogurt.

  12. The Chicken Biriyani is done when the rice is tender. Once tender, give a stir, and adjust the salt, adding more if necessary. Serve with the yogurt sauce on the side and fresh cilantro leaves.


This dish is traditionally served with Nann, which is like a flat bread. You can easily pick some of this up at your local Whole Foods Store for super cheap.

Article Source: Feasting At Home



  1. Dorothy Randolph
    Dorothy Randolph November 19, 22:34

    Danyne Randolph Bharj – 37 ingredients!

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  2. Karen Walters
    Karen Walters November 20, 00:09


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  3. Missy G Fatima Khathide
    Missy G Fatima Khathide November 20, 05:53

    Recipe plz

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  4. Carol Moss Arthur
    Carol Moss Arthur November 20, 21:05

    I don’t think so.

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