Malabar Chicken Biryani

Malabar Chicken Biryani (2)

Malabar Chicken Biryani is a delicious lunch from kerala and also available in most of the countries.

Ingredients :

For Chicken masala :
Chicken — 3/4 kg
Ginger garlic paste — 2tsp
Green chillies,minced — 2 tsp (acc to taste)
Mint leaves — 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves — 1/2 cup
Garam masala — 3/4 tsp
Salt — to taste
Onions — ghee fried , around a cup
Tomatoes — 2 nos. medium
Basmati Rice — 2 cups
Lemon juice — half a lemon
Mint leaves — half a cup ,washed n cleaned
Coriander leaves — half a cup ,washed n cleaned

For rice :

Ghee — 1 tbsp
Cloves,cardamom,cinnamon,bay leaves,cumin seeds — each 2 nos.
Cashews ,raisins — each 2 tbsp ,roasted in ghee 
Rose water — 2 tsp

For garnishing :
Onions — 5 nos ,julienne 
Ghee — 3 tbsp
Saffron — few strands
Milk — 2 tbsp

Method :
  • Heat a biryani pan with 3 tbsp ghee and fry the sliced onions till they golden brown. Remove from the ghee and spread it on a plate lined in a kitchen tissue. Fry the cashews n raisins in the remaining ghee and keep it separately.
  • In the same ghee ,add the chopped tomatoes along with lil bit of salt and cook till they break down and get cooked. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for 2 minutes in medium flame.Throw in the minced green chillies and mix well for a minute.
  • Add the chicken pieces once the green chillies started changing colour and cook in the masala for few seconds. Add a cup of water to the chicken masala and combine well. Sprinkle the mint leaves on top ,cover with a lid  and cook for 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Open the pan , add a cup of ghee fried onions to the chicken ,clsoe the pan with th lid and gain cook for 2 minutes.Later, switch off the flame and add the garam masala powder ,coriander leaves and lemon juice and combine thoroughly .

Now making rice :

  •  Soak the basmati rice for 30 minutes.
  • Boil 8 cups of water with a tbsp of ghee/oil added along with cinnamon,cumin,cardamom,bay leaves and add the soaked rice. Cook the rice to almost 80 % ,now at this stage add in the rose water to the rice and mix well. Again cook the rice till it’s 90% done..

Malabar Chicken Biryani (1)

Layering the rice :

  • Keep the chicken masala mixture over medium low flame as we are going to make 2 process simultaneously. 
  • Now drain the rice completely and layer the chicken masala with the cooked rice,spreading evenly.
  • Top it with the remaining fried onions, cashews and raisins.
  • Finally sprinkle the saffron milk ( dissolve few strands of saffron in warm milk ,rest for 10 minutes earlier) across and close the pan with a lid . Keep some heavy weight on top of the lid and cook over low flame (dum) for 10 minutes /until it’s done. 
  • Carefully mix the rice and serve with chicken ghee roast.