Kerala Tasty Chicken Biriyani(Kozhi Biryani)


Kerala Tasty Chicken Biriyani(Kozhi Biryani)

Yummy and easy Kerala biriyani
Prep Time 45 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people


For Biryani Masala:


  • Dry roast the ingredients under biryani masala all together and grind to a fine powder. Require only 1 - 2 tsp from this for biriyani preparation. Clean the chicken and cut into medium sized pieces. Wash and drain.
  • Grind together the fennel, ginger, garlic and green chilies, half of mint leaves into a coarse paste
  • :- You can add some coconut too while grinding if you prefer.
  • Chop the tomatoes into small pieces and slice the onions.
  • :- One onion should be sliced very thin for garnishing.
  • Marinate the chicken with half of the masala paste, turmeric and salt. Keep covered for atleast an hour.
  • Clean and soak rice for 30 mins. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan.
  • Fry the onions required to garnish till golden brown. Add raisins and cashew nuts too. Drain and remove. Keep aside.
  • Heat up the remaining oil and add the rest of the sliced onions and sautT it till it becomes light brown.
  • Add the remaining masala paste n saute till raw smell goes.
  • Add tomatoes n saute.
  • Add biriyani masala, curry leaves, curd n saute it for 5 mins.
  • Add chicken n pressure cook for one whistle and remove whistle and let it cook on low till chicken is done.
  • :- The gravy should be bit watery n thick as u need this to mix with rice. :- Check taste and add salt, pepper etc depending on it. Do not add water at all. Use curd instead.
  • Heat oil or ghee and add the whole spices- cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and bay leaves,remaining mint leaves. SautT for a minute.
  • Add the drained rice. Stir the rice till it turns opaque and add 2 cups water and 1 tsp lime juice.
  • Cook on low heat.
  • Add more water till the rice gets done.
  • :- It shouldn`t be over cooked or get sticky.
  • In an oven proof dish, spread half of the chicken masala and place half of rice over it.
  • Spread the remaining masala and top it with rice followed by lemon juice.
  • Sprinkle roasted onion, nuts and raisins.
  • Bake it for 15 - 20 mins at 200ªC n let it stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Add lime juice after each layer of rice to prevent it from getting sticky.
  • :- Serve hot with chutney or raitha or date chutney.
  • For date chutney:- Grind together 100 gm dates, 2 - 3 green chillies, 1 small piece ginger and salt. Add vinegar or lime juice.
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Response (2)
  1. k
    kp September 10, 2008

    Seems good, need to try. Tell me what is the option if I do not have an Oven

  2. P
    Preetha Jose March 23, 2007

    I prepared this for our family get together and everyone liked.Its excellent.

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