Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani

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Thalassery, a small commercial town in the North Kerala district of Kannur, is famous for its Cuisine especially non vegetarian delicacies. Their world famous Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani is a culinary treat, very popularly served for festive and special occasions. This is a special biryani recipe. You will find cooked spicy chicken masala with layered rice, fried onions and whole pot is placed on dum. In traditional “Dum” cooking, the lid is secured to the pan with a dough so that no steam can escape. Hot coal is placed on the lid, and slow cooked with a low flame from below the pan. The soul of Thalassery biriyani lies in the masala. Onions are slow cooked with green chillies, ginger, and garlic. Tomatoes are added to the mix and cooked till they disappear into the mix. Fresh garam masala, turmeric powder and curd is added to it and chicken is slow cooked until soft and juicy. Now we move on to the rice. The dish is traditionally cooked with jeerakashala rice.

For preparing Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani, if you can’t source basmati rice, then jeerakashala rice or   khaima rice is a decent alternative. I have made so many versions of biriyani over the past few years and this one is the best. So let’s go through the detailed recipe of Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani. Though the steps seem long and lengthy, do not get discouraged. You will be rewarded in the end. I prepare this biriyani when I have guests at home and when I am urged to entertain them with something very special. Yes, Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani is one of those awesome biriyanis that leave a lasting impression on all those who taste the dish. I was searching for the recipe since a long time, thanks to my dear friend who handed me the traditional recipe from her mother residing in Thalassery region.

 

Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com

Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

For Chicken masala &For rice

For Dum

Instructions
 

  • Now heat oil and ghee in a biryani pot. Add 3 sliced onions and fry till golden brown. Remove it to a bowl.
    Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com
  • In the same oil, add whole spices and let them sizzle. Then add washed and drained rice into it. Put the flame high and roast the rice continuously for 3-4 minutes.
    Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com
  • Add boiled hot water, salt and carrot. Cook for 8 to 10 mins till rice is done in low flame.
    Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com
  • Now the rice is ready.
    Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com
  • Now start making the masala. Heat oil in a pan and add ginger garlic green chilly paste and onion. Saute till it becomes soft.
    Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com
  • Add turmeric powder, garam masala, salt and mix well.
    Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com
  • Then add tomatoes, chicken and curd. Combine well. Now cover and cook till chicken is done.
    Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com
  • Take the half portion of fried onion and crush it. Add it along with some chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves. Remove it from the flame.
    Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com
  • Mix the remaining fried onion with fried cashew nuts and raisins. Add one handful chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves along with some garam masala. Mix it well.
    Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com
  • Now move on to the dum process. Layer half of the rice and masala.
    Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com
  • Mix the milk with turmeric powder. Sprinkle it on top of the rice.
    Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com
  • Sprinkle half of the fried onion mix.
    Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com
  • Sprinkle some ghee. Again layer the remaining rice, fried onions, ghee and turmeric milk.
    Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com
  • Cover the pot and cook on very low heat for 30 mins. Now leave aside for 15 mins.
    Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com
  • Remove the rice from the vessel and serve the biriyani.
    Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com
  • Chicken dum biriyani is ready. Serve it along with dates pickle and coconut chmmanthi.
    Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani – pachakam.com

Notes

You can visit this link Crispy Chicken Cutlet. You can also visit this link Kerala Spicy Pepper Chicken.
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Response (1)
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    Lathika August 24, 2022

    5 stars
    Excellent thalassery dum biriyani recipe, whole family loved it. Thanks.

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