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Shahi Chicken Biryani

By: Isha Nazakat of

Delicacy of mughlai flavour with indian spices

Filed in Rice Dishes

Serves 6 people

This Biryani has alternate layers of rice and chicken and should be served with the layers intact and not mixing it.


6 cups Rice (basmati)
1 kg Chicken
3 tbsps. Vegetable Oil
3 tbsps. Clarified Butter
5 nos. Onion(red, thin sliced)
3 nos. Potato(peeled and cut)
30 gms. Ginger(paste)
30 gms. Garlic(paste)
5 nos. Green Chilies(paste)
10 gms. Coriander leaves(paste)
2 tsps. All spice powder
4 tbsps. Yoghurt
4 tbsps. Tomato(Puree/paste)
3 tbsps. Red Chili Powder
2 tsps. Turmeric Powder
1 pinch Saffron
Salt to taste
3 tsps. Milk

2-3 drops color (orange recommended)


  1. Marinate the chicken with garlic, ginger, coriander, green chillie,tomatoes paste, red chilli powder,turmeric powder,dry garam masala powder,salt and yoghurt and keep it aside for half an hour.
  2. Cook rice seperately (do not cook fully. keep it semi-cooked), add salt, sprinkle it with color and keep aside.
  3. Heat milk, put pinch of kesar and keep aside.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in pan.Deep fry half the quantity of onions and all the potatoes till onion is golden brown.
  5. Remove both from the pan and keep aside.
  6. Fry the remaining onion in the same oil till slight golden brown and put the marinated chicken. cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Take a separate utensil, put ghee and 1 tbsp of oil, half quantity of semi-cooked rice, all fried potatoes and half quantity of fried onions and milk of kesar.
  8. Put the cooked chicken on top of it and then cover it with the remaining semi-cooked rice.
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves and rest of the fried onions.
  10. Tightly cover the utensil and cook for another 10 minutes.
  11. Serve hot with salad,lemon and papad.

Latest Comments

By supriya kothari on 11/10/2008 10:03:00 PM

hi,I had guests yesterday and I tried this mouthwatering recipe. Thanks a lot for everyone enjoyed it.Really yummy and easy to cook.

By amrapali tambe on 10/11/2008 3:24:00 AM

hi Isha I like very much your shahi chicken Biryani.

By Namitha on 6/15/2008 1:43:00 PM

Too good.....

By pooja punjabi on 2/12/2008 10:24:00 AM

it was very tasty my hubby enjoyed a lot n it is very easy to make also i love it

By kavita punjabi on 12/5/2007 5:56:00 PM

its just amazing, my hubby loved it

By on 7/7/2007 10:52:00 PM

it was very yummy my hubby enjoyed a lot n it is very easy to make also i love it i will try it with my in-laws too

By Pranathi on 5/30/2007 9:51:00 PM

Tastes great!! Everyone appreciated. Thanks a lot

By Simmy Mishra on 5/16/2007 4:43:00 AM

Hey this is an ultimate dish. i made it as a surprise for my husband and then for some really close friends.... everybody loved it....without a doubt! Try it, its simply going to add stars to ur cooking capabilities!!!


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