Sofiyani Biryani

A delicious, less spicy low -cal Biryani

Recipe by Michelle Righton of

Its basically low calorie, its got chicken flavoured with mint and corriander

Ingredients non vegetarian 4 servings

    1 kg Chicken 400 gms Basmati Rice 200 gms Yoghurt (Curd) 200 gms Onion 2 tbsp Ginger and Garlic paste 1 tsp Red chilli powder 1 tsp Shahi jeera 1/2 tsp Cardomom 1/2 tsp Cloves 1 small piece of Cinnamon 2 Bay leaves a pinch of Mace powder 1 Lemon a pinch of Saffron a small bunch Mint a small of bunch Coriander 1/2 cup of Oil Salt to taste


    1. Clean , cut chicken into medium sizes pieces
    2. Soak rice, boil till three-fourth done
    3. Steep saffron in little (2 tbsp) curds
    4. Heat oil in a handi add the whole garam masala, add finley sliced onions. Fry till it turns golden brown
    5. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry well till the raw flavour dissappears
    6. Add chilli powder, followed by chicken. Fry it well.
    7. Add curd to moisten. Cook till chicken is done
    8. Add the saffron curds which was soaked and lemon juice
    9. Arrange layers of rice then a layer of chicken not forgetting the finely chopped pudina and dhaniyaa in between them
    10. Preferably use a copper bottom or a thick bottom Handi for Biryani . The last layer or the layer should be rice garnished with pudina and dhaniya .
    11. Cover with a tight lid and place it in the preheated oven.
    12. Depending on your kind of oven it might take 15-30 minutes for Biryani to be cooked and well infused with flavors.
    13. Serve hot, that's when it tastes the best