Thursday, October 09, 2014

Hyderabadi Dum Chicken Biriyani(Kachi style)

 This beautiful and aromatice traditional biriyani was actually scheduled to be posted during the Eid holidays. But somehow it got delayed due to some engagements. Anyhow as it said  ' better late than never'. 
Now this recipe was shared to me by my little one's classmate's mom Zara. Thankyou Zara for sharing this authentic dish of your place. It was really yummy! The smell that lingers in your home when this biriyani is getting cooked is really droolworthy. So off to the recipe of HYDERABADI DUM BIRIYANI- Kachi style i.e the uncooked meat is cooked along with the rice.
1 kg chicken, cut into medium sized pieces
1 kg basmati rice, washed well
1/4 cup oil

 For the marination
2 Tbsp fresh ginger- garlic paste
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
4-5 green chillies + a handful of mint leaves and coriander leaves(all grinded into a paste)
500 gm yoghurt
6-8 medium sized onions, sliced thin and fried in oil till golden brown and crisp
salt to taste

For the rice
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
 1 tsp shahi jeera/black cumin
3 broken cinnamon sticks
4 cardamom
3 cloves
 4 green chillies
 few mint leaves
3 bay leaves

1-2 Tbsp ghee
a pinch of saffron mixed in 1 Tbsp warm milk
 juice of 1 lemon
handful of chopped mint and corainder leaves

  • Marinate the chicken with all the ingredients under marination(except the fried onions) for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.
  • Boil water for the rice with salt, garam masala. shahi jeera, cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardomom, green chillies, mint leaves and bay leaves.
  • Add washed and drained rice to the boiling water and cook for just 5 minutes.( The rice grain should break into two pieces when pressed with the end of your thumb i.e. just 1/4 cooked). Drain the rice and keep aside.
  • Crush the fried onions with your hands and add it to the marinated chicken.
  • Take a heavy bottomed big vessel and pour 1/4 cup oil and layer the marinated chicken at the bottom of the vessel.
  • Layer the rice on top the chicken.
  • Sprinkle the top of the rice with chopped mint and coriander leaves.
  • Drizzle the ghee, lemon juice and saffron milk mixture on top.
  • Close the vessel with a tight lid. Seal the edges with a dough made of maida/wheat flour+water (or you can even seal it tightly with aluminium foil).
  • Cook this on very low heat for 20 minutes. Once you start to get the aroma increase the flame to  medium low and cook for 5 minutes more. Switch off and relish the beautiful aroma that engulfs you as you open the dum.

* The same recipe can be done with mutton too. The only variation is the cooking time. Mutton will take approximately 45 minutes to get cooked and moreover tender mutton must be used.


  1. ohhh.... drooling here... slurp...

  2. loving the baryani

  3. this looks delicious... I make the same quite often mainly because it is so easy and uses less ghee than my regular biriyani... goo done dear.

    1. Very true. .less ghee and very easy to make too.Thankyou for your lovely comment

  4. Tantalising and impressive. I love and adore rice dishes like crazy.

  5. Thank you for this recipe! Manu loves biriyani so I make it often. I have been looking for a hyderabadi one.

    1. Thankyou so much dear. Do try out and let me know whether Manu liked it:)

  6. Thanks alot priya.....
    Hope u enjoyed it.

  7. Wow!! Delicious Hyderabadi biriyani dear..we all love this

  8. Simply superb easy to make briyani idea..............
    chicken can be cooked in different varieties and styles as i spoke before about hyderabadi biriyani which is our favourite south Indian Recipe,now i will tell you about other variety of chicken, i.e how we can cook chicken curry in different varieties with different tastes.In this I would like to say about few chicken curries our south indian curries are chicken tikka masala, chicken casserole.


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