Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani (Kacchi style)

Chicken dum biryani ......... the words itself are tempting me to go back and have a good biryani in hyderabad. There are few places in hyderabad for a perfect dum biryani . I love to have biryani at paradise , minerva , bawarchi, hotel golkonda , oh my gosh my list is endless . When ever i go to restaurant i always order chicken biryani . But now a days am happy that am cooking nice chicken biryani at home . Keep waiting i will post different kinds / varieties of chicken biryani . But for now i am here with chicken dum biryani in kachi style.

Preparation :-

  • Before starting the cooking process soak few threads of saffron in 1/4 cup of warm milk .

Marination :-

  • Take 250 -300 gms of boneless chicken ( i prefer thigh piece) . Wash it and drain the water completely .

  • To this chicken pieces add 6 slitted green chillies , half a hand ful of mint leaves , half a hand ful of coriander leaves , 1&1/2 tspn ginger garlic paste , 1/4 tspn freshly grounded pepper powder , 1/2 tspn shajeera(black cumin) , 1/4 tspn chilly powder , 1/4 tspn turmeric , 1 tspn salt , 1/4 tspn cumin powder , 1 tspn coriander powder , 2 bay leaves , 2 star anise , few pieces of mace , pinch of nut mug powder , 4 lightly crushed cardamoms , 4 cloves , 2" cinnamon stick , add 1/2 tspn of store brought chicken biryani masala or home made masala powder . Mix them all nicely . Now add 2 tbspns of oil , fried onions , 1 cup of beaten curd and squeeze juice of1/2 a big lemon . Mix all nicely.

  • Marinate this for 24 hrs by storing this in refrigerator . If u dont have time marinate atleast an hour before u start cooking.

Rice Preparation:-

  • Soak 250 gms /2 electric rice cooker cups of basmati rice in sufficient water for 30 mins .

  • Take a big vessel with 8 rice cooker cups of water . To this water add 2 tspns salt , 2 tspns oil , 3 cloves , 3 lightly crushed cardamom , 1"cinnamon stick , 1 bay leaf, 1/4 tspn shajeera, few sprigs of coriander and mint leaves. Bring this to boil.

  • When water is boiling add strained rice and cook for 5 mins till rice is 3/4 done.

  • Strain boiled rice .

Cooking Biryani In Dum Style :-

Dum is a process of cooking meat and rice in low flame for more time such that the essence of meat and spices infuses in rice which is lying on top layer which makes rice to cook perfectly with that vapour. The important thing in this dum process which we need to do is to arrest the vapours from going out by sealing the lid tightly with a dough or kitchen towel.

  • Now take a pressure cooker and grease the bottom & sides with a tspn of ghee . Add in the chicken marination and spread evenly .

  • On top of chicken add cooked rice and spread evenly .

  • On top of rice sprinkle few mint leaves , coriander leaves and handful of fried onions.

  • Pour saffron soaked milk allover . Sprinkle 2 tspns of oil on top or u can use cooking oil spray.

  • Now put a tight lid , if u are not having a tight lid wrap a wet clean kitchen towel around the lid tightly or put the dough allover the lid corner and put this lid on cooker. I had a perfect nonstick lid that was tight on my cooker , so i just kept a dough on the hole of the lid to arrest vapour from going out.

  • Now switch on ur stove put flame in medium high for 5 mins , next reduce it to medium low for 15 mins and next reduce it to sim for 5 mins . Switch off stove . Another method of knowing that biyani is done is by the smell . Once it is done it flavours out nice biryani smell then u can switch off stove .

  • After 5 mins of standby takeout the lid and mix nicely from bottom . some people dont like to mix everything , they want curry at the bottom and rice on top as it is . so just serve them as it is without mixing.

  • Serve hot with hyderabadi special mirchi ka salan and raitha. Enjoy ur hyderabadi meal.

Note:- U can even use chicken with bones . Marinade everything in same process , cook rice in same process . Before layering take a thick bottom vessel /pan grease it with ghee , add chicken marinade and cook on high heat for 5 mins . While it is cooking, on top add half cooked rice , saffron, coriander-mint leaves , fried onions and start sealing. u can seal with aluminium foil. On other stove put a dosa pan (a flat pan ) and heat it . Once dosa pan is heated put this layered pan on dosa pan and reduce heat to medium low cook for 30 -35 mins .

Cooking chicken biryani in oven:-

Alternatively u can use chicken with bones / drumsticks and cook in conventional oven . For this take a oven proof dish or aluminium tray , grease it with oil , layer chicken , rice , sprinkle ghee /oil , fried onions , coriander mint leaves , saffron milk, . Now seal it with aluminium foil and cook in preheated oven @ 400 degree F for 30 mins and reduce heat to 300 degree F and cook for an hour . switchoff oven and after 10 mins of standby u can takeout tray from oven and serve hot .


  1. VineelaSiva said...
    Hai preethi

    ur dum biryani looks very delicious.I too cook in the same way.

    Lavanya said...
    dum biryani looks yummy n delicious..making me hugry:)
    Anonymous said...
    Hi Preethi,

    Thanks for posting the Hyderabadi Biriyani on my request. Will surely try it out this weekend and let u know how it turns out :-)

    Hi vani , this dish is for u . so defnetly give a try.

    With cheers,
    Anonymous said...
    Hi preethi
    ur chicken biryani is good
    Anonymous said...
    Hi Preethi,

    I tried your dum biryani, it came out really good.Thanks for nice recipe.

    Anonymous said...
    This recipe was awesome. I followed it word to word and earned reputation of Biriyani expert. Ofcourse I told every one who cared to listen about this wonderful blog. Thanks for the info.
    margaret said...
    your biryani is just colourful and and awesome . i will try this out on sunday and will tell you. oly one thing preethi is that i want the recipes of the garam masala used in this biryani. thanks.

    margaret, Bombay
    Hi Margaret , i used few raw garam masalas and some store brought garam masala powder . u can use any store brought chicken biryani masala powder.

    Anonymous said...
    made this for my in-laws who loved it (& they are very hard to please!). have also tried this with paneer and worked really well too. Thanks Preethi.
    My Favourite Recipes said...
    Hi Preethi,
    I might sound really dumb, but please answer.In the oven cooking method should we use cooked rice, cooked chicken or the raw rice and raw marinated chicken? Please answer. Thanks!
    Anonymous said...
    I have to cook this biryani for a crowd of 30 or so people and would like to make in oven method. Any thoughts on the amount of chicken amount and rice? Is sealing it with foil good enough for the flavor. Do let me know for it will be so great to make a great recipe like this
    Anonymous said...
    if you are cooking a lot of the biryani recipe in oven method, will it still cook in 1.5 hours as indicated here?
    Hi ,
    Try this chicken biryani . It will be good when you are cooking for 30 members . you can cook in oven and taste excellent than dum biryani.

    Anonymous said...
    Hi Preethi,

    Your Biryani is mouth watering and yummy. For andhra recipes I always come to your blog.Yourrecipes and measurements are perfect!! Great blog!!I have one quick question.I am palnning to make dum biryani for potluck for 7 members.I can add ingredients accordinglsy but how much time should I cook on the stove top? I don't want to bake it in the oven but want to cook on the stove top in a big stainless steel vessel.Can you please give me some idea on how much time I shuold cook on Stove top?Thanks in advance!!

    Hi srividya,

    I think 30 mins is sufficient to cook on stove top. Put flame low and once done do not open for 10 mins and then you can mix it from bottom.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Andhra Recipes said...

    I am Hyderabadi.......
    I like your Dum Biryani I tyr at home great results.......
    I like to see more Hyderabad special in you blog please......

    Thanks for share.........
    Anonymous said...
    When doing the biryani in the oven..Is it the same even for double the quantity of rice and chicken i.e 30 mins at 400F and then 1 hr at 350F ?
    swathi said...
    Hi Preethi,

    Your Biryani looks great.Can I know where can we get fried onions? I have a potluck this weekend, so wanna try this.Plz let me know as soon.

    @ Swathi,

    You can get fried onions in Indian groceries or just you can fry them in little oil.

    Radha said...
    Hi Preethi,

    Under chicken Recipes --> Chicken Dum Biryani, i couldn't find the chicken same as your chicken in photo.

    I tried in all the markets they are giving leg pieces and chicken breast and the colour of meat is white, its not red which is shown in your pics.

    So, can i proceed with my chicken, will my biryani tasty as your's

    Appreciate your comments on my query.


    Anonymous said...
    To Radha

    You need a freshly killed chicken to get the color, preferably in India.
    Miranda said...
    This is perfect, couldnt ask for more... Thank you sooooo much.
    Anonymous said...

    You have done a wonderful job explaining every steps. I have tried several times to make dum biriani, most of the times it will just okay, sometimes it comes out better. But when I made this way, it always came out excellent.

    Thank you so much for explaining so well.

    Anonymous said...
    Thks Preeti, This biryani is delicious..after a long hunt it was a relief to see a detailed and well illustrated biryani recipe...thks a ton.
    Swetha said...
    I have been following this recipe. Its very precise and clear in the procedure and the ingredient quantities... Makes very nice and delicious biryani ... Thanks a ton Preethi...
    home builder said...
    i am from malaysia. great recipe. i tried it today. malaysian biryanis not as authentic as this one. thks a bunch.

    mythili said...
    Hi Preethi,
    I tried your dum biryani, it came out really good.Thanks for nice recipe.

    Shilpa said...
    Hi Preethi,

    I tried your recipe. It turned out very delicious. Thanks for posting this recipe. Can you please post Mutton/Lamb Dum biryani.


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