Preparation of Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani in 9 Easy Steps

Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani


Marination: 2- 3 hrs & Cooking: 1 hr


Ingredients for Chicken Dum Biryani:

  1. 1 kg chicken, washed and drained completely
  2. 2 large onions, finely sliced
  3. 1 full chopped coriander leaves
  4. 1 table spoon saffron
  5. 1/2 cup luke warm milk
  6. salt to taste
  7. 2 tbsps ghee + 5 tbsps oil


  1. 3/4 cup thick curd/yogurt
  2. 8-10 green chillis, make a small slit in them
  3. 1 1/2 tbsps ginger garlic paste
  4. 1 tbsp red chilli pwd (adjust)
  5. 1/4 tsp turmeric pwd
  6. 3/4 tbsp coriander pwd
  7. 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
  8. 3/4 cup pudina leaves
  9. juice of 1 lemon
  10. 1 3/4 tsps salt

Biryani Masala:

  1. 8 cloves
  2. 1 cinnamon stick
  3. 4 elaichi
  4. 4 cardamom
  5. 3/4 tsp shah jeera
  6. 12 pepper corns

Ingredients to cook rice:

  1. 4 cups Basmati rice
  2. 6 cloves
  3. 3 cardamoms
  4. 1″ cinnamon stick
  5. 3 bay leaves
  6. 1 marathi mogga
  7. 1 star anise
  8. 10 mint leaves
  9. 1 tbsp oil
  10. 1 1/2 tbsps salt
  11. water as required

Steps need to follow in making Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani:

Step 1:  Marinate chicken with the ingredients called for ‘marination’ along with biryani masala pwd. Keep aside for 2-3  hrs or a min of 1 1/2 hrs.
Step 2: Cook basmati rice in lots of water along with bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, marathi mogga, elaichi, oil, salt till its half cooked. Strain the water and spread the rice on a large wide plate. Allow to cool.
Step  3: Heat 1 tbsp oil + 1 tbsp ghee in a vessel, add sliced onions, saute for 8-10 mts till caramelized. Remove and keep aside.
Step 4: Add the saffron to the luke warm milk and combine well. Keep aside.
Step 5: Take a wide deep vessel. Add 3 tbsps oil, add the marinated chicken and spread out over the vessel. Cook on high for 2 mts. Add a tbsp of oil over the chicken pieces. Reduce flame.
Step 6: Spread half of the rice over the chicken layer, pour half a tbsp of ghee all over the rice, add half of the caramalized onions and spread over the rice.

Step 7:  saffron milk over the rice. Over this layer, spread the remaining rice. Again pour half a tbsp of ghee all over, add remaining caramelized onions and spread over the rice. Finally sprinkle a tbsp of coriander leaves and pour remaining saffron milk over the rice.
Step 8: Place lid and over the lid place a heavy weight and seal the edges with wheat dough. Cook on high flame for 2 mts . Reduce to low flame and place  the biryani vessel on the iron tawa and cook biryani for 20-25 mts. Turn off heat and do not remove lid for 10 mts.
Step 9:  After 10 mts, remove lid, combine gently and serve hot with raita and curry of your choice.

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