The simplicity of this recipe is just unbelievable, especially considering the fantastic results in the end! A definite family favourite and a must-try recipe!!
You will need:
1 medium chicken, skin removed then cut into 8-10 pieces
3 cups rice
4-5 sliced and fried onions
Marinate the chicken in:
2 cups yoghurt
2 black cardamom
6 black pepper corns
2 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
1 tbsp. chopped mint leaves
1 tsp. red chili powder
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
½ tsp. cumin and coriander powders
2 tbsp. each of ginger and garlic paste
2 chopped green chili
1 tbsp. javetri/mace (optional)
1 tbsp. lime juice
½ of the fried onions
¼ cup oil
saffron color ½ tsp.
salt to taste
turmeric to taste
Soak rice for 30 minutes. In a bowl add water, some oil, and salt. You can also add cumin, and cardamom to this water for more flavor. Bring to boil to cook rice, once the rice is half cooked drain the water.
Now in a pot, add marinated chicken spread at the bottom (I also added fried potato quarters during this stage on top of the chicken) and then add half cooked rice, sprinkle some mint leaves, the remaining fried onions, saffron color, then add the remaining rice over it all, cover tightly with the lid and cook for 30min.
First 5 minute at high flame, next 15 minutes at medium flame and last 10 minutes at low flame.
If your pot/pan is thin, make sure you place a tava (the flat pan for making chapatis/parathas/rotis) under the pot so that your biryani doesn't burn. You can place this tava after the first 5 minutes