Global Cuisine – Chicken Biryani (Indian)

By Ooha Venugopal

This new column will feature exciting global cuisines every week. A famous dish from each country will be shared as well as detailed preparation steps.

For the first week, we are sharing how to prepare a mouth-watering ‘Chicken Biryani’. 


  • Basmati Rice – 1 Kilogram
  • Chicken – 1 Kilogram (Cut into pieces of desired size)
  • Yogurt – 250 ml
  • Coconut milk – 250 ml
  • Clarified butter or Ghee – 1 cup
  • Oil – 2 cups
  • Ginger garlic paste – 2 teaspoon
  • Onion – 1, finely chopped
  • Onion – 1 , Cilantro – 15 sticks ( make a paste in blender)
  • Green Chilli – 20, finely chopped
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Chicken Biryani Powder – 2 tablespoon
  • Red chilli powder (optional for more spicy) – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – as per taste (2 tablespoon approx.)




  1. Soak rice in water for 30mins (1 cup rice = 1.5 cups of water)
  2. Keep pressure cooker on stove and add oil, heat oil until warm
  3. Add finely chopped onions and fry until it turns golden brown
  4. Add onion-cilantro paste and ginger-garlic paste, fry for 2-3mins
  5. Add chicken, mix well and fry for 2mins
  6. Add salt and turmeric, mix well
  7. Add in very finely chopped green chillies, mix well
  8. Cook the chicken for 20mins in open cooker (Do not close the lid but you can just cover it)
  9. Strain water from rice and keep it aside (DO NOT throw the water)

10. Add in strained rice without water to cooker and mix well, cook for 10mins

11.Heat the strained water until warm

12.Add garam masala powder and chicken biryani powder, mix well and fry for 2mins (Optional : Add in red chilli powder now for more spicy)

13. Add in warm strained water and mix well

14.Cook until rice gets almost cooked until just very little water is left

15.Add in ghee and mix well

16.Add in yogurt and mix well

17.Add in coconut milk and mix well

18.Now, close the lid and keep the flame in sim (low) for 5mins

19.Turn it off and leave it for 10mins until the pressure cools off

20. Open the lid, just mix slightly or not required, ready to eat or serve

RAITHA (As a side to Biryani)




  • Yogurt – 1 cup
  • Carrot – 1/2
  • Cucumber – ½
  • Green chilli –  1 (Optional)
  • Salt – as per taste (less than quarter teaspoon)




  1. Grate the carrot and slice cucumber into small pieces ( You can take 1 carrot and 1 cucumber if you are adding more yogurt)
  2. Slice green chilli in middle vertically into two pieces
  3. Take a bowl, add carrot cucumber, green chilli and salt, mix well
  4. Add in yogurt and mix well
  5. Ready to eat or serve


Note: All the ingredients are available in Asiana Market or any Indian grocery store

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