Saturday, January 23, 2010


I am beginning this blog with a tasty Briyani recipe.


Chicken pieces-750gms
Briyani rice-2 ½ cups
Ginger paste-1 tbsp
Garlic paste- 1 tbsp
Chilli powder- half sp
Turmeric powder- half sp
Salt to taste
Ghee-half cup
Finely sliced onion-3
Finely crushed tomato-2
Slit Green chillies- 5
Chopped coriander-1 cup
Chopped mint leaves- 1 cup
Curd-3 tbsp

Powder coarsely the following ingredients:

Cinnamon-1” piece, cloves-3, cardamom-3. fennel seeds- half sp

Grind the following ingredients to a fine paste:

Cashew nuts-5, poppy seeds-1 sp, shredded coconut-4 tbsp
Lemon juice-1 ½ tbsp


Wash the rice and soak in enough water.
Heat a vessel and pour the ghee. Add the onion and fry it to golden brown.
Add the ginger garlic pastes and fry them well.
Add the ground powder and fry for a few seconds.
Then add the tomatoes with the turmeric powder and fry them until the tomatoes are well mashed and the ghee floats on top.
Add the washed chicken pieces with enough salt and cook on medium fire.
Add the curd, greens and the chilli powder.
Cook the chicken until it is done and all the water is evaporated..
Lastly add the lime juice and cook for a few seconds.
Add 5 cups of water with the rice.
When the rice is half done add enough salt.
When all the water is evaporated keep the briyani in dhum for 20 minutes in the gas oven.
Pour ghee around the sides in intervals.
Serve hot with onion curd salad.


  1. chicken biryani looks delicious.nice presentation too

  2. Dear Mrs Mano,

    Went thru your blog & found all of them are mouth watering recipes. I've just started cooking & have not heard much about cooking in a 'dhum' in my place here . Is it a rice cooker?

    Thank you for the help.

  3. Dear Mano Aunty,This briyani was enjoyed by my family members.Thankyou Aunty and love to learn more from you.-Rathy.

  4. Dear Devas!

    thanks for the feedback.
    It is not a rice cooker. I always ' dhum' the briyani in the gas oven.
    if you want to do it manually, you can use a dosaikkal.
    Heat it full and reduce it to slow fire.
    place the chicken briyani vessel on it and cover it with a lid.
    Place a small bowl of cold water on top.
    After 10 minutes, the water will be semi hot. This means that the briyani is half done. Open the cover and mix well. Again cover it with the lid. After 10 minutes the water will be hot and the briayni is ready now!

  5. Dear Rathy!

    I am happy that the briyani turned so well for you!

    thank you very much for the nice feedback!

  6. Dear Prani!

    thanks a lot for the lovely feedback!

  7. Hi Mano aunty,

    I have been a great fan of you for many years.I have your recipes from mayyam.somehow I didnot find out till today that you have your own blog.I am so glad that I found it .I am making the chicken biryani now.thanks.thanks.