Friday, October 5, 2007

Chicken biryani

Recipe by:meedo

Arabic Gulf Cuisine is similar to Indian Cuisine with little difference in Spices. for example indian add alot of chilli and curry paste to biryani to make it hot ,but in arabic gulf we don't .

1 whole chicken cut to 4-6.
1 teaspoon salt.
1 teaspoon curry powder.
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper.
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric.
4 whole cardamom pods.
6 whole cloves.
6 black peppercorns.
1 bay leave.
1 cinnamon stick.
1 large onion, finely chopped.
2 cloves garlic, crushed.
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger.
1 large carrot sliced.
1 large potato, chopped.
1 tablespoon tomato paste.
1/4 cup yogurt.
1/4 cup water.
1 small tomato chopped.
1/2 frozen peas.
1/4 cup fresh parsley or coriander, finely chopped.

3 cups basmati rice.
Pinch of saffron soaked in 1/4 cup rose water.

1)Sauté onion, with olive oil add garlic, ginger, whole spices, stir, cook 5 minutes.

2)Add chicken, salt, ground spices, stir, cook, until chicken brown, add chopped tomato, tomato paste, yogurt, water, and simmer cover, for 30 minutes.

3)In small pan shallow fray potato and carrot.

4)After 30 minutes add potato and carrot to the chicken mixture cooked for 5 minutes then add peas, cooked until all the vegetables are tender.

5)Make basmati rice:in a deep pan bring to boil water with 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 tablespoon oil, add basmati rice, and boil it for 8 minuets. Remove from heat and Rinse the rice from any excess water, put it back to the same pan.

6)In a deep pan cover the bottom with half the cooked rice and pour half of saffron and rose water mixture over the rice, then arrange chicken pieces and vegetables on top of rice, then cover it with the rest of rice, pour rose water all over the rice, sprinkle fresh parsley on top, cover with parchment paper and aluminum paper, bake in preheated oven 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes.


Nabeela said...

Actually, our recipes are pretty much exactly like that too. We don't use any other spice either in our biryani! So, I don't think Indian biryani and Arabic biryani differs much.

Kalyn Denny said...

Just recently discovered your blog and I'm enjoying seeing what you're cooking.

Arabic Bites said...

Hello nabeela,
Thank you for stopping by,
our Indian friend invited us once to her house and made us biryani,she actually blend 15 green chilli with onion,ginger and garlic and cook the chicken in this mixture,her biryani was very very hot .that why I said there is different between Indian biryani and Arabic biryani .

zainab & meedo

Arabic Bites said...

Hi kalyn,
Thank you for stopping by.

zainab & meedo

Anh said...

Wonderful recipe... I think even in India, there must be different versions of this dish. I enjoy all of them though...

Arabic Bites said...

Thank you anh,
I agree with you,I enjoy all of them too especially with buttermilk or Yogurt.


Anonymous said...

Asak Again ! Well, the spices that you have used are almost similar to what we indians use, and yeah, we also love to add green chillies, or red chilli and make our dishes hot :-) but not too much ! My hubby doesnt like hot dishes, i like them hot :-D

Sabita Sagi said...

Your biryani luks very yummy...will definitely try it out..this is my blog do visit.

Anonymous said...

Really nice blog! I'm adding you to my blogroll. That biryani looks fabulous. Amy @

Seena said...

Zainab and Meedo, Assalm Alaikkum..
Today only I found your blog.I love Arabic recipes a lot.Really wonderful recipes and pictures you have. will visit again insha Allah..

Arabic Bites said...

Thank you all (mona,sabita,Amy,seena)for the comment.

mona what dose Asak mean?


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Unknown said...

Hello,i was searching for a good arabic biriyani recipe and finally ifound ur site.its really great.can u please give me the recipe of garlic paste(dip).i love it very much.

Anonymous said...

hello i was in search of a good recipe for arabic biriyani and finally got it from ur site.thank u.i m a great lover of arabic food.can u please send me the recipe of garlic paste.

Umm Zacharia said...


another great recipe. it turned out great. i've been wanting to try a birayni with out the "box" spice and this combo works out great without the kids aren't screaming for water because its too hot :) I like the saffron and rose water with too. thanks again ladies!

Arabic Bites said...

Thank you & keep visiting.

Hi fathima,
If you mean "garlic paste" that use in biryani use this recipe here.
& for "garlic dip" use Mayonnaise with garlic.
I hope this help you.

Ahlan umzacharia,
I'm glad that the recipe work well for you.

zainab :)



Mary said...

discovered your blog really enjoy your recipes.

awin said...

I discovered this blog by chance.
Thank you so very much for the recipe..I've tried it and followed the recipe closely. I can assure you it is husband loves it so much.It was my 1st attempt to cook Arabic chicken biryani, indian biryani many times before. God, i love this blog. Definitely will try the rest of the recipes.

Charenn29 said...

i love your recipe.

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