Saturday, August 16, 2008

Zainab's Chicken Biryani (Hyderabadi way)

Recipe by:zainab

Mona @ zaiqa host the RCI event for Authentic Hyderabadi Cuisine.

Deadline: September 15, 2008

I hope my entry still "Hyderabadi" because the recipe in the family for generations & I'm sure the recipe Changed .


For Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani you will need:

1-2 Tablespoons olive oil.
2 whole chickens, each cut to 4 (you can use meat or Fish or shrimp).
Salt and Fresh ground black pepper
Ground turmeric.

1-2 Tablespoons olive oil.
4 large onions, cut into slices.
2 green chilies.
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed.
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger peeled and finely grated.
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric.
1/4 teaspoon red hot pepper.
1/2 teaspoon Biryani Masala.
1 1/2 teaspoons salt.
Whole Spices:
2 cinnamon sticks.
3 whole cloves.
4 whole cardamom pods.
1 Bay leaves.
360 g low fat yogurt.
1/2 cup parsley, chopped.
1/2 cup mint, chopped.

3 cups basmati rice.
Water for boiling the rice +1 Tablespoon salt +1 Tablespoon Oil.
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds.
2 cinnamon sticks.
3 whole cloves.
4 whole cardamom pods.
1 Bay leaves.
1 Tablespoon butter.

* soak:
2 Tablespoons Boiled rose water.
Pinch of saffron .
Juice of 3-4 lime.

1) Heat oil in pan, add chicken, season with fresh ground black pepper, salt & turmeric cook until browned all over, then remove to plate.


2) Heat oil in same pan; add onions & green chilies, cook until browned, than add garlic+ ginger and stir.


3) Add turmeric, red hot pepper, Biryani Masala ,salt & whole spices stir until fragrant .

4) Add yogurt then the chicken let it cook on low heat for 20 minutes per side.


5) Add parsley & mint just before remove from heat.


6) To cook rice: in a deep pan bring to boil water with 1 tablespoon salt, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, cumin seeds, whole cloves, bay leaves &1 tablespoon oil, add basmati rice, and cook for 6-8 minuets. Remove from heat and Rinse the rice from any excess water; put it back to the same pan.


7) 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 + arrange butter pieces all over the rice.



8) Cover the pan, turn heat to very low and steam for 20 minutes. Do not lift lid.

9) Serve it with cucumber and yogurt mint salad.


* My mom always serves Biryani with Spicy boiled eggs when we were kids, so I add it to this Biryani as a touch of Arabic Gulf taste & it's not part of the recipe.

Here the recipe for Spicy boiled eggs:

5 eggs.
1 teaspoon butter.
1 teaspoon oil.
Pinch of each :saffron, ground cardamom, Fresh ground black pepper,salt.

Fill pan with water, Bring water to a boil ,add eggs, turn off heat, cover, and let stand for 15 minutes.
Once the egg is cooked, transfer it to a bowl of cold water ,then Peel under cold, running water.

Heat oil+ butter in pan, add hard-boiled egg season with spices, and stir until browned all over.



Deeba PAB said...

This does look ever so delicious ; very authentic & yummy. Coincidence...I just posted a chicken dish too-Murgh makhani!

Chef Jeena said...

This looks SOOOOOO DELICIOUS! I love the eggs that your mum used to add, yummy!

Wonderful entry. :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh, looks soooo delicious! Thanks for sending the entry Zainab, with very helpful pictorial explanation of the procedure. Yumm-O!

Anonymous said...

I love biryani - I am going to have to make this very, very soon. It looks delicious!

Arabic Bites said...

Passionate About Baking,
Thank you,your Murgh makhani look so delicious too,I have to give it a try soon :)

Thank you!

Thank you for hosting this event,looking forward to the round-up ;),enjoy hosting :)

Hope you like it!

zainab :)

Anonymous said...

This looks like one of the best biryani recipes I've ever seen. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

That looks so good, my mouth is watering. I'd have to leave the eggs out as I can't abide hard boiled eggs but I'll give the rest of the recipe a go.

Arabic Bites said...

Tom Aarons,
Thank you :)

If you give it a try,I hope you like it ;)

zainab :)

Yasmeen said...

Yum...The biryani looks perfectly done Zainab.

Dori said...

Looks delicious! Really a perfect looking dish!

Arabic Bites said...

Thank you for your comment :)

Thanks,enjoy your break & come back soon ;)

zainab :)

Umm Ibrahim said...

I can't wait to try out this recipe, looks really fantastic. Never thought of making it without tomato in the sauce, looks so much better without it!

Arabic Bites said...

Umm Ibrahim,
Thank you for your comment,enjoy the recipe ;)

zainab :)

Anonymous said...

thank u zainab
I love beriany
best regards
and keep ur good work u

lubnakarim06 said...

Sinful, delightful, alluring, tempting are the words for this awesome biryani.

Arabic Bites said...

Nora & kitchen Flavours,
Thanks ;)

zainab :)

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

Can I come for dinner? That looks wonderful and full of flavors.

Arabic Bites said...

You're more than welcome to come for dinner , just don't forget to bring the dessert ;)

zainab :)

lubnakarim06 said...

I just posted an event on Ramadan. Please visit the blog and let me know wheather u r intrested or not.

Arabic Bites said...

Kitchen Flavours,
Thank you so much for the invitation ,the event sound so good ,we will try to participate.

zainab & meedo :)

Salt N Turmeric said...

Came here fr foodbuzz. That looks so good. I love briyani altho i only used the ready made mix. yup, im lazy. lol.

Salam Ramadhan

Maggie said...

The bryani looks great but I really want to taste one of the eggs!

Arabic Bites said...

Thank you for stopping by :)

Thanks,give the egg a try I'm sure you will love it.

zainab :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Zainab,

Your recipe is mouthwatering, and I am planning to try it. I love the addition of egg, which is definitely something I will include too. One question I have, what is in Biryani Masala? What kind of spices?


Arabic Bites said...

Hi Victoria,
Thank you,please do try the recipe I'm sure you will be totally addictive :)
About Biryani Masala: it's a mixture of several different spices, similar to Indian mix, but differs in some spices.
I will try to post the recipe for Biryani Masala soon.
But if you have the ready mixture you can use it.
Hope this help.

zainab :)

Unknown said...

Hi Zainab
We used to live in Bahrain...The house owner used to give us her biryani.
Love Arabic food...I will definetly put it in favorite and one more The egg touch with saffron and elaichi is a good idea.I used to add just pepper defnitely am making this beautiful biryani for my family.


oov said...

Hi Zainab
Last weekend was the first time ever i tried your biryani recipe out & i should try it came out brilliant!! I followed exact same steps as you had said except for marinating the chicken with turmeric & pepper for 20 mins and substituting milk for rose water since i dint have rose water at home..My husband hasn't stopped praising me till now for preparing such an amusing dish.. thankyou so much for sharing it. This is a 'golden recipe for Hyd biryani'

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A fabulous dish! So flavorful!



Zil said...

Assalamualaikum Zainab. I really love ur blog. May i know if there's a specific type of rice for the Arabic Mandy? And how do you cook the rice? I can never get it to be the way its suppose to be like in the restaurant. I always use basmati rice and cooked the rice using a rice cooker.

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