Biryani is very traditional rice based dish which is made with spices, rice and chicken, mutton, vegetables, or egg. There are so many different ways of making biryani, some make it kachi (raw meat) which cooks along with rice. And then there is pakki (meat is cooked) which means the chicken is cooked separately and then mixed together.
- 2 lbs chicken
- 1 packet Shaan Pilau Biryani Masala
- 2-3 onion sliced lengthwise
- ginger and garlic paste
- 1/2 bunch of mint
- 2-3 tbsps yogurt
- 1 tomato diced
- 1.5 cups basmati rice
- 1.5 tsp of garam masala
- Salt to taste
- yellowish orange food coloring
- chopped cilantro
- chopped ginger
- 4-5 tbsps vegetable Oil
- strands of saffron
In a kadhai, fry the sliced onions till brown. Take a few onions out and set aside.
Now add the ginger garlic paste and stir for a couple of mins. Add salt and red chilli powder to the chicken. Add the cleaned chicken and roast for a few mins. After the chicken is slightly cooked, now add the Shaan Pulao Biryani masala and mix well and stir for another few minutes.
Then add the diced tomatoes and yogurt and cook the chicken until water has dried out and you see the oil on the sides.
In a meanwhile clean and soak the rice for atleast 30 mins. In a big pot boil the water with salt, garam masala and mint leaves.
Add the rice and cook until the grain breaks into 2 pieces. Drain and set aside.
In a pot a layer of rice, then a layer of chicken. Add chopped cilantro, mint and chopped ginger.
Now add another layer of rice. Sprinkle with little milk. Mix in a little yellowish orange food color with a couple of tbsps of milk and lemon juice. Pour that over rice. The remaining fried onions, spread it on top of the rice.
Cover the pot and let it cook for 10-15 mins. When done, mix the rice and serve hot with raita.
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