Sunday, February 22, 2009

Chettinad Chicken Dum Biryani

I always wanted to find some method to keep dum and make biryani and find the difference in taste. I was experimenting different methods to keep dum as we don’t get burning charcoal from the traditional wooden stove. That was why I did not try to give the recipe though many of my loving readers wanted it. Now I have found out a sure and easy method. I have heard many complaining that their biryani won’t turn out the same every day. This is a sure method. It won’t get burnt or overcooked. But you should have a good kadai and a dosa pan to make dum biryani.If you don’t have it then try the same recipe using pressure cooker sauce pan without lid or any big vessel. Mint leaf is a must item in the ingredients which makes much difference to the taste
Ingredients
Chicken medium size pieces (1/2 kg)
Big onion chopped-2
Tomato-1
Green chillies-2
Biryani rice or jeeraga samba rice-2 cups
Coconut milk-2 cups (milk taken out of ½ coconut (medium size)) +2 cups water
For marination
Red chili powder-1 table spoon
Coriander powder-1 ½ table spoon
Turmeric powder-1 teaspoon
Ginger garlic paste-1 teaspoon
Salt-1 table spoon
Thick curd-1/4 cup (50 ml)
For seasoning
Mint leaf-2 handfuls
Clove-2
Cardamom-2
Cinnamon-2 pieces
Bay leaf-2 small pieces
Fennel seeds-1 teaspoon
Method
The main things to be done
1. Marinate the chicken pieces
2. Get the coconut milk ready
3. Soak the rice for 10 minutes and fry it

Cut the chicken pieces to the required size. Wash well, drain out the water and marinate with the items given in’ for marination’. Let it get marinated for 30 minutes. Mean time keep the coconut milk ready. Wash and soak the rice for 10 minutes. Then drain the water completely. In a kadai in a teaspoon of butter or ghee fry the rice till it does not stick to the kadai in medium fire.
Now keep the kadai or the vessel in which you cook the biryani in the stove. Pour 1 table spoon ghee and 1 table spoon cooking oil and season with the items given in ‘to season’. Now add the onion, chilies and tomato pieces. Sauté for a while and then add the marinated chicken pieces. Sauté everything well in medium fire for 2 minutes. Now reduce the flame and close the vessel with a lid (If using cooker vessel, close it with a plate) and let the chicken get cooked for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes open the kadai and check whether there is excess water, if so increase the flame and stir for a minute. Now add the 2 cups of coconut milk along with two cups of water. Let the mixture come to a boil. Now add the salt needed for the rice along with the rice kept ready. Mix everything well. In this stage reduce the flame, close the kadai and cook for 7 to 8 minutes(cook till all the water gets absorbed)checking in between so that it doesn’t get burnt. In the next stove heat the dosa pan in medium fire. Open the lid after 7 minutes and mix everything well. Let the fire be very low now. Now close the kadai with the hot dosa tawa so that the top portion gets cooked by the heat of the tawa.The heat of the tawa will be there for 5 minutes. If you have another tawa, that can be used next heating side by side. If you don’t have one don’t worry, Heat this tawa itself and put on top one more time. By the second time the biryani will be rightly cooked. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve along with raitha.
Thos who don’t have the tawa to put on top can keep the vessel on top of the tawa in low flame in that stage.If you cant do that even then add 1/2 cup more water in the beginning and cook.After the water gets absorbed cook for 5 minutes more in low fire stirring in between

66 comments:

Cham said...

Welcome back! Biryani is one the thing we learn with many trials and errors! The more we do often, we perform well-one of my muslim friend said!
My mom adds coco milk but not me,looks delicous the biryani!

Sujatha said...

Nice to see you back! Wonderful looking briyani.. I can feel the aroma and taste after looking at your ingredients.. :) Looks yummy!

Raji said...

Hi Aachi,

VERY NICE TO SEE U BACK... Been waiting for a recipe as good as this for a long time and worth waiting for.. Will sure try this out and am sure it will come out nice. Thanks Aachi..

Kayal said...

Nice comeback aachi. Thanks for sharing the long awaited recipe. I love biryanis made out of Jeeraga Samba more when compared to that made of basmati rice.

Dibs said...

Will surely thy this next over the weekend. I had tried your mutton recipe, and husband really loved it!

Solai Chidambaram said...

Thankyou dear Cham,Sujatha,Raji,Kayal and Dibs.It is your continous encouragements and wishes keeps me going.I always feel happy if my recipes are of use to the new ones struggling to cook.That is why I always follow a simple method

Tina said...

Excellent recipe aachi... Thank you once again! You are a wonderful teacher and cook!

Saravanan said...

Hi Achi!

Been a while since we last met. Hope you have been doing well. Nice Biryani recipe, sure to bring down the house this one! :)

Solai Chidambaram said...

Yes saravanan.How are you.How is your family.Convey my regards to them

Linda said...

Hello Solai, so nice to see you back with some new recipes! I will try the biryani for sure. I usually use sona masuri rice, and I should look for samba. Never have tried with coconut milk!

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your kind comment. Sending you best wishes from New England :)

Meenu said...

Excellent recipe aachi...i have tried most of your recipes and everything comes out so good .thank you so much for sharing .

viji said...

Thank you for the receipe. Please post them in www.newspaanai.com and invite more readers to your blog. It is a tamil social bookmarking website and it has a separate receipecorner for receipes. For easy posting of your articles with once click of a button please visit http://www.newspaanai.com/easylink.php

Meena said...

Dear Achi,

I am from chettinad too & it's lovely to see your blog with so many authentic recipes.

I tried your kozhi rasam today & it was really tasty. The only mistake I did was grind coriander seeds instead of using coriander powder. It wasn't smooth.

Should we dry roast the coriander seeds to get a fine powder?

The rasam was tasty & we had an awesome lunch. Main dish was your chettinadu dum biriyani.The flavour was very tasty. Thanks a lot for sharing these recipes.

Solai Chidambaram said...

Meena, If you are using corriander seeds then microwave it for a minute in a plate and then grind that alone first.It will become a smooth powder.You can also dry roast it in a kadai.fresh corriander powder is easy now a days.never stock the powder.it will loose the smell.

Malar Gandhi said...

Super...love it, who can resist thi meal...

Meena said...

Dear Achi,

I will try your tip for making coriander powder next time. Thanks a lot.

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Sathya Raj said...

Hi Aachi,

I always loved chettinad food.When i invited my friends,i prepared Carrot,Beetroot,Urulai Pirattal.It came out very tasty.Two of my North Indian friends who tasted it, they liked so much and asked for this receipe.

All credit goes to you. Thank you for making me a good cook.
Now it's time for me to try your biriyani receipe.

Can you please post urulaikilanghu masala (like the one they prepare in the tamilnadu marriages) and mutton sukka varuval.


Thanx
Sathya

niru said...

hi whenever i make briyanies..my rice will get overcooked.. even wen my ratio is 1:2 of water.am afraid whether diz also will go like tat.i use deer basmathi rice...
post some veg briyani receipes too

Solai Chidambaram said...

niru ,While pressure cooking there is a chance of over cooking.It happens for everybody not only you.This almost is a sure method.Give a try.Many of my relatives told that this method is almost perfect

sukarthi said...

Hi Madam,

I gone through all the recipes in your website. Actually I am fond of chettinad dishes.

You have given such a wonder full explanation for all the recipes.

Will catch after trying this recipe.

Thanks
Sumathi K

Sumathi Karthikeyan.

lavanya said...

i love all ur recipes..can i use water instead of coconut milk..?will it be good?..or can u plz post some other biriyani recipe without coconut milk?

g said...

Hello Achi,
All dishes r very nice.I tried poondu kulambu,It was tasty..thank u.I want to know how 2 prepare kauni arisi sweet?could u plz tell me?

Sumathikarthikeyan said...

Dear Madam,

I am from Chennai & I am fond of Chettinad recipes. I found your blog through google search & very happy to see lots of authentic recipes.

Your presentation is really very nice.

Thanks a lot for sharing these recipes.

My favourite is Chicken biriyani. This sunday will try your chicken-dum biriyani.

Keep up the good work

Sumathi Karthikeyan.

valy said...

Hi achi,i just started to cook after coming to u.s jus 4 months back.since then i ve tried so many kinds of briyani,though i m slowly improving i assure u dat ur briyani recipe n chettinad chicken which i tried recently are the best,keep up ur good job n post some more beautiful recipes.thanks a lot!

Sarvi said...

Hi, I tired it this week, it is pretty cool, came out very well.

Vidhya said...

Hi Solai Aachi..I have tried making briyani from different websites.it usually turns out to be a failure,but this time it came out perfect..all the credit goes to u..Perfect measurments which made my Briyani taste so gud..Thanx for making me a gud cook..I even tried lot of other receipes from ur website which turned out to be very tasty, but never thought of posting comment..but my briyani forced me to do it.Thanx AAchi..keep up ur gud work going

kumaran said...

this is the first time i made chicken briyani in a correct propotion , this blog helped me a lot , thanks for that

Pavithra Doraiswamy said...

Hi Solai,

I googled for chetinad chicken recipes and I found your blog. Your recipes look interesting and I am going to try them. First I will start with biriyani as its my favorite. I have one question, which rice is better jeeraga samba or basmati for this recipe?

Thanks,
Pavithra

Solai Chidambaram said...

It depends on one's taste pavithra.I always prefer Jeeraga samba while my younger one loves basmati.So have a try with what you have

Pavithra Doraiswamy said...

Thank you Solai. I will use Jeeraga samba rice. I like it too. I will be making it soon once I get the rice. Will update you on how it turns out...thanks.

Sneha said...

Achi, i tried the biriyani today.The taste was good.But it did'nt come out sticky:-) I wanted to know if i did any mistake.I follwed the same procedure u have given.Pls help.

Solai Chidambaram said...

Sneha,Usually people want the biryani not to be sticky.I dont understand what you mean.Is it undercooked.If so increase the quantity of cocunut milk added a little more.If getting overcooked reduce the coconut milk.Overroasting the rice also will make the rice stiff.please be clear with your doubt so that I can help you Sneha

Pavithra Doraiswamy said...

Hi Solai,
I finally tried this biriyani with basmati rice as I dint not get Jeeraga Samba rice. It turned delicious and the best biriyani I have made so far. I will now stick to only your recipe. You are doing a great job...I have many more recipes to try from your blog...The pitures help in judging the measurements....Thanks a ton! Keep it up!

sarita said...

Hi Solai,

Thank you for posting this recipe. I have tried it with chicken and mutton. I marinated the mutton overnight and then fried it and then cooked it in the pressure cooker. I followed the chicken biryani recipe to the 'T", and it came out very well. I must say, it is the best biryani that I have tasted.

Once again, keep up the good work.

Rita

vee said...

hello aunty all of ur recipies are so good.can u post sum spicy chutney in chettinad style

Solai Chidambaram said...

Thankyou vee.All chettinad special chutneys are there under sode dish section

Noel said...

My room-mate said this is the best briyani that I have tasted in New York. Thanks for the recipe you made me a great cook. Will get back to India and surprise my mom soon!

Ramakrishnan said...

Hi Achi!

I must thank you very much for your Chettinad Dum Biryani and Veg Kurma recipe. I made them over the weekend and they were a big hit. I had some guests over and all the food vanished! They were delicious! I can't wait to try your other recipes as well:)Please keep your lovely recipes coming.

Subhashini said...

Hey Solai,

This was the first time I had made biriyani in my life and it was mindblowing! I never thought I could cook so well. Everyone loved it!! Thanks for this recipe.

Subha

Solai Chidambaram said...

thankyou subha.I find this is the favourite for many from the comments I recieve.You can try spicy chettinad mutton biryani also.I feel that is more tasty.

Adhisakthi said...

Hi This is Adhi from Bangalore. went through your recipes last week. Trying out Chicken biriyani and Chicken cutlet. Lets see how it comes out...

b said...

Solai Amma, This is the best chicken briyani I have ever made.
An Excellent RECIPE...I never thought that this could be so easy too. I and my husband used to try chicken briyani several times, but something or the other wud go wrong. Your blog is really useful for people like us, who are not used to cook before marriage.

Thanks a lot,
Uma

Solai Chidambaram said...

That is the very purpose of my blog Uma.I am happy that it is serving the purpose

Anna said...

I tried chicken biryani yesterday and it came out very well. Thank you very much, Aachi. It was very tasty. Aana arisi konjam ottinappulla irruthathu (Aana kozhyalla). arisi thani thaniya irrukarathu suggestions?

Solai Chidambaram said...

Anna,Fry the rice a bit more and while keeping water reduce little.It is really trial and error

Renuka said...

Hi Aachi,

Tried the biriyani recipe today. :) came out well.. I liked it.. thanks for the recipe.

sparkee said...

i prepared for my friends.. it came out awesome..
thanks for such nice detailed recipie...
regards...

gery said...

I love the way you have given a pictorial description throughout the entire recipe. I have'nt seen recipes done this way before. i love to cook and this is definitely helpful. will be visiting this site more often.

Shalini said...

I have tried this recipe twice.I added a bit extra chilli powder and salt according to the taste. Both the times I experienced an awesome taste that my tongue still yearns for it. Thanks a lot Achi for this delicious and a yummy recipe!!

sunilsajeev said...

Thanks a ton for the chicken biryani reciepe..For, me cooking is a hobby I do in my free time and I got a lot of rave reviews for the biryani..your reciepes are simple to follow and they taste great..thanks a ton

subhashini said...

Amazing!!! Best Chicken Biriyani that I've ever made and had.Everyone in my family including my kids liked it.
Your recipe uses less butter,oil and spices. I've tried some good ones from few restaurants, but they are more oily and spicy. When I asked for a good chicken biriyani recipe from my friends, they all unanimously told about your website and I'm glad they did. Thank you very much.

Saradha Duraiswamy said...

Dear Solai

Made chicken biriyani this weekend. It was a great hit. My husband who hates biryani loved it.You are doing a great job.I have a doubt.I used jeera rice. The aroma was perfect.Taste was amazing. Rice was not sticky but each rice broke into two.Is that how it should be? I mean my mom telling "podinjiruchu",I dont know whether in positive sense or negative sense.

Solai Chidambaram said...

saradha,For me also some times it happens so.basmathi rice is perfect.try that.too much frying also breaks the rice.but basmathi rice is flawless.

meena said...

hello achi,
happy that ur recipe's r so useful .i also belong to the chettiar community. i saw ur chicken biryani recipe ,but i use to cook the chicken first in the cooker by adding all chilly powder etc. how cum it will be cooked along with the rice ,without using cooker. please clarify it

Solai Chidambaram said...

Meena,go through the recipe nicely.I have given 5 to 7 minutes cooking time.usually chicken will get half cooked by that time.

shwetha said...

hello aachi. the briyani was very nice.thank you. i substituted coconut milk with cashew nut paste because the coconut i bought was spoilt.

5ocent said...

hi achi...i tried ur biriyani recipe today..it was perfect and delicious..i got lot of appreciations frm my cousins and frnds...thanks a lot

Kim C said...

hi aunty!
i tried this biriyani for the first time with coconut milk.
It tastes simply delicious.

love the way you add step by step pictures to your recipes. will be coming back here often

Jackie said...

Hi mam.. I tried ur Chicken briyani recipe for the first time... this is awesome..i tried this in the panasonic electric cooker.. just want to make 3 cup of water...thanks a lot...

Skl said...

Hello aunty,
We tried this dish today,it is a great blend of spices,appropriate quantities,it's really thoughtful of you to pen down every step with so much clarity so we don't get any doubt on the procedure,by just following every word written,the dish turned out so delicious,ur blog will help many people,thanks for the good work,you will be blessed,
Thanks again,
Skl

Preethii Nadarajan said...

helo

i am from vendanpatty living in US
i tried this recipe dum briyani
it really comes out well as u have shown in ur picture, but i add only one cup of coconut milk instead of two.keep post different recipes. thanks for sharing

Preethii Nadarajan said...

helo

i am from vendanpatty living in US
i tried this recipe dum briyani
it really comes out well as u have shown in ur picture, but i add only one cup of coconut milk instead of two.keep post different recipes. thanks for sharing

Abhirami Muthu said...

BEST BIRYANI RECIPE IN THE WHOLE WORLD...

senthil said...

I've just made this biryani. Delicious. Yours is my togo site every time I crave food from home, and no recipe has ever failed! Thank You!