Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani

"Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani is a spicy authentic Indian rice dish famous throughout the world. It is easy to prepare and makes cooking a fun experience."
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Prep time 40mins
Cook time 30mins
Serves or Makes: 6

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Chicken Marination


  • 250 grams fresh chicken
  • 1/2 large diced fried (caramelized) onion
  • 1 cup curd (yogurt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon biryani masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 cup chopped mint leaves
  • 1 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 3 slit green chillies
  • Salt to taste

Chicken Marination


  • Step 1

    Add all the marination ingredients to a mixing bowl.

  • Step 2

    Mix all the ingredients well. Mix the chicken well and marinate it overnight.

Chicken Biryani


  • 3 cups soaked basmati rice
  • Water
  • Marinated Chicken
  • 4 tabelspoons ghee
  • 4 tabelspoons oil
  • 2 medium diced onions
  • 1 teaspoon black cumin (shah jeera)
  • 2 bay leaves (tej patta)
  • 4 cardamom
  • 1 star anise (badam phool)
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 pinch yellow food color
  • 1 pinch red food color
  • 1 pinch saffron strands
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 large diced fried (caramelized) onion
  • 8 fried (caramelized) cashews
  • 1 tabelspoons chopped coriander leaves
  • Wheat (Chapati) dough (optional)
  • Salt to taste

Chicken Biryani

  • Step 1

    Boil 5 cups of water in a bowl.

  • Step 2

    Heat 1 tablespoon ghee and 1 tablespoon oil in a pot.

  • Step 3

    Add 1 medium diced onion, black cumin (shah jeera), bay leaves (tej patta), cardamom, star anise (badam phool), and cloves. Let the onion turn golden brown.

  • Step 4

    Add salt to taste and the soaked basmati rice.

  • Step 5

    Mix the rice well with the spices.

  • Step 6

    Add boiled water and let the rice cook.

  • Step 7

    Close the lid and let it cook at low flame for 10 minutes.

  • Step 8

    Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pot.

  • Step 9

    Add 1 medium diced onion and saute until it turns golden brown.

  • Step 10

    Add 1 medium chopped tomato and saute until the juice comes out.

  • Step 11

    Add the marinated chicken and let it cook until the chicken pieces are tender and almost 90% cooked.

  • Step 12

    Take out 50% of cooked chicken curry in a separate bowl.

  • Step 13

    Add one layer of cooked basmati rice on the top of the remaining 50% of the chicken curry.

  • Step 14

    In two separate little bowls add 2 tablespoons of milk in each. In one bowl add yellow food color and saffron (kesar) and mix it well. In the other bowl add red food color and mix it well.

  • Step 15

    After adding a layer of rice, add some of these two colors diagonal to each other. Add 1 teaspoon of ghee and then a layer of the remaining 50% chicken curry.

  • Step 16

    Add another layer of rice, add the rest of the food colors diagonal to each other or any manner you like. Add fried onion, 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves, 5-6 fried cashews, and 1 teaspoon of ghee.

  • Step 17

    Close the lid of the pot and place a weight on the lid so that no air enters inside. You can also stick chapati dough surrounding the lid edges. Let the biryani cook on low flame for about 15 minutes.

  • Step 18

    Open the lid, Chicken Dum Biryani is ready. Serve it with Raita and Mirchi ka salan.

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