Aug 9, 2013

Pressure Cooker Chicken Biryani / One Pot Biryani - Ramzan Special Recipes

Making Biryani can never get easier than this. I love biryani and make them more often than anything else. You can check out my biryani making days here. Most of the time it is made in a pressure cooker, but somedays i feel like having the royal taste of authentic biryani, so go for the layered dum version. Check out my veg dum biryani, hyderabadi dum biryani, dum chicken kofta biryani and mughlai chicken biryani, Fish Dum Biryani.

This biryani is one of the tried and tested recipe of so many decades. Because i have made this more times than i remember. It is so simple to make, but i found that the flavours marry so well when we make biryani like this than layering it.

If you dont like the whole spices catching in your mouth, when you eat. Then you can try out my chicken biryani recipe, where i included a tips for that.

Preparation Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 45 mins
Serves - 4 to 5


Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Water - 3 cups
Chicken -1/2 kg
Onion-2 large thinly sliced
Green chilli - 4 slitted
Ginger Garlic Paste - 3 tblspn
Pandan Leaves / Brinji Ilai - 1
Coriander Leaves-1/2 cup
Mint leaves- 1/2  cup
Thick Unsour Curd / Yogurt -1 cup
Red chilli powder - 2 tsp or to taste
Garam Masala powder - 1 tblspn
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder / Malli podi - 1 tblspn
Cumin Powder / Jeera Podi - 1 tsp
Cashew-2 tblspn
Raisans-2 tblspn
Oil - 3 tblspn
Ghee - 3 tblspn
Salt to taste
Lemon Juice as needed 

For Seasoning:
Cumin seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1 tsp
Cinnamon / Pattai - 1 small stick
Cloves / Krambu - 5
Cardamom / Yelakai - 5 crushed
Bay Leaf - 1


Wash and Soak the basmati rice for around 30 min,Then drain it and set aside.

In a pressure cooker heat oil and ghee, Fry some cashews and raisans in that til golden. Drain them and set aside.

Now in the same oil, crackle all the seasoning ingredients and pandan leaves.

Add in the onion, green chilli and fry on a low heat till brown.

Add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a min.

Add in tomatoes, spice powders, coriander leaves and mint leaves. Mix this well.

Add in yogurt and give a good mix. Now throw in the chicken pieces and saute it for 10 mins till the chicken is well coated in the masala.

Add in the soaked Basmati rice and combine well. Pour in 3 cups of water and season with some salt and mix well
Now bring this mixture to a boil and reduce the flame, cover the pressure cooker and cook it for 1 whistle, then simmer the flame and cook for 15 mins. Now turn off the heat and let the steam go all by itself. 

Once cooked, open the pressure cooker and fluff it with a fork. You can squeeze some lemon juice at this point and mix well.

Garnish with Fried Cashew and Raisans and sprinkle some coriander leaves.

Serve it with Onion and Tomato Raita.


Take all your ingredients

Soak rice

Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker

Fry some cashews and raisans

Remove and set aside

Crackle in whole spices

Add in a pandan leaf

Add in onions and green chillies

Saute till golden

Add in ginger garlic paste

give a good mix

add in tomatoes


spice powders

toss well

pour in yogurt

give a good mix

Add the chicken pieces

Toss well with the masala

Add the drained rice

mix well with the masala

Pour in water

Bring this to a boil

Once it reaches a boil

cover and cook as per method

Once done fluff up the rice..

Garnish with nuts, lemon juice and serve


  1. Never used pressure cooker before...your briyani looks amazing dear! So yumm ;)

  2. Even I cook briyani in pressure cooker.. Delicious..

  3. this looks extremely yummy
    Eid Mubarak to everyone!

  4. I like the way you describe it with pictures. I absolutely love it !

  5. I really appreciate the way you describe with pictures.. loving it absolutely !

  6. You are really a doll dear... lovely recipe..
    How are you doing?
    Dish It Out - Onions & Chillis

  7. How long should it cook for, roughly? I have a pressure cooker but almost never use it so I have no idea really!

  8. @Charles Cook it for 1 whistle and simmer for 15 mins. or You should cook it on very low heat for 20 to 25 mins.

  9. Bookmarked , Very nicely done

  10. pl give the measurements in grams.Is cup measurements are US standard measurement?How much rice & water you have taken in grams & ml respectively?

  11. @Anonymous I have taken 500 grams of rice, 750 ml of water

  12. Hi Aarti,

    Ur biriyani looks yum! Pls let me know where did u get tat pandan leaves?! tat isn't easily available in the market!

  13. @Savitha FrancisPandan leaf grows in our garden. You can use dry bay leaf instead of pandan

  14. I tried.. it was amazing aarthi.. I m impressed by ur recipes :)

  15. Love the Pics! So tempting. I have never tried biryani in a pressure cooker i use the oven. I will definately try this recipe.

  16. can i knw d basmati rice brand u have used..i never used basmati rice...

  17. Wow!!! Very impressed !!!!
    Do you have more recipes in pressure cook ?????

  18. @Abby
    check my index

  19. Looks delicious, and easier than dum, gonna try it after navratras.

  20. Love the idea but chicken cooked like this doesn't smell bad? We do lot of bhunaee of chicken with ginger garlic paste to do away the smell...

  21. Can I use a regular cooking pot instead of pressure cooker? What's the purpose of pressure cooker bcoz chicken easily get cook not like beef or any other meat.

  22. This is by far my favorite biryani recipe. The only thing is my rice is overcooked so i cooked 1 whistle then cooked without lid. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe

  23. Tried this recipe today....came out wonderfully good.....thanks for recipe.....

  24. Hi Aarthi,
    Tried it today. Will post pic. Still in cooker. Doing the resting time :). Smells awesome. Can't wait till opened to comment.

  25. Hi Ma'am, I would like to prepare Biryani with Seeraga Samba rice. Do I have to soak the rice else Can I cook directly ? If I have to soak what would be the water to rice ratio and if direct what would be the ratio. Please reply.

  26. @Sudhakar SU dont have to soak it , use it as it is..for 1 cup rice use 1.5 cup of water.

  27. 1.5 cup of water excluding the curd and coconut milk(If I'm adding) and how many whistles do I cook it in the cooker ?

  28. @Sudhakar SIf u adding coconut milk, reduce the water level accordingly

  29. Hi...I tried many of your recipes..Most of them came out well..Thanks For those..I tried today your biriyani it W's little when 8 open the cooker I found overcooked rice....I used same measurement as u mentioned.the rice stick at the bottom n got burnt...when I add youghurt it leaves water..that is y I put little less water than 3 cups..still rice become sticky n overcooked ...Please gv sm tips to make yummy biriyani like urs...

  30. Can this recipe be cooked in a electric rice cooker instead of pressure cooker.

  31. @Anonymousyes u can cook this in rice cooker.

  32. @Banasree NagOnce the water comes to a boil, lower the flame to a simmer and cook as mentioned. U must have cooked at high flame.

  33. Mouth watering recipe. If i have to cook for two people , should i halve the ingredients?

  34. Why do we soak basmati rice?

  35. @Anonymousit reduces the cooking time and make the rice grains longer.

  36. Today I cooked this biryani. It was really yummy

  37. I tried it today and the rice burnt out...i threw it away and had fud frm outside...really a lot of time got wasted

  38. @AnonymousU must have cooked it on high heat. Once the mix comes to a boil, lower the heat to the minimum simmer and cook. So the rice wont get burnt

  39. It was very flavorful and tasted super yummy.My husband loved it.

  40. It was very flavorful and super yummy.My husband loved it so much 😄

  41. Hey chicken biryani flavours well as so tasty...Thanks a lot for delicious recipe..

  42. very nice article. loved cooker Malabar Chicken biryani recipe .

    hey please post vegetable biriyani recipe as well.

  43. @Apsara Mishracheck this out

  44. Ive tried your biryani today & I would say thats the bestest biryani ive ever tried. Im gona stick to this recipe forever!! Thanks for sharing!!

  45. The recipe worked like a charm... I've already used two recipes of yours. Both came out perfect. Genius!

  46. Hi aarthi.. Your recipe looks awesome. Planning to try it. Is this boneless chicken breast or chicken with bones. Also let me know if i want to use boneless chicken breast in same preparation will the time differ or it will be same

  47. @fashionistait is chicken with bones. That adds nice flavour.

  48. Hi Aarti,

    you mentioned (then simmer the flame and cook for 15 mins. Now turn off the heat and let the steam go all by itself), does that mean I need to release the pressure & slow the fire?

  49. @Anonymousno dont realese the pressure, just simmer it and cook

  50. Awesome briyani! I tried it with brown rice it came mushy. Any suggestions for brown rice in pressure cooker?!

  51. Hey aarthi
    I tried this recipe.Although it tasted really good but it was mushy. Earlier I kept water level less but the rice were uncooked, later on I add some water but briyani was nt dry like we get in restaurants.
    Please help with that. How to get that dryness

  52. I have an instant pot pressure cooker - how many minutes should I cook for in the pressure cooker after it reaches a boil? should the chicken be mostly cooked before turning on the pressure cooker? thanks! -anu

  53. I tried this recipe and came out very good.Thanks for posting this easy recipe.

  54. Hi mam..if it s to be done for 3cups of BASMATI rice how many whistles have to be given...and how much time to be kept in simmer..please kindly answer to my doubts man..

  55. Mam if it is to be done for 4 CUPS OF BASMATI RICE many whistles have to be given and how much time to be kept in simmer please kindly reply to my doubt as early as possible please mam..

  56. Not at all the biryani type... Might be the chicken pulaao or something else... Total waste 😔😔😔

  57. Not at all the biryani type... Might be the chicken pulaao or something else... Total waste 😔😔😔

  58. Not at all the biryani type... Might be the chicken pulaao or something else... Total waste 😔😔😔

  59. Not at all a chicken biryani... Can be a chicken pulaao or something else... Total waste �� �� ��

  60. What is Bandan leaf - Briyani leaf?

  61. Hi. Tried This recipe today..instead of chicken i used prawn...prawn biriyani IN pressure cooker..came out really well...tnx for the recipe

  62. Tried out the briyani. It came very well. Thanks aarthi..

  63. hai i made this chicken came really superb..thank u soooooooo much sis..this is my first biryani and i was amazed whether i did this biryani like that sis..once again thank you so much sis..


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