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Oct 28, 2013

Dindigul Thalappakatti Biryani Recipe / Dindigul Thalapakattu Chicken Biryani (Biriyani)

Biryani takes in our sunday lunch menu often. And i try so many different variation in biryani, i dont make biryani the way twice. And couple weeks back when i looked over the internet for chicken biryani recipe. I found this thalappalatti biryani recipe. This biryani is so famous in that place, i have heard about it but never tasted it. So i thought to give it a try.

This biryani is so easy to make. I made it in pressure cooker which made it even more easier. The main flavouring for this biryani comes from the masala which we make.  It is a homemade spice mix which smell so heavenly.

After tasting this one, i can't wait to try my variation of this biryani using mutton. YUM YUM right. And also i am planning to make ambur biryani too which is another famous biryani. If you want you can check out my other biryani recipes starting from pressure cooker chicken biryani to hyderabadi mutton biryani..

Best accompaniment for this biryani would be some cooling raita..

Update: I got many mails from my viewers telling that, this biryani is not made with Basmati Rice, instead they use Jeera Chamba Rice. So if you can find that rice use it for traditional thalapakatti briyani.

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Soaking Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 1 hour
Serves : 4 to 5


Ghee - 2 tblspn
Oil - 3 tblspn
Basmati Rice / Jeera Chamba Rice- 2 cup
Onion - 1 large sliced thinlyGreen Chilli - 3 slit
Ginger Garlic Paste - 3 tblspn
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 1/2 cup choppedMint Leaves - 1/2 cup chopped
Thick Coconut Milk - 2 cup
Water -2 cup
Salt to taste

For Marinating:
Chicken - 500 gram chicken on the bone
Thick Unsour Curd - 1 cup
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

For Briyani Masala Powder:
Fennel Seeds / Sombu / Saunf - 1.5 tblspn
Cinnamon Stick / Pattai - 2 small stick
Cardamom Pods / Yelakai - 4
Star Anise - 1
Cloves / Krambu - 4


Marinate chicken with the given ingredients for 10 mins,You can leave it in the fridge overnight.

Grind the ingredients given for the briyani masala to a fine powder.

Wash and soak the basmati rice for 30 mins.

Now make the masala. Heat oil and ghee in a frying pan.

Add in onions, green chilli and saute till light golden.

Now add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a min.

Add in turmeric, chilli powder and the ground masala.. Saute it for a min.

Now add in the marinated chicken along with the marination. Saute it for 5 mins so the chicken gets coated with the masala. 

Now cover the pan and cook on a low heat for 15 mins.

Transfer the masala to a pressure cooker. In the same kadai. Add a tsp of ghee and fry the soaked and drained rice for 5 mins or so. Once it is coated well with the ghee, add it back into the pressure cooker.

Add in coriander leaves and mint leaves, coconut milk and water. Add salt to taste

Now bring everything to a boil. Cover the pressure cooker and let everything cook for 1 whistle. Simmer the flame and let it sit for 15 mins. Once 15 mins is over, switch off the flame and let the steam escape all by itself. Once the pressure is released. Open the cooker and fluff the rice with a fork.

Serve the briyani with raita.

Take all your ingredients

Take chicken in a bowl

Add curd

Add Salt and chilli powder

Mix well
Take the masala ingredients in a mixer

Powder it

Heat ghee and oil in a kadai

Add onions and chillies

Saute it

Cook it till light golden

Add in ginger garlic paste

Saute it

Add in chilli powder and turmeric

Briyani masala powder

Mix it up

Add in marinated chicked

mix well

Cover and cook

till  the chicken is half cooked

Transfer it to pressure cooker

Add a tsp of ghee

Add in soaked drained rice

Saute well

Add rice to the chicken

Add in mint and coriander leaves

Add in coconut milk


Mix well

Season with salt

Bring it to boil

Cover and cook

Till rice is cooked

Serve with riata



Srikitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

may i know which brand basmathi rice u used? it looks perfect!

SINDOORI said... Best Blogger Tips

oh this biriyani makes my mouth watery !!!!! wish you success and continue doing this great job :) :)

Shobana Vijay said... Best Blogger Tips

Superb aathi.Pass that plate to me dear.
Shobas Delight

Sakunthala said... Best Blogger Tips

அருமை... பிரியாணி பார்க்கும்போதே சாப்பிட வேண்டும் என்று தோன்றுகின்றது. உங்கள் அனைத்து பதிவுகளும் மிகவும் அருமை. வாழ்த்துகள்.

fxsunny said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing. Shouldn't the water be 4 cups...since you have 2 cups of rice? Or is this different coz of the pressure cooker?

fxsunny said... Best Blogger Tips

Don't we need 4.cups of water, for 2 cups of rice? Thanks for sharing!

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Briyani,the word itself makes me drool, wat a tempting one pot meal.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

சூப்பர் - வர்ற தீவாளிக்கு திண்டுகல் பிரியாணி போடுற போறோம்

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@fxsunny since we are adding 2 cup of coconut milk, 2 cup water is good.

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Srikitchen i dont use any particular brand of rice, i just use the brand which they pack and sell in my supermarket, like my super market brand. If you soak any basmati rice for 30 mins, then fry them in ghee a little and use the correct amount of water level, your rice will turn perfect

Coral crue said... Best Blogger Tips

superb, i will try!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarthi

Very nice recipe,good step by step procedure..But dear I want to tell one thing....The original thalappakatti briyani is with jeeraka samba rice,also the the briyani is dark brown color..I have tasted so many times...This ia a classical tamilnadu briyani recipe...

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Tried your recipe and it turned great ehanks

Sowmya said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi aarthi, Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I made this yesterday with jeera samba rice and it came out superbly. DH loved it and planing make it again. Thanks once again.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

wow recipe.. gonna try next need to add tomatoes huh ?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousNo you dont have to add tomatoes

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I have tasted dhinugal thalapakkattu briyani..color is dark brown & no chilli powder is added only green chillies...also they does with seeraga samba rice ...

subitha said... Best Blogger Tips

Came out well aarthi.. :) the taste was authentic.. :)

chithra siva said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi arthi,Yesterday i tried this briyani ...It was awesome..My husband praised me a lot..Thank you so much..god bless u and ur family..