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Mughlai Chicken Biryani Recipe

Mughlai Chicken Biryani Recipe with step by step pictures. Delicate pieces of chicken cooked with basmati rice taste delicious with onion raita.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 servings


  • Basmati rice-1 cup
  • Chicken-½ kg
  • Curd-1 cup
  • Fried onion-1 cup
  • Cashew-10 grind into paste
  • Mint leaves-1 cup
  • Coriander leaves-1 cup
  • Coriander powder / Malli podi-1 tblspn
  • Garam masala powder-1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds / Jeera-1 tsp
  • Bay leaf / Brinji ilai-1
  • Cinnamon / Pattai-1 small piece
  • Cardamom / Yelakai-4
  • Mace/Anasi moggu-1
  • Ginger garlic and chilli paste-2 tblspn
  • Raisans-1 tblspn
  • Butter-1 tblspn
  • Saffron / Yellow colour- a pinch mixed with some milk
  • Oil-2 tblspn


  • Soak the rice for 30 mins..Drain it and set aside.Heat a big pan with lots of water and bring that to boil...Add salt to it and add in the rice...Simmer this till the rice is ¾ cooked..Drain it and leave it to cool so that it gets into individual grains..
  • Marinate the chicken with curd, coriander powder,salt and garam masala powder for 30 min..
  • Heat butter and oil in a kadai..Add in cardamom,bay leaf,cinnamon,cumin,mace in this and fry for 30 sec.
  • Add in ginger garlic and chilli paste and cook for 30 sec.
  • Add in cashew paste and cook till oil separates.Add in the marinated chicken and mix well.
  • Throw in mint leaves and coriander leaves...Pour a splash of water and bring this to boil..
  • Simmer this until the chicken is cooked.There should be some gravy left in this..
  • Now take a oven proof dish or a microwave dish...Spoon half of the chicken gravy in the bottom..
  • Add rice,fried onions,mint,coriander leaves on top..
  • Spoon some more gravy on top of the rice..Finish it off with some more rice,fried onion,mint,coriander leaves,raisins and saffron liquid.
  • Cover this with foil and place it in a 120°C(240°F) oven for 30-45 mins.If you are going to use microwave,Cover this with the microwave lid or plastic wrap and cook it on high for 10 mins..
  • Take it out of the oven and mix gently...Serve hot with any curry..
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