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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Thalassery Chicken Biriyani (Step by step pictures)

In Kerala,the most popular and best served biriyani is this authentic and aromatic Thalassery chicken biriyani.My husband is a big fan of this biriyani and so I tried this,am so happy it came out well.Our kitchen was literally smelling of the spice flavors and ghee.The recipe is adapted from a TV show in Amritha TV.The main spices in this biriyani is the green chillies and garam masala.There is no use of red chilly powder,coriander powder and other spices.I have earlier tried another Chicken dum biriyani but that's delicious in its own way.Though this biriyani is very high in ghee but yet the masala is cooked without any oil/ghee.The onions are fried in ghee,this is known as 'bista' in Thalassery and then added to the gravy,that adds flavor.This is a must try recipe for all biriyani lovers,check it out !!!

to cook rice
basmathi rice 4 cups
cardamom 4
cloves 4-5
cinnamon 2strands
bay leaves 2-3(optional)
pepper corns(optional) 7-8
salt as needed
ghee 3-4tbsp
water 6 cups

to  prepare masala
chicken drumsticks 7 or 1kg with bones
onion 7; very thin sliced
tomato 7 ;chopped
ginger garlic paste 2tsp
green chillies 12; crushed
garam masala 1tbsp(refer notes)
mint leaves 5-6 tbsp
cilantro 5-6 sprigs
lemon juice 1 squeezed
ghee 1 cup /half oil & ghee

to garnish
raisins 4tbsp
cashews 4 tbsp
fried onions
saffron soaked in 1/4 cup milk

[In the platter-Biriyani,Dates pickle,Biriyani chammanthi(chutney),pappadam]

  • Wash ,clean and keep the chicken ready.Cut gashes on the drum stick so that the masala seeps in.Drain water,keep aside.
  • Wash and soak the rice in water for 20minutes.
  • Heat ghee in a pan and when hot,add the sliced onion in batches.(otherwise it may turn mushy as onion leaves out water.I fried in 6 batches.)Fry them till golden brown.Keep in a plate.

  • Heat another pan and add the tomatoes,add a 1/4 cup water and let it cook till mushy.
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste and crushed green chillies.Keep stirring until the raw smell disappears.
  • Add the mint leaves and add the chicken pieces and let it cook.Add half cup water,salt as needed.

  • Cover and cook till chicken is done.Adjust salt,add in the * special garam masala.
  • Add 3/4 or 85% of the fried onion in the cooked gravy.Mix and cover for 5 minutes on low flame.The chicken gets a nice coating of masala and the gravy is reduced considerably.
  • Put off flame,and add the chopped cilantro and lemon juice.
  • In another pan ,boil the water with all the whole spices and salt.When it comes to a rolling boil,add the soaked rice and ghee.Cover and let the rice cook on medium heat till done.Fluff the cooked rice with a fork.
  • Keep the flame on low and add the rice on top of the cooked chicken gravy and spread evenly and gently press it down.
  • Add the saffron mixed milk.on top of rice here and there,just add on top of rice. 
  • Add the raisins and cashews.Add the remaining fried onions.
  • Cover the pot or pan with lid and seal the edges with atta/maida or with a wet cloth.Leave for 15 minutes for flavors to seep in on very low flame.
  • Put off flame and serve with biriyani chammanthi and  Dates(eenthapazham ) pickle !!!

* Jeerakashala rice(short rice & more flavorful) is used for making this biriyani but I have used the regular basmati rice found in stores here.

*Always remove the fried onion slightly before you wish too,as they tend to brown once drained too.
* If you wish to add more spiciness,add the pepper powder 1/2-1tsp.
* The special garam masala is prepared using 8 spices- 1tsp of aniseed(perunjeerakam), 1/2tsp of shah jeeraa,1/2tsp cumin seeds, 1/2" piece cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of javithri(mace),2-3 cardamom ,2 or 3 cloves, 1/2 tsp of nutmeg.This may yield slightly more than required quantity but use only 1tbsp for this recipe.I usually make bigger batches and store.
* Keep the flame on very low as the gravy is reduced considerably and on higher flame you may end up burning the bottom of the pan.
* The recipe of biriyani chammanthi,follows soon :)


Swathi Iyer said... Best Blogger Tips

Adipoli chicken biriyani Julie.

Vineetha said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh kothipichallo Julie..ente hubby oru telicherry karana..he always boasts about the biriyani there..I have eaten this many times from weddings and all but never made it, I always make kannur style :)

Savitha Ganesan said... Best Blogger Tips

Biriyani in any name is my fav.lovely.

Kitchen Queen said... Best Blogger Tips

wow I am drooling just looking at the pictures. you are most welcome when ever you visit East coast, let me know we will def. meet.

Shri said... Best Blogger Tips

I loved the step by step pictures; the one where you have drizzled saffron-milk looks lovely.

Sija Menon said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum Yum it looks..and i love the flavor of fried onions in gravy ..thnx for sharing this and waiting for chammanthi recipe :-)

Shailaja Reddy said... Best Blogger Tips

By seeing pics only it is tempting me. I can't imagine the taste.

Shabitha Karthikeyan said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy Biryani !! Never tried this looks too good.

Jasna Varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, looks and sounds soo good!

Nalini's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Flavorful and delicious biriyani makes me drool..

Follow Foodie said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this Biryani

DivyaGCP said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and flavorful Biryani.. Looks very inviting!

Asiya Omar said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks Delicious Julie.

Amrita Vishal said... Best Blogger Tips

I so want to dig into this right now!!Yummy biryani

Nilu A said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice biriyani Julie... The rice looks perfect.... A chicken lovers treat :-)

Sangeetha said... Best Blogger Tips flavorful and yummy biryani..excellent prepration dear, please pass me that plate, so tempting biryani :)beautifully presented n well captured too!

Latha Madhusudhan said... Best Blogger Tips

So tempting and fab.

Akila said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious biryani
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Princy Vinoth said... Best Blogger Tips

looks really good..i can smell biryani here julie :)

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

ente devame.. vaayile vellam control cheyaan pattunilala..

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

i could have that plate now... :)

Sangeetha Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious biryani n super duper presentation dear, mouthwatering...

Pavithra R said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks perfect!! I have heard of Thalassery Biriyani.
The step by step preparation looks just right and easy to follow.
Love the different colors on the Biriyani!!

Swasthi Blank said... Best Blogger Tips

Biryani looks yum Julie. nice step by step clicks

spicyrecipes said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow.. delicious biriyani

Shella Grover said... Best Blogger Tips

This is looking sooooo inviting? Long time since I had Biriyani

Indu said... Best Blogger Tips

It looks so good....Want to dive in right now............


Meena Selvakumaran said... Best Blogger Tips

super yummy briyani,nice step by step clicks.

Shanthi said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely and tasty bowl of biryani...

Vidya Chandrahas said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome! tempting and yummy looking biryani..

PrathibhaSreejith said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, Ithu nammude swantham bista biriyani anu. Njan oru thalasserykariyanu ketto ;) Adipoli aayittundu..

Chitz said... Best Blogger Tips

Ohh my... I am a huge fan of this biriyani !! Lovely snaps :)

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

seriously am hungry now even after having my dinner, who can resist to this briyani.

Suja Md said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!! its truely amazing!! love your procedural clicks!

Familycook said... Best Blogger Tips

I have heard a lot about the Kerala Biryani but never had a chance to eat it yet, I mean the authentic one. Now that I have seen it, I shall definitely try it:) It looks awesome!

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow..kidilan aanallo Julie...Drooling here.I think our recipes are different though.That's the excitement..

Saranya Balaji said... Best Blogger Tips

looks so delicious and yumm...I loved the step by step pictures...

Jeya Jemini said... Best Blogger Tips

heard about thalassery biriyani but never tasted...sounds great bookmarked...

Jaleela Kamal said... Best Blogger Tips

i am feeling hungry , looks tempting

Soni said... Best Blogger Tips

Love Biryani and this looks absolutely delicious!!!

Priya Elias said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! You are tempting me so much Julie. I will have to make a biryani this weekend :)

misha said... Best Blogger Tips

Adipoli biriyani Julie.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Dear Julie, I tried your recipe yesterday and it turned out fantastic. My husband and his friends enjoyed it. I shall definitely treasure this recipe. Thank you for sharing

Deep Krishna said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Juls,
That's indeed looks perfect.Nice presentation too...

Lekshmi Ranjit said... Best Blogger Tips

I always wished to prepare biriyani...but never had the courage to do it.But today...your recipe inspired me a lot n will surely prepare soon..for my husband who is a biriyani lover.Thanks a lot .

Preetha Soumyan said... Best Blogger Tips

oh kothiyaayittu vyaa....naanum talassery thanne.. wont get fed up how much we eat this biriyani....
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Anish said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello Julie,

Please let me know the quantity of spices require to make the special biryani masala. You have mentioned the quantities of mace and Nutmeg. Similarly the quantities of other spices.


Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anish Hello Anish,
I have updated the listwith measurements,hope that helps.Thanks for letting me know the error.

remya sean said... Best Blogger Tips

wow such a tempting biriyani
wondering how i missed it!

archies4ever said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm from thalasserry n hv enjoyed its cuisine since I hv tasted food... Sorry to say this is not authentic thalasserry biriyani...

Thalasserry biriyani is never ever made with basmathi rice.. We use Kaima rice or Jeeraga chemba rice.. That is what gives the authentic thalasserry biriyani flavour, aroma n taste.. Thats what makes it different from other biriyanis..

Vinoth Kumar S said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe...Its so yummy...

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Dear friend,
I have clearly mentioned that in notes the above mentioned point. Please read through and then comment.I know that it's made with jeerakashala rice.But in places,when u don't get that rice,I think one can always replace it with other basmati rice just to recreate the biriyani.

Anyway,thanks for visiting.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for trying,glad that u liked it :)

Riya George said... Best Blogger Tips

i m gonna try this...looks so tempting....

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Riya George Thanks Riya,do let me know the outcome :)

Riya George said... Best Blogger Tips

Came out really well..First i was doubtfull whether to put all 7 i usually put 2 or 3 max when making biriyani..but i followed this recipe and it had perfect "puli" with 7 tomatoes + half a lemon...Me and my husband liked it so much..I am planning to make this again for our guests..
I have one quest...if we r making this with kaima rice, what will be the amount of water to use?
Thank u Julie for this recipe..Upload more n more recipes like this..Good job!!!

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Riya George Thanks Riya..this is one of the best review received so far about this biriyani,am happy that u guys loved it..:)
If you are using kaima/jeerakashala rice,then for every cup of rice use 1 3/4 cup of water instead of 1.5 cups of water as in basmati rice.Works out fine!

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Ayisha Henna said... Best Blogger Tips

Which ghee are you using? Rkg or milma?

Goki said... Best Blogger Tips

I tried ur receipe and it was fab.All my family members loved it.My mom was so inspired by the receipe she tried it with simple and easy biryani words to describe how incredebly yummy it was

Goki said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi,tried ur receipe and it was sister kissed my hand but i should really pass on to u.even my dad who is not a big biryani fan asked for second helping:).My mom who was so inspired by the receipe tried it with mutton.I did a small trick,before adding the chicken to the masala i half fried it in the remaining onion oil.It turned out good.Thank u for the receipe Julie:)

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much,Goki...feeling so happy reading your comment.. Am happy that it turned out very good and all family members loved it :)

wawa said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie... Thank you very much.

indu gopinath said... Best Blogger Tips

You are a Star !!!!! and made me a small star too :)

Anytime to trat my dear ones with biriyani, I use your wonderful receipe and has got rave reviews...

Sincere Thanks and Hugs,


Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@indu gopinath Thanks Indu,am glad the biriyani turned out perfect..Hope you get more accolades :)

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@wawa Thanks for the feedback :)

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Ayisha Henna Ayisha,I usually use homemade ghee.Sorry about the delay to reply,just noticed now.

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Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I tried the briyani and it was awesome. Best ever made. Plan to make it again and again. Thankyou julie.

lissy thomas said... Best Blogger Tips

I tried the briyani and it was awesome. Best ever made. Plan to make it again and again. Thankyou julie.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Lissy .. Am happy you got it right :)