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Friday, December 30, 2011

Chicken Dum Biriyani & Good Bye 2011 !!

Though Christmas is over,I had this recipe which is yet to be posted.We had some of our friends as guest at our place on Christmas.I made a banquet lunch for them and the highlight was this flavorful biriyani.Coming to the recipe details,I had mentioned in my palappam post about my friend,Saleena.She is the real inspiration behind the aromatic biriyani.I had it once or twice at her place and the real tasty biriyani I ever had.It took me few trials before I could accomplish the same taste of the biriyani as per her detailed instructions step by step and now that I have gained the confidence to prepare it flavorful and yummy.I really thank her for this yummy biriyani recipe.We have now re named it as"Saleena's biriyani",hi hi..Though there are many ways to do chicken biriyani but I liked this and so thought to share with you all.This can be done in three stages,a little time taking effort but worth the taste !!

To cook rice
basmati rice 2 cups
ghee 2 tbsp
pineapple 1/4 chopped very small
pineapple essence 2 drops
rose water 2 drops
cinnamon 1"sticks
cloves 3-4
pepper corn 5
bay leaves
water 3 cups

To cook chicken
chicken 2 lbs (preferably thighs)
onion 1.5 sliced
tomato 1.5 chopped
ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
chilly powder 3/4 tsp
coriander powder 1 tsp
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
pepper powder 1/2 tsp
garam masala 1/2 tsp
nutmeg powder 1/3 tsp
cinnamon  1/2 "stick
fennel seeds a pinch
cloves 3-4

cilantro 5 sprigs
mint leaves 2 sprigs
yogurt/curd 1tbsp
oil 2 tbsp

To garnish
onion 1 sliced
cashews 1/5 cup
raisins  1/5 cup
cilantro 2 sprigs chopped
mint leaves 1 sprig chopped
ghee 1 tsp

To Cook Rice-
-Wash and soak the basmati rice for 15-20 minutes.
-Heat water in a vessel and add salt to it.Add in the cinnamon,cloves,bay leaves,pepper corn,pineapple essence,rose water.Let the water come to boil .
-In the mean time,place a large wok/kadai.Heat the ghee and saute the rice for 5 minutes till its coated.
-Add the boiling water mix into it along with chopped pineapple and mint leaves.
-Place the heat on medium flame and cover with a lid.Let it cook till the water dries up.

To Cook Chicken-
-Wash and clean the chicken ,cut into medium sized pieces.Drain the water and marinate with chilly powder,turmeric powder,salt for a minimum half an hour or overnight too.
-Heat oil in a pan and fry the cinnamon,cloves ,fennel seeds and bay leaves.
-Saute onions till translucent and add ginger garlic paste ,stir till the raw smell disappears.
-Add the chopped tomatoes and the spice powders.
-Add in the chicken.Mix and cover,cook till 15 minutes.(Don't add water)
-Uncover the lid and cook for another 10 minutes till the gravy thickens ,add the yogurt and cook till the chicken is done.
-Garnish with cilantro and mint leaves.

To Assemble-
-Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F/ 180 degrees C.
-Take a baking tray ,add in the first layer with chicken and gravy.Then add the cooked rice.alternately layer till you finish with rice .
-Press down the rice and Seal the tray with aluminium foil in all sides so that steam may not escape.
-Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 -20 minutes.
-You can do this on stove as well.Place a thick bottomed vessel and layer the chicken and rice in it.Cover with a lid and seal the sides with maida or wheat flour so that air doesn't escape through.Cook for 20- 25 minutes on low flame.

To Garnish-
-Fry the cashews and raisins in the ghee.Keep aside.
-Add in the onions and fry till golden brown and add in few chopped cilantro and mint leaves.
-Add this to the tray on top just before serving.Mix the layers just before serving and Serve hot with raitha!!!

Servings ~ 5 adults

* The pineapple essence,chopped pineapple,rose water is added for additional flavor.
*The chopped pineapple should not be more as it will lose the spicy flavor and it will be sweet.
*The amount of chicken gravy at the end after cooking should be only 1 cup for 2 cups cooked rice to add in the layers other wise the rice will be mushy.Remove the extra amount of gravy if you have more gravy left before layering.If you don't have the required amount of gravy then add water to reach the 1 cup gravy.
* If you are using maida or wheat flour to seal then knead the dough just like in the consistency for chapathi dough and seal the sides.

Just a last one to tempt you all,

(In the platter,chicken biriyani,beef cutlet,fish fry,pappad and raitha)
Good Bye 2011,Wishing all A Very Happy New Year and A Happy Weekend !!
 Sending this to THE KERALA KITCHEN event hosted by Kaveri @ Palakkad Chamayal


Sangeeta Madhav said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely Julie! Wish I could taste this!!!

Anisha said... Best Blogger Tips

The Biryani looks great... I'm sure your guests enjoyed it...

Irene said... Best Blogger Tips

Drooooooling... :)

Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious luking wishes for d coming yr

Rinku Naveen said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy biriyani to end the year. Happy New Year!

khushi said... Best Blogger Tips

its simply awesomeeeee......and the last pic is truly making me had a grt meal that day!!
wish u a very happy new year...and I am sure 2012 will bring many more delicious recipes from you

Nalini's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Tempting biriyani,looks delicious and mouthwatering dear,Wish you a happy near.

Teena said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious & mouthwatering!! You made me hungry now :) Thx for sharing the recipe! Happy New Year & Happy Weekend to you too !!!!

Balvinder said... Best Blogger Tips

Chicken Biryani is one of the favourite dish in our house.My daughter always want me to make a lot extra.Your biryani seems to be on the milder side with pine apples and it is of my taste.

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

Fantastic and looks so good! Happy New Year dear!

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

hi julie, this is really a great treat for 2011 wrap..very delicious looking-tempting my taste buds.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year..may all your good wishes come true..happy holidays

Deep Krishna Dubai said... Best Blogger Tips

Excellent ...Biriyani is our fav..

Dear Juls,
Wish u and family a very Happy New Year 2012..

Ramya said... Best Blogger Tips

really yum biriyani. Wish you and family a very Happy New year.

cookbookjaleela said... Best Blogger Tips

wow chicken thum biriyani sounds too good, nice combo juile

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Shilpakiran said... Best Blogger Tips

wishing you happy new year .. and its my fav .. thanks for posting

simran said... Best Blogger Tips

wow!hope your guests were suitably grateful..this looks FANTASTIC...i can only imagine the great taste............happy cooking in the year ahead...wish you and your family a very happy new year.

Anzz said... Best Blogger Tips

Wishing you a very Happy New Year, filled with loads of happiness, good health and wonderful blessings. May all your wishes come true.

Kitchen Stories said... Best Blogger Tips

Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy New Year!

PrathibhaSreejith said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely recipe, adding pineapple in biriyani is totally new for me. Will def try..
Wishing you and family A Very Happy And Prosperous New Year 2012!!!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

dum biriyani looks wonderful dear....wishing u n ur family a very happy new year !

Rita said... Best Blogger Tips

This would make my husband VERY happy.
Wishing you all the best for 2012.

Rashida Shaikh said... Best Blogger Tips

Wish you a Happy new year!

Rashida Shaikh said... Best Blogger Tips

Wish you a Happy new year!

Amina Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

Biryani looks delicious... wish you a very happy new year...

cindyrina said... Best Blogger Tips

I love Briyani..this is one of my favourite... delicious!!!

Zareena said... Best Blogger Tips

mmm... It is simply amazing. A perfect dish to welcome new year dear. A very happy new year.

easyfoodsmith said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious looking biryani. The accompaniments sound great too. Now following your blog :)

Shoutforfood said... Best Blogger Tips

This is one of my favorite recipes to make! It tastes great ... I would love to try this it looks yummy.

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Omg, thats a super delicious and tempting briyani,makes me hungry..

Padmajha said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie,Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year..

Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

super delicious so many chances of eating Saleena's biryani :)..thanx for the sweet comments at my space..Happy New year to you and your family.

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouthwatering and an Awesome Biryani Dear!.Happy and delish Newyear 2012!

LoLy said... Best Blogger Tips

I smply loce it. thank you for sharing :)

Sinthika Jasmine said... Best Blogger Tips

Want to try this next ASAP . The pics are just mouth watering !!! Thanks for sharing Julie.:-))

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks again...Best wishes,Sinthika.. :)