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Monday, April 06, 2015

Bezawada Biriyani | Fried Chicken Biriyani | Easter Special

Hope all had a great Easter,we had a good one too.Kids were on spring vacation last week but were sick one after the other with cold and cough.Though vacation was mostly at home and went to church.Easter is the most awaited break to have all non veg delicacies.Bezawada biriyani is a form of biriyani,popular in some regions of Andra Pradesh.Bezawada is the older name of Vijaywada city in Andra Pradesh(source: wiki) and so I assume that this a popular biriyani from Vijaywada.I found this recipe here and was glad to have tried it.Though I have tried the Hyderabadi Chicken Biriyani,both biriyani have a unique flavor of its kind and  tastes delicious too.In this biriyani,the chicken pieces are first marinated and then its fried(deep or shallow).I know its late to post as a Easter special recipe but this can be tried on any occasions.If you love chicken and you like biriyani,then go ahead and give this a try !!!

Preparation time ~30 minutes 
Cooking time~ 30 minutes
Serves~ 4 adults
for marinating chicken
chicken 1 lb
kashmiri chilly powder  1 tsp
spicy chilly powder 1/2 tsp
ginger garlic paste 2tsp
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
lemon juice 2tsp

for cooking rice
basmati rice 2 cups
bay leaves 2
star anise 2
cadamom 5
cloves 5innamom 1 " strands(2)
water 3 cups
ghee 3tbsp

for chicken masala
onion 1 sliced large
tomato 1 chopped
garam masala 1.5 tsp
green chillies crushed 3
ginger-garlic paste 2tsp
cilantro chopped 1 tbsp
mint leaves chopped 1 tbsp
yogurt/curd 1tbsp

for garnish
chopped cilantro 2tbsp
mint leaves 2tbsp
fried onions 1 cup


  • Cut the chicken in pieces and wash the chicken in under running water.Drain the water in a colander and then marinate the chicken with the ingredients listed under marination for minimum half an hour or overnight.Heat oil in a pan and when the oil is hot,add the marinated chicken in batches.Fry the chicken until light brown and crisp.Drain on a plate.

  • Wash and soak the basmati rice in water for 20-30 minutes.Heat ghee in a pan and add the drained rice.Fry the rice until slightly brown.Switch off flame.Boil  3cups of water(use the soaked water) in a cooker or deep pan  with salt,whole spices-cinnamon,cloves,cardamom,star anise and bay leaves.Add the roasted rice and cook on medium flame till all water is absorbed.Switch off flame and remove from heat.
  • Heat a pan and add oil.When oil is hot,fry the sliced onion(for garnish;I took 2 medium onions) until golden brown(if using store brought fried onion then omit this step).Drain on a plate and keep aside.In the remaining oil add about a tbsp of oil and add sliced onions for masala and saute until  until translucently done and add the crushed green chillies,ginger-garlic paste.Saute until the raw smell disappears.Add in the chopped tomato and saute until the tomatoes becomes mushy alongwith chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves.Add the garam masala and turmeric powder.Finally add the yogurt and salt.Slide in the fried chicken pieces.Leave covered for 3 minutes on low flame until the masala is well coated.Switch off flame.

  • In the same pan,add the cooked chicken,layer with half of cooked rice,chopped coriander leaves,mint leaves and fried onions.Repeat another layer of rice with chopped mint and coriander leaves and fried onions.Cover and seal the edges with maida,cook on low flame for 15 mins.Switch off flame and leave for another 20 minutes before you serve.Enjoy with raitha and pappad !

* You can bake the biriyani in an oven proof pan at 350 degrees F after final assembling and covering with foil paper.Bake for half an hour  instead of stove top method.
* This biriyani doesn't make use of fried raisins and cashews but you can always add a few if you wish.

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Swathi said... Best Blogger Tips

Biriyani looks delicious, Sure fried chicken made wonderful difference.

Fullscoops said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks like a tasty biryani! Happy Easter!

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouthwatering biryani dear....Will love to try this version..super yumm

Motions and Emotions said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely dish to celebrate easter

Thermofan. Marisa G. said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Easter. Here in Valencia today is already Easter. We celebrate one day more. Our special dish is mona de Pascua. You can find it in my site.
Your birayani looks delicious and a very complete dish. Love it.
Hope your kids are feeling better. Cheers.

cookbookjaleela said... Best Blogger Tips

Tempting chicken biriyani

Anupa Joseph (Palaharam) said... Best Blogger Tips

uff...ennike mouth is flooding right now....I want that biriyani now :(

Remya said... Best Blogger Tips

book marked! such a delicious biriyani

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

mouth watering! Happy Easter Julie to you and family

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious biriyani......I'm sure that your family have got a grand treat for this Easter.... :)

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Irresistible Biryani Julie...Exotic and yum !

Square Meals said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie,

Looks amazing. Very sorry, but deleted the comment you had left on my sambar podi post. Please leave another one :-)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

A pot of delicious and mouthwatering meal.... :)

Mythreyi said... Best Blogger Tips

Never heard Bezawada Biryani, Looks super delicious. I am trying next time!

Anu Yalo said... Best Blogger Tips

Hope you had a blessed Easter!!
Biriyani looks superb..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Mouthwatering and irresistible biryani...Yum Yum Yum!!!

One Who Cares said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, I just tried your Biryani Recipe. It is well explained and detailed making it easy for users to follow. God bless.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for the feedback.. am happy you liked it :)