Mom's chicken biryani


  • 1 kg chicken (with bone cut to medium pieces)
  • ghee rice
  • 3 medium onion (roughly chopped)
  • 2 inch cinnamon
  • 5 cloves
  • 25 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 inch ginger
  • 6 tbsp coriander leaves(chop 3 tbsp finely and keep aside)
  • 4 tbsp mint leaves(chop 2 tbsp finely and keep aside)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 4 green chillies
  • 10 to 12 cashew nuts
  • 2 tomatoes (chopped finely)
  • 25 to 30 green chillies (slit slighty in the top)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 ghee or more (be very generous)
  • salt to taste


  1. Grind onion, turmeric ,ginger,garlic,cinnamon,cloves,cashewnuts,4 green chillies,3 tbsp coriander leaves and 2tbsp mint leaves into very fine paste (do not use water)
  2. Place a big vessel on medium high flame, add ghee,when hot add tomatoes and little salt,fry the tomatoes till its melted,now add the slit green chillies.Stir for a minute.
  3. Now add the ground masala and fry till the raw smell dissappears and ghee leaves the sides.
  4. Add chicken ,salt,chopped coriander and mint leaves.Cover and cook (add 1/2 cup water or less if required)
  5. When chicken is almost done add lemon juice and mix,adjust salt to taste.
  6. Good sign for a good gravy is when the ghee is floating on the top,
  7. Prepare ghee rice

To assemble

Take a big vessel apply little ghee to the bottom of the vessel,put one layer of ghee rice and a layer of chicken masala.Continue the layering till you are done with the chicken and rice.

Place a flat pan on low flame and place the biryani vessel on top of the flame and cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Mix carefully and serve with raita