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Thalassery biriyani

Thalassery biriyani is a popular Indian Main
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Category :
Family Friendly
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Technique :
Slow Cook
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Preparation Time :
1 hour
Servings :
Serves 4
Rated 3.5 based on 100 votes


1/2 kg Chicken pieces

2 cups basmati Rice

1 tbsp Red Chilli powder

1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

2 tbsp Lemon juice

2 tbsp Ghee

1 Bay Leaf

2 to 3 Cloves

1 Cinnamon

1 Cardamom

1/2 tsp Saunf

4 Onions

3 Tomatoes

3 to 4 Green chillies

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

Coriander and Mint leaves (a handful )

1 tsp Garam Masala powder

1/4 cup yogurt

2 tbsp fried Onions

a pinch of food colour

5 Cashewnuts

10 Raisins

oil to shallow fry

salt to taste


  1. Wash and clean the chicken pieces.
  2. Wash and soak basmati rice for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Make a paste of red chilli powder, turmeric powder, 1 tbsp lemon juice and salt.
  4. Marinate the chicken in this paste for 1 hour.
  5. Heat oil in a fry pan. Shallow fry the marinated chicken and keep aside.
  6. Heat ghee in the pan. Add bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, saunf and cardamom.
  7. Wait for them to crackle. Add one sliced onion. Saute till it is golden.
  8. Add soaked rice and water.
  9. Pressure cook till the rice is 3/4th done.
  10. Now, heat ghee in the pan. Add the remaining onions, green chillies slit lengthwise, ginger garlic paste and stir well.
  11. Add chopped tomato pieces and cook for a minute.
  12. Add freshly chopped coriander and mint leaves. Next, add garam masala powder, yogurt and salt.
  13. Allow the mixture to cook well.
  14. Now, add the fried chicken pieces.
  15. Cover and cook the chicken pieces in the gravy.
  16. Take a heavy-bottomed pan.
  17. Add this chicken along with gravy.
  18. Add a layer of cooked basmati rice over it. Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice. Top it with another layer of rice.
  19. Add fried onions, few drops of food colour, raisins and cashews.
  20. Close the lid tightly and place the weight on top. Keep in simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from flame.
  21. Once the pressure goes off, fluff the biryani gently.
  22. Serve hot Thalassery Biryani with boiled eggs and raitha.
  23. Recipe and Image courtesy: Tasty Appetite

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