Hara Masala Biryani

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Total Time:
45-60 minutes
Serves: 6
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Course: Main Recipe
Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 500 g - chicken
  • 2 cups - chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup - chopped mint leaves
  • 7 cloves - garlic
  • 1 inch piece - ginger
  • 6 - green chillies
  • 1/4 tsp - turmeric powder
  • 2 - thinly sliced onions
  • Juice - 1.5 limes
  • 2 tbsp - ghee
  • 1 - star anise
  • 4 - green cardamoms
  • 5 - cloves
  • 1/2 tsp - caraway seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups - basmati rice

How to Make Hara Masala Biryani

  • Marinate the chicken with salt and lime juice for at least half an hour.
  • Grind the garlic, ginger and chillies to a fine paste and keep aside.
  • Heat ghee/oil in a pan and add cardamoms, star anise, cloves and caraway seeds.
  • When they start to splutter, add the onions and saute till they wilt.
  • Add the ginger-garlic-chilli paste and saute.
  • Meanwhile, grind the chopped coriander and mint leaves to a fine paste and keep aside.
  • When the raw smell of the ginger-garlic paste goes off, add turmeric powder and saute for a few seconds.
  • Immediately add the green paste and mix well.
  • Cook for a few minutes and add the marinated chicken.
  • Stir for a minute.
  • Add about 1.5 cups water and mix well.
  • Check for salt and add if needed.
  • Cover and cook till the chicken is done.
  • Drain the chicken to another plate and keep the stock.
  • Put washed rice into the pan and pour 2.5 cups of the green stock.
  • Mix well.
  • Cover and cook till rice is done.
  • Mix with the chicken and serve hot with raita.