Biryani is an all in one meal and it could be veg or non-veg. The recipe came from Persian’s kitchen to Mughal’s Kitchen and now we have so many variety of this dish all over the country. Biryani is rich in flavor and has mouthwatering aroma of Indian spices. Here we will learn to make flavorful dum biryani. In this biryani I am using chicken, alternatively you can use mutton or paneer. I hope you will like and enjoy this recipe with its flavorful taste which may increase yours fascination towards Indian food.



CUISINE: Persian

COURSE: Main course

DIET: Non-Veg

AUTHOR: Recipes & cook


dum biryani


1cup-250ml/230gm; *1tbsp.–Tablespoon; *1tsp.–Teaspoon; 

  • Basmati rice (aged) –1 cup or 230gms
  • Chicken (big pieces) – 500gms
  • Onions – 3 medium size
  • Curd (dahi) – 100gms
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsp.
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp.
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp.
  • Green chili – 2 pieces
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp.
  • Oil – 4 tbsp.
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp.
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Keora water – 2 tbsp.
  •  Rose water – 2 tbsp.
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp.
  • Biryani Masala – 1 tbsp.
  • Coriander leaves – ¼ cup
  • Egg (optional) – 2 pieces
  • Potato – 2 medium size
  • Raw garam masala – 2 cardamom (elichi), 2 inch cinnamon(darchini) , 4 cloves(long), 4 pepper(golmarich),1 Bay leave.


One: Take the chicken pieces into a big bowl and wash it very well. For biryani always choose big pieces.  Now add all the spices (salt, turmeric, red chili, coriander, cumin, oil, ginger-garlic paste) one by one into the bowl and mix them well. Finally add curd and mix it. Now put them aside for 2 hours to marinate.


Two: Meanwhile take rice into another bowl, wash and soak it for 30 minutes. Rice is most important ingredients for biryani. Long grain aged biryani rice is the perfect for any kind of biryani.


Three: It’s time to cut onions, potatoes and chilies. Chop 1 onion for beresta, it should be even & long slices. Roughly chop other 2 onions and chilies. Cut potatoes into big slice.


Four: Now take a fry pan put some oil and fry the onions till it become dark red in color. (This is called Beresta). Keep it aside. Add potato slices into same oil and fry them.

Five: At the same time boil 2 eggs and peel them.


Six: Now take another pot, pour it with water and put on the gas. Add some salt and raw garam masala (preferably roughly grinded or smashed) in it and boil it. It will absorb some flavor of the spices.



Step 1: After 2 hours our chicken is marinated completely to cook. Take a pan add 3 tbsp. of oil into it. Now add chopped onions, fry until it is brown. After that add 1 tbsp. of ginger & garlic paste, fry it for another 1-2 minutes. Now add marinated chicken into it and mix them. Cook the chicken for 15-20 minutes on low flame with lid. Keep stirring in every 5 minutes. Now add coriander leaves & 1 tbsp. of biryani masala into the chicken and mix them, your chicken is ready.


Step 1.1: We will now boil the rice in parallel.  Put the rice into the spice mixed hot water and cook it for around 10 minutes. Now drain the water and keep it aside. Here the trick is, rice should not be completely cooked turn off the gas when you think rice is 70% cooked.

Tips: Sync the time so that the step 1 and 1.1 are finished together. Hot combo with rice and chicken makes it juicer.

Step 2: When chicken will ready transfer it in a large pot which has thick base. You can brush it with Ghee or oil before putting the chicken (It enhances the flavor), now add the rice on it and spread it properly.


Step 3: Now top it up with beresta (Fried onion), and then add 2 tbsp. of Keora water, equal amount of rose water on it. Now put a lid. Here you can use wheat dough to seal it properly.


Step 4: Now put the pot on gas (extreme low flame) or put a tawa on low gas flame and put the pot over it. Then leave like this for 15 to 20 minutes.

Tips: It works equally well in Rice cooker, use it for 5 – 7 minutes in cook mode and 30 minutes in Warm mode.


Step 5: Your dum chicken biryani is now ready to be served. Enjoy the dish with your family and if you have time then make some Raita and Salad to complete the dish.


Raita and Vegetable Salad is the best combo with biryani.

***This Dum Chicken Biryani is Flavorful and spicy. You can try this recipe at your meal and enjoy the Persian cuisine by your own. If you like this, please share and comment. If you want to give some advice to me, you can also comment below the page.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What makes biryani tasty?

Main source of tasty biryani is flavor & aroma of all ingredients which are used in this recipes. Each and every Ingredients has their own taste & flavor. Proper marinate and taste of spices makes it tasty.

Which biryani masala is best?

There are verities of biryani masalas available in market. And best masala is all depends on individual's taste. I personally prefer raw garam masala for my biryani instead of market's one. To get the original taste of biryani masala roast and grind the garam masala before using in your biryani.

What dose biryani taste like?

For this question I have only one answer, biryani taste like as biryani😉. Biryani is the most popular perfect meal. I think people love biryani for its flavorful aroma, spicy taste, fluffy rice and juicy chicken.

Is biryani is a junk food?

Biryani is not a junk food. It contains rice and chicken, which are a good food for us. But biryani has lots of spices which increase our body heat after having it. And if you are eating homemade biryani than it will much healthier than restaurant one.

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