Hello Biryani Lovers,

Today you’ll be learning how to prepare the best Hyderabadi Biryani you’ve ever prepared in your life.


Biryani is an exemplary Indian blended rice dish that is a piece of the Indian Mughlai culinary convention, which follows its underlying foundations to focal Asian cooking and a rich combination with Indian flavors and procedures.

Hyderabadi chicken biryani is a sweet-smelling, mouth watering and incredible Indian dish with succulent chicken in layers of feathery rice, fragrant flavors and caramelized onions. It is simpler than most formulas while really holding the true taste and exhibited well ordered. Cook like a local however without hardly lifting a finger!

As somebody who experienced childhood in a culture where biryani began, it frustrates me when I see formulas that guarantee you straightforwardness and avoid some critical advances. Those are really formulas for pulao (Indian pilaf), which are less demanding and furthermore scrumptious however in no way, shape or form the broadly delectable biryani.

Formulas that avoid these means won’t give you the taste that separates biryani for its popularity. So you may wind up investing the energy making the formula and left asking why it doesn’t pose a flavor like what you had at your most loved Indian eatery or companion’s place.

It resembles you are searching for a great carrot cake formula however wind up making a carrot biscuit or carrot bread. Or then again you are searching for a pound cake formula and are driven into making a light, fluffy cake.

I am totally supportive of development, yet when you need to hold the valid taste, you can’t make a creme caramel by skirting the caramelization! You can’t blend red curry glue and shelled nut sauce with noodles and call it “cushion thai”.

Garam masala is a delightful Indian zest mix yet that can’t viably substitute for a genuine biryani zest mix. Additionally, the essential flavors for a great biryani ought to incorporate seared onions, cilantro, yogurt, saffron and so on.

On the off chance that you take a fistful of good biryani and toss it on a plate, the rice should disperse as fleecy grains and not bunch together. The meat or chicken should be well done, sodden with thick squeezes and generally with bone.

This is not normal for the Indian pulao which is set up with every one of the fixings together in one dish alongside the additional fluids. In this manner, the mouthfeel and taste are relied upon to be very extraordinary.


Hyderabad, the city of my youth, is fairly well known for its biryani – an addictive flavorful rice and meat/chicken dish. Hyderabadi biryani is by a long shot a standout amongst the most prominent among the other territorial adaptations.

It incorporates the utilization of yogurt, flavors, cilantro, mint, saffron, ginger, garlic, lemon juice, bean stew peppers and browned onions.

There are two variants of Hyderabadi biryani – one called a “pakki” biryani, where the meat or chicken is completely cooked before layering it with the rice and the last steaming.

The other is the “kacchi” biryani, where the crude marinated meat or chicken is set in one single layer in the base of the cooking pot and after that finished with incompletely cooked rice and steamed together.

It is the last kind that I am displaying here, which has been additionally streamlined for straightforwardness.

This is not normal for the Indian pulao which is set up with every one of the fixings together in one dish alongside the additional fluids. Thusly, the mouthfeel and taste are relied upon to be very unique.


Biryani is commonly served at happy events and thought about an entire dinner, alongside a sauce side dish, for example, Hyderabadi Tomato Egg Curry and a little yogurt plate of mixed greens called raita – arranged with yogurt, cut red onions, cilantro and such.

Other well known side dishes presented with biryani are baghare baingan (eggplants in rich sauce) and mirch ka salan (stew peppers in smooth sauce).


  • Cooking of the rice grain to flawlessness is basic for the essence of biryani. What’s more, in conventional techniques, the rice is bubbled in a vast amount of salted water and stressed when it has been halfway cooked. This requires ability and consideration from the cook.
  • Here, I am utilizing a rice cooker to do that part, yet it is vital to utilize insignificant water to cook the rice. I ordinarily utilize a proportion of 1¼ to 1½ glasses water for 1 container rice. What’s more, that can vary marginally with the age of the rice. Checkout more in the notes segment of the formula beneath.
  • The thought is to cook the rice sufficiently only, to be cushy, hold its shape and be firm.
  • In the event that you can’t broil the onions as portrayed in the formula, in any event make a point to saute them until the point when fresh brilliant dark colored like it is done in this Persian noodle soup formula and alter oil utilized for the rice and chicken.
  • I don’t utilize business biryani flavor blend, however I have been informed that the Shaan Sindhi biryani blend can be a nearby substitute. It is fiery so utilize painstakingly.
  • Marked biryani zest blends may incorporate salt and bean stew powder. On the off chance that they are utilized to substitute the biryani flavors in the formula, the salt and bean stew powder ought to be balanced as needs be.


Pound every one of the flavors underneath into a fine powder and store it in a sealed shut compartment to use as required.

  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 dark cardamom
  • 20 green cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 4 substantial straight leaves
  • 4 teaspoons dark caraway seeds (shahjeera)
  • 2 teaspoons dark pepper

There are provincial varieties to the above blend which additionally incorporate some coriander seeds, cumin seeds and so on., however the rundown of flavors above are as yet the prevailing ones in biryani zest mixes.



  • Seared ONIONS
  • 3/4 lb onions yellow, cut vertically
  • 1½ containers shelled nut oil
  • 1½ lb chicken cut and clean
  • 2/3 container yogurt diminished fat, thick
  • 1½ tbsp ginger garlic glue (or ground ginger and garlic)
  • 3/4 tsp salt (change per taste)
  • 1 tsp stew powder (see note 2)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric ground
  • 1 bean stew pepper (jalapeno, serrano or cayenne) alter per taste


  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 dark cardamom
  • 5 green cardamom
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 cove leaf expansive
  • 1 tsp dark caraway seeds (shahjeera)
  • 1/2 tsp dark pepper


  • 2 glasses basmati rice long grain
  • 1 tsp salt (alter per taste)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Entire flavors (discretionary – 1 dark cardamom, 2 green cardamom, 3 cloves, 1 little cove leaf, half cinnamon stick)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp cilantro crisp, slashed
  • 1½ tbsp mint crisp, slashed
  • 1 tsp saffron (ground and broke down in 2 tbsp boiling water)
  • 1/2 tsp ghee (discretionary)
  • US Customary – Metric



Warmth the oil at medium high in a wide griddle/kadai. On the off chance that you put your palm around 3 crawls over the surface of the oil, you should feel the warmth. Or then again utilize a treat/rotisserie thermometer.

Firm browned onions for making Hyderabadi chicken biryani.Save

Sear the onions in around 3 clusters, contingent upon the measure of the dish. Try not to swarm the container. Broil until a fresh light brilliant dark colored. Put aside.


  1. Consolidate chicken with every one of the elements for the marinade and around 1/3 of the broiled onions. For yogurt, begin with 1/2 glass and increment as expected to 3/4 container. The blend ought to be thick and not runny. Chicken, yogurt and ginger garlic glue joined to plan biryani chicken.
  2. Granulate every one of the biryani flavors in a nut or zest processor. Add the flavor mix to the chicken marinade and join. Marinate for around 3 to 5 hours.


  1. Flush the basmati rice 4 to multiple times in heaps of water until the point that it is clear. Deplete well. Douse 1/3 container basmati rice in water for around 60 minutes. Spare the rest.
  2. Convey 2 some water to a moving bubble in a rice cooker. Include 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil and entire flavors whenever favored. At that point include the rest of the 1 ⅔ glasses basmati rice and mix. Give it a chance to cook just until the point when all the water is assimilated (see notes 6 and 7).
  3. It is critical to NOT give the rice a chance to steam until the point when it is completely done. Exactly when all the water is all around consumed, exchange the cooked rice promptly to another totally open container. In my rice cooker the entire procedure takes around 15 to 20 minutes.


  1. Exchange the chicken with the marinade to a 4 to 5 quart wide thick bottomed stove evidence cooking pot (around 9 to 10 inch distance across). Ensure there isn’t excessively marinade around the chicken pieces and that it isn’t runny.
  2. Sprinkle the cilantro, mint, a large portion of the lemon juice and 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over the chicken/marinade. Spread the majority of the staying browned onions over the chicken. All the marinade fixings, flavors, herbs, stew peppers set together to make biryani.
  3. Deplete the doused basmati rice altogether well. Spread this rice over the broiled onion layer. (This crude doused rice will get cooked with the dampness/juices from the chicken)
  4. A thin layer of crude doused rice sprinkled over the biryani chicken and marinade.
  5. Next, layer the rice that was cooked in the rice cooker. Sprinkle, the rest of the lemon juice, singed onions and saffron water. Whenever favored, sprinkle an additional 1/2 tablespoon ghee over the rice.
  6. Layers or rice set over the chicken marinade for making biryani.


  1. Place one to two sheets of aluminum thwart over the cooking pot. Place the top tight over it. Heat the chicken biryani in a preheated stove at 350ºF for 60 minutes, until the point that the steam develops well.
  2. The cover put over aluminum sheets and fixed firmly to steam the biryani.
  3. On the other hand, this Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani can be cooked on a stove in a thick bottomed cooking pot. Warmth the biryani at medium high for around 10 to 15 minutes and afterward lessen the warmth to the low setting and stew for no less than one hour until the point when the steam develops well.
  4. Give it a chance to cool five minutes and delicately blend the rice and chicken. Serve this Chicken Biryani with Hyderabadi tomato egg curry as well as a yogurt plate of mixed greens arranged with rich yogurt, cut red onions and cilantro.


  1. I utilized the 7.5 mm setting on my mandolin slicer to cut the onions finely.
  2. I utilized Kashmiri bean stew powder as it is mellow. On the off chance that you lean toward it hot, utilize ordinary bean stew powder.
  3. Wash the basmati rice a few times, until the point when the water is clear and not dull.
  4. On the off chance that utilizing entire flavors for the marinade, simply twofold the measure of flavors in the formula. At the point when the flavors are ground, the flavors are more exceptional. You may utilize an instant zest blend, yet make modifications for stew and salt likewise.
  5. Change the oil as required. On the off chance that bearings are pursued well with the searing of onions, the oil consumed by the onions ought to be around 1 ½ tablespoons. Yet, in the event that appropriate method isn’t pursued, more oil will be ingested and the rest of the oil utilized ought to be balanced.
  6. The measure of water included while cooking the rice is imperative to the last surface of this simple Hyderabadi chicken biryani. What’s more, it varies with the age of the rice. Basmati rice normally will require less water than other long grain rice assortments to yield a light cushy cooked rice. With any clump of rice acquired, I as a rule utilize experimentation to decide the appropriate measure of water required for cooking. It might extend from 1¼ to 1½ containers water some rice.
  7. It is vital to remember the extra dampness from alternate fixings added to this dish, for example, the chicken, herbs and yogurt. In this manner, in the initial step, the rice ought to be cooked in an approach to yield a cushioned rice, however holds its shape well and isn’t as well wet and fragile. The drenched rice ought to be depleted well and not be as well wet. The chicken ought to be simply gently covered with the marinade. On the off chance that the marinade is over the top it can result in the rice getting to be soaked.
  8. A shower of ghee on the best includes an incredible flavor.
  9. Hyderabadi chicken biryani solidifies impeccably well. Simply defrost and warm.


*Phosphorus 179 mg

*The sodium esteem may shift. The proposed measure of salt is only a rule and may should be balanced. Check for any additional salt in zest blends and different fixings and alter.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3.4% | Vitamin C: 5.7% | Calcium: 5.2% | Iron: 6%