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Chicken Biryani

posted on: Dec 8, 2014

Chicken Biryani

2 pounds chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch cubes and fried over medium heat for 10 minutes. Serves 8 to 10.

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoons chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 medium onions thinly sliced, then deep fried until light golden brown
  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 small chilli, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 3 cups basmati rice
  • 10 cups water
  • 1/8 teaspoon saffron
  • 4 tablespoons fried cashew nuts

Place chicken, ginger, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt, turmeric, chilli, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom in a bowl, then thoroughly mix and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Add onions, yogurt, lemon juice, mint, coriander, chilli and 2 tablespoons of the oil, then mix and leave to marinade for 1 hour.

In the meantime, place rice and water in a saucepan bring to boil, cook over medium/low hear for 10 minutes, then drain (reserve 3 cups of the water). Place half the rice evenly in a casserole, the cover evenly with chicken mixture. Place remaining rice evenly over top, then sprinkle with remaining oil. Mix reserved water with saffron and remaining 1 teaspoon salt then pour evenly over top. Cover and bake in a 350° F preheated oven for 1 hour. Decorate with cashews and serve.