Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chicken Biryani in Pressure Cooker


I don't usually make biryani using cooker but my readers were asking for the recipe using cooker as many don't have the big vessel or arrangement for keeping dum.For a long time I too wanted to make a false proof biryani using cooker. The problem with the cooker is that if we are not sure about the time and water ,there are chances of biryani getting burnt or overcooked. So I wanted to make sure of the cooking time and proportion of water (coconut milk) to rice so that the biryani is the same each time we cook. Even then I think that the proportions may vary for a different quality of rice. I have tried with the usual India Gate Basmathi rice. So for basmathi rice this proportion will be fine I guess.Ingredients

Basmathi rice -2 cups (400 gms)
Chicken - 1/2 kg (500 gms)
Big onion-2
Tomato-2
Coconut milk -1 cup or milk taken out of a small coconut

Ingredients for grinding masala

ginger -3 small pieces

garlic-10 pods

fennel seeds-1 teaspoon

green chili-4

red chili-4

Cinnamon-small piece
Mint leaves-handful (gives the real flavor)
cloves-3
Ingredients For Marinating the Chicken
Curd -1 tablespoon
Chili powder -1 tablespoon
Coriander powder -1 1/2 tablespoon
Turmeric powder-1 teaspoon
Grinded masala- half portion


Items for seasoning
Brinji leaf- 2 small pieces
cinamon-2 pieces
clove-3
Marudani mokku -2
Curry leaf-little
Mint leaf-handful
Fennel seeds-1 teaspoon

Procedure

Marinate the chicken with the items given for marination.
Let the chicken stay marinated for at least 30 minutes.

Mean while wash the rice and soak for 10 minutes.
Drain the rice and roast in a kadai in little butter or ghee (1 tablespoon)

The rice should be roasted in medium fire for 3 or 4 minutes till rice don't stick to the kadai.
Keep the cooker in the stove.

In 2 tablespoons of cooking oil mixed with little ghee season the biryani with the items given for seasoning.
saute the minced onions and tomatoes for 3 minutes.

Add the grinded masala (the remaining half) and saute well.
Now add the marinated chicken and saute well.

Keep the flame in medium and just keep the lid on top of the cooker.
No need to lock the cooker or put weight.

Cook the chicken for 6 minutes or till it gets half cooked.
Make sure that there is not much water in the chicken

Now add 1 cup of coconut milk mixed with 2 cups of water.(1:1 1/2)
Those who want the rice to be well cooked can add 1/2 cup more water.

Add the salt needed and the rice.Mix well.
Close the cooker.

When pressure starts coming put the weight.
Keep the flame low once the whistle comes.

In medium fire cook for exactly 8 minutes.
Once the pressure gets released open the cooker and mix well without smashing.

Your biryani is ready.
Garnish with coriander leaves while serving.




52 comments:

valli karthick said...

achi, since long time I'm following ur blog and all the dishes are coming out well.I've two kids .....fuzzy eaters...happy to say they're eating better nowadays....thank you achi...

Today I tried this recipe (first time I'm trying briyani) with exact measures n the briyani was awesome in taste n flavour....thanks for the recipe achi....

Solai Chidambaram said...

Thanks Valli.Waiting for a feed back.Great.Want to make sure that the water rice ratio is correct for all brands of basmathi rice.

Cham said...

I cook my biryani in pressure cooker.
Should be tasty ur biryani!

venky said...

Hi Achi,hw r u.since long time I'm following ur blog..but nw only leaving the comment...u r doing good and all the dishes are very yummy..... can i use all brands of basmathi rice for this briyani?

Achi, keep goning on...

Solai Chidambaram said...

Ya Sure venky.Try with any brand.I just mentioned the brand I used.leave a feed back abt ur biryani and the brand used.

Raji said...

I'm a follower of your blog. Saw the biriyani and my hubby got so tempted. We actually went to the store at 9:45 PM to get chicken :) and we prepared biriyani exactly. My hubby said that this is the BEST ever tasted biriyani. Thanks a lot, Achi.

valli karthick said...

Achi, I've tried with double deer basmathi rice with the measurements u gave... forget to mention on that day...

Gayathri said...

Hi Aunty,

Thanks a lot for the biriyani recipes in cooker. Your authentic mutton biriyani is the all time favorite at home.:)
Aunty, can you share some side dishes recipes for chapati. I always make tomato thokku and now my kids are running away at the sight of it. lol....

With luv,
Gayathri

Solai Chidambaram said...

gayathri,can u try navarathna kuruma for chappathi.I think it will be gud.

U.Radhika Raj said...

tried the recipe...biryani was delicious.this is a very good recipe .
U Radhika Raj

lazaritta said...

Hello Aachi,
I am going to try this recipe tommorrow i am planning to cook 6 cups rice, still it is 8 mins cooking time. or do i need to change the cooking time... can u pls reply asap...tks

Solai Chidambaram said...

Laz,If you are going to use Indian made pressure cooker then I think 8 minutes will be enough.May be you can cook for 2 more minutes.my daughter cooked 6 cups twice in cooker for my grandson's birthday party and said that she cooked for 8 minutes only.While cooking large qty add little more chili powder to the chicken.

prabha said...

Solai madam,

good day to you....what si marudhani mokku mam? is it annasi poo? or something eles? thanks

Solai Chidambaram said...

yes prabha,it is annasi poo.I somehow call it like that.

meenu said...

hi achi,
i tried this recepie with egg ,it tuned very well,it was very much tempting to eat,everyone likes in our home,thanks for this wonderful recepie.

Manimekala said...

Hello Madam,
I tried this briyani yesterday. Exactly followed all the steps. It turned out very tasty. Thanks a lot for posting this recipe.

Anbu said...

I was skeptical abt making this biryani as mom never uses coconut milk... I just wanted to give it a try...

I added the ingredients as per ur suggestion and it came out deliciously..My husband was praising me to his frnds abt the biryani I made... Credit goes to u...
Thank u...

senthiseetha said...

i have tried this receipe, really superb, thanks a lot.

The Unadulterated Cat said...

Solai Achi, I made this yesterday following your recipe exactly. I've made different biryanis about 20 times, but this was the best one! The rice was perfect! I think the pressure cooker improves the taste.

The only suggestion I'd make to people who live abroad (if you'd permit me) is please use freerange chicken rather than the caged ones. Less fat, less water, much better taste! Well worth the extra cost.

Thanks a ton. I've tried a lot of your recipes, and they are ALWAYS excellent :-)

pldeivanai said...

hello achi
u have shown small onions in the items 2 grind picture but not mentioned in ur list,so v have 2 include or not?

Solai Chidambaram said...

deivanai,sorry sometimes I would have missed to include some items in the list which is shown in the snap.The items shown in the photo is the item i have used.So go according to that.

Dee said...

Hi Solai, Followed ur recipe , it came out great. It was finger licking good. Hereafter this will be my recipe for chiken biriyani.

Thanks for sharing.

dee

Pri said...

I tried the same receipe and the cooker dint while and the bottom got burned and the top rice dint cook. not sure what to do, the whole thing went for a waste.

Solai Chidambaram said...

Pri,You would,nt have reduced the flame.Only then it will get burnt.fLame should certainly be reduced.

Raghu said...

hello aunty,

ur dishes are coming out very well...i never even start my cooking before seeing ur dishes... all our family member's praising me..thqt im cooking good...but u r the rreason....thank u aunty....post some more vegtable curries....

Chithra Rajkumar said...

The biryani had come out very good. Thanks for the recipe.The chicken gravy too was easy to cook as well as tasty.

Chris said...

Yday was our wedding annivesary and i tried this. My hubby enjoyed every bit of it. Thanks mam.

Normally my hubby advise me not to try internet recipes as it turns to be a disaster. But for the last 1 year he insists me to check your blog before i cook. None likes my cooking , but the past 1 year even my mom in law started liking the dishes i try from your blog....thankssss..

Solai Chidambaram said...

Thankyou chris.Very very thrilled and happy to see your comment.Very happy that my blog has turned you into a good cook.Enjoy good food with your family dear.

Mathi said...

HI achi,i often visit ur blog for south indian recipe,ur receipe are too delicious.i thought of preparing biriyani for my son's birthday party..I thought of making in presure cooker ...can i cook 10 cups of rice in a pressure cooker...will it be smashed if i cook in presure cooker...?...

Solai Chidambaram said...

Mathi,If you follow the blog exactly the biryani will not get smashed.Dont try to cook 10 cups at a time.Cook 4 cups at a time.

priya gowthaman said...

Helllo maam. thats a really good recipe. i am just confused about that coocnu milk and water ratio. plz could you help me in that. thankyoy

Solai Chidambaram said...

Priya,If you have one cup thick coconut milk just add 2 cups of water to it so that you will have 3 cups of coconut milk needed for 2 cups of rice.If you find your biryani very dry then next time increase the qty of coconut milk and water and make it 4 cups for 2 cup rice.

reny said...

Amma,

We tried this biriyani and it came out extremely wonderful,and finger licking one for sure.
We all enjoyed nicely having this tasty biriyani.Still i can feel the taste.

We followed your exact way of cooking method and measures and it turned out fabulous.

Actually,the pictures of recipe ingredients shown by you is very useful for beginners like us.

Thanks a lot amma for sharing this wonderful recipe in your blog and helping us to taste yummy recipes.

Unknown said...

Aachi.
I made it yesterday.i followed ur guide exactly.
At frst it was like mushy but later I recognised dat there is no more in d bowl.
Waw what a great dish.thank u aachi.
I prepared my favorite dish by own effort.
I was totally satisfied aunty.
Regards,
Mymoon

Skl said...

hello aunty,
we tried in pressure cooker,turned out perfect,it didnt get burned,proportion given for cooking rice worked well for us,great taste as usual,thank you skl

Balamuruhan Amurthalingam said...

This recipe helps rekindle my wife's love towards me. Thank you aachi.

Niky said...

Hi Aachi,
Tried biriyani. Was a major hit.
have tasted some splendid chettinad dishes at my friend's place at natarasankottai. big fan of chettinad cusine. tnx for ur blog.
keep rocking.

soni said...

Hi Achi,i tried this recipe for 1/2 kg chicken and 2 cups of rice,exactly follwed u,it was awesome...But when i tried it for 1 and 1/2 kg chicken and 3 cups of rice it dint come out tat well...may be the mistake was with the quantity of water.can u guide me??how many cups of water & coconut paste i need to add for 3 cups or 4 cups of rice?

Vidhya Rajkumar said...

Hello Mam ,

Today i tried your chicken biriyani recipe and this is the first time m making chicken biriyani in my life which turned out so yummy cos of u... My entire family enjoyed every mouth of biriyani they ate .. Thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe..

~ Vidhya Rajkumar

Jehosh Vijayendran said...

Hi Achi,
I did try your pressure cooker chicken briyani, it came good. My wife liked it very much.

Thanks for your recipe.

Jvijay
Plano,texas

Abhirami Muthu said...

Dear Achi, How are you? Your biryani recipe is brilliant, I followed your precise cooking instructions and the biryani came out perfectly. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Vijay said...

I accidentally bumped into this blog and tried this recipe right away. It came out unbelievably good. I just forgot to add Mint Leaves during saute which probably affected the flavor a little bit but still the taste was very good. Thanks so much for posting this recipe, wasn't difficult to make and the taste was awesome.

Malar Ramesh said...

Hai mam,
Today i tried ur chkn briyani,wow its really superb, since i did briyani in many ways but this is the best, thank u for ur recipe mam

Sathya Magesh Kumar said...

Ingredients for grinding masala picture is misleading with shallots...

Solai Chidambaram said...

i dont know what misleads you sathya.the items in that plate has to be grinded.i have not mentioned shallots alone in ingredients by mistake.it has not mislead anybody so far.

Meiammai M said...

Thank u Achi.. I tried chicken Biriyani from ur recipe and it came out so Delicious, it makes a Perfect Biriyani. My Aithan loved it. and I tried Mushroom biriyani in same chicken biriyani style.. Just amazing. Almost all your non veg are appetizing and I miss thalaikari and kudal kulambu being here in USA. Can u post Mutton kola Urundai kulambu and Mutton kola Varuval Plzzz :).. Expecting fish gravy and fry from u Achi, Keep posting recipes. Thank u Achi.

Philip Zachariah said...

Tried ur biriyani today, it came out very nice, thank u so much for sharing the receipe, one thing I must say here, I followed many kitchen
blog, but I only see people trying ur receipe and giving good feed back

Solai Chidambaram said...

Meiammai,fish gravy and fry recipes I have already blogged.search under chettinad non veg.kola urundai kuzhambu I will blog soon.kola urundai is already blogged.

PRABAKAR krish said...

Dear mam,i planned to cook this biryani by sunday. but i was bit confused in your final steps. either i have to cook it in medium flame after whistle arrives or after covering the lid i have to do it. please clarify

Solai Chidambaram said...

Prabhakar,after putting the weight reduce the flame to medium.

Gouthami S Kannan said...

this is the best biriyani recipe i ve read. I made it for my friends and they were blown away :D

Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipe !! :)

Minu Jose said...

Hello, is this the authentic chettinad chicken biriyani? I used to have it while in chennai and could never have enough. I remember it having dark brown masala. Im planning to try this one.