Biryani! The word alone makes our heart skip a bit. Biryani does and always will have a special place in the heart of every Indian out there. As food, Biryani is the symbol of unity in diversity. It is true that Biryani comes in three categories, i.e. veg biryani, chicken and mutton biryani but non-veg people always discard veg biryani as just polao. Let us not get into that controversy here, shall we?
But do you know that Biryani has hundreds of different way of cooking? I bet, you did not! From North to South, the taste and texture of biryani differ from one area to another. And it is surely not possible to discuss the recipe of all such biryanis here, is it? Thus, we are strictly sticking to chicken dum biryani which is a Hyderabadi special dish and is famous for charging up the taste buds.
However, before getting into the subject of knowing biryani, let us have a look at the point of other aspects of biryani as well. Have a look.
Why Chicken Dum Biryani Is So Special?
This is a tricky question that can only be answered by the hearts of Indian people. However jokes apart, chicken dum biryani is so special amongst the whole of India because it is a whole meal in itself. The rice, egg and the chicken makes a whole meal, and it is quite cheap as well. It includes many healthy components which balance the nutritional value of this dish as well. Also, not one ingredient of chicken dum biryani overshadows the other.
Lots of people think that biryani is not easy to prepare, but it does not really include many of your culinary skills; just the right ingredients and the right instructions. Thus, it is quite easy to prepare this dish at home as well. Lots of students survive on this particular dish during their college life.
Flavour Of Chicken Dum Biryani
It is quite tough to explain how chicken dum biryani tastes exactly. However, the flavour of chicken dum biryani comes the subtle use of ghee with all the spices such as cloves, cinnamon, garlic, green chilli and coriander leaves. Also, the use of nicely prepared potato, egg and chicken adds an enhanced flavour to it.
What Is The Speciality Of Chicken Dum Biryani?
The main speciality of chicken dum biryani is that it is quite easy to prepare and it only takes an hour to get all prepped up. And the point of speciality that you cannot ignore is that chicken dum biryani has all the ingredients to itself and it makes a complete meal in itself. Each and every ingredient of chicken dum biryani is so perfectly balanced that no spices overshadow the other. Also, all the dry spices give a dish of chicken dum biryani the desired flavour that the people want.
And haven’t I mentioned already that the recipe of chicken dum biryani is super easy to make at home?
Easy Chicken Dum Biryani Recipe
Chicken Dum Biryani
Chicken dum biryani is a typical Hyderabadi dish that cannot be completed without the perfect and proper ingredients that have been mentioned below. Have a look.
Preparation of Rice
- 2 or 3 cups of basmati rice
- 2 litre of water
- 1 bay leaves
- 2 tsp of cumin powder
- 2 inch of cinnamon stick
- 3 or 4 cardamoms
- 4 cloves if you wish it to be there
Preparation of Gravy
- 3 tbsp of oil
- 3 green and 1 black cardamoms
- 2 onions sliced
- 4 cloves though it is optional
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 inch of cinnamon stick
- ½ of shahi jeera
- 1 tbsp of ginger garlic paste
- ¼ tsp of turmeric powder
- 2 tsp of biryani masalas or chicken masalas readymade
- 500g of chicken
- 1 tsp of red chilli powder
- 2 green chillies sliced neatly
- mint leaves
- coriander leaves chopped finely
- 1 cup of thick curd
How to make
How to make chicken dum biryani
At first, wash the basmati rice properly with clean water and drain it after soaking it for 30 minutes. Add 10 cups of water to a pot and start heating it after you add bay leaf, shahi jeera, cardamom, cinnamon stick and cloves to it. When the water starts boiling, add the drained rice and salt to it. Cook it until the rice is all softened and perfect for the biryani.
While the rice is getting all prepped up, you should all be preparing for the gravy. At first, fry the sliced onions until they turn a little brown. Lower the flame and add all the ingredients have been mentioned for the gravy in the pan. Stir it a little for 5 minutes.
Now, add the chicken to it and also add biryani masalas or chicken masalas to it for the smell. Add turmeric powder and green chilli as well. Cover the lid and cook it for 3 or 4 minutes. Now, you can add the thick curd to this mixture and start stirring it well. Cover it with the lid and lower the flame until the gravy thickens. Add salt according to your taste.
At this point, open the lid and sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves on top of it. Now layer the rice evenly and decorate it with fried onion and mint leaves. Cover the pot with a foil and leave it there to boil. After 10 or 15 minutes, open the lid and stir the mixture a little. The chicken dum biryani is done!
Use 1 tsp of Kewra water or hot milk with a pinch of saffron for an authentic touch to your chicken dum Biryani
A plate of hot chicken dum biryani will surely ruin your diet chart for the week but who is strong enough to refuse the king of all Indian food? Well, now prepare this amazing recipe of chicken dum biryani at home without calling your mom a several time. Have fun!
Serving & Presentation
You can decorate the plate of chicken dum biryani with coriander or mint leaves. Also, mutton Kosha or chicken curry would match perfectly with a plate of chicken dum biryani.