Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 40 mins

Despite the fact that many think Biryanis are Indian, they originated in Persia, and were taken to India by traders. This is a combination of meat, rice and spices. Eaten on festive occasions and at dinner parties. This is super, simple dish to make. Serve with curried vegetables, and chutney.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the rice in several changes of water, place rice in a large bowl, cover with water and soak for 30 minutes.
  2. While the rice is soaking, heat the oil in a large pot and fry the onions for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, chilli and ginger, fry for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken and fry for 5 minutes Stirring every minute.
  5. Add the curry paste , salt, and garam masala to the chicken and cook for 5 minutes Gently stir in the tomato wedges and cook 3 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and set aside till later.
  7. Preheat oven to 190degrees Celsius
  8. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Grain the rice and add it to the pot of water with the turmeric. Cook for 10 mins, or, till rice is almost tender.
  9. Drain the rice and toss in the bay leaves, cardamoms, cloves and saffron.
  10. In a shallow oven proof dish layer the rice and meat, finishing with a layer of rice on the top. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  11. Serve with vegetable curry and chutney.


Most Helpful

A good curry. Made it as stated and found it missing something. Did not know what. Added one teaspoon brown sugar and two teaspoons hot mustard. That did the trick. Also I found it just a little too "wet". We like sauce with curries bit this was just a tad too thin. Maybe cook it longer? But then the chicken breasts would get too dry. Use skin and bone-less chicken thighs? Yes, I think I'll try it with that next time. I am happy to have found this recipe and will make again. Thanks for posting.

Chef Dudo October 30, 2008

Thanks for posting this recipe. I am just beginning to appreciate Indian food and this was a very flavorful dish. I used brown basmati rice which was a little dry - next time I'll boil it longer or use white. Also, I used ground cloves because I didn't have whole. Even my 15 year old sons asked for seconds.

Marsha Mazz February 29, 2008

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