This is a recipe for a delicious and authentic Chicken Biryani. I have combined and modified a few recipes to create this, and after trial and error I am very happy with it. There is a lot of preperation involved, but well worth the effort!
To make the Raita, blend together the cucumber, onion, garlic, ginger, mint, and lemon juice. Pour the mixture into a bowl, and add yogurt. Stir together until smooth, and then refrigerate.
We want to create brown butter. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat for ~15 minutes, stirring constantly, until the butter turns a light brown colour. Set aside.
In a large non-stick skilled, add 2/3 of the brown butter over medium heat. Add the potatoes and cook until browned, then remove and set aside.
Add the onion, garlic, and ginger and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until onion is very soft, stirring occasionally.
Add your ground chili, chili flakes, ground black pepper, ground turmeric, ground cumin, ground cardamom, salt, and tomatoes. Cook for 5-10 minutes stirring frequently.
Reduce heat to a low setting, and add yogurt, mint, and the cinnamon stick. Cook covered until ingredients are very soft and tomatoes mixed inches Stir occasionally, allow 30-45 minutes for this step. Add a small amount of water if the mixture is sticking to your skillet.
Wash rice and set aside to drain in a colander until needed.
Add the chicken breast cubes and mix in the sauce to coat it, then cover and cook for another 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a large skillet or pot, heat the remaining browned butter, then add onion and cook until golden. Add ground cardamom, cloves, cinnamon stick, ground ginger, and rice (drained earlier) Mix until the rice is well coated.
Heat chicken bouillon and salt in a pot to boiling, then pour into the rice mixture, stirring well.
Add the chicken mixture and potatoes to the rice, and carefully mix together.
Heat to a boil, and then cover, turning heat to very low. Allow 20 minutes to cook rice.Serve immediately with Raita (Naan is also a good addition to the meal).