Kolkata Chicken Biriyani

Chicken Biriyani is a rice based dish cooked with spices and chicken.Biriyani comes from the Persian word BERYA (N) which means fried or roasted.Each region of India has its own style of making Biriyani,mainly Kashmir,  Hydrabad, Malabar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Delhi, Agra are the main centres of Biriyani.

Today i am going to share the recipe of Kolkata Style Chicken Biriyani.Kolkata biriyani is inspired by Lucknow biriyani,it is served with  fried potato and boiled egg.

Ingredients For Meat
  • Chicken-500 gms
  • Yogurt-1/2cup
  • Onion -2 ( chopped )
  • Ginger paste -1tbsp
  • Garlic Paste-2tbsp
  • Turmeric powder -1tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1tsp
  • Red chilly powder - 2tsp
  • Garam masala powder-1tsp (chinamon stick -1 inch, cloves -2, green coriander-2...grind all to make a fine powder)
  • Bay leaf-1
  • Oil -1 tsp (for marinating )
  • Oil-1/2 cup for cooking
  • Salt to taste
  • Water

Method of making Chicken
  • Marinate chicken with Yougurt, oil, all spices powder,1/2 tsp ginger and 1/2 tsp garlic, salt for 2hrs in the fridge
  • After 2hrs, take out the chicken from fridge, heat oil in a pan.add bay leaf....chopped  onions.fry till golden brown
  • Add remaining ginger garlic paste...fry until oil gets separate into the water
  • Add marinated Chicken....saute it....add salt... cook on medium flame. ..Add 2cups water...cook  until 3/4part of chicken is done...chicken gravy should be watery....atleast 1 cup
  • Separate chicken and gravy into two bowls
Ingredients For Rice
  • Basmati Rice -2cups washed and soaked in water for 15 minutes
  • Green Cardamom - 3
  • Black Cardamom - 2
  • Cloves - 2
  • Chinamon stick - 1inch
  • Star Anise-1
  • Oil -2sp
  • Salt to taste
How to make Biriyani Rice
  • Take a small piece of cloth, put all garam masala and tie a knot to make potli. .
  • Take a big pan. .add 4 cups of water..put potli bag..oil and salt
  • Bring it to boil, when the water will start boiling. ..add rice...cook the rice till 3/4th done..drain and spread on a tray

How to make Biriyani Masala
  • Chinamon Stick -1 inch
  • Green Cardamom - 4
  • Black cardamom-2
  • Cloves-4
  • Nutmeg -1
  • Sha Jeera-1/2 teaspoon 
  • Black pepper corn -3
  • Mace-1tsp
  • Star anise-2
Roast all the spices in a pan. ..let them cool  and grind to make a fine powder

How to make Fried Potato  and Fried Boiled Egg

Boil potato...cut into halves...and then fry..keep aside
Boil egg and then fry

How to make Fried Onions or Barista

Slice the onions(preferably 1) .separate the slices. ..then fry until golden brown

Ingredients of layering Biriyani
  • Cooked Biriyani Rice
  • Cooked Chicken
  • Chicken Gravy 
  • Chicken pieces
  • Milk-1cups
  • Saffron (soaked in water )
  • Biriyani Masala
  • Rose Water-1tsp
  • Kewra essence-2drops
  • Fried onions
  • Ghee--1/2cup 
  • Salt
  • Khoa-2tbsp
  • A medium piece of charcoal
  • Atta dough-Two Cricket Balls sized

How to Make Layer

  • Take a large heavy bottom pan. ..
  •  Add ghee....add  1/2  portion garam masala
  • Add Chicken Gravy 
  • Add 1/2cup milk.....mix well..
  • Add cooked chicken pieces...mix it well. .
  • Add salt ...boiled potatoes
  • Add 
  • Add 1/2 portion of cooked Rice,diluted saffron,rose water and Kewra essence
  • Add grated khoya
  • Add remaining rice,1/2 cup milk,Add boiled eggs
  • Light a medium piece of charcoal on gas stove on medium flame for 10minutes
  • Rub the opposite side of the lid with ghee
  • Cover the pan with lid and seal it with atta dough or wet cloth
  • Put the heated charcoal on this lid
  • Place a thick bottomed tawa on gas stove,keep the biriyani vessel on this tawa.
  • Place a heavy things on the lid along with heated charcoal
  • cook for low flame for 30 minutes,turn off the gas.
  • Let the biriyani stand for another 10 minutes,cut the seal,and sprinkle 2tsp ghee on top,garnish with boiled fried eggs and potatoes. 
  • Do not mix,otherwise we would not be able to serve both the colour (white and yellow) together,serve from each row. ...