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Cheat’s Biriyani…

For any Indian Biriyani, is scared food, and if you happen to be a Bengali, Biriyani would probably rank after Mangsho Bhaat, (meat curry and rice) Biriyani maane guru phaata phaati…. (as in if it is Biriyani, it is just awesome) .. Trust me If you grew up in Delhi, there is nothing like Puranni Dilli ke Karim ki Biriyani…(Biriyani from old Delhi’s Karim)  and by any chance if you have links to Hyderabad… You are dead and in Heaven or Jannat or Paradise as they call it… The sanctum for Biriyani… So basically, it does not really matter where you hail from, but as long as you are an Indian you just love Biriyani, it is genetic or rather congenital…

Now then, outside India or Pakistan for that matter, Biriyani is sad.. I mean it would be a mish mash of rice and biriyani and there you go… Biriyani, in fact a week ago Pritish and I were visiiting this Indian Restaurant down in Wayne P.A. and they served what they claimed was authentic Hyderabadi Biriyani, and all I  could say was “oh my dear lord” even the worst cooks of Hyderabad would dish out something far better than this and all I could do was look at my Husband’s sulking face..

Chicken Biriyani

So I promised him that I would make Biriyani for him at the earliest… But then week days can be packed, cooking dinner gets tiring, let alone cooking Biriyani… so that is when I came up with his recipe, quick easy and trust me it does taste like Biriyani and not to mention it is very easy… Just in case you are vegetarian; replace the meat with cottage cheese or various vegetables…

So here we go


  • Chicken (boneless) 500gms (2lbs)
  • Rice 300 gms
  • 1 large Onion, Chopped
  • 5 Tomatoes, Chopped
  • 4 green Chillies, Chopped
  • cloves of Garlic, Crushed maybe 4-
  • 1 tblsp Ginger, Crushed or paste
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 4 whole Cinnamon Sticks
  • 3-4 Cardamom Pods
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp red chilly powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 3 table spoon of oil
  • half a cup of milk
  • pinch of saffron.
Quick and Easy


Soak the rice and keep it aside for about 20 mins. Heat the milk in the microwave and then add the saffron and leave it rest for  20 mins. Heat a wok or a deep pan, add the cumin seeds temper for a couple of mins. Add the onions and saute for about  5 mins, till it turns translucent.. Now then add the cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, crushed garlic , ginger paste and green chillies. Saute all the ingredients and then add the chopped tomatoes,  here I added a spice mix,normally available at any South-Asian grocery store, it is called Shaan chicken masala and though normally, I am not for a packet spice mixes, this one is really good. Continue to saute for 5 mins and then add chicken cubes, mix well and let it cook for 10-15 more minutes until liquid dries up. Let it rest.. Now Heat a deep pot filled with water, add some salt, cardamom pods & cinnamon sticks and let it come to a boil. Now add the soaked Basamti rice. Let the rice cook for only 5 minutes, make sure the rice is not fully cooked . Now drain the rice and then to layer the rice & the chicken masala. First pour 1/2 cup of water to the pot & let it simmer, (this prevents the rice from sticking and you really do not need extra butter) then add a layer of rice followed by the chicken masala & then top it off with a rice layer. Traditionally, you are to add saffron mixed with milk at this point to make it absolute authentic. Finally garnish with chopped corriander and fried onions.. But for me it works best without garnish…

Cheat’s Biriyani

This recipe is so easy that it can be done in less than 90 mins and it is so quick, i call it the cheat’s Biriyani…

3 thoughts on “Cheat’s Biriyani…

    1. Well, to be honest, you could give it a miss, but in case you live in London, you should get this spice in any Bangladeshi or Pakistani grocery shop. if you are in New Delhi, you should get the spice in Khan market or INA market 🙂 If you wish you could leave it out… 🙂 wont be that bad…

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