Chicken Briyani


I have always been in awe of people who can make Briyani. My dad can make it in his sleep. I tried getting the recipe out of him, but that was like trying to dig for gold in my backyard. Hopeless and a waste of time.

He can’t cook with measurements it’s a little of that a little of this. From previous experience I have discovered his little and my little are veryyyyy different. His little is like my ¼ cup so you see where the difficulty comes in. Besides when ever I ask him to teach me, he makes the biryani when I am not around… defeats the purpose I tell you.

A while back, I taught myself how to make veggie biryani and today I adapted that recipe and used a chicken marinade I found on the internet to make my first ever chicken biryani.

Boy oh boy was it finger licking good. All I can say is that my dad has competition in the biryani department.

Ingredients for the marinade


  • 125g x buttermilk.
  • 1 x tsp turmeric powder.
  • 2 x tsp ginger and garlic paste.
  • 2 x tbsp. dhania powder.
  • 2 x tsp jeera powder.
  • 1 x tsp masala.
  • The juice of 1 lemon.
  • 2 x tsp salt.



  • Using a spoon, mix everything till well combined.
  • Add your cubed chicken pieces.


  • Mix so that the chicken is nicely coated.
  • Cover with cling wrap and pop into the fridge overnight to marinade.

Ingredients for the biryani.

  • 2kg x chicken fillet cut into cubes.
  • 7 x medium pototes, peeled and quartered.
  • 3 x cups raw rice, soaked in water over night.
  • 2 x cinnamon sticks.
  • 3 x bay leaves.
  • 3 x aniseed.
  • 500g x homemade par boiled lentils or 2 tins of store bought par boiled lentils
  • 1 x cup double beans.
  • 1 x cup gadra beans.
  • 1 x tsp jeera seeds
  • Season with salt.
  • 1 x tsp turmeric powder.
  • 2 x tsp Briayni masala.
  • 1 x tbsp. masala.
  • 1 x tsp garam masala.
  • 1 x onion, finely chopped.
  • 1 x onion, finely chopped.

Method for the biryani:

  • Heat a pot with some oil on the stove.
  • Add the jeera seeds, cinnamon sticks, bay leaf and aniseed, allow to fry for a couple of minutes till you can start to smell the jeera.
  • Add the chopped onions and salt and fry till the onions start to brown.
  • Add the gadra and double beans as well as the lentils, mix well.
  • Add the spices and the chopped tomatoe, mix so that the spices coat everything.
  • Add the marinated chicken as well as the left over marinade in the bowl.
  • Mix well and add the quartered potatoes.
  • Add the drain rice and mix well so that everything is coated.
  • Add enough water to cover the rice, cover and allow to cook till the rice is soft. You can add more water as you need till the rice is ready.
  • When the rice is cooked.
  • Line a oven proof dish with foil and place the biryani into the dish. Cover the top with foil.
  • Pop into a preheated oven and allow to steam at 150 degrees for 60 – 90 minutes.


  • Serve with buttermilk and enjoy

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