Kachchi Akhni Hyderabadi Biryani

Hyderabadi Biryani

Looks lovely ... doesn't it ?
Biryani is a Hyderabadi speciality dish that is made with seasoned rice with all those aromatic spices and meat !
Kachchi akhni biryani is made with raw meat marinated in spices for about a day and cooked or baked in the oven with a bed of parboiled rice over it.

Ingredients :
5 cups of Basmati rice washed and drained
15 medium pieces of chicken with bone
2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
5 big onions, slices fine and fried till crisp
2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 cups beaten curd
2 pinches saffron, dissolved in half cup warm milk
1 tbsp garam masala powder
1 tsp black pepper powder
Salt to taste

Whole masala for the rice :
2 cardamoms
1 1/2 tsp shahi zeera ( caraway seeds )
2 pieces cinnamon sticks
3 cloves
2 bay leaves

Remaining ingredients :
5 tbsp ghee/oil
A handful of chopped coriander and mint leaves
3 green chillies chopped
2 tbsp lemon juice

Method :
To the chicken add the beaten curd, ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, black pepper powder, half of the crushed onions, green chillies and salt. Allow the chicken to marinate for about 6-7 hours.
Boil water (two and a half times more than the rice)
As soon as it boils, add the whole masala, rice and salt to taste.
Cook the rice for only 2 minutes and then drain in a colander.

To assemble :
Take a heavy bottomed baking dish and add the marinated chicken and the melted ghee or oil. Cover with rice mixture and sprinkle chopped mint leaves, coriander leaves, remaining fried onions, lemon juice, saffron with milk and 1 tbsp melted ghee.
Cover and seal the tray with aluminum foil.

In a preheated oven place the baking dish at 450 degrees F for 20 minutes and then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F baking for another 40 minutes !

Allow to dum 10 minutes at 200 deg F. Serve hot !!!
Biryani and Mirch Ka Saalan make a perfect duo :) It can also be served with Dahi ki chutney and boiled eggs ....Mmmmmm , that's making me hungry


  1. I am a huge fan of biryani and am always on the lookout for new biryani recipes! Thanks for sharing yours! :)

  2. I am happy to follow your blog. Here in Houston we have so many families who are from all over the world. I would love to learn about their food because the names confuse me as to the ingredients. Thank you for your lovely comment on "Snippets".

  3. That looks delicious - great one-pot meal too.

  4. Thanks guys :)
    @snippets of thyme - wow ! that's nice to hear ... wish it was the same here ! i have all workaholics living around me , they don't even get time to say hi :( Anyhow! thanks so much for stopping by :)

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  6. What a delicious biryani! So many great flavors and spices.

  7. what an awesome blog! I absolutely love it and can`t wait to see more posts in the future! :)

    have a great time,

  8. hi aisha! you're heaven sent! see the reason i was trying out those thai and malaysian cuisine in my blog http://myexpatmommy.blogspot.com/ was to familiarize myself with the tastes and aroma to make biryani. I've checked out lots of recipes and they all seem to be written in latin! lol! you made it seem so simple. now i have the courage to try it myself using your recipe :)

  9. Thanks for dropping by my blog Aisha! Your blog is lovely too! I would love to try one of your recipes. I hope you could follow me back. Thank you!!!

  10. Thank you so much guys :) please keep following

    @my expat mommy - thanks dear , so good to know my blog helped you out :)

    @yummommylicious - i'm now following you :)

  11. love the way the rice looks so fluffy .. :) I am saving this to give a try

  12. Aisha, what brands of Basmati rice that are available in Toronto do you suggest for Biryani. Any favorite brands? Please share.

  13. I will suggest Tilda rice, it is the best to use for biryani. Others like India gate can also be used!


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