Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Thalassery Chicken Biryani

Although Biryani  is said to be originated from Iran to India through merchants and travellers,  in India it has many different versions. It took it's  own version according to the local region.  Each one has it's unique flavour. Thalassery  Biryani is a popular version from Kerala Cuisine. Thalaserry is a city named in Malabar,Kerala.  This Biryani is very popular in  the whole belt of Malabar region  and hence also known as Malabar Biryani.


I personally think that, biryani's are at their best with mutton,of course if you are a chicken or seafood lover, you can go with that.  Today I made this Thalaserry biryani with chicken, having my kids priority as my first choice, I have to go for chicken, you can also replace it  with mutton too but not sure about seafood.  I hope you are now ready to try this Biryani for this weekend.



Ingredients:
Chicken- 1/2 kg
Basmathi Rice- 2 cups
Cinnamon-1/2 inch stick
Cardamom- 2
Cloves-2
Bay leaves- 1
Star Anise-1
Fennel powder- 2 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder- 3 tsp
Cumin powder-1 tsp
Pepper powder-1/2 tsp
Nutmeg powder-1/2tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste- 3 tsp
Onion- 2 medium sized ( finely sliced )
Tomato- 1 chopped
Green chilly- 2
Lemon juice -1/2 tbsp
Coriander and mint leaves-2 tbsp chopped
Cashew nuts- 10 nos
Curry leaves- 1 spring
Coconut milk- 100 ml
Ghee/Oil- 4 tbsp
Salt to taste

Method:
Wash and clean the chicken well.  Marinate the chicken with lemon juice, ginger garlic paste, fennel powder and little salt for minimum of 2 hours.  Heat ghee or oil in a heavy bottom kadai.  Fry about 5 cashew nuts until they look golden brown in colour, remove it and keep it aside.  Then add about quarter of the onions and fry until they look golden brown in colour ,  remove the fried onions and keep it aside. 
Now  add the cinnamon,cardamom, bay leaves, star anise, cloves and curry leaves to the same oil.  Then add the remaining onions and fry until they look light brown in colour.  Now  add the tomatoes and green chilly and saute it for a minute or two.  At this stage add the chicken and stir well.  Cover the pan, keep the flame in medium heat and let it cook for about few minutes until the chicken is half cooked.  Meanwhile grind together the remaining cashew nuts and coconut milk.  Now check the chicken and add all the masala powder and stir well.  Let it cook  for about 5 more minutes.  
At this stage add the ground cashew and coconut milk mixture .  Finally add the chopped coriander and mint leaves and salt to taste.  Cover the pan, keep the flame in medium and cook until the chicken is completely cooked.  Meanwhile start cooking the rice,  wash the rice well,  add 2 cups of water to 2 cups of rice,enough salt and cook it in a pressure cooker for 1 whistle.  Once the chicken is done, mix the chicken along with the gravy to the rice.  Keep the flame in low and let it rest for about 10 minutes.   After 10 minutes,  switch of the flame  and keep the cooker or pan in same stove to retain the heat.  After 20 minutes, remove it from stove, give it a gentle stir.  Finally add the fried onions and cashews for garnish.  Serve the biryani's warm with raita, boiled eggs and may be dalcha too.

Note:
Incase if you get confused with the amount of rice and chicken, the thumb rule is to use equal quantity of rice and meat i.e. If you are  using 1/2 kg of rice , then use 1/2 kg chicken.  If you are not a very good meat eater, you can reduce the amount of chicken a little bit.
Also either mutton or chicken, whatever you are using for biryani, use it along with bones, since they give out the best flavours.

This recipe goes to Kerala Kitchen Event hosted by Roshan's Cucina


47 comments:

simran said...

wow!absolutely amazing!....superb presentation..yum!

Chandrani said...

Wonderful biriyani. Its looks superb...So inviting.....

Umm Mymoonah said...

Thank you Simran, that was really quick :)

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Absolutely Yummy looking Biryani.. and I love all the pictures Ayeesha :)

Rose (Magpie's Recipes) said...

Oh my gosh Ayeesha this just looks SO good! I love biriyani of all kinds but you are right mutton or beef biriyani is the best altho I will be very happy with this one too!

Reva said...

Superb Biryani .... loved it..
Early in the morning and I am very hungry..

Now I know what I will cook for the wked. The pics are lovely - very homely and colourful..:))
Reva

Charu Srivastava said...

luks delicious...yummm !!!!!!

cik cek said...

Sedapnya...lama dah tak masak2 nasi beryani ni...teringin la pulak nak makan...:)

Jaleela said...

wow awesom biriyani umm, mouthwatering here.always i loved your clicks... amzaing SSS

Rinku Naveen said...

I am from Thalassery. It feels so great to see one of the many things Thalassery is famous for..Biriyani.Lovely!
And amazing pics!

zareena said...

Amazing presentation dear. I am a huge fan of Thalassery biryani. In your snaps each and every grain is separate and not sticky, it looks awesome..

Anisha Ranjit said...

I love your pictures...

Lecker and Yummy Recipes said...

wow ayeesha...its so tempting......cashews and coconut milk in biriyani ....interesting combo....let me try it next time inshallah :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Booking my tickets to Chennai....wait for me...i will join the feast...of all the most...i feel clicking biryani is the most difficult one...you clicked it so well...and presented it so yum...love to grab that bowl and finish it off....

SChee said...

Interesting recipe! looks so different from the one we usually eat in Pakistan or India...Would love to give it a try or why dont you move in to my neighborhood, Ill be your devoted tester;) In return you can get any dessert of your choice:DDD

suhaina aji said...

wow..this is too much... i am craving for it right now.. wonderful clicks dear...the wonderful clicks makes them really very tempting...

sulagna ™ said...

wow..i never thought of coconut milk and cashew nuts !!! must try this :)

Asiya Omar said...

beautiful clicks, briyani looks rich in taste.

Rekha shoban said...

i love thalassery biryani..the taste is really awesome....nice presentation!!

faseela said...

who will not love this yummy biriyani....yum...yum...yumm

maha said...

wow..yummy biriyani lookks great........

Usha said...

Even my husband thinks biryani tastes the best when cooked with mutton. I agree with him but I think shrimp biryani tastes pretty good too as I am a shrimp lover... :)

Thalassery chicken biryani looks awesome!

Asha said...

Hmmm... vayil boat odikkam... Looks really really yummy....

Hamaree Rasoi said...

You said it right Biryani and mutton sounds like made for each other. I love the addition of cashews in biryanis. your's looking amazing

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Sumi said...

Wonderful biriyani recipe. Love different variations to Biriyani.Definitly want to try this version

Indu said...

I didnt know thalassery had it's own biriyani version. Sounds god!

Aarthi said...

This is a awesome recipe...YUMMY

Aarthi
http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

Suja Manoj said...

Beautiful presentation,flavorful and yummy biryani..drool

Sweetheart Diary said...

This looks great! Great recipe. I will follow yours some day. Thanks :)

Sravs said...

That's a very inviting biryani !! looks very yummy !!

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Preeti Garg said...

awesome presentation ...and i loved it absolutely..do visit mine in ur free time :-)

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Sudha said...

Hey Ayeesha,
You are definitely a great cook but one thing that I have to commend you for is your stunning photography of the dishes you cook!I just love the presentation here and the Biriyani looks lip-smacking:)Awesome!
Sudha
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schmetterlingwords said...

Lip smacking Biryani and lovely presentation Ayeesha. The one over the Vaazhai Ilai makes me crave for Kalyaana veetu Biryani :)

Lannie said...

Looks BEAUTIFUL, your pictures are stunning. And making me hungry!

easyfoodsmith said...

Delicious! I had this version of biryani at a friend's house and it was spicy and bursting with flavours.

anthony stemke said...

I make a certain biryani which is good but nothing like this. This one is spectacular and the photography is beautiful.

Torviewtoronto said...

looks fabulous and flavourful deliciously done

Priyas Feast said...

luv the yummiest biryani...Absolutely pretty click that tempts me for some biryani now..

Ramya said...

lovely yummy biriyani...our lunch today is chicken biriyani

All That I'm Eating said...

I love biryani but I've never made it. It looks and sounds great.

Jay said...

this is just awesome...droooooooooling here..;P
Tasty Appetite

Purabi Naha said...

Wow, yummy burfi indeed! Happy Valentine's day!!
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Kitchen Riffs said...

Great recipe. And your rule that generally amount of chicken = amount of rice is useful. I don't make a Biryani as often as I should - you've inspired me! And really nice photos. Thanks for this.

Nammi said...

Pass me a plate please!!!

Rosh said...

Looks absolutely fantastic!! :)

Archana said...

drooling here

veera ranganath said...

excellent, amazing.

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