Friday, June 18, 2010

Ambur chicken biryani

Ambur biryani is one spicy biryani. Quite famous in a place called Ambur in T.N. It is available in other parts of the state. This one is a dum biryani and I enjoyed cooking it. Here goes the recipe...

Basmati rice -5 cups (1 kilo approx)
Chicken thigh piece - 1 kilo
Onions (large) - 4 nos
Ginger-garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Tomatoes - 3 nos
Green chillies - 2 nos
Mint and coriander leaves (chopped) - 1 cup
Curd - 1 tbsp
Lime juice - 1tbsp
Red chilly powder - 4 tbsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tbsp
Ghee - 3/4 cup
Salt for taste

Whole spices like:
Cloves - 6 nos
Cardamom - 6nos
Cinnamon - 1 stick
Bay leaves - 2 nos
Mace - 2-4 nos
Star aniseed - 2 nos
Aniseed - 1 tbsp

Heat ghee in a broad bottomed vessel, add whole spices and fry till all the aroma is released.
Add finely sliced onions and fry till golden brown. Now add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a min. Add chilly powder and give it a stir. Add finely chopped tomatoes and saute for 2 min. Add curd, lime juice, finely chopped mint and coriander, green chillies (slit lengthwise) and stir well. Cut the chicken thighs into 2, and add it along with garam masala powder. Cover and cook till its half done. Add basmati rice (soaked in hot water for 30min), 8 cups of hot water, salt for taste. Cover with the lid and simmer for 7-10 min.Stir well and turn off the flame. Cover the mouth of the vessel with a aluminium foil, then cover with lid. Add charcoal on the top of the lid, and leave it for 1 hour. Serve with raitha, brinjal masala or side dish of your choice

When the charcoal is over, add more up to one hour. Can garnish with mint and coriander leaves.


  1. This is just scrumptious - I love the spices and dressing up basmati rice into a main meal is one of my favorite things to do. Thanks for the visit! I love Indian food!

  2. Rach, the picture is just awesome. A perfect biriyani. The colour, texture everything is soooo nice.

  3. Rach,
    I had this once it was very delicious. Thanks for sharing this. Just one thing have you added boiled egg also( bottom right).

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. ambur chickn biriyanii luks perfect... i never tried .. nw i'll try

  5. looks really mouthwatering and delicious ...

  6. Chicken Biryani looks so perfect..yummy:)this is the perfect way to make..but I have only one option..cover with foil and into the oven.

  7. rach this is really delicious one.. if the water rice prpotion is very imporatnt na while cooking this biriyani..u did it perfectly looks so yum

  8. Im hungrrryyyyy!!

  9. Thanks Deepa :) Oh the boiled egg is the side dish of choice, it can even be chicken fry, or chicken masala etc.

  10. Thanks forkbootandpalate :)

  11. Lipsmacking and mouthwatering briyani, this ambur briyani is quite famous in TN,but yet to try at home, thanks for sharing..

  12. yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy biryani Rach, looks delicious

  13. Delicious looking biriyani!! I would love to give it a try sometime since biriyani is my most fav dish..


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