Chicken Biryani

After many requests, we finally got round to making this classic dish! Delicious with your favourite curry or great with some chutney, poppadoms and natural yogurt.

Ingredients

Chicken Marinade

220g Natural yoghurt
1tbsp Garlic puree
1tbsp Ginger puree
1kilo Skinless, boneless, chicken thigh cut up into bite size pieces
1.5 teaspoons Shemin’s Garam Masala
50g Shemin’s Indian Curry Paste
50g of Ghee or unsalted butter
1 large Onion finely sliced
1.5 tsp Salt or to taste

Rice

A generous pinch of saffron threads
4 tbsp Hot milk
1.5 tsp. Salt
2 Cinnamon sticks (about 2cm long)
4 Cloves
4 green Cardamom pods bruised
450g Basmati rice, washed

Friend onion garnish

2tbsp Sunflower oil
1 onion sliced

Method

  1. Put the yogurt, ginger, garlic, garam masala, curry paste, and salt in a non metallic bowl and mix well
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and leave in the fridge for 2 hours, or overnight
  3. Heat a casserole dish, large enough to hold the chicken and rice together, over a medium heat and add the ghee or butter
  4. Add the onions and cook stirring frequently until browned
  5. Reduce heat to medium, add the marinated chicken and cook for 5-6 mins, then turn the heat off and put the lid on
  6. For the rice, first add the saffron to the hot milk and set aside to soak for 20 mins
  7. Pre-heat oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas mark 4. Bring a large saucepan of water to boil, add the salt and spices. Add the rice, return to boil and boil steadily for 2 mins
  8. Drain the rice and pile the rice on top of the chicken mixture in your casserole dish
  9. Sprinkle the saffron and milk over the rice
  10. Wet a piece of grease proof paper in water, large enough to cover the rice completely, and lay loosely on top of the rice
  11. Soak a clean tea towel in water and wring out, then lay loosely on top of the greaseproof paper
  12. Cover the casserole dish now with a piece of foil (it is important to cover the rice in this way to contain all the steam inside the casserole dish as the biryani cooks entirely in the steam created in the casserole)
  13. Put the lid on, and cook in the center of the oven for 1 hour
  14. After an hour, turn off the oven and leave the casserole dish inside for 30 mins
  15. Meanwhile make the garnish by browning the onions in the oil and set aside
  16. Transfer the biryani to a warm serving dish and garnish with the fried onions and serve
Serves 6

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