Hyderabad Chicken Dum Biryani has a lot of specialty and particularly it is famous all over the globe. The name Biryani is originated from a Persian word Beryan which refers to frying or roasting. Biryani is made out of fine basmati rice. The word Biryani itself enhances the feeling of joy and comfort. No one in the world want to ignore biryani, especially Hyderabad dum biryani has much more craze all over the world. There are many different types and versions of regional biryani recipes but Hyderabadi Dum Biryani is one of the most popular of all.
At first the Biryani was originated in Persia and later it came in existence in India because of the Iranian travellers and their people. This mouth watering dish not only famous in various parts of the globe, daily few millions of people across the globe have this as a favourite dish in their meal. Few people are even addicted and cant even live without having this dish daily. This popular Hyderabad dum biryani is served at all marriages, feasts, parties, occasions etc., whatever may be the occasions in India this plays a important role in all of the dishes. We can find many varieties in Biryani depending on the flavor and recipe there are nearly 49 varieties of Biryanis which includes Biryani made of chicken, prawn, goat, fish, quail, shrimp, deer and hare. Hyderabad Dum Biryani is famously named as “Kachi Akhni” Biryani as both of the marinated meat and basmati rice are cooked together which give a nice flavour of taste.
1) Chicken with bone : 3/4 kg (take large pieces)
2)Onions : 2 (cut them neatly length wise and make a deep fry)
3)Oil : 1/4 cup
4)Ghee : 2 tablespoon
5)Basmati Rice : 3 cups (washed and soaked for about 20 minutes)
6)Coriander Leaves : 1/4 cup
7)Mint Leaves : 1/4 cup
8)Bay leaves : 1
9)Cloves : 2
10)shah jeera or black cumin : 2 tsp
11)saffron : 1 tsp
Marinade Mix :
1)Green Chilies : 5-6 (according to the spicy level and finely chopped)
2)Ginger & garlic Paste : 2 tablespoon
3)Turmeric powder : 1/4 tablespoon
4)Coriander Powder : 1 tablespoon
5)Salt : taken upon the required taste
6)Yogurt : 1/2 cup
7)Shah jeera or Black cumin seeds : 2 tablespoon
8)Red chili powder : 2 tablespoon
9)Lime juice : 2 tablespoon
To Grind :
1)Coriander Leaves : 1/4 cup (chopped finely)
2)Mint Leaves :1/2 cup (Chopped Finely )
3)Whole Black Pepper/Peppercorns : 7-8
4)Bay leaves : 2
5)Cloves : 3
6)Cinnamon Sticks : 1
7)Green cardamom : 3
The main ingredient which is most important for the preparation of Biryani is a good quality Basmati rice which is crucial for making best biryani. Apart from this rice other main and important one are cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, fresh coriander leaves, ginger garlic paste, fried brown onions and saffron are added. The best way of having a biryani combination is with dahi chutney or Raita which can be made from a mixture of curd & onions.
The first to start preparing Hyderabad Dum Biryani is that we have to marinate the chicken that we have taken which are cut into big pieces. In this step take the chicken pieces and add ginger garlic paste, fresh mint leaves, coriander leaves,chopped green chilies, pepper corns, black cumin or cumin seeds, chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt, whole garam masala which consists of all of these following i.e., cardamom, clove, cinnamon, bay leaves, mace. Along with these masala items take few fried onions that are cut long, curd and oil and now mix all the ingredients well for few minutes until all the spices are added to each piece.
Take another pan and add water, salt and rice and they are made to boil such that the rice is half cooked and the flaming if offed then and keep this aside. Now take a large bottomed biryani bowl, to that add these marinated chicken pieces, they are spread linearly at the bottom of this bowl. Above this marinate chicken rice is arranged in form of layers then add mint leaves, fried onion, saffron colour used for the biryani colour and close the lid tight and make it cook for about 30 minutes over a small flame.
The lid of the Biryani preparation bowl is covered with midha roll or chapati roll so that we can manage to see that the heat may not escape. After thirty minutes of cooking the rice gets cooked with the marinated chicken juice and it takes the flavour of chicken. Once done switch off and let it be rest undisturbed for another 15 minutes and do not open the lid and make it closed to avoid leakages this particular stage is called dum where the pressure within the vessel develops flavours.
After the time of 15 minutes is completed let the lid be opened then you will notice a fine bursting flavors of the spices gushing through the steam. The streams of flavors gushes and the rice looks amazing with the soft finishing, fried onions give it a great look.It’s truly a gorgeous dish with the rich, creamy, golden sauce with the perfectly browned chicken pieces.The piece gets easily chewed which is well cooked and it gives a melted feeling with the contrasting tastes.
It can be served with raita to have a better taste.Raita can be prepared by taking slices of onion and cut them into small pieces add curd,salt,mint leaves and mix them so that it gives a better taste with this wonderful Hyderabad Chicken Dum Biryani.