Chicken Biryani Rice recipe

Mughal recipe: Biryani rice

This recipe is a traditional Indo-Pak dish served at special occasions. It can be made with either chicken, beef or lamb. Although time consuming it is rich in flavor and appeals to the sight and smell. Good served with yogurt salad.



4-5 lb chicken cut in small pieces or
3 LBs beef cut into 1-2 inch cubes
2 medium onions sliced thin
6 garlic cloves crushed
3" piece ginger ground
1/2 cup yogurt
1 15 oz can chopped tomatoes
10 green whole cardamom
6 black whole cardamom
2 Tablespoon black cumin seeds
10 cloves
2 Tablespoon black pepper
2-4 bay leaf
2 2" inch cinnamon stick
2 teaspoon coriander powder
3 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 cup cilantro chopped
2 green chilies chopped
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup oil
1 Tablespoon saffron, dissolved in cup hot milk
5 cups basmati rice


Heat oil in a big pot and add onions. Cook on medium-low heat until golden brown. Remove onions to plate and add chicken to pot, stirring until brown on all sides. Meanwhile, in blender add yogurt 1/2 of cooked onion, and garlic/ginger. Blend and add to the browned chicken. Also add tomatoes, 5 green cardamom, 3 black cardamom, 5 cloves 1 Tablespoon black pepper, 1 Tablespoon black cumin, 2 bay leaf, and 1 stick cinnamon. Add coriander powder and 1 Teaspoon of salt and pepper. Cook for 1/2 hour on medium heat. Stir frequently. When water is dried up and chicken is tender add nutmeg and mace. Boil rice in 8 cups of water with 2 Teaspoon salt and the rest of the spices remaining. Cook approximately 10 minutes, drain the water leaving the whole spices with the rice. In a big oven resistant pot put 1/2 chicken on bottom and then 1/2 of rice. Add 1/2 of the lemon juice, 1/2 of the onion remaining, cilantro and the chilies. Repeat layering. Pour 1/4 cup oil on top along with the saffron/milk mixture. Place in pre-heated oven(350 degrees) with lid on for 1 hour. Serves 10.

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Woe… I’d love to have some.

Jazakallah khayrun for the recipe. However just to let you know that according to hadith nutmeg is forbidden. I’m not sure what the ruling of mace is; however it’s the outer layer that covers the nutmeg. I hope this helps. And Allah knows best. Salaam.

Ibn Hajar Al-Haythami![ may Allaah have mercy upon him] was asked about nutmeg and he forbade it because it intoxicates and dopes. It is confirmed that the Prophet ![ sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention )] said: " Any kind of intoxicant is considered alcohol and every kind of alcoholic drinks (intoxicants) are forbidden. " [Muslim]