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Calicut Chicken Biryani Recipe

Calicut Chicken Biryani
How to make Calicut Chicken Biryani

About Calicut Chicken Biryani Recipe | Chicken Biryani Recipe: Biryani is the rich and royal dish that can instantly make your menu drool-worthy. A rice based dish, the only one that would always be the main dish even in an elaborate, exquisite lunch or dinner menu. Biryani has its origin in the Muslim community, the Mughlai and the Awadhi cuisine but with time it has crossed borders and is now a popular dish across nations with different variations for different palates. This biryani recipe here is a popular one from Kerala which has two distinct biryanis, the other one apart from this is the Thalassery biryani which has just a slightly different method from this one. This Calicut or Kozhikode Chicken Biryani recipe is quick and easy one, made right inside your kitchen with simple ingredients and steps. Serve and savour with family or friends this festive season at dinner parties or cook for an elaborate brunch.

Ingredients in Calicut Chicken Biryani Recipe: Chicken and rice with the distinct flavours of the South in a melange of spices, chillies and herbs makes for this delicious dish of Calicut Chicken Biryani. Yes, the perfect biryani recipe does exist!

  • Total Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
  • Prep Time 10 mins
  • Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
  • Recipe Servings4
  • Medium

Ingredients of Calicut Chicken Biryani

  • For the Marinade:
  • 1/2 kg Chicken
  • 1/2 cup Yoghurt
  • 25 gram Coriander leaves
  • 25 gram Mint leaves
  • 10 gram Curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Aniseed powder
  • 25 gram Green chillies, chopped
  • 20 gram Garlic
  • 2 tsp Ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Lime juice
  • 1 tsp Poppy seed paste
  • For main preparation:
  • 1 tbsp Clarified butter
  • 5-6 Cinnamon pieces
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 4-5 Cardamom seeds
  • 4-5 Curry leaves
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 250 gram Rice (broken)
  • 1/2 litre Water
  • For the biryani masala:
  • 2 tbsp Clarified butter
  • 5-6 Cinnamon pieces
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 4-5 Cloves
  • 4-5 Cardamom seeds
  • 1 Nutmeg
  • 100 gram Onions
  • 1 medium Tomato (cut in 4)

How to Make Calicut Chicken Biryani

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Prepare the Marinade:

Mix yoghurt, coriander leaves, mint leaves, curry leaves, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, aniseed powder, green chillies, garlic, ginger, turmeric powder, lime juice and poppy seed paste and marinate the chicken in it.
Keep aside for 1/2 an hour.

Prepare the Rice:

Heat clarified butter in pan. Add cinnamon, 1 bay leaf, cardamom seeds, curry leaves and cloves. Add onions and saute till they turn translucent and caramelized.
Add washed and cleaned rice. Cook till rice turns translucent.
Add water. When water comes to a boil, turn flame to low and cover pan.
Cook on low flame for at least 15 minutes. The rice is done.

Prepare the Biryani Masala:

Heat clarified butter in pan and add cinnamon, 1 bay leaf, cardamom seeds, nutmeg and cloves.
Add onions and saute till brown. Add tomatoes. Add marinated chicken.
Cover pan and cook for at least 5 minutes on a medium flame. Remove cover and cook on low flame for another 10 minutes to allow gravy to thicken.
Layer the serving bowl with alternating layers of rice and the chicken masala.
Garnish the top with a boiled egg cut in four pieces, roasted cashews and raisins.

Recipe Notes

You can serve the Biryani with Mint Raita or Mirchi Salan.
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