Thursday 26 June 2008

Chicken Curry Biryani Recipe

Biryani is a staple dish from many countries in the world from India and Pakistan to the Middle East and more. In the UK if you think of a Biryani recipe the first thoughts would be of some delicious Indian food.

Biryani can be cooked with chicken, mutton, fish, eggs or as a vegetarian dish with vegetables. There are many different methods to cook Biryani recipes, all are fantastic.

My chicken biryani recipe here is easy and very tasty. You can add more or less chilli according to your taste. It is a very healthy recipe that uses skinless chicken, vegetables, spices and even some lentils. I bake the chicken curry in the oven and top it with fried onions, it was delicious.

Ingredients for Chicken Biryani Recipe

1 Red Pepper (chunks)
2 Large mushrooms (chunks)
1/2 Onion (chunks)
2 Tomatoes (chunks)
1 Red Chilli (de-seeded, diced)
2 Garlic Cloves
2/3 Cup Red Lentils
1/2 Onion (sliced)
1/2 tsp Ginger Powder or 1 tsp Fresh Grated Ginger
2 Tbsp Dried Raw Coconut
6 Skinless Chicken Thighs
Salt and Pepper
Rapeseed Oil
Fresh Coriander
Drop Water
Freshly cooked Basmati Rice (approx 1 Cup dried)

For the Spices
1/4 tsp Kalonji Seeds
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1/2 tsp Coriander Seeds
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds/Black Mustard Seeds

Picture of oven baked chicken curry

How to make Jeenas Oven Baked Chicken Biryani Recipe

Rinse lentils very well, cook the lentils in some slightly salted water until fully cooked or just almost soft.

Drain and keep until later on in the recipe.

Gently fry half of an onion with the tomato chunks.

Add kalonji and coriander seeds.

Add all of the powdered spices, stir well.

Blend/grind together garlic,ginger, chilli and coconut. You can lightly toast coconut first before grinding if desired.

Add to the pan and stir well.

Keep simmering for a minute or two stiring well.

Add a little water along with the peppers and mushrooms.

Do not add too much water as the vegetables will release water whilst cooking in the oven.

Add the cooked lentils with some salt and pepper, mix well.

Place the chicken thighs onto a deep oven tray, pour over the curry lentils sauce and lightly stir.

Cover with tin foil and place into a hot oven at 180C for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Stir through some fresh coriander leaves.

Stir the freshly cooked warm rice into the chicken lentil curry.

Place back into the oven at 165C for 5 -10 minutes.

Place a good amount of oil into a pan and warm up, add onions and fry stiring frequntly until the onions turn golden brown.

Drain onions once cooked.

Take a little oil and cook 1/2 tsp or cumin or black mustard seeds and fry until they crackle, this does not take very long.

Place chicken curry rice into a serving dish and sprinkle the golden fried onions on top then the fried seeds.


grace said...

ooooh me, such a flavor-packed dish! i have to admit that i now have a bit of drool sliding down my chin. :)

test it comm said...

That looks really tasty! I have been wondering what Biryani was.

Sum Raj said...

hey jeena, perfect rice item for sunday lunch....just loved the way u presented with fried onions...awesome...

Paula said...

Boy does that ever look good! I love biryani! And those onions -- terrific!

La Bella Cooks said...

This dish must have been so full of flavor! I am really going to have to try this! Now I am hungry....

Unknown said...

It is a familiar dish, although I am not an Indian but Indian cuisine has been making impacts in Indonesian based on the historical relationship between the two countries. Your Nasi Briyani (Indonesian: briyani rice) does look delicious! I love to scatter it with lots and lots of fried shallots or onions. I like them crispy. I also like to scatter them with lots of chopped spring onions (the green part). Well, Jeena. I've got a slice of cake on my blog which is rather good to end your meal hehehe...

OhioMom said...

Oh this looks tasty.

Prudy said...

I think this is one of the most delicious looking dishes I have EVER seen on any blog ever. If I could order off a virtual blog menu, this would be my first choice from anywhere. I must make it!

Deborah said...

I have never had Biryani before, but it looks delicious!

Jan said...

I just love curry, and this looks fabulous. I like the addition of the fried onions.

giz said...

Thanks for visiting our blog. Your pictures are to die for - ok, you can have the job - you need to come and be my photographer because I seriously don't know which end of the camera to hold. :)

Swati said...

Lovely biryani Jeena. The picture of fried onions look so good!!

Anonymous said...

Perfect delcious biriyani it when topped with fried onions...

Anonymous said...

I love Biryani. Great tutorial!

Chef Jeena said...

Hi Grace, you make me chuckle so much sometimes. :-D

Hi Kevin, it tastes good I am sure you would love Biryani. :-)

Hi Suma, you are right it is a great Sunday dinner. :-)

Hi Paula, Thank you so much. :-)

Hi Bridgett, thanks it sure was full of spicy flavour. :-)

Hi Arfi, chopped spring onions sounds fantastic with biryani. I will have to try it Indonesian style sometime. :-) Would love a slice of your cake!!

Thanks OhioMom it really was. :-)

Hi Prudy
I would love to hear how it goes. Thank you so much for your kind words it makes me happy that you like it. :-D

Hi Deborah Biryanis are lovely I'm sure you would love it. Thanks for stopping by. :-)

Hi Jan thank you so much. :-)

Giz you made me chuckle, I am sure your camerra skills are great! Thanks so much for stopping by. :-)

Hi Swati thank you so much. :-)

Hi Rachel I'm glad you like the onions. :-)

Hi cookinpanda thank you! :-)

Devi Priya said...

Yum! That must have tasted great!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Love your recipes with all the spices. The onions on top especially look good.

Anonymous said...

I can just imagine the aroma of this dish :)

Vicarious Foodie said...

That looks like a very delicious, complete, and healthy meal. What an awesome combination of flavors. Now I'm hungry!

Anonymous said...

God, I didn't see this!!! Jeena, you had made biryani? so forgot to tell me? just now only saw this.. :)

Naki said...

This looks beautiful! I have been searching for a Biriyani recipe and found this, I will be exploring more of your blog later and also trying your Onion Bhaji recipe :D