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November 12, 2015

Ambur Chicken biryani - Restaurant style

Ambur is a place in South India where they make this spicy & flavourful biryani.  Traditionally, seeraga samba rice is used for this dish (I used basmati rice).  Chicken is cooked first and then the spices are added with the rice.  This can be cooked with mutton too.  Perfect menu for good Sunday afternoon.

Ingredients :
  1. Seeraga samba rice  - 2 cups
  2. Chicken - 1 kg
  3. Oil 
  4. Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  5. Ginger paste - 1 tbsp
  6. Chilly powder - 2 tsp (to spice taste)
  7. Cloves - 4 nos
  8. Cinnamon stick
  9. Cardamom - 4 nos
  10. Onion - 4 nos, medium sized
  11. Tomatoes - 4 nos, medium sized
  12. Curd - 1 cup
  13. Mint & coriander leaves 
  14. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  15. Green chillies - 3 nos
  16. Lime - 1 no
  17. Salt to taste

Method :

1.   Heat oil in the pan, add 1/4 cup of curd, clove, cinnamon and cardamom.  Add garlic paste and then the ginger paste.  

2.   Add the chicken , green chillies along with the salt and cook till its half done.  Add in the onion and then the tomatoes.  Stir together for just about a minute.  

3.   Add coriander and mint leaves along with the remaining curd & chilly powder.  Add enough water (I added 3 cups) and close the pan and cook under low heat.  

4.   Meanwhile parboil the rice with salt and lime juice and filter the water and keep aside.

5.  In a heavy bottomed pan, add some oil and layer the cooked chicken masala followed by the cooked rice. Repeat the step and close the pan tight and cook for 15 mins over medium-low heat.

Serve warm with raita.

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