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This is a variety of Dum Biryani which means there is a process of smoking done in the last step to infuse aromatic flavour to the entire dish.
I learnt this dish in a cooking class.

Posted by buttercup303 from Moodbidri, Karnataka, India • Published See buttercup303's 74 projects »
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  • How to cook a biryani. Hyderabadi Biryai - Step 1
    Step 1

    In a bowl:
    Fried onions - 6 (refer step 12)
    chopped tomatoes - 3
    Biryani masala powder (or garam masala powder) - 1 tbsp
    Ginger garlic paste -2 tbsp
    Red chilli powder - 1 tbsp
    Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
    Curds(yogurt) - 1 cup
    Green chilli paste - 3 tbsp
    Ghee (clarified butter) - 5 tbsp
    Cloves - 2-3
    Lemon juice - of 2 lemons
    Black Peppercorns - 4-6
    Salt - to taste
    Bay leaves - 2
    Coriander leaves, finely chopped - a small bunch
    Mint leaves, finely chopped - a small bunch
    Nutmeg powder - 1 tsp
    Black cardamoms - 2-3
    Green cardamoms - 4

  • How to cook a biryani. Hyderabadi Biryai - Step 2
    Step 2

    Rinse 1 kg of rice in water 2-3 times.

  • How to cook a biryani. Hyderabadi Biryai - Step 3
    Step 3

    Next we are going to boil the rice.

    Take 10 cups of water in a large vessel and bring it to a boil.

    Once the water comes to a boil, add:
    1 bay leaf
    2 green cardamoms
    2 black cardamoms
    Juice from half a lemon
    A fistful of rock salt (or table salt)
    1/2 a cup of ghee(clarified butter)
    and finally the rice.

  • How to cook a biryani. Hyderabadi Biryai - Step 4
    Step 4

    Immediately, stir the rice so that it does not stick to the bottom.

    Cover the vessel and cook till the rice is 1/2 done.

  • How to cook a biryani. Hyderabadi Biryai - Step 5
    Step 5

    Drain the water.

  • How to cook a biryani. Hyderabadi Biryai - Step 6
    Step 6

    Let all the water drain completely.

  • How to cook a biryani. Hyderabadi Biryai - Step 7
    Step 7

    In another vessel dump the marinated chicken and cook it till the chicken is half done.

  • How to cook a biryani. Hyderabadi Biryai - Step 8
    Step 8

    Add 1/4 tsp of lemon yellow colour to half a cup of milk. Mix well to get coloured milk.

  • How to cook a biryani. Hyderabadi Biryai - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now let us start layering

    Add a layer of the rice over the chicken. Sprinkle it with chopped coriander leaves, chopped mint leaves, fried onions, 1-2 bsp ghee, and 1-2 tbsp coloured milk.

  • How to cook a biryani. Hyderabadi Biryai - Step 10
    Step 10

    Cover it with another layer of rice

  • How to cook a biryani. Hyderabadi Biryai - Step 11
    Step 11

    And garnish it again a done in the first layer.

    Do this for 3-4 layers till all the rice is gone.

  • How to cook a biryani. Hyderabadi Biryai - Step 12
    Step 12

    Deep fried onions and Ghee roasted cashews and raisins

    Thinly slice about 2 large onions and deep fry till golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

    Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a pan. Roast 3 tbsp of raisins and cashews in it.

  • How to cook a biryani. Hyderabadi Biryai - Step 13
    Step 13

    The Dum or Smoking step:

    Keep an oven proof glass bowl inside the vessel on top of the rice with a few pieces of charcoal in it.

    Sprinkle 1-2 drops of biryani essence or a large pinch of nutmeg powder (or both) over the white hot charcoal.

    It will start smoking. Cover it with a lid immediately so that no smoke escapes.

    Place a heavy weight or a cloth if you see any smoke escape.

    Turn on the heat and cook on low for 15- 20 min with the lid on.

  • How to cook a biryani. Hyderabadi Biryai - Step 14
    Step 14

    Mix the chicken at the bottom with the rice layers on top

    Serve Hot with Yogurt salad:
    2 cups Yogurt
    1/2 cup water
    salt to taste
    1 Chopped green chilli
    1 bunch of finely chopped coriander
    1 chopped onion
    1/2 a cup of chopped cucumber.
    Mix well

  • How to cook a biryani. Hyderabadi Biryai - Step 15
    Step 15

    For the rest of the meal refer:

    http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/chicken-hyderabadi/preview

    and

    http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/chicken-angara-a-dry-starter/preview

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