Nawabi Chicken Biryani

Cooking time:
60 minutes
6 persons

This unique dish consists of the most delicate friable basmati rice and meat with a pronounced aroma. It has a mouth watering taste and differs from the usual biryanies.

No need to add Salt, Red chilli, Ginger, Garlic or anything else apart from the ingredients given below. Increase all quantities proportionally for serving more persons.


1. Chicken with bones (18 to 20 pieces)

1 kg / 2.2 lbs

2. Rice Basmati (take good quality old rice)

1 kg. / 2.2 lbs


300 Gms / 10.5 oz / 4 to 5 medium

4. Cooking oil

Enough for deep frying onions

5. Cilantro leaves/Kothmir/Hara Dhania

1 small bunch / 10 twigs

6. Mint leaves/Pudina

1 small bunch / 10 twigs

7. Green Chillies


8. Yogurt / Curd

250 Gms / 8.8 oz

9. Milk

125 ml / 1 Tea cup

10. Lemon Juice

1 lemon

11. Ustad Banne Nawab’s Nawabi Chicken Biryani Masala

1 packet

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1     Wash and soak rice for at least half hour.

2     Heat oil in a pot and deep fry onions till golden brown. Remove and keep aside and crush them after they dry.

3     Take entire Masala of pouch no. 1 and make a paste by adding 50 ml water and apply thoroughly to the chickenand keep aside.

4     In a pressure cooker take 75 ml oil left after frying the onions, add the chicken mixed with Masala and on high flame fry for about five minutes stirring continuously.

5      Add yogurt / curd and cook for another five minutes till the rawness of the yogurt / curd goes. Close lid and pressure cook till First whistle only. Reduce flame to low and cook for only about 5 minutes. Close stove and letcooker cool down.

6      Open lid of cooker, pour entire contents of pouch no. 2, whole green chilies, fried onions, cilantro / kothmir / haradhanya and mint leaves / pudina, mix and cook on low flame for about 2 to 3 minutes only.

7      Take 3 liters of water in a big pot and let it come to a complete boil. Add entire contents of the third pouch and cook till rice is almost done, stirring occasionally.

8     Drain rice thoroughly and spread half of the rice on the bottom of a pan. Add entire cooked chicken and spreadevenly over the rice and then spread the remaining half of the rice on the top of the cooked chicken evenly.

9      Pour entire milk, 50 ml oil left over after frying onions and the juice of one lemon evenly on the top layer of rice,cover pot tightly with aluminum foil and put it on a big stove on high flame till steam comes out. This process should not take more than 5 to 8 minutes.

10     Remove pot and place a wok (tawa) and then place pot on wok (tawa) on reduced flame so that the flame justtouches the wok, for about 30 minutes. Rotate the pot on the wok (tawa) from time to time.

11     Close stove and serve hot along with Ustad Banne Nawab’s Mirchi ka Salan / Bagare Baigan.

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