FRIED ONIONS OR BIRISTA – it will yield 1/2 cup of birista
BIRYANI SPICE BLEND – MAKES 3 TABLESPOONS OF SPICE BLEND
MAKING OF BIRISTA- FRIED ONIONS
While the chicken is marinating, let’s work with the rice. Sort through the rice to remove all the pebbles and gritty things. Rinse and rub rice thoroughly until the water runs clear. Pre-soak the rice for 20 minutes. After that, drain and set it aside.Tip — This step is essential. Soaking the rice for enough time allows the rice to become stronger, and as such, the rice puffs up really well. A minimum of 20 minutes of soaking time is recommended to achieve the best results.
Add water to a large pan which has a tight-fitting lid. Flavor the water with whole spices, cumin seeds, and salt.
Add rinsed rice to this water. Give it a good stir. Bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer the rice for 10 minutes, uncovered. Tip — When the rice is cooked in spiced water, it absorbs water and gains flavor and aroma.
Gently mix the rice and parboil it (halfway cooked) for 4-6 minutes in hot water. When the cooking time has elapsed, turn off the heat and let the rice stand in hot water for 4-5 minutes. The rice should be 70% cooked. Tip — To check whether the rice has reached the al dente stage (parboiled), squeeze a few grains of rice between your fingers. Your rice is done if you feel a slight firmness in the grain.
If it breaks instantly when pressed, then you have overcooked the rice. Refrain from proceeding with this rice, as you will end up with sticky biryani.
Once the rice is parboiled, turn the heat off. Remove the rice from the pan and drain it in the strainer. Let the rice stand in the sieve for 2-3 minutes until all the extra water is drained.Tip — Do not cover the rice right away. Let it dry for a few minutes. The rice is now ready for biryani, which needs further cooking.
Discard the whole spices.
Replace the cover to keep the rice warm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this Chicken Biryani challenging to make?
Not really! Though the traditional procedure of cooking Chicken Biryani involves a series of intricate steps and demands attention to detail, I have created precise and easy-to-follow instructions.
With the pictorial step-by-step guide provided here, this recipe will help you create the most authentic Chicken Biryani at home with complete ease.
Can I double the recipe?
Scale the recipe as you desire. This recipe is entirely scalable and can be doubled or tripled according to the requirement. The recipe card helps you with the measurements, so please refer to it.
Can I store this Chicken Biryani?
Yes, the leftover Chicken Biryani can be stored in the fridge for the next 4 to 5 days. You can even make a big batch to serve later, as it is a perfect make-ahead recipe. However, ensure it has cooled completely before you transfer it to the airtight container for storage.
Reheating is simple. Transfer the portion you wish to eat to a microwavable dish and sprinkle some water and ½ a teaspoon of oil over it. Now, heat the biryani in 1-minute intervals in the microwave until warmed through.
Depending on the serving size, you may have to heat it a little longer.
Is this Chicken Biryani a freezer-friendly dish?
Yes, this incredibly delicious Chicken Biryani freezes well for a month or two. The best way to freeze the biryani is to use airtight containers. The flavor and the texture remain intact through this duration.
However, if left for a longer time, you might notice a slight change in the taste. The biryani may not taste just as good.
How do I reheat Chicken Biryani?
When it is time to enjoy your frozen biryani, you must know how to thaw and reheat it properly so as not to destroy the taste or texture. Frozen biryani can be reheated after being thawed in the fridge or over the countertop.
Remember to reheat only a portion you will eat and not any more, as you cannot freeze the leftover biryani for the second time after reheating.
Can I Make chicken Biryani ahead of time?
You can prepare this irresistibly delicious Chicken Biryani in advance and serve it to your family and friends later, as this is an excellent make-ahead recipe.
So, the next time you plan a party or get-together at home, make this delicious Chicken Biryani and store it in the refrigerator. It stays perfect for 4 to 5 days under refrigeration.
What can I serve alongside Chicken Biryani?
Chicken Biryani is a one-pot complete meal on its own and does not require anything on the side. However, boondi raita, green chutney, and vinegar onions can be enjoyed as accompaniments to this mouth-watering dish.
Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 940mg | Potassium: 706mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 477IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 3mg