Chicken Biryani

Name, Surname:
Naveeda Malik; 34, Pakistan

Personal story:
Chicken Biryani is a traditional dish from Pakistan. Biryani is also a very popular dish in the UK. This recipe was passed down to me from my Auntie in Pakistan. I enjoy cooking this dish and prepare it a lot for my family during special occasions.

Difficulty Level
Difficulty Level II

How much does it take to prepare it?
20 minutes

How much does it take to cook it?
45-60 minutes

Cooking utensils What are the necessary tools for cooking the dish?
Big pan, large pot, frying pan, big spoon, knives

People For how many people?
5-6 people

Ingredients List of ingredients with quantity.
1 kg Chicken
3 Onions
2 tablespoons of ginger paste
2 tablespoons of garlic paste
2-4 green chilli (depending on how hot you would like the dish)
half a bottle of lemon Juice or juice from 3 lemons
15g Garam Masala
1 kg Basmati Rice
4-5 tablespoons of Olive Oil
2 teaspoons of salt
50g Fresh Corriander and Mint
half teaspoon Yellow food colour

Marinate chicken in the spices, chilli and lemon juice for 45 minutes Boil rice until half cooked (still hard). Whilst rice is cooking cut the onions and brown in large pan of hot oil.

Add first layer of the rice to the pan then add the marinated chicken, keep adding layer of rice then marinated chicken to the pot. Sprinkle with saffron and add the yellow food colour. When everything is added cook on the hob for 40 minutes on a low heat.

The dish can also be served with raita yogurt sauce

Practical tips and secrets Any secret to make the recipe tastier?
Marinate the chicken overnight in the spices and lemon juice for at least 5-6 hours to make the chicken more flavoursome.

Healthy tips Which health diseases can this dish help to combat?
It is a well-balanced meal which with lots of protein. It is low fat meal and does not use a lot of oil.
Seasonal tips and secrets Which season is the best time for having the dish? Why?
All year round

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