Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani

Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani

Thalassery chicken biriyani is popular among food lovers in Kerala. Thalassery is a small town of Kannur district, the place is famous for a variety of foods especially biriyani. The unique taste and preparation style made this recipe stand out from all other biriyani recipes. Here is the recipe of Thalassery mutton biriyani


Tomake masala:

  • Chicken: 500gm
  • Onion: 2 medium size
  • Tomato: 1 medium
  • Ginger: 1 medium
  • Garlic: 10
  • Green Chilli: 4
  • Ghee: 2 tbsp
  • Coconut oil: 1 tbsp
  • Curd: 2 tbsp
  • Pepper: 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder: 1/4tsp
  • Garam Masala: 2 tsp
  • Lemon:1/2
  • Mint Leaves
  • Coriander Leaves
  • Salt

To garnish:

  • Onion: 1 medium size
  • Ghee: 2 tbsp
  • Coconut oil: 2 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts: 10
  • Raisin: 10
  • Mint Leaves
  • Coriander Leaves
  • Salt

To make ghee rice

  • Rice(Jeerakashala) : 2 cups (180ml cup)
  • Bay leaves: 1
  • Cloves: 5
  • Cinnamon 1 small
  • Star anise: 1
  • Lemon: 1
  • Salt: to taste

Preparation of Thalassery Chicken Biriyani :

To prepare Rice:
Step 1:

Clean the rice and soak it for 10 to 20 min.

Step 2:

After 20  of soaking put this rice in a rice cooker and add water( I have taken 2 cups(180ml cup) of rice and added 3 cups of water).

Step 3:

Add 2 tbsp of ghee and spices as per below,

  • Bay leaves: 1
  • Cloves: 5
  • Cinnamon 1 small
  • Star anise: 1
Step 4:

Then add one tablespoon of lemon juice, this will keep rice from sticking together. Turn off the cooker, when the rice is almost 90% cooked, remaining will be cooked during the time of dum.

To Prepare Masala
Step 1:

Chicken should be marinated at least half an hour before starts preparing the masala, doing so will make chicken tender and tasty. So to marinate chicken, add a pinch of chilli powder, turmeric powder, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste and 2 tbsp Curd. Mix well with hand and keep aside for half an hour or more than that.

Step 2:

Add 2 tbsp Ghee and 2 tbsp coconut oil in a frying pan. When the oil becomes hot add one finely chopped onion and salt, sauté in a high flame till it becomes golden brown. As soon as the colour of onions become golden brown keep the flame in medium and sauté. Take out this fried onion once it becomes evenly brown in colour.

Step 3:

Add raisins and cashews in the remaining oil in the pan, fry those until golden and raisins become puffed. Once done take out from the pan and keep aside.

Step 4:

Now, add some more coconut oil(1 tbsp) in the same pan and add remaining 2 finely chopped onions, some salt and sauté well on medium heat. When it becomes golden brown add ginger garlic and green chilli paste. Saute until this ginger and garlic no longer have their raw smell.

Step 5:

Next, add marinated chicken pieces and mix well. Cover the pan and cook for 10 to 15 minutes in a medium flame, stir it occasionally. Once the chicken cooks well add finely chopped mint leaves and coriander leaves and mix well. Cook in a medium flame until the water contents evaporate and get a thick masala. Once done keep the flame as low as possible to make a dum.

To make a dum
Step 1:

Add  90% cooked rice on top of the prepared chicken masala then put some fried onions, cashews and raisins. Then add finely chopped mint leaves and coriander leaves too. Keep another layer of rice on top and put fried onions cashews raisins and finely chopped mint leaves and coriander leaves.

Step 2:

Mix a pinch of turmeric powder in a tablespoon of milk and spread it on top of the rice layer to get a yellow colour.

Step 3:

Finally, cover the pan using an aluminium foil and place the lid of the pan on top. Keep it on a very low flame for 10 to 11 minutes. Hence yummy Thalassery dum chicken biriyani will be ready within 11 minutes.

Thalassery chicken dum biriyani
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Thalassery Chicken Biriyani

Thalassery chicken biriyani is popular among the food lover in Kerala. This is an authentic recipe of Thalassery chicken biriyani, which is used to make in my home.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, kerala
Keyword: biriyani, chicken biriyani, chicken dum biriyani, thalassery biriyani, thalassery dum biriyani, thalassery special, Thalassey food
Servings: 3


  • Pan
  • rice cooker


To make masala

  • 500 gm Chicken
  • 2 Medium Onion
  • 1 Medium Tomato
  • 1 Medium Ginger
  • 10 Medium Garlic
  • 4 Green Chilli
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp Curd
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Mint Leaves
  • Coriander Leaves

To Make Rice

  • 2 cups 180ml cup Rice(jeerakashala)
  • 1 Bay leaves
  • 5 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon
  • 1 Star anise
  • 1 Lemon
  • to taste Salt

To make Dum

  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 10 Cashewnuts
  • 10 Raisins
  • Mint Leaves
  • Coriander Leaves


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