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Thalassery Chicken Dum Biriyani

Thalassery biriyani is popular among food lovers. Thalassery is a place in Kerala, which is famous for a variety of dishes. Unique taste and preparation style made it stand out from other biriyani recipes.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Asian, Indian, kerala
Keyword: biriyani, chicken biriyani, chicken dum biriyani, dum biriyani, kerala biriyani, malabar biriyani, thalassery biriyani, thalassery dum biriyani, thalassery special, Thalassery special chicken dum biriyani, Thalassey food
Calories: 350kcal


To Make Masala

  • 500 gm Chicken
  • 2 Onion : medium size
  • 1 Tomato: medium
  • 1 Ginger: medium
  • 10 Garlic
  • 4 Green Chilli
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 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 Garnish

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

To Make Ghee Rice

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


To Prepare Rice

  • Clean the rice and soak for 10 to 20 min.
  • 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).
  • Add 2 tbsp of ghee and spices as per below,
    Bay leaves: 1
    Cloves: 5
    Cinnamon: 1 small
    Star anise: 1
  • Add one tablespoon of lemon juice, this will keep rice from sticking together. Switch off the cooker, when the rice is almost 90% cooked, remaing will be cooked during the time of dum.

To Prepare Masala

  • Chicken should be marinated at least half an hour before starts preparing the masala. Add a pinch of chilli powder, turmeric powder, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste and 2 tbsp Curd. Mix well with hand and keep aside.
  • 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.
  • Add raisins and cashews in the remaining oil in the pan, fry those until golden and raisins become puffed. Take out from the pan and keep aside.
  • 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. Once it becomes golden brown add ginger garlic and green chilli paste. Saute until this ginger and garlic no longer have their raw smell.
  • 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 Dum

  • Add  90% cooked rice on top of the prepared chicken masala then add some fried onions, cashews and raisins. Add finely chopped mint leaves and coriander leaves too. Add another layer of rice and add fried onions cashews raisins and finely chopped mint leaves and coriander leaves.
  • To get a yellow colour to add a pinch of turmeric powder in a tablespoon of milk and spread on top of the rice layer.
  • Cover the pan using an aluminium foil and place the lid of the pan on top of that. Keep this for 10 to 11 minutes. Yummy Thalassery dum chicken biriyani will be ready within 11 minutes.