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Lucknowi Chicken Biryani

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Lucknowi Chicken Biryani

Awadhi Murg Dum Biryani

  • Non Vegetarian

Fragrant Awadhi Chicken Biryani.

  • 75 mins
  • Serves 6
  • Medium




For chicken

  • Chicken – 1kg,
  • Oil – ⅔ cup/150 ml
  • Pyaz sliced – 2 cups/250 gms
  • Salt – to taste
  • Ginger paste – 1 tbsp
  • Garlic paste (watery) – 2 tbsp,
  • Cardamom – 4-5no
  • Cloves – 4-5no
  • Cinnamon Stick – 1 no
  • Nutmeg (jaiphal) – ½ no
  • Chilli powder – 2-3 tsp
  • Curd – ½ cup /120 gms
  • Kewra water – 2 tbsp
  • Milk – ¾ cup/180ml
  • Mace powder (javitri) – a generous pinch
  • Cardamom powder – a generous pinch
  • Saffron dissolved – a generous pinch
  • Kewra water – 1 tbsp

For rice

  • Water – 3 ltr
  • Salt – 3 tbsp
  • Green chilli – 1-2nos
  • Cardamom – 3-4nos
  • Cloves – 3-4 nos
  • Oil – a dash
  • Basmati Rice – 500gms
  • Saffron dissolved – 3 tbsp
  • Dough for sealing



In a deep vessel add oil and fry sliced onions till they turn brown. Add chicken and cook for 2-3 mins. Now add ginger paste & garlic (watery) and cook for a minute. Stir for 2 mins and then add cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, smashed nutmeg and salt. Now add red chili powder and saute. Add whisked curd and cook till it gets a boil. Add kewra and cook on low flame till chicken is half cooked and oil surfaces.


Turn off the heat and add milk. Remove the chicken using a tong and keep aside.Strain the curry(jhol). Skim off the oil from this jhol and keep it aside.


Add kewra, meetha attar(optional) to jhol along with javitri elichi powder and dissolved saffron. In a separate vessel boil water and add salt, cardamom, cloves and green chilli. Add a dash of oil and give a good boil for 5mins. Now skim all the spices and add the rice.


Cook rice till ½ done and in a separate handi add the chicken with jhol and add the ¾th cooked rice on top. On top of the rice add skimmed oil that was kept aside and dissolve saffron. Cover with a tight fitting lid and seal with with dough from the sides.


Cook on high heat for a minute, now lower the heat and cook on dum for 12-15min. Remove from heat and let it sit for 10 mins before opening the lid. Serve hot with raita.

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