Ambur Chicken Biryani

Ambur Chicken Dum Biryani
Ambur chicken biryani is a South indian style dum biryani which is famous in Ambur, Tamil Nadu.I had tasted it couple of times and even tried at home by searching few recipes over 
internet,but i was not that impressed.Few days before i had seen a article in Indian Express and thought of trying it with few changes......,and yes i was right ,short grain rice/jeera rice and red chilly paste is what is needed for this Ambur Biryani.What are you thinking, just go through the recipe...,start preparing,cook and get those compliments from your loved ones :)


Category:Non-Vegetarian | Cuisine :India | Course: Main

Prep Time: 30 Minutes | Cooking Time:45 Minutes | Serves:5

Chicken:800 grms- 1 Kg /(Mutton:750 Grams)
Jeera Rice:3 Cups
Red Chilly Guntoor : 10 -12
Kashmir/Byadgi Chilly:8-10
Shallots sliced : 300 grms
Tomatoes Chopped : 3-4 Medium
Green Chilly : 3-4 (Optional)
Ginger Garlic Paste:4 Tbsp
Curds:1/2 Cup
Green Cardamom:8-10
Black Cardamom:2
Marati Moggu:2-3
Star Anise:2
Bay leaf:2-4
Fennel Seeds:1/2 Tsp
Black Peppercorns:5-6
Cinnamon: 2" stick
Pudeena/Mint Leaves:1 Cup
Coriander Leaves:1 Cup
Oil:1/2 Cup
Ghee:4Tbsp +1 Tbsp
Garam Masala/ Biryani Masala: 1 Tsp (optional)

Take some lukewarm water in a bowl and add red chillies and set aside for 30 minutes.Then discard water and grind to a fine paste.

Wash 3 cups of rice and soak it for 10 minutes in water.Take a large vessel,add 1 tsp of oil,Add 1 bay leaf,1 star anise,1 Marati Moggu,black peppercorns, green cardamom 5 ,1/2 cup mint leaves,1/2 cup coriander leaves fry well,add lots of water (8-10 cups) and bring it to boil,add 1 Tsp salt and once it starts boiling add  rice and cook till 3/4 done.

Drain the water completely,reserve 1/2 cup of water and set aside.Spread rice on a big plate .

Take a thick bottom vessel,heat 4 Tbsp Ghee and 1/2 cup oil,add all the whole masala,fry well till you get the aroma of whole spices.Add sliced shallots,ginger garlic paste and fry well till raw smell goes off.

Then add green chillies,chopped tomatoes fry well.For this add  red chilly paste cook for 5 minutes ,add curds,now add chicken cook for 10 minutes.

Add salt to the chicken ,add the reserved drained water to the chicken.Close the lid and cook chicken till done.Now open the lid and cook chicken till you get thick gravy.

Now add 3/4 cooked rice to the chicken,add chopped greens.Heat 1 Tbsp of ghee add gram masala /Shahi biryani masala and pour it over the rice.Close the rice with aluminium foil,close the lid tightly.

Place hot water pot above the lid and cook on dum for 30 minutes.

My Notes

  • You should use only jeera rice for this kind of biryani to get the authentic taste.
  • Green chillies are not used in authentic Ambur biryani,you can alter the taste according to your taste buds.
  • It's a spicy biryani,i have used less red chillies,you can add another 5-8 red chillies to get that heat.

1 comment:

  1. Yummy biryani. will try the recipe this weekend. :)