Donne Biryani

Donne Biryani Recipe

Donne Biryani is very famous in Bangalore.”Donne” means big sized cups /bowls made from areca nut palm leaf . These are eco friendly disposable plates and cups. As Biryani will be served on these plates/bowls it is popularly known as “Donne Biryani”. Unlike authentic Biryani, this biryani is not layered nor cooked in dum.This is very similar to preparing any Pulao but its cooked with mutton/chicken stock.

Donne Biryani

In Bangalore there is a restaurant which is very famous for Donne Biryani and its known as “Banashankari Donne Biryani” .As the restaurant is very small and crowded all time ,I never got a chance to visit there ,but once it happened so that one of my cousin parceled Donne Biryani and brought for me to taste at home and asked me to recreate the same.After tasting each grain of that biryani I came up with my own recipe by making some kind of fusion with pulao and biryani .And I named it as Banashankari Donne Biryani and served to GP and cousins,all they said was it was better than “Banashankari Donne Biryani” and relished the taste!

Similar kind of Biryani on my blog , prepared with jeera rice is Ambur Star Biryani , which is hot and spicy . Also there is a Biryani Masala Powder recipe which I have already shared , which can be used to prepare chicken pulao or any kind of Veg Dum Biryani  ,  Egg Biryani , Chicken or Mutton Dum Biryani .

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Donne Biryani Recipe

Donne Biryani Recipe | Easy Chicken Donne Biryani Recipe

Pulao Style Biryani served in Areca nut  palm leaves plates ,gets the name "Donne"
4.72 from 7 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: South India
Keyword: Biryani
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Marination Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 5 People
Calories: 540kcal
Author: Muktha H S


Measurement Size 1 Cup = 200 ml

    For Marination

    • 1/2 Kilograms Chicken
    • 1/2 Cup Hung Curds
    • 1/2" inch Ginger
    • 4 Garlic cloves medium sizes
    • 1 Tsp Chilly Powder
    • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
    • 1/2 Tsp Refined Oil
    • 1 Tsp Salt

    For Masala Paste

    • 3 Onions medium size
    • 6 Green Chillies
    • 2" inch Ginger or 1 Tbsp Ginger Paste
    • 12 Garlic Cloves or 1 Tbsp Garlic Paste
    • 2 " inch Cinnamon Sticks
    • 3 Cloves
    • 1/2 Tsp BlackPeppercorns
    • 2 Strands Mace /Javitri
    • 3 Green Cardamom pods
    • 1 Tsp Saunf /Fennel Seeds
    • 1/2 Tsp Stone Flower /Dagad Phool
    • 1/2 Tsp Black Jeera /Shahi Jeera
    • 1/2 cup Mint leaves
    • 1/2 cup Coriander Leaves
    • 1 Tbsp Oil
    • 1 Tbsp Ghee /Clarified Butter

    For Biryani Rice

    • 21/2 Cups Jeera Rice / Seeragam Rice
    • 2 Tbsp Oil
    • 2 Tbsp Ghee
    • 2 Bayleaf
    • 4 Cloves
    • 2" inch Cinnamon Sticks
    • 2 Black Cardamom
    • 2 Green Cardamom
    • 2 Star Anise
    • 2 Tbsp Kasuri Methi /Dry Fenugreek Leaves
    • 1/2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
    • 3 Tsp Salt or as required


    • Wash and clean chicken.drain water completely . 
    • Marinate with all the ingredients listed under marination for minimum 30 minutes ,preferably keep in refrigerator.

    Directions for Masala Paste

    • In a pan,heat 1 Tbsp of oil and ghee ,add all the whole spices listed under masala paste and fry well ,till you get aroma of the spices.
    • Add roughly chopped onions,ginger ,garlic  and fry well till raw smell goes off.
    • Add green chillies.fry well. Finally add mint and coriander leaves mix well and turn off the heat.
    • Allow it to cool,Once it cools down grind it to a fine paste without adding water.

    For Preparing Chicken Stock

    • In a pressure cooker,add 1 Tsp of oil and marinated chicken .
    • Cook for 5 minutes,once chicken starts changing the colour and  juices starts to release,add 4 cups of water and pressure cook for a whistle.
    • Once pressure releases,separate chicken pieces and stock.

    For Preparing Biryani

    • Wash and soak jeera/seeragam rice for 10-15 minutes,drain water and keep it aside.
    • In a thick bottom pan, heat ghee ,oil add bay leaf,cinnamon,cardamom,cloves , star anise and fry well till spices leaves aroma to oil.
    • Add above ground masala paste and fry for 2-3 minutes.
    • Add cooked chicken pieces to green masala paste and  fry well.
    • For this add rice and mix well.
    • Now add chicken stock to rice ,mix well .
    • Add salt,lemon juice and Kasuri methi ,mix well close tight lid and cook till done.
    • Serve hot with raita,boiled eggs ,onion rings and lemon wedges. 


    More hours you marinate chicken/mutton ,more flavorful it will be.
    If you are adding lemon juice while cooking add only to  hot water. If you add to cold water it turns bitter after cooking.
    Jerra rice is preferable over basmati rice for this type of Donne Biryani.
    Salt required should be approximately 4 Tsp inclusive of marination,chicken stock and for rice.


    Calories: 540kcal

    Step By Step Directions on making of Donne Biryani :

    1.Marinate Mutton / Chicken with all the ingredients listed under “Marination” for minimum 30 minutes,keep in refrigerator preferably.
    Donne Biryani Recipe

    2.Soak jeera rice /samba rice for 15 minutes ,drain water and set aside.

    3.Whilst in a nonstick pan ,add oil ,ghee and fry all the spices listed under ” grinding”.Add ginger paste ,garlic paste ,onions fry till raw smell vanishes.
    Donne Biryani Recipe

    4.Add green chilies and fry well.Finally add Mint and Coriander leaves saute for a minute .Allow it to cool.Donne Biryani Recipe

    5.Meanwhile, in a  pressure Cooker,add 1 Tsp of oil ,add marinated mutton/chicken saute for a minute and cook for 10 minutes,add 3 cups of water,1 Tsp salt and pressure cook for 1 whistle for chicken and 2 whistles for Mutton.

    Donne Biryani Recipe

    6.Once pressure is released ,separate chicken/mutton and stock.Donne Biryani Recipe

    7.By now , masala would have cooled ,grind it to a fine paste .(Don’t Add water for grinding).
    Donne Biryani Recipe

    8.Take a thick bottom pan/handi .Heat oil ,ghee add bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, black Cardamom, green cardamom once aroma comes add grounded paste saute for 2 minutes.
    Donne Biryani Recipe

    Add  cooked chicken/mutton pieces mix well and cook for a minute.Add drained jeera rice .

    Donne Biryani Recipe

    Mix jeera rice with chicken/mutton pieces and cook for 3 minutes.Finally add  seperated mutton/chicken stock.

    Donne Biryani Recipe
    Once it starts to boil,add kasoori methi ,salt to taste and lemon juice.Close lid and cook till done.

    Donne Biryani Recipe

    Serve hot with boiled eggs,onion rings and lemon wedges.

    Donne Biryani Recipe
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      1. I’m so glad Shwetha , u liked this. Love to hear more from you. Do try other recipes too. If you could give star rating for this recipe , then it would be even more great 🙂 Thanks again

    1. This is brilliant , loved the taste . Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, my family is very happy after they tasted it. Please keep sharing more recipes. Will share this with my friends n family !!

      1. Wow Thanks Viji , for your wonderful review. Such comments surely helps to bring the best out of me . Definitely ,I post many more recipes in the same category. Keep in touch .

      1. Hi Deepa , S I have done many times with vegetables where baby potatoes are main ingredients, it tastes delicious. I do have a recipe lying in draft , I’ll try to post it soon. Just subscribe for mails , you’ll get the recipe in your inbox directly when I post.

      1. Hi Vrinda , Thank You. Glad you liked it. Yes its similar and easy when compared to regular biryani. If you can spend some more time and cook in dum you will get the actual taste.

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