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Ambur Star Chicken Biryani

A spicy red hot flavorful Chicken Biryani made with red chili paste , shallots and flavorful jeera rice is a speciality chicken biryani from Ambur region Tamil Nadu
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South India
Keyword Biryani, Chicken, Gluten Free
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 5 People
Calories 428kcal
Author Muktha H S


For Cooking Rice

  • 500 grams Jeera Rice / Seeragam Rice
  • 12 cups Water
  • ¼ cup Mint leaves
  • 2 Green Cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

For Biryani

  • 500 grams Chicken with bones
  • 12-14 Dry Red chilli -guntur / or any spicy red chillies
  • 5 Dry Red Chilli - Byadgi /only for colour, no spice
  • 200 grams Shallots /Sambar Onions chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Fresh garlic paste or 20 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tablespoon Fresh ginger paste or 2 inch ginger crushed
  • 2 no's Tomatoes, medium to large size , finely chopped
  • 2 no's Green chillies slit
  • 5 tablespoon Curds
  • 3 tablespoon Ghee /Clarified Butter
  • ½ Cup Oil
  • ¼ Cup Mint leaves chopped
  • ¼ Cup Coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice

Whole Spices

  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 5-6 no's Blackpepper corns
  • 2 Star Anise
  • ½ teaspoon Fennel Seeds / Saunf
  • 4 Green Cardamom
  • 2 Black Cardamom
  • 8 Cloves
  • 2 inch Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 Mace Strands


Making red chili paste

  • Take 1 cup lukewarm water in a bowl and add red chillies and set aside for 30 minutes
  • Discard water and grind to a fine paste.

Cooking rice to 90%

  • Rinse rice couple of times and soak it for 15 minutes . Drain water and set aside.
  • Whilst in a large pot/ vessel , boil 10-12 cups of water.
  • Into the boiling water , add rice , salt , few drops of oil , 2-3 green cardamoms and 2-3 sprigs of mint leaves torn .
  • Cook rice until it's 90 % cooked.
  • Drain the water completely. Spread rice on a wide plate and set aside.
  •  Add 1 tablespoon of ghee to rice, mix well and spread rice on a wider plate.

To make Biryani

  • Take a thick bottom pot / vessel . Heat 2 tablespoon Ghee and ½ cup oil.
  • Add all the whole masala, fry well until whole spices turns aromatic.
  • Add sliced shallots,ginger garlic paste and fry well till raw smell goes off.
  • Then add green chillies, chopped tomatoes and fry well until tomatoes turns mushy.
  • Add red chilli paste cook for 5 minutes , Add curds and mix well. Now add in chicken , salt and saute until chicken changes it's color.
  • Cover a lid and cook chicken until done. If there is more water content , slow cook until water content reduces and gets a thick gravy.
  • Open the lid and cook chicken till you get thick gravy.
  • Now add 90% cooked rice to the chicken. Top with, chopped greens, 1 tablespoon of ghee, lime juice and sprinkle some salt.
  • Seal the cook pot with atta dough or aluminium foil. Place hot water pot above the lid and cook on dum for 30 minutes.
  • Once done, mix well and serve with Onion Tomato Raita.


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  • You should use only jeera rice for this kind of biryani to get the authentic taste.
  • It's a spicy biryani,I have used less red chillies,you can add another 5-8 red chillies to get that heat.


Calories: 428kcal