Hyderabadi murg ( chicken ) dum biryani

Main Dish
4 servings
35 min
30 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4
1 kg chicken

1 kg Basmati rice

1 cup finely chopped onions

2 teaspoon ginger and garlic paste

3 teaspoon chilli powder

Half teaspoon turmeric

100 g cashewnuts

4 or 5 bay leaves

4 or 5 cloves

2 cm long cinnamon sticks

6 to 10 green chillies

3 to 4 cardamom pods

1 to 2 teaspoon cumin

2 cups mint leaves

2 teaspoon coriander powder

Half teaspoon garam masala powder

1 cup coconut milk

1 lemon

Salt to taste

1 cup ghee

Half cup yoghurt

1 cup oil

2 teaspoon dried coconut powder

Few strand of saffron

2 cups finely sliced onions


  • Make deep incisions on the chicken. Mix together turmeric, chilli powder, salt, garlic ginger paste, juice of half a lemon and yoghurt and apply it on the meat evenly. Marinate for an hour.
  • Heat about 100 ml oil. Roast in the oil, cumin, cloves, cardamom, bay leaves along with a spoon of coriander. Finally add the finely chopped onions. Wait for a couple of minutes before adding the mint leaves.
  • When the onion begins to turn brown, add the marinated chicken and cook for 20-30 minutes. Add coconut powder and garam masala and turn off the flame when it is about three-fourth cooked. There should not be too much gravy in the mixture and the chicken should look roasted.
  • While the chicken is getting cooked, prepare the rice. Rinse three cups of basmati, add water - little less than the volume of the rice itself, so that it is only half cooked in an electric cooker. Add salt to it. Take out some of the half-cooked rice and colour them with diluted saffron and keep it aside for garnishing.
  • Take a utensil with a base of 300 mm. Place half of the semi-cooked rice on it. Layer it with half of the chicken and top it again with a layer of rice. Layer it with the rest of the meat and finish it with another layer of rice.
  • Heat oil and deep fry half of the cut onion till golden brown. Fry the cashewnuts too and layer them on the rice, along with ghee, coconut milk, the saffron rice and coriander. Put a lid on the vessel and try making it airtight. Put on high flame for five minutes and then reduce it to slow flame. The flame should not be on the centre of the vessel, rather on a side.
  • After two-three minutes, turn the vessel to heat another side. Keep rotating the vessel every two-three minutes for about 20 minutes. Put off the flame, but keep it on the stove for 10 minutes before serving. Mix well and serve with halves of boiled eggs.


Hyderabadi Murg ( Chicken ) Dum Biryani, photo 1
Hyderabadi Murg ( Chicken ) Dum Biryani, photo 2


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