I thought I had done this biryani before, however looks like I haven't and it was so surprising in fact. This recipe is from the Rice Cooker we have and have been making this for such a long time. Though this says Rice Cooker style, two parts of the recipe needs to be done on the stove. So please don't think because I said rice cooker method, this is completely made in that.
We recently made this again for the weekend, when Amma had invited guests and she felt making it in the rice cooker will be very easy and hassle-free. I have a cooker that can make nearly 5 cups of rice and she has one that fits about 4 cups. The nonvegetarians were numbering to almost ten numbers. I am giving the measurement for 2 cups of rice.
For the Chicken Marinade
Chicken - 1 kg
Thick curds - 3/4 cups
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red chili powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
To be roasted and ground
Poppy Seeds -1 tbsp
Cloves - 4
Cinnamon - 2"
Cardamon - 3 -4
For the Gravy
Green Chilies - 4 - 5 nos
Mint leaves - 1/2 cup tightly packed
Coriander leaves - 1/2 tightly packed
Oil - 2 tbsp + Ghee - 1 tsp
Onions - 2 big to be browned.
For the Rice
Basmati rice - 2 cups
Salt to taste
Water - 3 cups
How to make the Chicken Biryani
Wash and cut the chicken into small pieces. Marinate in the curds, red chili, salt, ginger garlic paste. Keep it aside for at least two hours.
Wash and soak the rice for 20 mins. In the rice cooker, place the plate and add the drained rice, water, and salt. Press the cooker to the cooking Mode. This should be done when the chicken is almost half done.
Chop the onions as julienne and deep fry to get roasted onions. Keep it aside.
Heat a kadai with oil and ghee mixture. Add the green chilies and saute well. Add half of the mint leaves, coriander leaves and saute well.
Next, add the chicken with the marinade and cook till the masala is well absorbed and almost dry. Add the ground spice masala. Mix well.
Add half of the fried onions to the chicken, along with the remaining mint leaves and coriander leaves.
Once the chicken is dry, add to the cooking rice. Mix well add the remaining fried onions (save a little for final garnish). Close the lid again. The rice cooker changes to keep warm automatically when it is cooked.
Since the cooker continues to remain in the "Keep warm" mode, the biryani gets dum cooked.
Even if you are using regular rice, it's good if you add 1/2 less water than advised. The moisture from the chicken will take care.