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Junior Kuppanna Style Chicken Biryani

Junior Kuppanna Style Chicken Biryani is an aromatic biryani made with Seeraga Samba Rice along with various spices and herbs. This is an attempt at creating the popular biryani at home.
Course Main Dish - Rice
Cuisine Tamil Nadu
Keyword Chicken Biryani
By Cook Method Stovetop
Occasion Weekend Special
By Diet Non Vegetarian
Dish Type Chicken Dishes
Author Srivalli


For the Chicken Marinade

  • 750 gms Chicken
  • 1 cup Curds / Yogurt
  • Salt to taste
  • 1.5 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder roasted
  • A Pinch Turmeric Powder

For the Onion Paste

  • 2 cups Onions
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 4 - 5 cloves Garlic

For the Herb Paste

Whole Spices

  • 1 Star Anise / Anasa puvvu
  • 1 Mace Javitri
  • 2 Bay Leaf
  • 3 Cloves
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 1 Cinnamon
  • 1 Black Stone / Rathi Povvu / Dagad Phool / Kalpaasi

For the Biryani

  • 1/2 cup Cooking Oil
  • 1/4 cup Ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 nos Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 4 cups Seera Samba Rice
  • 7 cups Water

Other Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • Few strands Saffron


How to make Junior Kuppanna Style Chicken Biryani

    Preparation before Making Biryani

    • Wash and cut the chicken pieces to a bite size. Marinate with the other ingredients for at least 2 hours.
    • Wash and soak the rice for at least 20 to 30 mins.
    • Soak the saffron strands in warm milk.
    • Chop the onions, and grind it along with ginger and garlic. Keep it aside.
    • Grind the mint and coriander leaves together to a smooth paste.

    Making the Biryani

    • In a wide pan, heat cooking oil and ghee, first, add all the whole spices and saute for a couple of minutes.
    • Then, add the onion paste and saute well.
    • Add the ginger garlic paste along with slit green chilies.
    • After sauteeing for 5 mins on high, add the mint paste. Simmer and let this get cooked for 5 mins, keep stirring well. Add salt.
    • Next, add the chicken marinade along with all the ingredients. Combine well and simmer till the chicken gets nicely cooked. This will take about 15 mins.
    • Remember to keep checking and stirring in between.
    • When you notice the oil has come out on the sides, add the water and bring to a boil.
    • Next, add the drained rice and bring to a boil. When the water is almost evaporated, simmer and keep on another pan to do the dum cooking.
    • When the rice is done, add the soaked milk along with saffron.
    • Switch off and serve.
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