Hyderabadi Biryani Recipe

People from all over India love Biryani. With its flavourful rice and meat, many people have biryani as their favourite dish. Hyderabad is very popular for its delicious food, especially biryani. People from thousands of miles away travel to test the theory on their own. People tend to think that Hyderabadi biryani can be hard to cook but it is not true.

Here, we will learn how to cook hyderabadi biryani recipe in a few steps.

What is Hyderabadi Biryani?

Biryani has ancient roots. It came from the time of Mughal rule. Hyderabadi biryani came out in the 1600s under the Nizam of Hyderabad. It contains rice and meat cooked together with flavourful spices.

Some of the basic hyderabadi biryani ingredients are:


Salt, red chilli powder, biryani masala, some turmeric powder, ginger and garlic paste, cardamom powder, and saffron and hyderabadi biryani masala.


For Hyderabadi biryani, the rice we use is generally biryani basmati rice because we want the rice to have a soft and rich texture. The rice does not get clumped together after we cook it.


We need chicken for Hyderabadi biryani. We can ask for a biryani cut, which gives us the tender parts of the chicken, like breasts and leg pieces.


Other ingredients we need for Hyderabadi biryani are onions, curd, lemon juice,sunflower oil, ghee, coriander, and mint leaves.

Hyderabadi Biryani Recipe

Step 1-

We cook the chicken by marinating it first. Take a big bowl, and put some curd in it. Add salt, biryani masala, turmeric powder, ginger and garlic paste, and cardamom powder.

If the curd we use is not sour, put some lemon juice in it. After preparing the mixture, place your chicken in the curd, and we leave it to marinate for 2-3 hours.

Step 2-

Chop the onions into fine thin pieces. After this, we have to put some sunflower oil in the pan and cook the onions till it is brown.

Step 3-

Wash your rice thoroughly. After making sure it is clean, we remove the water from the rice. Take a pot to cook the rice in, and put the water in the rice to cook it. Add the spices mentioned above to the rice water. After the rice is almost done, drain the water from the rice.

Step 4-

To start the process of cooking the biryani, you need a pan with a thick and heavy bottom so that your biryani doesn’t get burnt. Put some ghee till it is hot, and then add fried onions with mint and coriander leaves.

Next, we have to put our marinated chicken, then add some of our undercooked rice over the chicken. After the rice has been evenly spread, put a second layer of onions over the rice. We add a second layer of rice over the onions. After the second layer of rice, we put the last and final layer of onions.

Step 5-

This step consists of closing the pot for the biryani to cook. You can close the pot by covering it with foil. Spread your foil over the top of the pot, and seal it with the wheat dough we use in our houses.

Step 6-

The biryani needs to be cooked for at least 30 minutes. We use a medium flame to cook the biryani evenly. Cook the biryani till the Hyderabadi biryani rice drains all its extra moisture.

Now you know what Hyderabadi biryani is and how to prepare it. Try this recipe at home to make your family’s day more special.

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