Malai Chicken Biriyani

This week has been an absolutely happening week – on my blog front, two back to back guest posts have really boosted my blog as well as my confidence, due the increasing number of positive comments coming by in the form of suggestions and encouragement. It is a very heartwarming thing for me, who was not expecting to be welcomed with such wide arms into this big food blogosphere. On top of that, Sajina of Saju’s Taste has given me the Leibster award!!! What more do I need? πŸ™‚ That will be the feature for my next post… By the way, do hop onto her blog for some lipsmacking yet simple recipe ideas!


Talking otherwise, it has been a normal, or rather a stressed week. However, the excitement on my blog has covered up for everything, so now the feeling is kind of neutral, which is good!!! πŸ™‚ The recipe that I am giving today is a very flavorful biriyani. This makes your kitchen smell like a restaurant. I am not joking, really serious. The first time, I made it, my HD thought that I had ordered it from the restaurant downstairs. It took the messed kitchen to convince him that I had made it. After that, I have made this biriyani a couple of times with great results, including licked fingers and empty pans!!!Β I got this recipe somewhere from Facebook, whoever’s is this recipe, I am really grateful for having introduced to this lovely, lipsmacking biriyani!!! Slightly on the heavier side thanks to the use of cream – but still biriyani is supposed to be a treat, right?

Want to know how to put the dum? Refer toΒ this post!


Updated with new pictures on September 21, 2014.


Old picture… πŸ™‚


Malai Chicken Biriyani
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Recipe type: Rice
Cuisine: Pakistani
Serves: 6
  • 1 kg chicken, cut into small sized pieces
  • 3 cups rice
  • For the masala:
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 meduim onions, sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 3 meduim tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp paprika powder
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp kasoori methi
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • For dum:
  • 2 tbsp milk, with a pinch of turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 4 green chillies, chopped
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan. Add all the whole spices and fry for about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the onions, along with a pinch of salt, and saute till transparent.
  3. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute, then add the chopped tomatoes and all spices from coriander to paprika.
  4. Continue to cook it till the tomatoes are all mashed up and it starts to leave oil on the top.
  5. Now add the chicken, along with the yogurt and red chilli flakes and cook till just done.
  6. On high heat, add the lemon juice, black pepper, kasoori methi and garam masala.
  7. Mix well and then add cream. Keep stirring till all is well mixed up and keep away from fire.
  8. Wash and soak rice for 30 minutes. Cook the rice till done.
  9. Layer the rice on top of the chicken masala, spread the mint, coriander and chillies on the top and sprinkle the milk with the yellow color.
  10. Keep the biriyani on dum for 20-25 minutes till an amazing aroma fills the kitchen!!!
While making the masala, just be careful of the liquid in the masala. Once the chicken is almost done, check on the stock liquid. If you feel it is too much, then cook on high heat till dried upto your satisfaction. Once you add the cream, there would be more liquid. However, you don't have to worry much. Most of the liquid would dry off when placed on dum. The more you want your biriyani with masala, keep more liquid in the masala!



  1. says

    ah, my favourite dish in this whole wide world…biryani! U presented it so nicely. Blog happiness can make us really happy and change even a mundane normal day isnt it, congrats to you Rafeeda, your blog is gorgeous!

  2. says

    This looks and sounds really delicious. I love it when my house smells like a restaurant! πŸ˜› Can't wait to give this a try. Have a great weekend.

  3. says

    Hi rafeeda.. never heard of malai chicken biryani,looks delicious, surely will give it a try…started following you,would be glad if you follow back…

  4. says

    This sounds delicious and I'll wager it quickly disappeared from your table. The aroma as it cooked must have been fantastic. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

  5. says

    I'm going to do it this way next time. I've made my chicken with coconut milk, but thick cream seems so apt for biriyani- so right you are-it is a treat :)) Kudos on your award, Rafeeda, you deserve it.

  6. says

    Looks flavorful and delicious…..never tried biriyani with whipped cream..will try this dish in easter..i use bayleaf and sha geera also.but never use yoghurt and cream…..

  7. Phibu Jose says

    Good morning Rafeeda ….my first try at biriyani, totally easy and family suddenly decided to surprise my husband and myself by visiting us last sunday and all i could do was quickly go through your biriyani and bingo malai biriyani it was . i could serve it onto everyones plates in an hour+20mins, and it took lesser than that to finish up the entire pot . to top it up i also made your green apple raita and it was a super combo. always been a delight to follow your recipes and get them made so well right in the first try,love them… malai biriyani is definitely a must try to all who haven’t yet.


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