Chicken Pulao Biriyani

An interesting Pakistani biriyani, where the rice is partially cooked and then cooked completely with the fluid in the chicken, just like pulao… Very simple yet delicious…


Days seem to be flying like mad. The first quarter of the year is finished and the first week of the second quarter is also completed. Isn’t that scary? Sometimes, I go home planning to do a lot of things, but then a meal, a laundry and a couple of blinks later, I realize that it is already time to put the kids off to sleep. So bye bye, goes the plans… Is it just me, or do you guys feel like that now?


Now again for a biriyani recipe today. I just love biriyani, in fact our whole family does. Every Friday, we have to make biriyani or something like pulao and chicken/ beef/ mutton, complete with a pudding or kheer/ payasam. Nothing less will suffice. Sometimes, it feels like a chore. If it does, then I just go ahead and make biriyani the pressure cooker way, which is easy and quick! Otherwise, I hunt through my thousands of print outs for some interesting biriyani recipe. This recipe sprang up during such a search. The name enthralled me – pulao and biriyani? I guess it’s mainly because the sauce for the pulao and the rice is cooked separately and put on dum for the biriyani effect, rather than cooking altogether.  Whatever said and done, from the update I got for this biriyani, you all should try it. Will definitely not regret, such a flavorful biriyani it was!




Updated with new pics on May 15, 2021: While reading this post now, I realize how much my family has changed in the past eight years from being absolute biriyani lovers to not wanting biriyani all the time. At any given time, the girls prefer a neychor with chicken curry and HD prefers the majboos. Anyway, I still try to push making biriyani at least some of the Fridays. That maybe the reason why there is a steady decline of biriyani recipes on the blog as well. Hehe…


Coming back to this recipe that I had to try making it again just because of the ease of making it… I have made some tiny adjustments to my earlier recipe just to keep the fluid levels a little lower than it was earlier. I also added a little kasuri methi at the time of putting the biriyani on dum and it went to another level, Alhamdulillah. This is an absolute lazy biriyani, as there is hardly anything to chop, and for some reason, my girls seem to be like it because there is no tomato to throw away. Hehe…


As usual, keeping the old picture over here… 🙂





Chicken Pulao Biriyani

Course Rice
Cuisine Pakistani
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 kg chicken cut into medium pieces
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp red chilli pwder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp garam masala powder
  • 3/4 cup yogurt
  • 3 cups rice
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • A pinch of saffron soaked in 2 tbsp warm milk
  • 1/2 tsp kewra essence
  • 1 tbsp kasuri methi crushed


  • In a pressure cooker, add the chicken along with all the ingredients from ginger-garlic paste to garam masala and cook for one whistle, Release the pressure. There would be approximately one cup of stock in the chicken.
  • Whip the yogurt and slowly mix into the prepared chicken, wihtout breaking the peices. Set aside.
  • Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes.
  • Boil the rice with vinegar and salt, and cook till half done. There should be a bite in the rice.
  • Drain the rice, then add the milk to it and mix well.
  • Fry the onion in ghee till brown.
  • In a deep saucepan, spread the prepared chicken and then the rice on top.
  • Sprinkle the saffron soaked milk, fried onion, kewra essence and kasuri methi on the top.
  • Close the lid tight, keep on high flame for around 10 minutes, then cook on low heat for around 30 minutes, till rice gets completely cooked.
  • Mix well and serve hot with raitha, pickle and pappad.

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  1. What. Wait, is it April? I'm still on January 🙂

    Pulao-Biryani looks delish. No truck loads of onions to slice too. That's great 😀

    1. haha priya… my tummy is aching of laughing on that "truckloads"… haha…

  2. Delicious & super yummy. Always love one pot meals

    1. me too humi… 🙂

  3. Chicken biryani-pulao looks so delicious! Drooling over here!! 🙂

    1. thank u so much rita…

  4. wow..this si a new recipe to me..rice with vinegar …!!! simple and quick!

    1. this was new to me too till i cooked it sona, do try it out… 🙂

    1. i'm so sorry sangee for that… 🙂

  5. Nice explanation,looks delicious.

    1. thank u so much asiya…

  6. My to do list are growing and days go away so fast without me finishing my tasks. Time flies.

    Very true I rarely see anyone say they dont like biryani.

    Luv this methods of the biryani. Very tamepting.

    1. thank u for making me feel nice latha… my tasks now look never ending for me!!! 🙂

  7. Dish looks divine..

    1. thank u so much rumana…

  8. What a lovely recipe. It looks good enough to eat :-). I hope your week is off to a great start. Blessings…Mary

    1. thank u so much ma'am… literally waiting for the weekend! 🙂

    1. thank u so much dear…

  9. oooo…yummy…who will not love this….oh they are the best in the world…whether its mutton or chicken is not a matter…they are yumm

    1. i also could have biriyani everyday IF it would not affect my weight!!! hehe… thank u so much dear…

  10. Hah hah! You got me lost today because its one of my fav. I adore the combo of ingredients for that stunning and flavorful taste.

    1. thank u so much nava… 🙂

  11. Wow! Looks amazing..

    1. thank u so much divya…

  12. Hi Rafeeda, lovely chicken polao biriyani. I love biriyani rice, your look inviting. I may need extra serving. 🙂

    Have a great week ahead,regards.

    1. thank u so much amelia… 🙂

  13. nice and flavorful chicken pulao..

    1. thank u so much nalini… 🙂

  14. I totally agree with Priya on the 'onion part'…haha…thanks for sharing the recipe Rafs..

    1. yeah, peeling and cutting onions is a big task in itself… 😀 thank u so much dear…

  15. This is such an easy recipe and spells comfort to me!

    1. y do u think i even tried it, sal??? 😉 perfect for the lazy bone in me!!! thank u so much dear…

  16. Looks easy.. Will try this sometime.. Feels easy & yummy 🙂

    1. thank u so much chitz… this is the easiest biriyani i've made dear… hopefull you'l like it… 🙂

  17. looks delicious n yummy!!

    1. thank u so much julie…

  18. Chicken biryani looks tempting and yummy…

    1. thank u so much reshmi…

  19. Briyani,the word itself makes me drool, wat a tempting one pot meal.Inviting myself to ur place.

    1. thank u so much priya…

  20. Chicken biryani looks tempting.

    1. thank u so much manju…

  21. I too prepare sort of this way…Mainly for my hubby's lunch box…..:)…

    1. thank u so much kamalika…

  22. Nice explanation and looks delicious dear…

    1. thank u so much saranya… 🙂

  23. Biriyani .. can't resist. looks yummy..
    BTW we had it last night.. 🙂

    1. thank u so much shobhaji… 🙂

  24. A very easy recipe, yet mouth watering. Love it Rafeeda

    1. thank u so much dear… 🙂

  25. Looks Great Rafeeda! Biryani always looks good to me,


    1. thank u so much nazneen… 🙂

  26. Comforting pulao for chicken lovers..Looks super yummy..

    1. thank u so much sara… 🙂

  27. My fav this.

    1. thank u so much savitha… 🙂

  28. I was cracking my head thinking what can i cook for my family this weekend and Raf you saved me! Thx for this lovely recipe! I am sure going to try it. It looks so delicious that i am salivating.

    1. thank u so much for your kind words dear… please do let me know if you try it, how it turns out for you… 🙂

  29. Flavorful pulao.. Looks yummy and inviting Rafeeda 🙂

    1. Thank u so much nilu…

  30. very useful really good information thanks for posting such a good information it will hepls the people a lot keep it up , Regards,
    Semiya upma

    1. thank u so much nasreen….

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