Hydrebadi Chicken Dum Biriyani

I actually couldn’t stop myself from smiling while I saw this post sometime back online.
Why wouldn’t I? Each one of us have dreams about our own life, ouPinr family, our children, our careers, our homes, our cars, what not… However, I have always seen that the more we dream, the more it gets unrealised, the more disappointed we become. I always try to tell myself not to take a lot of things with high expectations. If there is something that I have ceased to learn so far, then it is to lower my level of expectation on each and everything in my life. I have so many times in my previous blog posts scribbled about how much I am learning to do it. But with the way my life is moving, I know I still haven’t learnt the valuable lesson. I really, sincerely hope that I will learn this important trait soon – to keep myself sane for a longer period of time, InShaAllah… otherwise I will have only time to mend broken hearts, whether it is mine or others… πŸ™‚


Coming to this biriyani recipe that has been in my drafts for God knows how long… despite me posting so many recipes in the past, I don’t know somehow I keep missing to do this post. Finally I pulled it up and decided to post it before the picture starts looking a bit faded! Hehe… Hyderabad is so well known for its Nizami style food, which involves a lot of non-vegetarian fare. Their biriyanis are lip-smacking and highly appreciated by food connoisseurs. Not much of work, but the end result will not disappoint you for sure! Off to the way I make it…Β Recipe adapted from here



Hydrebadi Chicken Dum Biriyani

Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 kg chicken cut into meduim pcs
  • 1 cup thick yogurt slightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Chilli powder
  • 3 green chillies chopped finely (increase more for spiciness)
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves chopped
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 cups basmati rice washed and drained
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 inch pc cinnamon
  • 2 cardamom
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A handful mint leaf
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • FOR DUM:
  • 2 tbsp ghee + 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 large onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
  • 10-12 strands saffron
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp shahjeera powder


  • Marinate the chicken overnight along with the "For Marination" list of ingredients. The minimum marination must be 2 hours.
  • Cook the rice with all the ingredients as stated, in a port full of water till 1/2 done. Drain and set aside to cool.
  • Heat oil and ghee in a deep fry pan and fry the onions till it becomes crisp and caramelised. Drain and keep aside.
  • Soak the saffron into the warm milk and keep aside.
  • Take a deep saucepan. Use the same oil as used to fry the onions. Add the marinated chicken and keep on meduim flame for around 7-8 minutes, till the stocks of the chicken start showing. Remove off the flame and keep a tawa for warming.
  • Layer half the rice on top of the chicken mixture. Sprinkle half of the onions, garam masala, shah jeera and saffron soaked milk.
  • Dump in the remaining rice, level the top and sprinkle the remaining dum ingredients and the coriander leaves.
  • Tightly seal the saucepan with aluminium foil, close the lid tight and keep on medium flame on top of the tawa for 35-40 minutes.
  • Leave it on the dum for 10 minutes after switching off the flame.
  • Mix well before serving it with some pappad, pickle and raita!!!

Join the Conversation

  1. Nice one and u know what, I had prepared this and thought will send u as a guest post to add to ur variety of biryani collections….:)

    1. Thank you so much Razina… I'm so sorry I broke ur plans… πŸ˜›

  2. yummy biryani. Biryani is an all time fav and hydrebadi biryani. Yummm,

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

  3. Agreed Raf about setting high expectations. But still we need expectations to look forward too yet being practical about it. Ahhh!!! biriyani is my weakness and you sure know how to roll out different types. Its so good to see and yum to the taste.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  4. My all time favourite biryani. Soft chicken cooked perfectly under dum and the flavourful rice. mmmm yummy.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  5. Delicious biriyani..yummy..

    1. Thank you so much Shabbu…

  6. I know ! I always tell myself the same thing about expectations…..when the bar is lowered disappointments are less….but mind is like a monkey it never listens :))
    It is 7 in the morning and I am seeing biriyani… my mind is already scanning the freezer for chicken :))

    My all time favorite biriyani looks yum.The chicken is at the bottom and rice is layered twice on top right? I usually do it separate and then assemble and dum I know it it is very amateurish :). Would really love to stand with a pro like u and learn how a good biriyani is made in the real kitchen someday.

    1. Your comments made me smile, Meena! πŸ™‚ Yes it is… I was a bit tensed about the cooking, but at the end, it all did cook quite well in the dum, just leave it on for maximum possible, at least you are assured that it will be not become over cooked… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot dear…

  7. My all time fav biryani…you have cooked it perfectly..yummy!

    1. Thank you so much Sangeetha…

  8. Your posts always comes around my lunch time and makes me hungry :). I had never made the hyderabadi birayani from scratch though. I had used the masala to make it.

    Rafeeda…so you don't have to roast the garam masala in the dum ingredients before layering? Will the spices taste raw?

    1. You use garam masala powder to sprinkle in the dum, so there will be no raw smell! Thanks a lot Shibi… πŸ™‚

  9. Biryani's are my fav, very nicely made, makes me hungry Rafee…

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  10. how perfect is that….lovely and perfectly cooked rice with flavors of masala is something non stoppable…yummy

    1. Thank you so much Divya…

  11. Salaam :)…that pic is so funny yet fact of everyone's life !!…Biryani is my all time fav…..no wonder y I married a Hyderabadi ;D….Damn,I feel hungry 😐 ….

    1. Thank you so much Manju… πŸ™‚

  12. Our all time favorite ……….yummy and drooling…….dear

    1. Thank you so much Remya…

  13. Very inviting Biriyani..

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

  14. Delicious, Drooling here

    1. Thank you so much Divya…

  15. Drooling over that biryani.Looks so good!

    1. Thank you so much Aysha…

  16. Looks really delicious πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Madiha… πŸ™‚

  17. Love your write up, so true! Another mouth watering biryani recipe, wish I was living close to you and could enjoy it πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Ambreen… πŸ™‚

  18. So true Rafee…I too keep my expectations low these days…the more I plan, the more I get disappointed as things do not go anyway closer to those plans…

    one of my favorites of all the biriyanis….loveeee it….I can smell it here Rafee and u leave me tempting now…

    1. Thank you so much Anupa… πŸ™‚

  19. Lovely Biryani Rafeada πŸ˜€ i really like the plans pic hahaha πŸ˜€ quite good recipe with perfect article πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you so much Monu… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Asiyakka…

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