Malai Chicken Biriyani | Malai Murg 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.


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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!!! 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 toย this post!


Updated with new pictures on September 21, 2014.


Old picture… ๐Ÿ™‚



Malai Chicken Biriyani

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


  • 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
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika powder
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp kasoori methi
  • 1/2 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


  • Heat oil in a saucepan. Add all the whole spices and fry for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the onions, along with a pinch of salt, and saute till transparent.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute, then add the chopped tomatoes and all spices from coriander to paprika.
  • Continue to cook it till the tomatoes are all mashed up and it starts to leave oil on the top.
  • Now add the chicken, along with the yogurt and red chilli flakes and cook till just done.
  • On high heat, add the lemon juice, black pepper, kasoori methi and garam masala.
  • Mix well and then add cream. Keep stirring till all is well mixed up and keep away from fire.
  • Wash and soak rice for 30 minutes. Cook the rice till done.
  • 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.
  • 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!

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    1. thank u sangee… ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. tempting and mouthwatering

    1. thank u shama… ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Its late night here, but your Chicken Biriyani is making me drool in here ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ thank u pria…

  3. Wow….chicken Briyani looks delicious…. Making me more hungry pa…

    1. thank u helen… ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Biryani looks flavourful and delicious.

    1. thank u so much, dear… ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. very tempting briyani…

    1. thank u arthy… ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. wow….rafeeda…..biriyani……good one.

    1. thank u sebeena… ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Are you on a killing spree dear? You're killing me now…with that plate of lovely chicken briyani!!! Hahahaha ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Can I join you dear?;)

    1. ๐Ÿ˜€ dear, i am not that bad that i will kill sweethearts like u… ๐Ÿ˜‰ yes, u can join but i doubt i have anything remaining… ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Then you have to prepare the briyani again for me, dear…hehe! Do buzz me…;)

    3. Sure… Maybe ven u come down 2 Dubai sometime…

  8. Woww looks yummilicious…Wish I could grab that platter… ๐Ÿ™‚ Yum!!!

    1. thank u divya…

  9. Wow what a flavorful dum Biryani …. Simple awesome

    1. Thank u divya… ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 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!

    1. I have no words 2 say Jehanne… Thank u 4 vrything… May Allah bless u!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Really tempting biriyani….yummy..

    1. Thank u Shabbu… ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Biriyani luks soo tempting… drooling over the pics… interesting recipe too .. Bookmarked ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank u saneeba , do let me know how it turned out 4 u… ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. looks flavourful and delicious…

    1. Thank u saranya… ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Delicious chicken biriyani, creamy malai did wonders.

    1. thank u so much swathi… ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. This looks and sounds really delicious. I love it when my house smells like a restaurant! ๐Ÿ˜› Can't wait to give this a try. Have a great weekend.

    1. thank u amy… ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. 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…

    1. thank u naaz… am following u too… ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 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

    1. thank u so much… ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. wish i can take this from computer. its so tempting.

    1. thank u dear… ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Looks very nice. hope u had enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. thank u chitra…

  20. Delectable briyani..Sure it is a winner recipe in all get together parties..

    1. thank u sarswathi… ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Mouth watering recipe…

    1. thanks dear… ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Hi Rafeeda, I love biryani. Yours look very delicious and mouth watering. regards.

    1. thank u so much amelia… ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. 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.

    1. thank u so much tisa for your lovely comments… ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. I make biriyani the same way except for the malai part which is interesting..will try it next time ..

    1. thank u so much shobha for coming by… ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Wow! I love biriyani!! However I have never tried malai biriyani! Wonderful biriyani!!

    1. thank u rita for coming by… ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. 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…..

    1. lotus, this one uses normal cream… thank u so much for your comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. This is looking quite attractive nice dear

    1. Thank you so much Monu…

  28. This is indeed yummy and love ur clicks……

    1. Thank you so much Remya…

  29. Salaam Rafeeda!
    Looks soo yummy! I am planning on making this tomorrow. If it turns out good, can I post it in my blog? ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Oh… I am excited to see how it turns out for you! Yes, please do… ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. 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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