Palakkadan Biriyani

I am actually in no mood for a post. But then I am neither in a mood to leave my blog blank for today. So I thought I would just go straight on to the post without any ramblings for today.I have saved all of you from reading my lecture, haven’t I? πŸ™‚


The list of biriyanis I have featured on my blog is proof enough that I come from a biriyani mad family. Today I am sharing one biriyani that I had tried from a magazine called “Ruchi”, which I wouldn’t call it the best. It was quite a blank biriyani from the many I have tried. So why am I sharing it here? Because, this is actually a super easy biriyani, with very limited ingredients. I served it with just pickle and raita but after having it, I thought I could have had some simple saalan to go with it, because the masala is very limited. However, if you are looking for a very mild biriyani, then this is the one! No complications at all… that is how it is… You can understand it from the color of the biriyani itself…Β Want to know how to put the dum? Refer toΒ this post!

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5 from 1 vote

Palakkadan Biriyani

Course Rice
Cuisine Kerala
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 3 cups basmati rice washed and drained
  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • 1 kg chicken cut into medium pieces
  • 3 large onions sliced
  • 3 large tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 6 shallots sliced
  • 3 small pcs cinnamon
  • 5 cardamoms
  • 6 cloves
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 tbsp chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Coriander leaves chopped, sufficient


  • Cook the rice till 90% done in lots of water. Drain and set aside.
  • In a deep saucepan, heat the ghee. Add in the whole masalas and saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the sliced onions. Saute till transparent.
  • Add in the chopped shallots, tomato, ginger and garlic and saute till well cooked and the tomatoes are smashed up.
  • Add the chillies as is, along with the yogurt and chicken, mix well and adjust salt.
  • Cook till the chicken is almost done. Finally add the chilli powder and give a nice mix.
  • Keep the flame on low and arrange a chappathi tawa on top to heat up.
  • Spread the rice on top of the chicken masala.
  • Sprinkle the lime juice and the coriander leaves on the top. Close the lid tightly and put it on the tawa for 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve warm with pappadam and raita!!


1. This is a very mild biriyani, as there are no other spices involved apart from the chilli powder. Add more for a more spicy biriyani!
2. Ensure that the chicken is well cleaned and drained. If needed, pat with a kitchen towel well. Otherwise it will lead to a watery masala.
3. You can replace the chicken with mutton or beef, and accordingly adjust the cooking time for the masala.

Join the Conversation

  1. I can't get enough of rice as well as biriyani. I love anything, the easiest, simplest, plain and whatever. This is another tempting version.

    1. thank u so much nava…

  2. My family is also biryani crazy.btw love this version too

    1. thank u so much humi…

  3. Wonderfully made palakkadan biryani dear, your biryanis are always tempting… wish I was ur neighbour…

    1. thank u so much priya… lovely comment that was!

  4. First time to know abt palakkandan biriyani …
    Nice one ..

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    1. thank u so much shey…

    1. thank u so much nandoo…

  5. loved this Authentic Palakkad style Biryani, sounds flavorful…tempting click!

    1. thank u so much sangeetha…

  6. Yes yes yes v r also biryani crazy people, Saturdays r booked for it, yeah this luks mild but flavourful…..

    1. thank u so much razina…

    1. thank u so much rumana…

  7. So delicious……. I'm also a big fan of biriyanis……..

    1. thank u so much remya…

  8. sounds flavorful..simple n easy …

    1. thank u so much gloria…

  9. U do have a list of biriyani posts up on the blog…before I try one, u come up with another one and then I too move on to the thought of going with the latest one u posted :P… I should start trying it one by one

    1. haha… i'm sorry for making u all confused anupa… u can start off slowly… thanks a lot dear…

  10. Sounds very interesting and nice to know about Palakad biriyani,looks very tempting..

    1. thank u so much nalini…

  11. Simply superb dear..All time love Briyanis too

    1. thank u so much shobana…

  12. Palakkadan biriyani hmm …..looks like Ruchi came up with something to trick u πŸ™‚ just kidding Rafee but like u said it looks bland to be called a biriyani ….

    1. hehe… must be! but still not bad a try! πŸ™‚ thanks a lot meena…

  13. palakadan biriyani kollam, you are biriyani queen.

    1. thank u so much swathi… u r embarassing me!!! πŸ˜€

  14. Interesting doesn't luks like biryani bcz of it's less colour,but kids can eat this I think..nice rafee.even iam also biryani lover.but no company in home..:)

    1. oh… biriyani vanishes in our house! thanks a lot usha… πŸ™‚

  15. Me too from biriyani mad family but first time hearing palakkadan biriyani..I will try this soon

    1. thank u so much resna…

  16. Reading your ingredient list it sounds like a delicately flavored biryani with lovely mellow flavors. I will give it a shot very soon. It is amazing to see so much variety of biryanis across India!

    1. thank u so much dear… yes, the different types of biriyani is really amazing…

  17. Yummy n tempting biriyani

    1. thank u so much faseela…

  18. One more!!! wowiee… I love biriyani too and so does my family… Hoping to try this soon πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much rekha… πŸ™‚

  19. Biryani looks yummy !

    1. thank u so much reni…

  20. yumm, looks delicious

    1. thank u so much nammi…

  21. Never heard of this biryani. Sounds tasty.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. thank u so much sara…

    1. thank u so much priya…

  22. sounds interesting…will try this…me not from a biriyani mad family but my hubby sure is from such a family,all his brothers,sisters..all πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much ruxana… πŸ™‚

  23. simply yet flavorful biryani..

    1. thank u so much bhawna…

  24. Yummy biriyani..Bookmarked your whole chicken biriyani..InshaAllah will try once i get the whole chickemn..

    1. do let me know when u try it shabbu, would love to know… πŸ™‚ thanks a lot…

  25. Sounds so light and tasty….

    1. thank u so much kamalika…

  26. Yes, we guessed it!! you guys love biriyani!! This one looks delicious!! And great clicks…

    1. thank u so much dear…

  27. Savnish Sam says:

    Your blog is looking nice..your presentation is good…the images that you placed here is superb! looking soo yummy and delicious. Last month i had a tasty palakkadan biriyani from Mom’s biriyani hotel palakkad.the taste was Escxellent and a homely taste too..From that time a thought came to my mind is that i need the recipe of palakkadan biriyani and i need to try it..I think this blog will help me..Thank you so much and keep posting the wonderful recipes…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Savnish… hope you try and like it…

  28. I am from rowther from palakkad but have never seen a biryani like this.

    We usually have a bright red color biryani where rice is cooked along with the masala and then put on dum.

    Btw love your blog especially the desserts section.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much for commenting, Sithara… As mentioned in the post, the recipe was adapted from a magazine called Ruchi. I would love to know your version of the biriyani, to try… Appreciate your lovely comments, makes my day… πŸ™‚

  29. 5 stars
    The recipe given is very useful and I will make it at home and I have found unique recipe from many blogs here that I will make and freeze.

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