Pressure Cooker Chicken Biriyani – Chettinad Style



My head is literally drained these days. Must be because of the way my days are moving. Everything is moving at such a fast pace that I am not able to comprehend things properly. However, Alhamdulillah, things are good. I guess without straining myself too much for today, I will leave you all with this lovely set of rules, for you to read and ponder:



All of you who frequently read this blog of mine do know how biriyani mad our family is. Fridays are not complete without a meal of biriyani. If it is not biriyani, then it has to be Neychoru with some non-vegetarian fare. A normal rice and curry meal is strictly forbidden on a Friday! Somehow, I seem to like that schedule too. Having normal food throughout the week does entail for some celebration over the weekend, right? I am always on the look out for new biriyani recipes to try and Alhamdulillah, most of them have come out perfect. Of course, do put in your experience to play as well. As soon as I saw this biriyani recipe that uses coconut milk, I couldn’t stop myself for making it. And I must tell you, it smells and tastes just awesome! I’ve already made this a couple of times and I will definitely make this again in the future, whenever I feel too lazy for sure.. it’s that easy to make! πŸ™‚


Linking this to the South Indian Cooking Event happening on Shruthi’s Rasoi




Pressure Cooker Chicken Biriyani - Chettinad Style

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 kg chicken cut into medium pcs, washed and drained
  • 3 cups of rice washed and drained
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 1 small pc cinnamon
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 3/4 tsp fennel seeds
  • 3 large onion sliced thinly
  • 4 green chillies increase for more spice
  • 2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1-1/2 cup hot water
  • 1-1/2 cup coconut milk
  • Fried cashews and raisins for garnishing


  • Heat your pressure cooker, I used my 7 litre one.
  • Heat the ghee, add in the whole spices and fennel seeds and wait till an aroma wafts the kitchen (wah!).
  • Add the sliced onions and slit green chillies and saute till the onions become transparent.
  • Add in the ginger and garlic paste and cook till the raw smell goes.
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes and continue to cook till the tomatoes get smashed up.
  • Now add the masala powders, the chicken and salt and cook till the chicken is 3/4 done.
  • Pour in the hot water and coconut milk, dump in the rice, give it a nice stir, check seasoning and close the lid of your pressure cooker.
  • Allow it to cook for one whistle, switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Open the lid and give it a nice stir. Spend some time enjoying the wonderful aroma, dump in the fried cashews and raisins. Dig in warm with some raitha and achar!!!


1. Cant wait for the chicken to cook? Add the chicken, close the lid and leave it for 5 minutes - do not wait for any whistle. Switch off and once the pressure is gone - another 5 minutes - open the lid, switch on the flame and continue with the remaining process.
2. Do not add more water than stated, the stock of the chicken will also be there so it is perfect for cooking the rice.
3. Add in mint leaves if required. Since my family are not very fond of too much mint and coriander leaves in biriyani, I avoided it.
4. Reserve the ghee in which the cashews and raisins are fried. Once the biriyani is done, pour it in... Already, the biriyani is quite low on ghee content.

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  1. I want to have now .. looks so yummy.

    1. thank u so much rumana…

  2. wow !! i loved those words..need to save those lines . Did brighten up my day as well !!! and yes, biriyani in pressure cooker is soo handy n quick..loved yours.

    1. thank u so much sona…

  3. You won't believe I was so wanting to have Biriyani today and there you go πŸ™‚ I am drooling here Rafee

    1. thank u so much rekha… πŸ™‚

  4. Oh..ravile thanne kothippikkan thudangi…..

    1. ayyoda… πŸ˜€ sorry daa…

    1. thank u so much humi…

  5. Wish to have right away those delicious chettinadu biriyani…

    1. thank u so much shaami…

  6. Super biryani dear, love it,… I can finish the whole plate…

    1. thank u so much priya…

  7. How lovely grainy rice u got inspite of cooking in pressure cooker is amazing πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much aara…

  8. dont tempt me now πŸ™‚ it looks delicious and tempting.. i dont often use coconut milk in biriyani..

    1. thank u so much preeti… this was actually the first time i made biriyani with coconut milk… tastes lovely… πŸ™‚

  9. I am in the same club of those who are crazy about biriyani. Its about the combo of spices and rice which I can't say no at all. I agree, its awesomeness to the highest degree.

    1. thank u so much nava…

  10. Mouthwatering here, i can have this briyani even everyday…

    1. thank u so much akka…

  11. Awesome biriyani keep the hunt going on please for biriyanis because I like them tooo..
    Point 2 and 5 of the quote are my rules in life.

    1. thank u so much meena… good to hear…

  12. I am coming home on friday for my share of biryani πŸ˜‰ i seriously love your routine… lucky you πŸ˜‰ and biryani is to die for

    1. thank u so much priya… πŸ™‚

  13. I can almost smell the aroma of the Biriyani!!! Love the pressure cooker version, they are handy for lazy days.

    1. thank u so much shibi…

  14. Biriyani looks so yummy…I love chettinad recipes..thank you for sharing

    1. thank u so much resna…

  15. looks super tempting n wonderful clicks..

    1. thank u so much divya…

  16. delicious and fingerlicking biryani…

    1. thank u so much sangeetha…

  17. Loved the sayings Rafee… Biryani looks soo yummy and tempting dear πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much nilu… πŸ™‚

  18. delicious too there is no option for lunch on Fridays other than biriyani and sometimes a neychor can take its place..

    1. thank u so much ruxana…

  19. Wow, looks damn tempting.. I will make this soon..Feels so yumm just reading it πŸ˜€

    1. thank u so much chitra… πŸ˜€

  20. Super Biryani. Kothiyavunnu.

    1. thank u so much nandoo…

  21. This seems like an easy to do recipe. Is perfect for lazy people like me! Love how moist the rice looks. Yummy yum!

    1. thank u so much indu…

  22. Will make this, this weekend…

    1. if u do and it turns out well, please let me know… πŸ™‚

  23. Thanks for sharing these beautiful rules. Your biryani looks fantastic. I've never made rice in a pressure cooker before, need to try it someday πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much ambreen… πŸ™‚

  24. Biryani looks super tempting ! Those are beautiful rules,key to happiness i guess….

    1. thank u so much reni…

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