Pressure Cooker Chicken Biriyani



Who does not love biriyani? I don’t think there are many who do not love to devour biriyani. But I know of many who are still scared to try biriyanis thinking that it is a very complicated dish. Even I was in that same category too. My earlier attempts landed up in “kanji” (the Malayalam word for overcooked and mashed up rice) format and it did not take time for anybody to let it down their system!!! Then I didn’t try to make biriyani at least for three years!!! Yeah, I know, that much dejected I was. I was satisfied eating it from my mom’s kitchen, my aunty’s kitchen or any restaurant but not from my hands.


Once I learned the technique of making rice properly, I slowly got the confidence of making biriyani and now, I can finish cooking biriyani in flat one hour. That easy it has become. A couple of good attempts and you are into it. I seriously sometime wish I could make it everyday!!! πŸ™‚


This one is a quick version, something made in a pressure cooker. You may not call it authentic biriyani but then the end taste is very close to that of one. When you feel lazy but want to eat a biriyani, you can go for this recipe. It is a winner, in all ways. I’ve made it three times and each time, it has been really good. A big hearty thanks to Karishma who had this recipe on her blog. I have no words to express my thanks to you, for giving a treat to my lazyhead!!!


Here is another pressure cooker biriyani if you wish to try…




Updated with new pictures on May 26, 2017 – As last Friday, I felt really lazy to cook up a full biriyani and got to looking at this recipe, I reallized that it did need a real face lift! It is one of the first recipes I have posted on the blog and the picture does show my amatuerness! Not saying that I am a good photographer now, but definitely, a better photographer, Alhamdulillah… πŸ™‚ I have also updated the recipe slightly to make it more arranged and better written too… Below is the old picture… I feel like closing my eyes and not looking at it! πŸ˜€





Pressure Cooker Chicken Biriyani

Course Rice
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1000 gm chicken skinned and cut into small pieces
  • 3 cups rice
  • 2 tbsp ghee split
  • 5-6 each of cloves cardamom and peppercorn
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 large onions sliced
  • 3 green chillies slit lengthwise
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 3 to matoes sliced
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 bunch coriander leaves
  • 800 ml water
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 5-6 cashewnuts
  • 5-6 raisins


  • Wash the rice well and soak for 30 minutes. Drain the rice.
  • Heat a large frying pan, add a tablespoon of ghee. Fry the whole spices.
  • Add the rice and fry till dry and crisp. Set aside.
  • Heat your pressure cooker and add the remaining ghee. Once it gets heated, add the onions and chilli and saute till wilted.
  • Add the ginger and garlic paste and fry for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes get mashed well and is incorporated into the masala. The more you keep your masala on low flame, the tastier the biriyani becomes!!!
  • Add the powders and saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the yogurt, coriander leaves and chicken and mix well till the masala gets incorporated on the chicken. Leave it like that for 5 minutes.
  • Add the fried rice, garam masala and water. Adjust your salt.
  • Close the lid and increase your flame to medium - high.
  • Once the first whistle is up, reduce the flame to the minimum and do not keep for more than 5 minutes.
  • Switch off the cooker and leave unopened for the next half an hour.
  • Meanwhile, heat the ghee in a small kadai and fry the onion till brown.
  • Then fry the cashews and raisins and keep aside.
  • Open the cooker, pour the ghee used for frying the garnishing items and mix well until incorporated.
  • Garnish with the onion, cashews and raisins and serve with raita, pappad and achar!!!


Adjust the cooker time as per the time your rice takes to cook. Some rice need only the one whistle and it will get done. However, if the rice doesn't take much time, then ensure to cook the chicken a little longer.

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    1. thanks swasthi… πŸ™‚

  1. I made briyani too today….love the flavor

    1. biriyani anytime is a big yes… πŸ™‚

  2. Biryani is words to describe them..Yours looks delicious and I waiting your next sweet melon ice cream recipe..

    1. thank u dear for dropping by… πŸ™‚

  3. superb, looks yum

    1. Thank u divya…

  4. Biryani is un comparable.nice recipe

    1. Thank u dear…

  5. Wow, yours looks yum yum yum !!!
    I have too have one left in my draft for years now πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u pria…

  6. quick fix biriyani,yummy!!!
    Hope u'll join my space,Rafeeda..:)

    1. thank u so much julie… already on ur space for more than a year now… πŸ™‚

  7. very yummy biryani. do visit my space too.

    1. thank u dear… already on ur space… πŸ™‚

  8. You made me hungry with your biryani. Pass me a plate

    1. pls… it's all urs!!! πŸ™‚

  9. Hey Rafee,the new looks of your blog is truly nice and simple..And the fonts look lovelier too..

    This is one way to make easy biriyani,a quick-fix. Isn't it ? I usually go for the elaborate versions..Nicely done Rafeeda..Loved this.
    (I love to visit you as much frequent as possible dear)

    1. thank u so much dhyuthi for coming by… definitely i take a lot of inspiration from your blog… πŸ™‚

  10. A quick-fix biriyani…yum!!!Makes me hungry…

    1. thank u saranya… πŸ™‚

  11. Wonderful idea for a quick biryani!! My neighbor's son asks her for biryani nearly every day!!! I have got to pass on this recipe to her too πŸ™‚ It also seems relatively healthy compared to traditional biryanis πŸ™‚

    1. thank u dear for your kind comments…

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