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Chettinad biryani recipe in pressure cooker or pot

By Swasthi on August 6, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Chettinad biryani recipe in pressure cooker. Delicious chicken biryani recipe from chettinad cuisine, one of the most popular South Indian cuisine. The main high light of this chettinad biryani is the unique medley of spices and coconut milk. You can also check this hyderabadi biryani and this dum style chicken biryani recipe made in cooker

chettinad biryani

Chettinad biryani is generally made with seeraga samba rice, since I did not have them I used basmati rice. The main aroma of this biryani comes from the seeraga samba rice, coconut milk and mild spices. However if you do not have seeraga samba rice, then use basmati rice to make this biriyani.

This is one of the simplest that one can try since the procedure is easy to make. If you have a pressure cooker you can use it to make this otherwise you can also make this in a pot.

This is best served with a raita or any gravy. We just had it with onion raita and I garnished with boiled eggs.

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Chettinad Biryani

Chettinad biryani is one of the most flavorful biryanis made in South India. It is usually served with a salna or gravy dish.
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Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Servings3 to 4

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

To make a paste

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds / sombu
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 6 cloves
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 2 to 2 ½ teaspoons ginger garlic paste or 1 inch ginger 4 to 5 garlic cloves


  • ½ kg chicken (1.1 lbs, bone-in or boneless whole cut chicken or thighs or drumsticks)
  • Ground paste from above
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons curd / plain yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chilli powder (adjust to taste)

To temper

  • 2 to 3 tbsp oil (adjust as needed)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick small

Other ingredients

  • 2 cups seeraga samba rice or basmati rice
  • 3 ½ cups coconut milk or 1 ½ cups thick coconut milk + 2 cups water , thin
  • ½ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 onion large , sliced thinly about ¾ cup
  • 2 to 3 green chillies (use as needed)
  • 1 tomato large , deseeded chopped or about ½ cup or pureed
  • ¼ cup mint leaves fine chopped
  • ¼ cup coriander leaves fine chopped
  • 3 to 4 boiled eggs (to garnish, optional)



  • Wash chicken thoroughly and drain completely.
  • Powder fennel, cinnamon, cloves and cardamoms to a fine powder in a mixer jar. Then add ginger garlic. Make a fine paste of all. If your blender doesn’t do it finely, then add curd mentioned for marination and blend. You can also use a hand pestle to do this.
  • Add the paste, curd, turmeric, chili powder and chicken to a mixing bowl. Marinate and set aside.
  • Wash and soak rice for at least 20 to 30 mins. Drain the water.
  • Keep your coconut milk and water ready.

How to Make Chettinad Biryani

  • Add oil to a hot pot or pressure cooker.
  • Saute bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon.
  • Add onions and green chilies. Fry until they turn golden.
  • Add chicken and saute on a medium heat until the chicken turns pale and whitish.
  • Then add tomatoes, mint and coriander leaves. Sprinkle salt and cook covered on a low heat untl the tomatoes turn mushy. Chicken is almost half cooked at this stage. Do not cook on high heat as it will make the chicken hard. Cook without lid until the moisture from tomatoes and curd evaporates completely.
  • Add water and coconut milk. Bring it to a boil on a medium heat . You can also use hot water to prevent the chicken from turning hard. Some times adding cold water to the chicken makes it hard and tough to cook.
  • Add drained rice and cook on a medium heat.
  • If making in pressure cooker. cover and cook on a medium heat for 1 whistle.
  • If making in pot, Cook in open pot until almost the water is absorbed. Then cover and cook on a low heat until soft cooked. If the rice remains undercooked, you may need to sprinkle some water and cook until done.
  • Allow the cooked chicken biryani to rest for atleast 15 mins.
  • Open the lid and fluff up gently.
  • Garnish Chettinad biryani with eggs or coriander leaves.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Chettinad Biryani
Amount Per Serving
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 269mg12%
Potassium 396mg11%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 590IU12%
Vitamin C 10.2mg12%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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4 stars
I made this for a friend coming over for dinner. Rave reviews all the way around. So I see what I think is a boiled egg in the picture?? Did not see it included in the recipe. lol TU for sharing the recipe.

5 stars
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. The flavours were so intense. The best ever!

5 stars
This recipe is awesome. I tried it, and the Biryani tasted too yummy. The whole experience of cooking it, tasting it and also sharing it with my friends was out of the world. I also have a doubt. Can we add mutton instead of chicken for this recipe?

5 stars
Thanks. I have been using this recipe for ages. Always get compliments for my Chettinad Biryani. Thanks again.

I’ve tried a lot of your receipes and they turned out very delicious!!!

I have a question about this receipe. If I’m making it in the pressure cooker, is there a need of going the steps till the tomatos turn mushy?

Hi! Should this be canned coconut milk or the kind in the refrigerator section at the grocery store? Thanks!

This biryani recipe came out so well. Thanks a lot! I tried a lot of your recipes. No time to decide whether a recipe is going to turn out well, I will choose your’s.

5 stars
This is one of the best and easy biryani recipes. Spices mixture eliminates the need for ready made mixture and the rice tastes awesome!

I replaced chicken with mutton in this recipe ( cooked meat in cooker for some time) and it turned very good. Is there a Chettinad mutton biryani recipe from you? If yes, please share the link.

Thanks for everything.

5 stars
Is it mandatory to refreigerate the marinated chicken

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Hello, you didn’t tell how much rice must be taken for 500gms of chicken

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Interesting blog that Swasthi has here. I plan to try out some of these mouth watering recipes.