muslim chicken biryani recipe

Muslim biryani recipe | How to make muslim chicken biriyani

By Swasthi on August 2, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Muslim biryani recipe made in South Indian style – a generalized recipe that one can use to prepare a delicious, flavorful and simple meat biryani. This biryani is made during andhra and tamil muslim weddings and family get together. Fairly easy to make even for a crowd due to its simplicity.

muslim chicken biryani recipe

You can also check these other recipes of pakki mutton biryani recipe and hyderabadi mutton dum biryani on the blog. The recipe shared in this post is good for beginners and for those who do not have much time to go through an elaborate process of making dum biryani.

To make this easy biryani recipe, you don’t need any readymade biryani masala powder, since I am also sharing how to make an instant biryani masala powder which can be made in just 2 minutes. This biryani can be made in a pressure cooker or an oven. Both tips mentioned at the end of the post in notes.

To prepare this muslim biryani, I have used chicken, you can substitute it to make mutton or egg biryani too. This recipe is very different from the pakki dum biryani and hyderabadi chicken dum biryani that is from the Mughal cuisine.Though the ingredients that go towards the making these dishes are same, the taste is entirely different since the cooking methods are different.

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Preparation for muslim biryani

1. Slice onions and chop tomatoes, set them aside separately. Soak rice in water for atleast 20 minutes.

2. Marinate chicken or mutton with little lemon juice or curd, salt and turmeric. Set this aside to tenderize. If your mutton is not tender you can use meat tenderizer or set aside for about 1 hour to overnight.

3. Add pepper corn, cinnamon stick, cloves, nutmeg, fennel seeds, stone flower and cardamoms to a blender and make a fine powder. Keep this aside in a plate.

spices to make masala powder for muslim chicken biryani recipe

4. To the same jar, add onions, ginger, garlic, mint and coriander leaves, make a fine paste.

making wet masala paste for chicken biryani recipe

How to make muslim biryani

5. Heat a heavy bottom utensil, add bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, mace, black and green cardamons, shahi jeera.

6. When they begin to splutter, add the mint and coriander paste. Fry till the paste begins to smell nice. It takes around 2 to 3 minutes

frying spices mint for making muslim chicken biryani recipe

7. Add tomatoes, salt and turmeric. Fry or cover and cook till the tomatoes turn fully mushy.

8. Add chicken or mutton and fry on low flame for 3 to 5 minutes.

adding meat/ mutton for muslim chicken biryani recipe

9. Add masala powder from step 3, and red chili powder. Fry for about 3 minutes on a low flame without burning.

10. Add curd and stir well.

addition of masala powder curd for chicken biryani recipe

11. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes for the chicken. If using mutton cook till soft and tender, it doesn’t get cooked well with rice later. you can even pressure cook mutton for 1 to 2 whistles at this stage. The oil begins to separate and the gravy thickens. We do not want watery gravy.

pressure cooking rice for muslim chicken or mutton biryani recipe

Cooking muslim biryani

12. Pour 3 ¼ cups water and add salt, we have already marinated the chicken with salt and used salt to cook tomatoes, so use less salt.

13. Bring the water to a rapid boil. While the water boils, drain off the rice to a colander. Make sure there is no water left in rice

addition of rice in boiling water for muslim chicken biryani recipe

14. Cook till the rice is almost cooked with very less water left and the rice must be 75 percent cooked. If you feel the rice is undercooked, sprinkle some hot water over the rice and stir. However you must not exceed using 3 ½ cups water on the whole.

15. Add kewra or rose water. Stir gently and cover the lid and put on dum for about 5 to 7 minutes.

addition of kewra rose water for muslim chicken mutton biryani

16. For the dum process, if you have an induction stove, you could switch it to the minimum. If on gas stove, heat an old dosa tawa, place the biryani utensil on the tawa and dum it for about 5 to 7 minutes. Consider the time when the tawa becomes hot. Do not open for atleast 10 to 15 minutes after you switch off the stove. When still hot, fluff up the rice with a fork.You can even dum this in oven for about 15 to 25 minutes at 180 c preheated oven.

muslim biryani

Muslim chicken biryani is served with onion raita or shorba.

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For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time55 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

To powder

  • 1 nutmeg Very small piece/ jaiphal
  • 4 green cardamoms / elaichi
  • ¼ to ½ tsp Pepper corn / kali mirch
  • 5 cloves / laung
  • 1 cinnamon stick Small / dalchini
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds / saunf
  • ½ tsp stone flower / kalapasi/ dagad phool

To make a fine paste

  • 12 to 15 mint leaves / pudina
  • 12 to 15 stems coriander leaves , small / daniya patta
  • 1 ½ inches ginger / adrak
  • 3 pods garlic large , or 6 to 8 small/ lehsun
  • 2 to 3 green chilies / hari mirch
  • 1 onion large , chopped

To Temper

  • 1 bay leaf / tej patta
  • 1 black cardamom small / badi elaichi
  • 4 green cardamoms / choti elaichi
  • 4 cloves / laung
  • 1 Cinnamon stick / dalchini
  • 1 Star anise / chakra phool
  • 2 strands mace / javitri
  • ¼ to ½ tsp shahi jeera

Other ingredients

  • ½ kg chicken or tender mutton
  • 2 cups basmathi rice , aged
  • 3 ¼ to 3 ½ cups water
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • Salt as needed
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tomato medium
  • 1/2 cup curd / yogurt / dahi
  • 1 tsp rose water or kewra


Preparation for muslim biryani

  • Soak rice for at least 20 mins.
  • Wash chicken or mutton under running water, drain off the water completely and marinate with little curd or lemon juice, salt and turmeric. Rub the meat with the marination for about 5 minutes keep this aside.
  • Chop tomatoes, slice onions, keep them aside for later use.
  • Pluck the mint and coriander leaves and wash in lot of water, set them to drain.
  • Powder all the ingredients mentioned under “To powder” in a blender. Transfer this to a plate and keep it for later use.
  • Make a paste of the green chilies, onions, mint, coriander leaves, ginger and garlic.

Cooking muslim biryani

  • Heat a heavy bottom pan, add spices mentioned under “To temper”. Let them crackle.
  • Add the onion mint paste to the pan and fry for about 2 to 3 minutes
  • Add tomatoes, turmeric and salt. Cook or fry till the tomatoes turn soft. If needed you can cover the pot and make the tomatoes soft.
  • Add chicken or mutton and fry on a low heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add powdered masala and red chili powder and fry till it becomes fragrant
  • Pour curd and mix. Cook until the meat turns tender, if mutton you can pressure cook for 1 to 2 whistles till it turns tender and soft. Cook till the oil begins to separate and the gravy thickens.

Water to cook muslim biryani

  • Pour 3 ¼ cups water and add salt
  • When the water begins to boil rapidly, drain off the water from the rice completely otherwise the rice turns mushy. Add the rice to the water and cook till it is 75% cooked. If the water is not sufficient, you can sprinkle hot water and stir.
  • Drizzle kewra or rose water.Cover the pot with a tight lid .Place the biryani utensil on a hot tawa and dum it for about 5 to 7 minutes. Switch off the stove.
  • Serve muslim biryani with onion raita and a salan.


If you are making mutton biryani, use tender mutton and before adding the rice make sure it is cooked fully
You can increase the quantity of oil by another one to 2 tsps for added taste
For oven method: place the rice for dum in the preheated oven at 180 c for 15 to 25 minutes
For the pressure cooker method: close the cooker lid when the rice is cooked 75% and lower the stove flame to minimum and cook for 5 minutes, don’t let the cooker whistle

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
Muslim biryani
Amount Per Serving
Calories 788 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 194mg8%
Potassium 651mg19%
Carbohydrates 88g29%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 785IU16%
Vitamin C 29.9mg36%
Calcium 174mg17%
Iron 4.8mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
Hello Swasthiji,

I run a small catering service and everyone absolutely loved the dish. I had one query, though, can I use this same recipe with soya chunks? If yes, then how much soya chunks should I use and should I do any tweaks to the recipe?

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I tried it and it came out really well. Thank you for sharing!

I’ve a question. How do you know if it’s 75% cooked?

Thank you Swasthi!! ?

Hi.. this is my fav recipe..How much spoons of biriyani masala powder (ur home made recipe) can we use here instead of powdering the dried spices mentioned here? I m running out of time now. Please help.

Thank you so much ..will do..?

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Hai Swathi
I made semiya payasam for your recipes .com . It was so tasty .My husband don’t like payasam.but when I made this recipe he told me he had never had a good payasam in life ,it was so tasty.he finished the rest without giving me.any way Swathi I appreciate you for this.i tried 2 recipes also that also turn delicious.again I will try more recipes from your blog and let you know.

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Muslim biryani recipe the same as Pondicherry biryani but we don’t use
rose essence or kevra.
Bravo. Keep it up.
I’m the author of PONDICHERY KITCHEN-a Westland publication.
Lourdes Tirouvanziam- Louis
Chevalier des Palmes Academiques
Chevalier dans l’ordre National du Merite.

Biryani yellow ni hoti hai

5 stars
I have tried this biryani many times. It came out really well. If I want to make 4 cups rice,do I need to double all the other ingredients?

4 stars

Thanks for all this recipes but where do I get most of the hebs and spices

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Very easy to make Indian Britain chicken. I made it. Yeayyyyy. I can marry now with Indian . man

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Hi …your dish looks flavourful.
I Am now preparing to marinate the chicken overnight as per your instructions, however I have one question here….why can we not add the powdered masala, red chili powder and curd to the marinade along with the haldi,curd n salt …rather than add them into the process whilst cooking ..won’t it be better absorbed overnight than otherwise.

Hello, I have tried this recipe thrice so far .
Twice with chicken and today replaced chicken with boiled eggs , potato and carrot. Loved it all three times.
The powdered biryani Masala is perfect in itself.
Thank you .

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Hi swathi

Tried this biryani today and it was huge hit. Everyone liked it including me:-) planning to try more such recipe from your blog.

Kudos to your work

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I have tried alot of biriyanj but nothing clicked… But tried this one n it was a major hit.. Thank you so mch swasthi for this recipe

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Very nice send me different types of dishes

Hi madam

For mutton biryani after adding curd do I need to add little bit of water in step 6 When I to use pressure cooker?

I AM SHRINIVAS I AM BIG FAN OF BIRIYANI Mam..can u write the ingredients masala in hindi

How should I replace chicken with egg for egg biryani?

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Hello Swasthi,
I was very impressed to see your recipe for making chicken biryani. We have tried it, it was fantastic and incredible. I want to share one point here is, The ingredients mentioned are all in English may please be given name in Hindi also in brackets.

Regarding Muslim chicken biryani, you have not mentioned the quantities of each ingredients, especially the masala powder. In most recipes the authors keep saying masala powder or garam masala without specifying the quantity of ingredients used. From my experience, a small variation in one component can make a big difference. So, it would be very helpful to us if you can specify each ingredient used. I would appreciate if you can specify the quantity of ingredients used in the masala powder above and inform me by email. Regards, Goutham.