kozhikodan Biriyani

A Feast, Birthday or Marriage (Perunnalo Pirannallo Kalliyanamo…), BIRYANI is the king of all dishes. A perfect and delicious one pot meal….


  • 1 kg Biryani Rice (Soaked in enough water for 20 minutes)
  • 4 pieces 1 inch length Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 tbsp. Kismis/Raisin
  • 2 tbsp. Cashew nuts
  • 250 gms. Ghee/ Clarified Butter
  • 250 gms. Onion thinly sliced
  • 1 kg Chicken cut into medium pieces
  • 25 Green chilies, silted chopped
  • 2 tbsps. Ginger crushed
  • 2 tbsps. Garlic crushed
  • 2 tbsps. Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsps. Cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsps. Mint leaves chopped
  • 2 tbsps. Cilantro grinded and made in to paste
  • 2 tbsps. Kas Kas/Poppy Seeds (this can be substituted with Cashew nuts, if needed n)
  • 1 Cup Yoghurt
  • 6 Cardamom
  • ¼ piece Nutmeg/Jadikka
  • 1 tbsp. Mace/Jathipathri /Javithri )
  • 1 tbsp. Shah Jeera/Caraway seed
  • 4 Cloves
  • 4 Stick Cinnamon
  • 2 cups Maida/Atta (optional)


  1. Grind masala Cardamom, Nutmeg/Jadikka, Mace/Jathipathri /Javithri ) Shah Jeera/Caraway seed, Cloves, Stick Cinnamon and keep it aside
  2. Heat Ghee in a pan fry sliced onion, and then Cashew nuts, Kismis/Raisin keep it a side.
  3. In a big vessel/Biriyni pot (heavy-bottomed vessel or an oven-proof) add chicken pieces, Green chilies, Ginger crushed, Garlic crushed, Lemon Juice, Cilantro chopped, Mint leaves chopped, Cilantro paste, Kas Kas/Poppy Seeds or Cashew paste, and Yoghurt mix well.
  4. Add ½ of the prepared masala and salt to the chicken mix and mix well
  5. Boil water in a large cooker or any heavy-bottomed vessel. Add the 4 Cinnamon Sticks. Once the water starts boiling add salt, check the taste, one should get the taste of salt in water. Now it’s time to add socked rice. Add rice and cook for some time, or till the rice is half done. Do not allow the rice to cook completely.
  6. Spread the ½ of the prepared rice over the chicken mix, over that spread ½ of the browned onion(other half for garnish), Cashew nuts and Kismis/Raisin, sprinkle the prepared masala(½ of this was added to chicken)
  7. Spread the remaining rice and pour the ghee over the rice.
  8. Cover tightly with a proper lid. Or prepare dough and seal all the sides so that no moisture can escape.
  9. Keep this on fire and bake for 15 minutes then reduce the flame to the lowest possible and continue baking for another 45 minutes. OR
  10.  This can be backed on an electric oven. Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes. Then 300 F for 30 minutes. Let it rest for another 10 – 15 minutes in the biryani pot. Once opened mix gently top with the rest of the browned onion. Serve hot with raita, chammanthi, pappadam and date-lemon pickle.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Biryani is my all time favourite 🙂 Can never have enough of it

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  2. InspiresN says:

    Love it, my favorite biryani from my hometown and the best biryani ever!

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  3. No one cannot​ say no to biriyani 😬..any time love it 😊

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  4. Sana says:

    This is such a wonderful recipe 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. intrepid8 says:

    Curry Chicken I have made. Tandoori Chicken i have made. This recipe…I must make!

    Thanks for sharing this!

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  6. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    After a perfect summer week of sunshine it has gone wet and chilly again. But here is the perfect dish to warm you up. Koszhikodan Biryani courtesy of Deepa from Curry Lives.. a one stop shop for amazing recipes. #recommended

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  7. orangewayfarer says:

    hello there,

    Wow, I have discovered a goldmine I suppose. Loved your fish Biryani recipe, will try out soon. Been to Kerala a year back and in love with the food (may I add, I feel political situation is still sane in that state of this god forsaken country). I will try all your recipes as and wehn I get the luxury of time.

    Meanwhile do check out what I cooked in the name of Biryani, in a pressure cooker in the blog.

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  8. priyanjali says:

    This is mouth watering!

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  9. Kozhikodan Biryani is the best 😀 Of all the biryani’s I’ve eaten, (not a lot) but whether Hyderabadi or different varieties from joints in Delhi, I couldn’t find anything to match the moistness of Kozhikodan Biryani.
    It seems rest of India prefers it dry, while we want our rice nice and moist? 🙂

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