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Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani Recipe

A delicious rice delicacy from Hyderabad- Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani Recipe
4.43 from 28 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course dinner
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 224 kcal


To marinate chicken

  • 750 gms chicken pieces (clean and wash well)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks (dalchini)
  • 3 cloves
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder/ elaichi powder
  • ½ teaspoon shahi zeera
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ¾ cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon green chili paste (green chili and coriander leaves blended paste with a pinch of salt)
  • ½ cup fried onions (crush and add)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3-4 chopped mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extracted juice
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves

To boil rice

  • Basmati Rice 750 gms
  • enough water to boil the rice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 6-8 black pepper corns
  • ½ teaspoon shahi zeera
  • 2 cardamoms
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon oil

To garnish during dum

  • 2 tablespoon crushed fried onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander and mint leaves
  • 2-3 saffron strands soaked in milk
  • 2 tablespoon saffron food color
  • 1 teaspoon clarified butter/ ghee


Chicken Marination

  • Add salt to the chicken, red chili powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, cinnamon sticks, cloves.
  • Also, add cardamom powder, shahi zeera, garam masala powder, yogurt, green chili paste, mix well
  • Add crushed fried onions and mix everything well.
  • Add black pepper powder, oil, chopped mint leaves, lemon extracted juice, coriander leaves, mix well.
  • Cover and Marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 to 2 hours.

Boiling the rice

  • Add good amount of water in a cooking pot.
  • Add whole spices such as cinnamon stick, cloves, shahi jeera, cardamoms, black peppercorns, salt to taste, oil.
  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • Add soaked basmati rice into the boiling water.
  • Stir in between and cook the rice until 75% done or for about 10 minutes.
  • Strain the rice.

Dum procedure

  • Place a tawa.
  • Place a cooking pot on the tawa.
  • Add little oil at the base, add the marianated chicken, spread evenly.
  • Add the strained rice.
  • Spread evenly.
  • Top it with crushed fried onions, chopped coriander and mint leaves, saffron strands soaked in milk, saffron food color, clarified butter/ ghee
  • Cover tightly with an aluminium foil.
  • Cover with a lid.
  • Dum on high flame for 10 minutes and on low flame for 30 minutes.
  • Biryani is ready to serve.


  • Using basmati rice while making biryani makes the biryani very delicious.
  • Always soak the rice when the period of chicken marination is about to complete.
  • Start boiling rice for water when rice has been soaked for about ten minutes.
  • Do not cook the rice for a long time as the rice becomes soggy while giving dum.
  • The longer the time of marination, the more tastier the chicken would turn out.
  • If one is looking for more spicy flavor then the spices can be added more in quantity or can be reduced if less spicy flavor is required.
  • Using fresh herbs gives wonderful fragrance to the biryani.
  • Always check the salt taste while cooking rice, else the biryani would not get the required taste.
  • Another way of giving dum is, the cooking pot should be placed on a high flame and then simmer the flame and place a tawa/griddle below the cooking pot and dum for about 35 minutes.
  • Placing a tawa below the cooking vessel prevents the base of the cooking vessel from burning.


Nutrition Facts
Hyderabadi Chicken Dum Biryani Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 156mg7%
Potassium 358mg10%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 28g56%
Calcium 64mg6%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Vitamin A 206IU4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.