Home-style Chicken Dum Biryani

Home-style Chicken Dum Biryani:

Less Effort; Great Taste :) Dum Biryani is very popular in Hyderabad..! Usually called Hyderabad dum biryani..! There are so many methods to put dum..! Here i used one simple method to cook dum biryani at home..!

homestyle dum biryani


3 Chicken Leg Pieces

1 Cup Thick Plain Yogurt

1 tsp. Red Chili Powder/ To Tastec

2 tsp. Coriander Powder

½ Tsp. Cumin Powder

½ tsp. Garam Masala Powder

½ tsp. Turmeric Powder

1 Medium Size Red Onion Chopped Straight

½ Cup Finely Chopped Cilantro

½ Cup Finely Chopped Mint Leaves

2 tbs. Oil

Whole Garam Masala (Items included: 6 Cloves, 2 Cardamom, 2 Cinnamon Sticks, 2 Bay Leaves, 2 star anise (annachi poo or natcattira sombu); 4 Black Stone Flower (Kalpasi))

1 and ½ tsp. Ginger Garlic Paste

To Cook Rice:

Add the basmati rice into the boiling water along with 1 tsp. of oil, 1tsp.cumin seeds and salt (add salt into the boiling water and check the salt by tasting it). Cook the rice for 8 minutes and then drain it and transfer it into the plate, so that the rice will cool completely. Keep it aside.

To Marinate Chicken:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add chicken followed by red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder and salt to taste.
  2. Mix well and keep refrigerate overnight.

Items Needed For dum:

  1. Take 2 tsp of milk; add a pinch of saffron and microwave for 20 secs and keep it aside.
  2. 2 tsp. Garam masala powder.
  3. Chopped Cilantro/Coriander Leaves.
  4. 2 tsp. Lemon Juice.


  1. In a frying pan, add oil followed by whole garam masala items and chopped mint leaves; fry for few minutes.
  2. Then add the chopped onions and fry until it turns into nice golden brown; then add the ginger garlic paste and cook until the raw smell goes off.
  3. Then add the marinated chicken into it and add 1 cup water and cook the chicken until the oil oozes out.
  4. Then add the cooked basmati rice, add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves on top of it, then add the garam masala powder; pour the saffron milk and lemon juice evenly.
  5. Put the dum by covering the pan with wet cloth and lid.
  6. Leaves it in a low heat for about 40 minutes.
  7. Once done; serve Hot and Enjoy.


* Use Non-stick pan for better result.

* Use the same method to make vegetable dum biryani/ mutton biryani.

Video Recipe for Chicken-Dum Biryani in English:

Video Recipe for Chicken-Dum Biryani in Tamil:

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One comment on “Home-style Chicken Dum Biryani
  1. Marshia says:

    Hi Suba, Can you please tell us how much rice you used?
    Is there a proportion of water you poured?

    What if I’m making 1 kg of rice? What are the proportions of all the ingredients?

    Thanks in advance for your help

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