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Thalassery Chicken Dum Biryani

Posted Nov 27 2011 7:26am


Thalassery is a small town on the Malabar coast of Kerala and district head quarter is Kannur. Thalassery is famous for Malabar Muslim cuisine. Popular dishes are Thalassery chicken / mutton dum biryani, Arikadukka, Nei pathiri, Thanneeramrit, Kalathappam, Kinnathappam, Kozhiyada, Pazham vaattiyathu, Varutharacha Sambar, Varutharacha meen curry, Elanchi pollichathu, Chemmen Ethal Orotti, Orotti, Mutta Pathiri, Chemmeenunda, Alisa, Banana halwa & Cakes.

Thalasseri Chicken Dum Biryani

Serves: 5 - 6

You will need

For Rice:

Tip - Please use same measuring cup to measure rice and water. Jeerakasala rice is a popular variety of aromatic rice used in Tamilnadu and Kerala. As the name suggests the grains are smaller in size like jeera ( cumin seeds ). It is very tasty and fragrant when cooked. Available at whole sale rice merchants in Chennai ( Rs60 - 65/ kg ), More, Nilgiris and other leading supermarkets. Ratio of rice and water is 1: 1 1/2



4 1/2 cups water
2 bay leaves
6 cloves
6 cardamoms
3 cinnamon stick (1 - inch in size)
2 star anise
2 teaspoons ghee
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups (600 g) jeerakasala rice

Method

For rice:

Wash and clean rice. Do not soak in water.

Heat 4 1/2 cups water in a heavy bottomed vessel or non stick pan. Add bay leaves, cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon, star anise, ghee and salt. When the water boils completely, add cleaned rice. Cover with a tight lid and cook on a low heat for 15 - 18 minutes or until the water completely dries up and each rice grains should be separated. Keep aside.

For fried onion - cashew nuts and raisins:

45 ml oil (3 tablespoons)
2 onions, finely sliced
1 tablespoons cashew nut splits
1 tablespoons raisins

Method

Heat oil in a pan. Add finely sliced onions and fry on a low to medium heat until golden color and crisp. Do not fry on high heat. Approximate frying time is 15 - 18 minutes. Drain out oil and keep aside.

Add cashew nut splits and fry on a low heat until golden color.

Add raisins and fry on a low heat until golden color. Keep aside. Do not use remaining oil.

For chicken masala:

2 tablespoons oil
3 onions, finely sliced
6 green chillies, slit lengthwise
2 - inch piece ginger
24 cloves garlic (2 big pods)
1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
1 tablespoons chopped mint leaves
2 tomatoes, chopped
900 g (net weight after cleaning) chicken pieces, cut into medium size
3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon garam masala powder



Method

Finely crush slit green chillies, garlic and ginger. No need to make fine paste in a mixer / blender (or you can use mortar and pestle). Keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan. Add finely sliced onions and fry medium golden color.

Add crushed ginger - garlic and green chilli mixture. Stir well on a low to medium eat until light brown.

Add chopped tomato and chopped coriander - mint leaves. Stir well for 5 - 8 minutes.

Add chicken pieces and salt to taste. Mix well.

Add lemon juice. Stir well continuously on a low heat for 2 - 3 minutes.

Add garam msala powder. Cover with a tight lid and cook on a low heat for 25 - 35 minutes or until done and soft / gravy thickens. Do not add water when cooking.

For dum:

Extra 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
Extra 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves
1 cup (125 g) maida (to make seal - Mix maida with 1/2 cup water and make a dough (like chapati dough)
Extra 1 tablespoon ghee



Final preparation:

Dum method:

In a heavy - bottomed vessel or biryani pot, spread a layer of chicken masala and half portion of cooked rice. Make 2 layers with cooked rice and chicken masala. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon ghee, chopped mint and coriander leaves, fried onions, cashew nuts and raisins (1 teaspoon diluted saffron & 1 teaspoon rose water, optional).

Cover with a tight lid. Seal with maida dough on the edges of the lid. Heat a heavy - bottomed iron kadai. Keep biryani pot over it. Cook on a low heat for 25 - 30 minutes. You can find a color change on the maida seal. Open the seal carefully. Serve with raita / pickle / boiled egg / pappadam.
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