Telugu Chicken Biryani

This recipe is very close to my heart due to many reasons. Firstly, it’s been passed down to me from my mother-in-law who procured it when my father-in-law was posted in Vishakhapatnam. Then the fact that it has South Indian flavours (I’m a huge fan of the cuisine) and I don’t get to eat it frequently enough. There is also the fact that this was the first dish I learnt how to cook, and I have served it at many parties and people have always relished it. And the last but not the least, it used to be made at my in-laws’ home every Sunday, and I’m sticking to the ritual. So, here’s a very easy to cook, chicken biryani. Hope you enjoy it 🙂


2 cups Rice, soaked for 15-20 mins in 4 cups of water
500 gm Chicken
3 big Onions, chopped
2 big Tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp Black Mustard Seeds
5 stems of Curry Leaves
2 Green Chilies, chopped
Dry masala – 1 tbsp red chili powder, 2 tbsp turmeric, salt as per taste
Garam masala – 1 big cardamom, 3 small cardamoms, 2 tej patta, 1 small cinnamon stick, 5 cloves, 10-12 black peppercorns

Method :

  1. In a cooker, heat oil. Add the mustard seeds and wait for them to splutter.
  2. Add the onions and fry until golden brown.
  3. Add curry leaves and stir for a second.
  4. Add the chicken and fry for some time.
  5. Add the Garam Masala and green chilies. Stir for 2-3 mins.
  6. Add the Dry Masala and stir for 1-2 mins.
  7. Add tomatoes and cook until it leaves oil.
  8. Add rice and water. Cook for 2 whistles and 2 mins on the sim.


  1. Serve with mustard seeds and curry leaves tempered raita.
  2. Boiled eggs and fry them in oil.

Note: For regular North Indian style biryani, don’t add rai and curry leaves. Add 2 potatoes (optional). Rest follow the same ingredients and steps.

Telugu Chicken Biryani
Simin Singh
Simin Singh

Simin is a former teacher turned homemaker. A proud army brat, her immense love for delicious food has her delving into varied cuisines and exploring her culinary skills post marriage. She loves nature, travelling and baking. She lives in Bhatinda with her husband and Jaguar, her fur baby.


Picture Credit : Asmita Bharadwaj (Onewholesomemeal) 

3 thoughts on “Telugu Chicken Biryani”

  1. Have eaten the biryani, it was delicious. Am going to try out the recipe.
    Have also had cake made by her….it was too good and found it very professional.

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