This pressure cooker chicken biryani is perfect for busy days

Try this recipe if you are craving the dish on a rainy day. File Photo

A plate of hot and flavoursome biryani is the perfect comfort food to enjoy on a rainy day. However, many complain that cooking biryani is a time consuming process.

If you are too busy for elaborate cooking but is craving some one-pot meal goodness, check out the recipe of easy pressure cooker chicken biryani that could be whipped up in a jiffy.

2 cups basmati rice
3 cups water
½ kg chicken
2 big onions (finely chopped)
1 tomato
4 green chilies (chopped)
3 tsp ginger – garlic paste
1 bay leaf
½ cup coriander leaves
½ cup mint leaves
1 cup yoghurt
2 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp cashews
2 tsp raisins
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp ghee
Salt as required
Lemon juice as required
For aroma
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 small cinnamon stick
5 cloves
5 cardamom pods
1 bay leaf

Wash the basmati rice and soak for at least 30 minutes
Strain the rice and keep it aside
Meanwhile, heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker
Fry cashews and rains; set them aside to be used later
Now sauté onions and green chilies until they turn brown in colour
Add ginger – garlic paste
Sauté well
Into it add the tomato and the masala powders
Sauté until the raw smell of the powders is gone
Add yoghurt and mix well
Add the chicken pieces
Mix well for at least 10 minutes or until the chicken pieces are nicely coated in the masala mixture
Add the soaked basmati rice
Pour three cups water and some salt too
Give everything a good mix
Lower the flame when the water boils rapidly
Close the lid and cook until one whistle
Cook for another fifteen minutes on sim
Turn off the flame and allow the steam to release complete
Open the lid and mix the biryani using a fork
Add the lemon juice
Finally, garnish with fried cashews and raisins and coriander leaves
Delicious pressure cooker chicken biryani is ready.



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