Thalassery Chicken Biryani

Thalassery Cuisine refers to the distinct cuisine from Thalassery town of North Kerala, which has blended in Arabian, Persian, Indian and European styles of cooking.As per Wikipedia, Thalassery is known for its Biryani. Unline other Biryani recipes, Thalassery Biryani uses Kaima / Jeerakasala rice instead of regular Basmati rice. Kaima rice is a short grain rice which is also called biryani rice in Kerala. There are 2 classes of Non Vegetarian cuisines in Kerala. Malabar Cuisine which is from North Kerala and Syrian Christian Cuisine from South Kerala. Most dishes of Malabar Cuisine, including Thalassery Biryani, there are sweet and spicy variants and they are predominantly Non- Vegetarian.

Thalassery Biryani is a dish blended with spices and Chicken.It is believed that this biryani was invented in the kitchens of the Mughal Emperors. Thalassery is a region infulenced by Muslim Culture. This dish is most popular  and is often served in Malabar weddings and other parties. Biryani is an unavoidable dish in the Muslim community. 

Today I have made Kerala's special Thalassery Biryani with Basmati rice instead of Kaima  rice. Here goes today's post for day 2 under the theme " Biryani / Pulao / Kichidi" recipes with grains for BM 99.

Ingredients For Chicken Gravy:

Whole Chicken 1 lb 
Cashew Nuts 1/4 cup
Raisins 1 tbsp
Sliced onions 2 cups
Slit green chili 2
Ginger Garlic paste 2 tbsp
Tomato 2 medium size
Yogurt 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder 1/2 spoon
Chili powder 1/2 tbsp
Garam masala 1 tbsp
Coriander powder 1/2 tsp
Chopped mint 1/4 cup
Chopped coriander leaves 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Oil 1/2 cup
Ghee 2 tbsp
Lime juice 2 tbsp
Saffron or food color water 1/4 cup

Ingredients to prepare  for Rice:

Basmathi rice / Kaima rice 2 cups
Cinnamon stick 1 
Cloves 3
Bay leaf 1
Cardamom 3
Oil 2 spoons
Salt to taste


Wash and marinate chicken with turmeric powder ,chili powder and salt.
Heat oil in big deep pan and add oil and fry cashew nuts and raisins.
Once cashew nuts turn golden brown and raisins puffs up remove them to another plate.
Add sliced onions and fry till nice and crisp.
Remove and set aside.
Add sliced tomato in the same oil and cook till soft, add slit green chili, ginger garlic paste and cook till raw smell disappears.
Now add marinated chicken pieces, mix well, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
Now add coriander powder, lime juice, yogurt, garam masala and 1/2 of the fried onions.
Cook for 3-4 minutes and switch off flame.

Preparing Rice:

Wash and soak rice for 30 minutes.
Add whole garam masala's which are mentioned above to prepare rice.
Add salt to taste and oil.
Cook till 80 percent is done.
Drain water and add the rice on top of Chicken gravy.
Top it with chopped mint and coriander leaves.
Add some fried onions and pour saffron water on top.
Cover and seal with aluminum foil or wheat dough so that pressure does not go out.
Cook on low flame for 30-40 minutes.
Remove and serve hot with Raita or any gravy curry.

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vaishali sabnani said...

The Biryani looks really colourful , I am sure this must be one of the traditional recipes and a hit with the non vegetarians .

Srivalli said...

Excellent Sushma, had I not decided on sub themes, I would have surely tried this Thalassery Biryani, this one has been on my todo list for a while now. The bowl looks very classic, am sure everybody enjoyed it!

Gayathri Kumar said...

I made Thalassery biryani, but a vegetarian version. Yours looks fantastic and love the authentic recipe so much.

Suma Gandlur said...

A classic biryani from the region and your version looks colorful. I am planning to cook a veg version soon after seeing your recipe.

Sowmya :) said...

That is such a classic dish and a lovely pick for this marathon. The biryani looks so colourful and inviting

Kalyani said...

loved the stylign and the flavours there, Sushma ! the marination can be applied to veggies, particuarly soya and potato for a veg version for me, I think !

Harini R said...

Wow! Very colorful and I am sure the veg version will be perfect for us.

Sharmila Kingsly said...

Looks yummy and i should try this out soon.. Have tasted in many restaurants and this looks too good!!

Srividhya said...

Amazing color. I have veggie version coming soon. Love this version of yours with chicken.

Preeti said...

This biryani looks so tasty and colorful.. perfect dish for nonveg lovers.

Pavani said...

The biryani looks very tasty and colourful! Cannot wait to try it! Lovely share!

CookwithRenu said...

The biryani looks delicious and irrestible. A treat for chicken lovers.

Swati said...

So flavourful and rich .. loved this briyani recipe.Will love to try this soon.