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pakistani biryani recipe

Pakistani Biryani - Cook Pakistani Style Biryani at Home

Here is popular Pakistani biryani recipe with chicken. if you are looking how to cook biryani in easy way then must try this recipe. Watch Recipe Video!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Pakistani
Keyword: biryani, pakistani biryani, pakistani biryani recipe, pakistani chicken biryani recipe, pakistani rice recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 Persons


  • Chicken Murghi: 1 Kg or Mutton: 1 Kg
  • Oil: 2 Tbsp
  • Onion Piyaz: 3 big Size (Thin Slices)
  • Ginger Garlic Paste Pis Lehsun Adrak: 1 Tbsp
  • Red Chilli Powder Laal Mirch: 2 Tsp
  • Turmeric Powder Haldi: ½ Tsp
  • Coriander Powder Pisa Dhania: 1 Tsp
  • Salt: To Taste
  • Garam Masala Powder: 2 Tsp
  • Whole Garam Masala: Black Pepper 20, Cloves (10), Cinnamon (4 sticks of 4″), Bay leaves (Tez Patta): 4, Black Cardamom (5), Green Cardamom (8), Cumin (Zeera): 1 Tsp
  • Yogurt Dahi: 1 Cup
  • Tomatoes: 5 cubes
  • Rice: 750 Gms
  • Yellow Food Color: 2 Pinches
  • Lemon Juice: 1 Tbsp
  • Fresh Coriander Chopped: 1 Tbsp
  • Brown Onion Tali Piyaz: 1 Tbsp
  • Biryani Essence: 5 Drops


  • Preparation of Chicken Korma:
  • In a pan, add oil and heat it up.
  • As the oil heated then add whole garam masala and let it pop for few seconds on medium heat.
  • Add onion slices and saute until it gets light golden brown color.
  • Now add chicken and cook on high heat until chicken changes the color.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for few minutes on high heat.
  • At the same time, add spices like red chili powder, turmeric, coriander powder.
  • Cook on high heat to get rid of spice rawness.
  • If the gravy is thick and sticking on the pan then you can add little water. Cook at least 5 to 6 minutes on high heat.
  • Now add yogurt and tomato cubes and again cook until the yogurt mixes in gravy and tomatoes start to blend.
  • At the same time, add 1 Tsp of crispy crushed brown onion (optional). If you will add it will give a deg flavor to the biryani.
  • Now add 500 ml water. Mix well!
  • Sprinkle 2 Tsp of Garam Masala Powder.
  • Cover the pan and cook for 30 minutes on low medium heat.
  • Preparation of Rice:
  • Soak basmati rice in water for 15 minutes before boiling.
  • In a pan, add water and some whole spices like black pepper (10), Cumin (1 Tsp), Cloves (5), Cinnamon ( 2 sticks), bay leaves (3).
  • Add salt in water.
  • Cook water for about 15 minutes on high medium heat. Cover the lid during boiling.
  • Now add rice in boiling water and cook for 6 to 7 minutes. Rice needs to be 80% done on boiling rest will be done on steam (Dum).
  • Drain the rice water gently and start layering.
  • Biryani Layering:
  • To layer the biryani in a pan, first add 400 gms boiled rice in a pan, then pour the Korma over it. Make sure to evenly distribute the gravy of korma.
  • Again at 400 gms of rice over korma and again layer with rice.
  • Now again pour the korma layer and add remaining rice on top.
  • Sprinkle food color mixed with milk at the top of the rice and gently mix on the upper layer of rice.
  • Now sprinkle lemon juice.
  • Add freshly chopped Green Coriander and evenly distribute it on the top layer.
  • In the same way, sprinkle 1 tbsp of brown onion. Coarsely crushed with hands.
  • Dum Process:
  • Cover the lid properly.
  • Cook on high heat for 5 minutes.
  • Then turn the heat to low and cook for about 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes biryani is ready to serve.