Of Flavours & Tastes…

South Canara Chicken Biryani

Another unique Biryani recipe from Prathibha Karan’s “Biryani”.This time from South Kannad (South Canara) district of Karnataka.The rice  being cooked in spicy chicken gravy brings the unique succulent flavour to this Biryani.This is for the Biriyani lovers out there,if you are in search of a different recipe to try…


1 Chicken,cut into medium pieces
600 gm basmati rice
3 large onions ,finely sliced
3 tomatoes,chopped
150 gm oil
salt,as required

To grind

1′ cinnamon
2 star anise
4-5 green chillies
1 tbs poppy seeds
1 tbs fennel seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
10 garlic cloves
1/2 cup coriander leaves,chopped
1/4 cup mint leaves


Clean and wash the chicken thoroughly.Shift to a colander and keep.Similarly wash and soak the rice for 15 minutes and drain.Grind all the ingredients mentioned in the section to a fine paste.
Heat 50 gm oil in a heavy bottomed pan and roast the ground paste.This should be done in low flame stirring in between till the raw smell disappears and a nice aroma spreads.Keep it ready.Now heat the remaining oil in a heavy bottomed vessel and fry the sliced onions till brown.Add ground paste and mix well.Drop the chopped tomatoes and roast till the oil start clearing.Add chicken and salt at this stage and mix well.Cook in low flame till 90 percent done.Switch off.Take out the chicken pieces from the gravy and keep.Add the soaked and drained rice to the gravy and mix well .Pour in water upto 1 inch above the rice.Start cooking in high flame for 3 minutes and then to low flame.Cook in this low flame for 8 minutes with a closed lid.Open and stir.Place the chicken pieces above the rice and close with a tight lid.Cook in low flame for another 8 minutes.By this time both the rice and chicken will be done.Serve hot with raita and pappad…

Verdict: Me being a Biryani savvy,loved the unique blend of spices here.Then from the clicks if you can make out,it’s not a ‘too-spicy’ labelled Biryani.Just the subtle and flavorful !


6 comments on “South Canara Chicken Biryani

  1. Rafeeda AR
    September 9, 2013

    u seem to be like me, a biriyani fan!!! 🙂 i love trying different types of biriyanis, coz it's amazing how different each one tastes!!! this one looks really good… bookmarking it for one of my biriyani trials for sure… 🙂


  2. Rumana Ambrin
    September 9, 2013

    I really love the name of the briyani.. nowadays we have so many names to briyani also.. lovely clicks..


  3. suhaina aji
    September 9, 2013



  4. divya
    September 10, 2013

    looks yummy.. tempting…


  5. Chitz
    September 10, 2013

    Nothing more to say, BMed 🙂 That says it all na 😉


  6. Insignia
    September 10, 2013

    The pics are so inviting Melange!


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This entry was posted on September 9, 2013 by in Biriyani/pulao, chicken, Prathibha Karan.


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