Clay Pot Chicken Biryani

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It’s been 1 whole week since I have not used my Clay Pot and I am missing it already 😛 and I’m sure my clay pot too, is missing me. So this time I am going to prepare the authentic Clay Pot/ Matka Biryani 😀 We all know that Biryani is the MOST POPULAR dish in India and in fact it’s everyone’s favorite dish too. Every state in fact even every house has its own version of Biryani. Many of you must have eaten that “Matka/ Clay pot Biryani” which is generally served in many restaurants. But I’m not sure whether they cook biryani in clay pot only or they just serve in it. Whatever it is, looks inviting and tempting.
This chicken biryani is nothing different than what I always prepare BUT the flavor of clay pot makes the biryani so delicious and special. This is a MUST MUST MUST try recipe for all the Biryani lovers. Do try and don’t forget to tell me the feedback. 🙂
Serves 2-3
For Rice

  • 1 Cup basmati rice
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 Tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 Green cardamoms
  • 2 Cloves
  • Salt as required

For Marination

  • 350gms chicken
  • 1/2 Cup thick yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 Tbsp mint-coriander chutney (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp Tandoori masala
  • 1 Tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 Tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 Tsp coriander masala
  • 1 Tsp cumin powder
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt as required

For Gravy

  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 Tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 Tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 Star anise
  • 2-3 Cloves
  • 1 Tsp red chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp biryani masala
  • 1 Medium onion finely sliced
  • 2 Green Chili
  • 1/4 Cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/4 Cup fried onion
  • Kewra water

Learn Step By Step Recipe With Pictures For Clay Pot Chicken Biryani
Step 1- Marinate chicken with all the spices mentioned in marination section and keep in fridge for 5-6hrs
Step 2- Wash and soak rice for 30mins. Boil 3 cups of water adding whole spices and salt as required. When the water comes to a boil add rice and cook until 80% done and then remove the excess water. Keep aside and let the rice cool

Step 3- Heat the clay pot on high flame and when it’s hot turn the flame to medium. Heat 2tbsp ghee in it. Meanwhile take bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cloves, green cardamom, star anise, cumin seeds and fennel seeds in a mortar and crush a little. Add the crushed whole spices to the ghee

You can even use the whole spices as it is. I like it this way 😀 It gives extra taste to the biryani. Sauté the spices for 15-20secs

Step 4- Add sliced onions and fry till translucent and soft and then add the marinated chicken. Mix well and fry until half done

Step 5- Add red chili powder, biryani masala, green chilies and required salt. Mix well and fry the masala. Cover the lid and cook the chicken until done

Once it’s done take out the gravy in a bowl. We will add the gravy while layering the rice

Step 6- Add some chopped mint-coriander leaves and layer with some rice. Spread 1/2 cup gravy and again add mint-coriander leaves

Add the remaining rice and add the remaining gravy. Spread some mint-coriander leaves and fried onions on the top, place 1-2 boiled eggs (optional). Add few drops of kewra water to give a nice flavor and aroma

Step 7- Cover the lid of the pot and seal with dough. Heat a tawa and put the clay pot and let it dum on low heat for 15-18mins. And the beautiful, flavorful steaming hot biryani is ready

Serve hot with cucumber raita and some salad.


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