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Pollachi Mess Style Kozhi Biryani

Here is a recipe for Pollachi Mess Style Chicken Biryani made with Seeraga Samba Rice, homemade masala paste, and homemade biryani masala powder.

  • Total Time: 80m
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x



Ingredients For Dry Masala Powder

15 grams cinnamon/cassia
6 cloves
1-star anise
1/2 teaspoon kal paasi
3 cardamom
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon black pepper

Ingredients For Wet Masala Paste

100 grams Indian shallots (weight after peeling)
50 grams of garlic (weight after peeling)
50 grams of ginger (weight after peeling)
25 grams of green chillies

Other Ingredients

2 tablespoon peanut oil
3 tablespoon ghee
400 grams of sliced onions
150 grams of tomatoes, ground to a puree
25 grams mint leaves, chopped
25 grams of coriander leaves, chopped
75 ml plain curd
2 teaspoon salt
120 ml coconut milk
1/2 lime, juiced
500 grams seeraga samba rice
500 grams chicken bone-in
1000 ml water (divided)


Prep Work

Wash and soak the rice just before starting to cook. Let it soak for 30-45 minutes.

Grind all the ingredients listed under “Dry Masala Powder” to a fine powder. A heavy duty mixie or a coffee grinder is preferred for grinding the spices to a fine powder.

Grind all the ingredients listed under “Wet Masala Paste” to a coarse paste. Adjust the green chillies according to your taste. Note: the shallots, garlic and ginger have been weighed after peeling them.

Making the Biryani

Take a heavy-bottomed pan and add the peanut oil and the ghee. Vegetable oil can also be used in place of peanut oil.
Add the sliced onions and saute the onions on a medium flame till golden.

Add the wet masala paste to the pan and saute for 4-5 minutes on medium flame. The oil should separate from the masala and should be very aromatic.

At this stage, add the dry masala powder and saute for a couple of minutes.

Grind the tomatoes in a mixie to a coarse paste/puree and add to the pan. Cook for a minute.

Add the coriander leaves and the mint leaves and mix well to combine. Add the plain curd to the pan and mix well to combine. Add the chicken and mix well. Bone-In chicken is preferred for this recipe. Add 500 ml water and mix well. Add in the salt. Cook for 15 minutes on a low flame. The chicken should be cooked at that time. If the chicken is not done, cook for a couple of minutes more.

At this stage add in the coconut milk (canned is fine), lime juice, and another 500ml of water. Let it come to a boil. Once everything comes to a boil, add the soaked and drained rice. Mix well. Let it come to a boil again. Cover the pan with a lid

Now place the pot in a preheated oven / OTG (Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 200°C). Bake for 20 minutes. After the said time, remove the pot from the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes on the table before opening it. After the said time, open the lid and mix well to combine. Serve hot with raita.

  • Author: Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 60m

Keywords: kozhi biryani