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Thalappakatti Biriyani

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Dindigul Thalappakattu Biriyani Recipe. Authentic South Indian Tamilnadu Biryani. Adapted from Chef Nagendran of Thalapakatti Hotel. Measurements used – 1 cup rice = 250 ml

  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x



For the Masala

  • 5 Green Chillies
  • 3 small two inch cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cardamom
  • 3 cloves
  • 1/8th of a nutmeg (Jaadhikai)
  • 1 small piece Mace (Jaadhi Pathiri)
  • 50 grams ginger

Main Ingredients

  • 500 ml Seeraga Samba Rice
  • 750 grams Chicken with bone
  • Meat to Rice Ratio – 1 Rice 1.5 Meat

Other Ingredients

  • 25 grams Ghee
  • 75 grams Sunflower Oil
  • 50 grams crushed Garlic
  • 50 grams crushed shallots (small onions)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 cup curd
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 hand full Mint Leaves
  • 2 hand full Coriander Leaves
  • 1/2  lime, juiced


  1. Peel the garlic. Crush the garlic in a mixie without adding any water. Set aside. Crush the shallots in a mixie without adding any water. Set aside.
  2. Grind all the masala ingredients to a very fine smooth paste. Add 1/4 cup of water while grinding. Chop the ginger into small pieces and break the cinnamon into bits before grinding.
  3. Soak the rice in water now. The rice needs to soak for half an hour.
  4. Heat Oil and ghee in a heavy pan and add in the Masala paste, crushed garlic and crushed shallots-small onions. Fry on medium flame for a good 10 minutes until the oil separates from the mixture.
  5. Add in the chicken. Add in the chilli powder. The ratio of rice to chicken should be 1 rice to 1.5 meat. Saute the chicken so the masala coats evenly. Reduce the flame to simmer and cover it with a lid and let it cook. Don’t add any water. The chicken will cook in its own juices. Just saute once in 5 minutes so the chicken doesn’t scorch in the bottom. After 15 minutes, the chicken should be done and there should be some gravy too.
  6. Add in the yogurt/curd. Cook with the lid open for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove the cooked meat to a bowl and roughly measure how much liquid is left behind. Mine had about 1.5 cups of liquid. Just measure roughly. It need not be accurate.
  8. We are using 2 cups rice and 750 grams meat. We require 2 times water to the quantity of rice. So we need to add 4 cups water. There was already 1.5 cups gravy that we measured before. So I added 2.5 cups water to the mixture. Add salt. Add in the chopped coriander leaves and the mint leaves. Let the mixture come to a boil.
  9. Add back the meat and let it come to a boil again. Check for seasoning. Add more salt if necessary.
  10. Drain the soaked rice and add it to the pan. Wait for it to boil. Add in the lime juice.
  11. Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for the first four minutes on medium flame. Open the lid. Gently mix once from the bottom, cover the lid again and simmer for 10 minutes on very low flame.
  12. After that time, open the lid and see if the rice has been cooked. Cook for a couple of minutes more if necessary. Switch off the flame and close the pan with a lid. Do not disturb for the next 20 minutes. The rice will get swollen and absorb all the left out moisture. This time is very important. Do not rush.
  13. After the rest, Enjoy!
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Main course
  • Cuisine: South Indian
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