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Chettinad Chicken Biryani in Pressure Cooker

Written By Angela Steffi on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 | 5:36:00 PM

Chettinad Chicken Biryani in Pressure Cooker is an easy and simple biryani for beginners. It features tasty flavorful rice with perfectly cooked chicken pieces. The biryani masala used in this recipe is the Chettinad Masala from the Chettinad Cuisine which adds an unique flavor to the biryani. I fell in love with the taste of Dindugal Thalappakatti biryani and I wanted to recreate the same taste in an simpler recipe. This recipe is very forgiving and the taste and flavor of the biriyani can be monitored all along the cooking process. Since the chicken pieces and rice are going to cooked in the same vessel this is a typical One-pot-Biryani recipe. This easy and simple biryani is made by first grinding the Chettinad Masala and sauteing the onions and tomatoes with this freshly ground masala and then chicken pieces are cooked and cooked until they are halfway done and then pre-soaked rice is added and cooked in the pressure cooker for one whistle.


Serving Size           : 5 people

Preparation Time  : 20 minutes

Cooking Time        : 30 minutes
Difficulty: Spice Level:

For Biryani Masala
1 Bay leaf
1 inch Cinnamon stick
cardamom pods
4 cloves
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp pepper corns
2 tsp coriander seeds
star anise

For Chicken Biryani
2 Tbsp Ghee / Clarified Butter
2 Tbsp Oil

2 bay leaves , 3 green cardamom , 3 cloves
1(250 g) Onion 
2 Tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
5green Chilies
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1-2 Tbsp Red Chili Powder
1(150g) Tomato
1/2 cup Yogurt / Curd
Handfull coriander and Mint leaves
500g Chicken (with bone) cut into medium size pieces
2 cups Basmati rice
3 cups Water

Salt to Taste

Cooking Method

Step 1) To make biryani masala dry roast bay leaf, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, mace, star anise, cinnamon stick, pepper  ,Green cardamom ,cloves, cumin seeds for 2 minutes in a medium heat and grind it to a fine powder (you can use this masala for any chettinad recipes)


Step 2) To start heat 2 tbsp of oil and 2 tbsp ghee / clarified butter (ghee adds extra aroma and richness to the biryani) then add the whole spices bay leaves , cardamom and cloves .
Add  thinly sliced onion (its very important to slice them thinly),then add required salt and saute until the onions are golden brown.


Step 3) Once the onions are nice and brown add 3 green chilies , 2 tbsp of ginger garlic paste and cook until the raw smell is gone and then add the masalas turmeric powder ,freshly ground biryani masala(from step 1) and chili powder depending on your spice preference.Give it a quick mix (be carful do not burn the masalas)


Step 4) Add sliced tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes turns into a paste (we don't want tomato chunks in our biryani) after mixing add some mint and coriander leaves then add 1/2 cup of yogurt and mix everything well.(you can also use 1 tbsp lemon juice if you prefer)


Step 5) Add the chicken pieces (prefer the one with bones for biryani).Mix well and cook for sometime until the chicken pieces are 50% done. 
Then add water (for 2 cups of Basmati rice add 3 cups of water) and mix well.Check for salt if required add extra salt.


Step 6) Now add the cleaned and soaked basmati rice(soaked for minimum 20-30 min) and mix well. drain the water from rice completely before adding.mix well and cover and cook for 1 whistle on a medium heat and then turn off the heat and let it stand for 15 more minutes.


Step 7) open and mix gently to enjoy tasty home-made chettinad style chicken biryani with some fresh Raitha.


Normally the ratio of rice:water is 1:2,Since we have soaked the Basmati rice and have added yogurt reduce the amount of water to 1:1.5(rice:water)

About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


  1. Hello!
    I tried this recipe today and it came out rather well. Thank you :)

    1. Thank you for your feedback. I am happy that you liked the recipe. Please do try more recipes from our website.

    2. Definitely. Will update you as and when I try. Thanks again!

  2. Replies
    1. All the best, Please share your feedback after trying the recipe. Happy Cooking !!!

  3. First time biryani cooked...Came out good.

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback, I am glad that you liked :)

  4. Today I cooked in my room, very nice thank u

  5. Today I cooked in my room, very nice thank u

  6. Hi mam, if I am using ready-made briyani masala how much is to be used for 2 cups of rice?( please specify in spoon measure). Thank you for recipe.
    Rehana :)

  7. Hi sis...m hema from Malaysia, I have tried it chettinad briyani recipe today...its turns out well and super delicious with unique aroma and flavour.tq for a delicious recipe. Keep posting new recipe. Good job. To sis.👍

  8. Hi. I know you had a English YouTube video for this recipe. I can't find it anymore though. Could you please share the link?

  9. I tried this recipe along with Ennai Kathrikai for biriyani recipe.Biriyani turned out very well.And so did the Kathrikai.Thanks.

  10. I tried this recipe today and it came out really well..

  11. I was so excited to finally be able to purchase my instant pot for my birthday but was disappointed when it came. The first thing I noticed when I opened the lid was that it smelled like it had been used and the inner pot had water spotsinstant pot 6 quart

  12. The way u cook and ur simplicity is ur key of success..i m from nagercoil

  13. Dear steffi, thank you for such a simple and awesome biryani recipe. It really turned out well. Thank you🙏💕

  14. For 2 cup of rice.. 3 cup of water is enough.... Thn 4 cut of rice.... Hw many cup of water may need....

  15. Hi . Morning. Can you suggest how much time it takes on step 5 for 1 kg of chicken . we are trying it for the first time.So Excuse

  16. Looks delicious. I love it how pressure cooker makes it so easy and quick and turns out just like a dum biryani. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Also, do check out my post on Best Biryani in Delhi

  17. Looks lovely - how long should I pressure cook it if I'm using an Instant Pot?