Calicut Chicken Biryani

This great biryani from the southern state of Kerala is known as Calicut Chicken Biryani. This dish has the great combination of rice, butter, Kerala spices, nuts, dry fruits and chicken. These ingredients give the dish a distinct aroma and brings out the yummy flavour of the chicken. Nothing is better than Calicut Chicken Biryani when celebrations are in order.

Be it birthdays, anniversaries or any other occasions, this delicious dish will make your day!! Enjoy preparing it!


  For the Marinade:

  • 1/2 kg chicken
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt
  • 25 grams coriander leaves
  • 25 grams mint leaves
  • 10 gm curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp aniseed powder
  • 25 gm chopped green chillies
  • 20 gm garlic
  • 2 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp poppy seed paste

  Main Preparation:

  • 1 Tbsp clarified butter
  • 5-6 cinnamon pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4-5 cardamom seeds
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 250 gm broken rice
  • 1/2 litre water

  For the Biryani Masala:

  • 2 Tbsp clarified butter
  • 5-6 cinnamon pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 4-5 cardamom seeds
  • 1 nutmeg
  • 100 gm onions
  • 1 medium tomato cut in 4 piceses


  • In a large bowl, mix yoghurt, coriander leaves, mint leaves, curry leaves, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, aniseed powder, green chillies, garlic, ginger, turmeric powder, lime juice and poppy seed paste. Marinate the chicken in this mixture.
  • Keep it aside for half an hour.
  • Meanwhile, wash the rice and soak it for half an hour.
  • Heat clarified butter in a Panasonic Rice Cooker Pan. Add cinnamon, bay leaf, cardamom seeds, curry leaves and cloves in it.
  • Once they start to leave their aromas, add chopped onions and sauté them till they turn translucent.
  • Next, add the soaked rice and cook it for 15 minutes or until rice is done.

For the Biryani Masala:

  • Heat clarified butter in pan. Now,  add cinnamon, 1 bay leaf, cardamom seeds, nutmeg and cloves.
  • Add onions and sauté them till they turn brown.
  • Once done add tomatoes and cook it until oil leaves from the sides.
  • Next, add marinated chicken and mix it well.
  • Cover pan and cook for at least 5 minutes on a medium flame.
  • After 5 minutes remove the cover and cook it on a low flame for another 10 minutes to allow the gravy to thicken or until the chicken is cooked.
  • In a serving bowl, layer alternate layers of rice and the chicken curry.
  • Garnish the top with a boiled egg, roasted cashews and raisins.

Enjoy this delicious chicken biryani recipe from Calicut.