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Friday, December 30, 2016

The Chicken Tikka Biryani

Firstly, I am eminently grateful for all of you who allow me to do what I love to do every single day! When I decided to lay the first stone in 2016, I never dreamed my food blog would turn out as good as prodigious. When I look back to some of my fan’s recipe requests and my popular recipes to see which one made it to top 15, it pushes me to try something new and different with food. I’m completely flabbergast at where my little hobby has taken me. None of it would be possible without all The Hoggerz fans trying and sharing my recipes, A huge THANKYOU! If you’re new here, this is always a great place to start!

I have decided to try something a little different with tikka recipe and give it a new angle this cold winter nights. Everyone heartily adores the smells and taste of tikka in my house, I have been getting tons of requests that fits in this newly developed recipe, which you can see here I thought to give a try this week and see how it goes. If you too have requests for anything in particular such as a vegetarian meal, gluten-free, kid friendly, freezer friendly, low carb, slow cooker etc let me know! For all you tikka lovers, don’t worry I’m still eating my veggies and I will continue to share a variety of recipes for you’ll as I always do!

If you’re sick of hogging tikka with naans, paratha’s or indian flat bread, then tikka biryani will be a total amazeballs meal for you and family! Tikka biryani is the same smoke filled tikka recipe, but it has a lot of different techniques and ingredients. If you love experimenting in your kitchen like I do then you should try this one. Tikka biryani is a marination of flavorful indian spices, kick of food color and aromatic yogurt gravy! My husband is a huge fan of tikka flavored meal so I thought to put the rice together and steam chicken tikka with amazingly flavored yogurt curry and this was born. Enjoy this with your loved one’s on this new year's eve! If you would like to see some of the previous easy and quick chicken tikka/tandoori recipe for weekend dinner plans then simply click here!

The Chicken Tikka Biryani

The Chicken Tikka Biryani

Preparation Time: 60 minutes
Cooking Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Serves: 2-3 persons

2-3 Chicken pieces, as we are a family of two I have prepared this recipe with minimal elements, you can double the quantity as needed.
1 cup basmati rice
1 cup whisk, greek yogurt
½ cup fried onion
2 sliced tomatoes
1 cup cooking oil
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 teaspoon garlic paste
1 tablespoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
½ teaspoon hot spice powder
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon cumin powder
¼ teaspoon fennel seeds powder
1 big cardamom
2-3 cloves
½ inch cinnamon piece
¼ teaspoon orange food color
1 piece of charcoal, for smoky flavor
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons cilantro
2-3 slit green chilies
Salt to taste

  • Let’s marinate the chicken first, In a bowl, marinate chicken pieces with lemon juice, 1 teaspoon ginger paste, 1 teaspoon garlic paste, ½ tablespoon red chili powder, ½ teaspoon hot spice powder, ½ teaspoon black pepper powder, orange food color and salt to taste. Mix well and keep aside for 30 minutes or 2 hours.
  • In a non stick pan, heat cooking oil and cook the marinated chicken pieces undisturbed for 10-15 minutes until it becomes tender and little crisp from outsides. You can either grill, barbecue or bake the marinated chicken pieces. Drizzle cooking oil over the chicken when needed.
  • Once the chicken absorbs all the flavors and gets evenly tender, give smoke with burnt coal and cover the pan for at least 15 minutes so that the chicken turn out to be smoky!
  • Meanwhile, In another pan, heat ¼ cup cooking oil and fry half moon sliced onions until golden brown, add 2-3 cloves, ½ inch cinnamon piece, 1 big cardamom, sliced tomatoes, add ½ teaspoon red chili powder, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon coriander powder, ½ teaspoon cumin powder, ½ teaspoon fennel seeds powder, ½ teaspoon black pepper powder and cook on medium flame.
  • Now add ½ cup greek yogurt and fry or bhuno until the gravy forms a smooth and thick paste. Add chopped cilantro and 2-3 slit green chilies and cover the pan, allow it to cook for 3-5 minutes on a low flame.
  • Add roasted chicken tikka pieces in the gravy and mix well. Adjust the seasoning and salt of the gravy as needed.
  • In a saucepan, add basmati rice in 2-3 cups of boiling water, add 2 teaspoons of salt and steam for 2-3 minutes until the rice is half cooked. Immediately strain the rice and discard all the water.
  • In a pot, drizzle cooking oil and 3 tablespoons of water, layer half cooked rice and spread the chicken gravy on the top of rice spread. Add the remaining rice all over the gravy and make layers, lower the heat and cook covered for 10-15 minutes until the rice is completely steamed.
  • Serve hot without breaking the rice and chicken pieces. Tikka biryani tastes best with plain yogurt raita. Enjoy!

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