Chicken Biryani

Preparation info
  • Serves


    • Difficulty


Appears in
Simply Delicious

By Zola Nene

Published 2016

  • About

For as long as I can remember, my family has been fond of spicy food. My mom learnt how to make a traditional biryani from one of our Indian neighbours when we were still living in Durban, and it’s been a favourite on our family menu for years. My mom’s version takes an entire day to make … mine takes considerably less time.


For the biryani spice mix

  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
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  1. Combine all the spices for the biryani spice mix in a pestle and mortar and gently pound to bruise and slightly crush the spices – don’t grind them, just crush them.
  2. To prepare the chicken, heat the oil over medium heat in a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Add 30 ml of the biryani spice mix and fry for a few seconds.
  3. Add the onions and fry un