Saturday 29 September 2012

Ponni Rice Chicken Biryani | Biryani Without Basmati Rice | Easy Biryani Recipe

When you have no basmati rice and have no extra time but need something to satisfy your taste buds go for this simple chicken biryani. I have used normal cooking rice here and also haven't used any mint leaves or tomatoes, but it tastes so good and yum. No extra efforts needed because we are going to use a pressure cooker for making this biryani. Though the ingredient list seems quite long the preparation method is so easy than the other versions of biryani. You can replace chicken with vegetables and prepare vegetable biryani too. Goes great with spicy sides or just onion raita is more than enough to accompany this one pot meal. Now lets see how to make this delectable and delicious biryani.

Check out my Vegetable biryani recipe here!! 
And check out all variety rice recipes here!!


Serves 3-4 people 
Total Preparation Time - 25 to 30 minutes
  1. Rice (I used Ponni rice) - 1 cup (250 grams)
  2. Chicken - 250 grams 
  3. Coconut milk - 1½ cups (use the same cup to measure rice and coconut milk)
  4. Big onions - 2 
  5. Green chillies - 8 
  6. Chopped coriander leaves - 1 cup 
  7. Red chilli powder -1½ spoons 
  8. Coriander powder - 1½ spoons 
  9. Turmeric powder - ¼ Spoon
  10. Ginger-garlic paste - 2 spoons 
  11. Cardamom pods - 5
  12. Lemon - 1/2 of a lemon
  13. Bay leaves - 2 
  14. Star anise - 2 
  15. Cloves - 2 
  16. Cinnamon stick - 2 (2 inch long small sticks)
  17. Fennel seeds - 1 spoon 
  18. Salt - As per taste
  19. Ghee - 3 spoons   
  20. Oil - 3 spoons 


  • Wash chicken pieces and rice well in water. Washing rice helps remove excess starch and therefore avoids stickiness.
  • Then take a pressure cooker and place its pan on flame. Add oil and ghee, after it heats up add cinnamon, fennel seeds, cloves, bay leaves, star anise, cardamom pods and saute for a few seconds then add sliced onions and saute on low flame.
  • When it turns translucent add slit green chillies, coriander leaves and saute until the leaves shrink. 
  • Now add the ginger-Garlic paste and saute well. Then add chicken pieces stir well for a minute. 
  • Then add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and stir well.
  • Add coconut milk, lemon juice and washed rice and stir well. Check for salt and add if needed. 
  • Close the cooker with its lid and wait for steam/pressure to ooze out of the nozzle. Then place weight and cook on low flame for perfectly 7 minutes. 
  • Then remove from flame and set aside undisturbed for 10 minutes.
  • Now when all the pressure has released, remove the weight, open the lid and serve!! 

TIP 1: Dilute the coconut milk and add do not add thick coconut milk. 

TIP 2: You can also soak rice for 10 minutes prior to cooking, but its optional. 

TIP 3: Do not substitute chicken with lamb/mutton here, because mutton or lamb will not get cooked soon like chicken does. 

Delicious and simple Biryani is now ready!! 
Serve with raita (onions in curd) or with your favorite spicy sides!!


  1. Delicious briyani and amazing clicks, love it and wish I can try it now... Using coconut milk for briyani is new to me dear, will try your version soon

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  2. You are always tempting me. Using coconut milk in biryani is new. Nice clicks.

  3. Great clicks,yummy biryani,makes me hungry.

  4. Lipsmacking Chicken Biryani. Feeling hungry to see that tempting bowl dear....yummyy.

  5. Tryuly yummy, mouthwatering

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  6. Delicious and flavorful Biryani..

  7. I feel so hungry looking at this biryani...looks so yummy...

  8. simple and delicious!liked it Divya!

  9. this is so tempting !!! i want to eat this now :P
    great pics n recipe :)

  10. Briyani will always taste heaven... :)

  11. Hey, my hubby is a huge fan of briyani & he's gonna love this! Enjoy your weekend, dear!

  12. Never tried with normal rice.. looks yum.

  13. Delicious.......I like so much this simple chicken biryani.Interesting part is u made this biryani in the cooker.

  14. Even i used to prepare the same way...Very easy n delicious...Loved ur tempting clicks:)

  15. Hi Divya !!!!

    Visiting ur space after a long time. Biryani looks delicious. Your pics are always amazing.

  16. Nice easy way to prepare biryani !! looks so inviting !!

  17. Delicious,will happily have this flavourful briyani rite now.

  18. Love this idea with any rice....I too do sometime. In fact it tastes great too. Briyani looks delicious dear.

  19. I too do with normal rice sometimes...tastes it....

  20. Delicious biriyani recipe Divya.

  21. Looks soo lovely and Tempting..!!

  22. Looks really nice Divya.. thanks for sharing! I have made pulao with regular rice and stick to basmati for biryani!

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  24. Beautifully done, Divya! So much flavor in one pot!


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