Handi Biryani


This handi biryani is slow cooked over wood fire or charcoal in clay pottery. This Biryani recipe can be cooked in the month of Ramadan and for Eid and other festivities.

Ingredients of Handi Biryani 

  • 500 grams Chicken
  • 2 cups Rice
  • 1/2 cup Onion , finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Ginger Juice
  • 1 tablespoons ginger garlic paste
  • ghee
  • 1/2 cup curd
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder 
  • Cloves 
  • Cardamom
  • Black cardamom
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • Mace 
  • 1 pinch Nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • Bay leaf 
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper powder
  • Dry Red Chilli
  • 5 cups Hot water
  • Salt
  • Whole Egg , boiled

How To Make Handi Biryani 

  1. Marinate the chopped chicken pieces in a large bowl with curd, salt, half of the pepper powder, half of ginger-garlic paste and red chilli powder for 30 minutes.
  2. Soak rice for 20 minutes and drain all the water once done with soaking them.
  3. Once the egg is boiled, peel the shell.
  4. Heat a shallow frying pan with a little ghee. Once hot, slice each egg to four pieces, and fry them on all sides till browned.
  5. In a handi, heat a tablespoon of ghee, add the marinated chicken pieces along with the leftover marinade.
  6. Cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Add some more ghee into the handi and add ginger juice, cover the handi for a minute to temper the ghee.
  8. Add bay leaves, and rest of the whole masalas like clove, cardamom, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg, black pepper, and bay leaves and cook for a minute.
  9. Add the chopped onions and cook until it is golden brown. Now add the rest of the ginger garlic paste, corsely pounded red chillies, remaining black pepper powder and turmeric powder and cook for about 2 minutes.
  10. Add the half done chicken pieces and cook for a few more minutes. Be prepared with the hot water to add to the recipe by this time as well. Amount of hot water also depends on the rice that you are using.
  11. Bring the biryani to a boil and close the lid.
  12. Once the mixture has come to a rolling boil, add the drained rice and cook for 15-20 minutes or till the rice is cooked well.
  13. While serving, add the boiled and fried eggs.


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