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Ambur Biryani ~ Sunday Special ..!

22 Jan 2012


Ambur Chicken Biryani:

Ambur Biryani is a famous & special type of Biryani of South India which emerged during the Nawab of Arcot’s regime. This one is a dum biryani & I enjoyed cooking it. 

It has an unique appetizing taste and the rich spicy taste lies in the preparation method & mixing of the ingredients at right proportion. 

Here is the secret recipe for you, try it out & delight your family with yet another interesting biryani..:)


  • Basmati Rice                             - 2 cups
  • Chicken                                     - ½ kg
  • Oil                                            - 6 tbsp
  • Cinnamon                                 - 2
  • Cardamom                                - 3
  • Cloves                                      - 5
  • Onion                                       - 3
  • Ginger paste                              - 1 tbsp
  • Mint leaves                               - 1 cup
  • Coriander leaves                       - handful
  • Red chilly pwd                          - 2 ½ tsp
  • Garlic paste                              - 1 tbsp
  • Biryani masala pwd                   - ½ tsp
  • Tomato                                     - 2
  • Lemon juice                              - 1 tbsp
  • Yoghurd                                   - 1 small cup
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash and soak biryani rice for 5 mins.
  2. Drain water and reserve.
  3. Clean chicken pieces in running water and strain water from it.
  4. Take 2 pans and heat them simultaneously
  5. In one pan, add water and allow to boil without covering with lid.
  6. In the other pan, add oil and heat.
  7. Add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, wait to splutter.
  8. Add chopped onion and roast it to golden in medium flame.
  9. Add garlic paste and add chopped mint and coriander leaves.
  10. Now add ginger paste and toss continuously.
  11. Add red chilly pwd, chopped tomato pieces, fresh lemon juice, yoghurd one by one with stirring.
  12. Toss it in medium flame till oil separates ( approx for 5 mins )
  13. Now biryani masala curry with strong and rich aroma has been prepared.
  14. In this stage, add chicken pieces, saute it in masala curry.
  15. Add salt and required water.
  16. Allow to cook for 10 mins.
  17. Now add soaked and strained biryani rice to the first pan with boiling water.
  18. Allow the rice to get half cooked.
  19. Transfer this rice to the biryani masala curry prepared above in the second pan.
  20. Stir and close it with a lid.
  21. Allow to cook in medium flame for 4 to 5 mins.
  22. Remove from flame & cook it in “ dhum “
  23. For cooking in “ dhum “ , heat a strong dosa girdle on the flame.
  24. Place the biryani pan on top of the girdle.
  25. Now take a wide bowl, add 4 tumblers of hot water to it.
  26. Place this bowl on top of the lid of biryani pan.
  27. Keep the biryani in “ dhum “ like this for 15 mins.
  28. Once it is done, open the lid and fluff the biryani gently.
  29. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  30. Serve hot with  spicy curry  & onion raitha.

  1. Mouthwatering Aambur Chicken Biryani is ready to delight your taste buds..!

Related Quick Links:

·       Mutton Biryani
·       Thalapakattu Biryani
·       Lucknowi Murgh Biryani

61 Yummy Comments:

Juan H.R. said...

Hola Jay. Este arroz tiene un aspecto fabuloso. Me encanta el picante así que con este plato disfrutaría. Además tiene que desprender un olor delicioso.

Anne Regalado said...

One of the yummiest one dish meal you've made so far !!!! I love vibrant color of the dish and great presentation , too ;)

Yumm n flavorful Arcot Biryani Preparation Dear.Worth-trying recipe

Rathai said...

That biryani looks scrumptious and delicious. I would be very happy to be served that for Sunday lunch! :)

trollanyu said...

That's looks delicious, perfect for a Sunday meal:)

Asiya Omar said...

looks delicious.beautiful click.

Gosh!! The pics are so beautiful n clear!
Sometimes, presentation adds pearls to your necklace and so is the case here...lovely!! :)

maha said...

looks delicious and perfect for a Sunday lunch..love the pics....

faseela said...

wow........mouthwatering biriyani....lovely recipe....thanx 4 sharing dear...

hi jay, wow! your biryani looks exceptionally delicious, looking at the photos and ingredients, i am very tempted to try out this wonderful recipe. thanks and have a great weekend.

Rashida shaikh said...

Looks tempting dhum biryani

Aarthi said...



anthony stemke said...

This biryani looks wonderful, I love the mint in it.
Thank You.

am gonna try this - ur pics tempting me :)

Asiya said...

Love biryani and this looks great! I love how it's not a huge quantity. Perfect for a small family like ours!

Roser said...

Briliant! Today I ate rice with a lot of vegetables...delicious. Your dish seems awesome, i love this colour! kisses

Roshu said...

Tempting clicks!!!!
Mouth wateringggggg....love the way u made it

Sasmita said...

That's great Jay! Do u have a veg version of this ?

Hema said...

Heard of Ambur briyani, looks good Jay, will try a vegetarian version of this or with soy chunks..

Sravs said...

This is very new to me !! looks very inviting and well presented too !!

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khushi said...

oooo this looks so temptingggg......lovely clicks Jay

Priya said...

Mouthwatering here, wat a terrific and super tempting dish..

Julie said...

Omg,Irresistible Jay..great going for Sunday..yummy!!

Erivum Puliyum

Biny Anoop said...

wow really gud....

Jay said...

I m thankful for your valuable comments..
have a wonderful start of the week..:)

Simply Life said...

this rice looks so pretty!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious looking Biriyani. The addition of mint has made it more delightful.

Hamaree Rasoi

Your site is great- I just joined! Thanks for stopping by mine and leaving such a nice comment. I LOVE biryani- my parents always used to make it for us on special occasions. Your pics are fabulous too!

@lekshmi said...

mouthwatering Biriyani................

Sobha Shyam said...

super delicious biryani, looks yummy..

Radhika said...

Looks super duper good. Unfortunately I don't eat non-veg. But I can imagine the flavors.

Nava.K said...

Very nice and simply adorable. We enjoy any kind of food, esp when its rice. I am all in for rice and must have for the day, esp for lunch.

simran said...

yummy!perfect for sunday lunch!tempting pics...well explained.

angsarap.net said...

I rememeber I sometimes have this for lunch when I was living in Malaysia. Yummy!

Ganga Sreekanth said...

loved this recipe !! will surly give a try !!

Mouthwatering biriyani....looks fabulous and tempting.

This is another new variety to me...looks extremely yum...i too have posted a royal biryani at my place....

Priti said...

Looks yum ...n the recipe is very interesting

Megha Sarin said...

WOW! Yummy! You got a great blog <3


Jaya said...

This looks delicious ..love biryanis anyday :-)..hugs and smiles

Ambreen said...

This is making me hungry. Looks delicious, so tempting!

Biriyani looks absolutely delicious, lovely presentation as well :)

wow super biriyani.u had a lovely sunday....

Mélange said...

Such a tempting presentation jay..I love to have the plateful..

Shawn said...

I want some of this right now! It looks delicious :)

the food dude said...

This looks awesome, perfect Sunday meal!

Rosita Vargas said...

Tiene un aspecto estupendo es un plato realmente sabroso y tentador,abrazos hugs,hugs.

easyfoodsmith said...

Wow! That is indeed a wonderful recipe and looks delicious. Can't wait to try it.

Giovanna said...

fantastico uno spettacolare primo

Sini Cherian said...

nice click and biryani with chicken, my fav

radha said...

Will try it out for my kids sometime.. since I am a vegetarian. I am sure they will enjoy it.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Wow, great colors, great photographs, great recipe. Really nice dish. Thanks for this.

Umihoney said...

thanks for sharing ,it's awesome

Rita said...

What a beautiful creation; I can almost taste the goodness; saving this one.

wanna said...

That looks really great!

My husband enjoys south Indian dishes. I'd love to make this, thanks for sharing.

Magic of Spice said...

What a beautiful rice dish, and so flavorful!

BragonDorn said...

This looks delicious! I will pick up the ingredients tomorrow after work :)

Sumi said...

perfect mouthwatering biriyani ...love it.

Vidhya said...

I am sure this would make a delightful meal to have anytime.

meadowly said...

Scrumptious Biriyani..I love this with some raita..Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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