Purani Dilli ki Degi Biryani

Biryani is one of my favourite Indian dishes, and I am sure it is yours as well. I have already discussed the history and origin of this lip smacking dish. Every state and every region has their own version, be it Hyderabadi or Bombay Biryani.

Delhi is of course the food hub and the culinary experts here create magical food every day. Purani Dilli ki Degi Biryani is one such unique biryani which includes food color and chilli pickle. They make this dish in deg (Huge cooking pots or vessel) and hence it is famous as Purani Dilli ki Degi Biryani.


Ingredients Quantity
Basmati rice 500 gm
Bay Leaf 4
Black Cardamom 1
Cinnamon Sticks 3
Green Cardamoms 4
Cloves 4
Nutmeg and Mace 1
Oil 1 tbsp
Water 3 liters
Salt To taste

Chicken Ingredients

Ingredients Quantity
Chicken 500 gms
Red Chilli Powder 1 tbsp
Mace 1 tsp
Cinnamon sticks 4
Cloves 6
Ginger and Garlic paste 3 tbsp
Dum Biryani Masala 3 tbsp
Nutmeg Powder 1 tsp
Cardamom 6
Fried Onions 6
Semi thick Curd 200 ml
Green Chili 3
Fresh Mint A bunch
Raisins and Cashew 20
Yellow 2 tsp
Lemon Juice 2 tbsp
Ginger Juliennes 2 tbsp
Green chili and pickle 2 tbsp
Ghee 5 tbsp
Salt To taste

How to Cook Cook Cook!

Rice Preparation

  1. Soak the rice for 30 minutes
  2. Put all the whole spices and salt in the water and give it a boil
  3. Add the soaked rice in the boiling water
  4. Boil the rice and cook it to 70%
  5. Take the rice out of water keep it aside.
Purani Dilli ki Degi Biryani

Chicken Preparation

  1. Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a deg (a big cooking vessel)
  2. Add in cloves, cardamom, ginger and green chillies, with chicken pieces and roast for 2 minutes
  3. Add in ginger and garlic paste, dum biryani powder and roast on a high flame for 2 more minutes
  4. Once the chicken is almost done, add salt and 1 tbsp curd
  5. Mix yellow color powder with curd and beat together
  6. Pour in the vessel and mix with the chicken
  7. Layer the cooked rice on top of cooked chicken
  8. Add and hide the chilli pickle in the rice
  9. Seal the vessel with aluminum foil
  10. Cook on a low heat for 6-7 minutes
  11. Pour 3 tbsp ghee on top and cover for 10 minutes
  12. Mix the biryani and serve hot

One Comment Add yours

  1. Syed Aqib says:

    Hmmm yummmm… It’s really looks mouth watering biryani… Want to have this.. Will try…. Thank you sadaf for the recipe…


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