2 lbs skinless, boneless Chicken thighs cut into medium size pieces
2 cups of long grain basmati rice
3 red onions sliced thin
¼ cup cold press sunflower oil
2 tbsp Ghee
1 cup of Greek yogurt
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tbsp. Keralan Curry
½ tsp Kashmiri garam masala powder
1 tsp sea salt
½ lemon juiced
1/4 cup water
2 Green chilies
5 cloves of garlic
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 bunch Cilantro leaves
1 bunch mint leaves minced fine
5 strands Saffron soaked in warm water
1 bay leaf
3 green cardamom pods
1 small cinnamon stick
1 star anise (optional)
10 Cashew nuts
2 tbsp raisins
2 medium onions thinly sliced, fried golden brown
1 tbsp Cilantro minced fine
1 tbsp Mint
Dough for Sealing
1 cup water
2 cup flour
Soak the brown basmati rice for ½hr – 1 hour. Wash and clean the basmati rice, till the water is clear and drain the water in a colander.
In a large bowl combine the marinade for the chicken and thechicken pieces and marinate for 2-3 hours or overnight.
Prepare the Biriyani Aromatics by chopping up the ingredients. Set aside.
Heat the ¼ cup oil in a Dutch oven on medium heat and sauté the cashew nuts, raisins and for about 2 minutes till the cashews get golden brown, and keep it aside for garnish.
Now add the 2 onions for the garnish to oil on medium high heat till crispy and golden brown, set aside.
Now add the whole spices sauté for 1 minute, ginger garlic paste,and the remaining onions, sauté for 2 minutes.
Add the marinated chicken, sauté for 2 – 3 minutes and add the Biriyani Aromatics.
Reduce heat to medium. Mix everything well. Cook for 2 minutes, add 1/4 cup water, close the lid, and set heat to medium low for about 20 minutes.
Open the lid, make sure sauce is thickened and chicken is cooked.Turn off the heat and set aside.
In a pot add 5 cups of water,once it boils add the basmati rice, cook until half done,about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, strain the rice, and keep aside.
To assemble the individual biriyani, add a dot of ghee,layer the rice, chicken, and minced herbs alternatively to each croquette dotting layers with ghee.
In the top, garnish each croquette with the garnish mix and drizzle of the saffron water.
Seal with dough and place in oven at pre-heated to 350F degrees for about 10 minutes. Take it out, open it up, garnish and serve.