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awadhi biryani



Awadhi Biryani is a traditional dish from the city of Lucknow, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Known for its rich and aromatic flavours, it’s made by slow-cooking aromatic long-grain basmati rice and tender chicken or lamb with a blend of exotic spices. It's considered a staple in North Indian cuisine and is known for the mouthwatering 'dum' cooking style used, where food is cooked over a slow fire or baked to interweave flavours of the ingredients.

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basmati rice

2 cups

chicken or lamb

500 grams

onions, finely chopped


tomatoes, finely chopped



1/2 cup


1 tablespoon

garlic paste


1/2 teaspoon

red chilli powder

1 teaspoon

biryani masala

2 teaspoons


4 cups

salt to taste

chopped cilantro




Step 1:

Rinse the basmati rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes.

Step 2:

In a pan, fry the chopped onions until golden brown.

Step 3:

Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté for 2 minutes.

Step 4:

Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till they are soft.

Step 5:

Add the chicken or lamb pieces and cook until they are half-done.

Step 6:

Add the yogurt, turmeric, chilli powder, biryani masala, and salt. Mix well.

Step 7:

Drain the rice and add it to the pan. Stir gently.

Step 8:

Pour in the water and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook till the rice is fully cooked and the water has evaporated.

Step 9:

Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot.

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