Perfect Chicken gravy for Biryani


A  perfect gravy for briyani, we usually get this as a free side gravy as accompaniment for briyani in hotels. Keeping that in mind I have tried out a perfect and a best from my hands. Also this goes out well with paratha, idli and dosa. I have made this gravy with chicken, but this can be made with

  • non-veg options like mutton, prawns and boiled eggs.
  • veggie options like potato, mushrooms and long peppers.

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Perfect chicken gravy for biryani

Perfect chicken gravy for biryani


  • Chicken with bones – ¼ kg
  • Dry red chillies – 6 nos
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Peppercorns – 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Anise / Fennel seeds – ½ tsp
  • Cinnamon stick – ½ “ inch
  • Cloves – 4 nos
  • Cardamom – 2 nos
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Star anise – 2 nos
  • Onion – 2 nos
  • Tomato – 1 ½ no
  • Green chillies – 2 nos
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Ginger – 1 “ inch
  • Turmeric powder -1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a strand
  • Coriander leaves – a bunch
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Fresh coconut paste – 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

Making of Perfect chicken gravy for Biryani –


  • Dry roast and grind red chillies, coriander seeds, peppercorns, cumin seeds, anise, cinnamon stick, cloves -2, cardamom – 1 no, star anise – 1 no to paste by adding little water.
  • Keep a tbsp of onions aside. Grind onions, green chillies, garlic and ginger to a smooth paste with little paste.
  • Chop tomatoes to medium size.
  • Heat oil in kadai. Put a star anise, a cardamom, 2 cloves and curry leaves. Wait till they crackle.
  • Put onions and fry them till they turn transparent.
  • Pour the onion paste and fry till the raw smell goes off.
  • Pour the masala paste and fry till the raw smell goes off.
  • Put turmeric powder and chicken pieces. Fry till they are tender.
  • Put tomatoes and pour ½ cup of water.
  • Cover with the lid and bring it to boil.
  • Pour the coconut paste and stir it well.
  • Bring it to boil and wait for the chicken to be cooked.
  • Garnish coriander leaves.

Serve hot.

One response »

  1. really lovely, spicey but not hot, served layered with basmati and brown rice, fried onions on top, with extra gravy, if needed. starters of mushroom pacoras, onion bajies and hara bhara kababs and salad with riata,,,,,,,,well stuffed

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