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Kolkata Style Chicken Biryani आलू वाला कोलकाता चिकन बिरयानी

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45-50 minutes
Kolkata Style Chicken Biryani  आलू वाला कोलकाता चिकन बिरयानी Recipe - Ranveer Brar


For Yellow Potato

2 medium Potatoes, cut in half , आलू

1 cup Saffron water / Yellow colour , केसर का पानी या पीला रंग


For Marinating Chicken

500-750 gm Chicken, curry cut , चिकन

4-5 tbsp Curd , दही

1 tsp Ghee , घी

1 tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste, अदरक लहसुन का पेस्ट

1 tsp Degi red chilli powder , देगी लाल मिर्च पाउडर

¼ tsp Turmeric powder , हल्दी पाउडर

1 tsp Coriander powder , धनिया पाउडर

¼ cup Fried onion , तला हुआ प्याज

1 fresh Green chilli , हरी मिर्च

Salt to taste , नमक स्वादानुसार


For Frying Potatoes and Egg

¼ cup Oil , तेल

3 Green cardamom , हरी इलायची

1 Mace , जावित्री

Soaked Potatoes , भीगाए हुए आलू

3 Hard-Boiled eggs , उबले हुए अंडे


For Biryani Masala

1 tbsp Shahi jeera , शाही जीरा

2 tbsp Black peppercorns , काली मिर्च के दाने

8-10 Green cardamom, हरी इलायची

1 Black cardamom , बड़ी इलायची

2 Maze , जावित्री

4-5 Cloves , लॉन्ग

2 inch Cinnamon stick , दालचीनी

½ tsp Fennel seeds , सोंफ

¼ Nutmeg , जायफल


For Cooking Chicken

Remaining oil , बचा हुआ तेल

1 medium Onion, sliced , प्याज

Marinated chicken , मैरिनेटेड चिकन

Fried Potatoes , तले हुए आलू


For Boiled Rice

Water , पानी

Salt to taste , नमक स्वादानुसार

1 inch Cinnamon stick , दालचीनी

½ tsp Fennel seeds , सॉफ

2-3 Green cardamom , हरि इलायची

1 Black cardamom, बड़ी इलायची

1 Star anise , चकरी फूल

6-8 Black peppercorns , काली मिर्च के दाने

1 Bay leaf , तेजपत्ता

3 cups Basmati rice, soaked for 20 minutes , बासमती चावल


For Richness

2 tbsp Fresh Cream , मलाई

1 tbsp Fried onion , तले हुए प्याज

1 tsp Prepared Biryani masala , तैयार किया हुआ बिरियानी का मसाला

2 tbsp Gravy (yakhni) , यखनी

1 tsp Kewra water , केवड़ा


Other Ingredients

Saffron water , केसर का पानी

Fried Onion, तले हुए प्याज

Prepared Biryani masala , तैयार किया हुआ बिरियानी का मसाला

¾ cup Gravy (yakhni) , यखनी



For Yellow Potato

  • In a bowl, add saffron water or yellow water, cut potatoes and keep it for a minute.

For Marinating Chicken

  • In a bowl, add chicken, curd, ghee, ginger garlic paste, degi red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and marinade well.
  • Add fried onion, green chilli, salt to taste and mix well until the marinade is coated properly to the chicken. Rest for 10 minutes or 1 hour.


For Frying Potato and Egg

  • In a non-stick pan, heat oil, add green cardamom, maze, soaked potatoes, hard- boiled egg fry on low flame for 2-3 minutes.
  • Take out the egg in a different bowl and keep aside for further use.
  • Fry the potatoes until nice crisp and golden in color.


For Biryani Masala

  • In a pan, add shahi jeera, black peppercorns, green cardamom, black cardamom, mace, cloves, cinnamon stick, fennel stick, nutmeg and dry roast until fragrant.
  • Remove and let it cool down and grind it into a fine powder.


For Cooking Chicken

  • In a large pot, add remaining oil, add onion and saute on medium flame until light golden in color.
  • Add marinated chicken and saute it for 4-5 minutes. Add fried potatoes and saute it well.
  • Add water and stir it well. Cover it with a lid and cook on medium flame until the chicken is 80% cooked.
  • Remove the chicken and potatoes from the yakhni and keep it aside. For further use.
  • Strain the yakhni in a bowl and keep it aside for further use.


For Boiled Rice

  • In a pot, add water for boiling, salt to taste.
  • Take a muslin cloth, add cinnamon stick, fennel seeds, green cardamom, black cardamom, star anise and black peppercorns, tie a knot and make a potli of it.
  • Add the spice potli into the hot boiling water. Add soaked basmati rice and let it cook on medium heat until 70% cooked.
  • Once done, strain the rice and keep aside for further use.


For Richness

  • In a bowl, add fresh cream, fried onion, biryani masala, prepared yakhni and mix it well.
  • Add kewra water and mix it well. Keep it aside for further use.


For Layering

  • Keep a heavy bottom pan.
  • In a large pot, add the cooked chicken, potatoes and prepared yakni, fried onion.
  • Add the boiled rice and layered it evenly. Pour the saffron water.
  • Layer it with fried onion, sprinkle some biryani masala.
  • Cover it with a lid and dum for 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve hot.



  1. Ranveer!!! This recipe looks so clean, fresh and delectable! I have a question- most of the other Kolkata biryani recipes use meetha attar. Kolkata biryani has a characteristic aroma which, I have been told by older folks, comes from this meetha attar. Do you think kewra water compensates for that? I have tried using only kewra water but don’t get the result. Yet to try this but I am 100% sure it will be awesome

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